It is Humanities Week at the kids’ school and, tomorrow, they’re supposed to go to school wearing 1980s costume. When they first told me about it, I cocked an eyebrow and said, “1980s costume?” Is that so retro that they’re actually referring to it as costume? For the life of me, I couldn’t remember wearing anything different from what they’re wearing today. I was in college in the 80s and it was a sea of blue jeans — just as it is today. The only distinct difference between then and now was the popularity of shoulder pads back then. They were so popular that T-shirt shoulders were padded.
And, of course, the 1980s was the decade of Lady Di. Her wedding dress, clothes, her hairstyle and her jewelry were copied at every price range. But I don’t think either of my girls can go to school wearing a replica of Diana’s wedding dress even if, by some miracle, I happen to find one.
As the 1980s costume day drew near, the pressure to produce clothes for the girls grew. Since I couldn’t convince them to simply attach shoulder pads to their normal clothes, I finally searched Google for images of what people — we — wore in the 1980s. The keyword was “fashion.” By searching for “1980s fashion”, I finally remembered what we call went gaga over in the 80s — Madonna crosses and fingerless lace gloves, Cyndi Lauper’s multi-colored hair, Jennifer Beals’ torn blue jeans and overstretched sweaters (from “Flashdance”) and Olivia Newton-John’s leggings and leg warmers from the hit music video of “Physical.”
And now my problem has gotten bigger. Where the heck will I look for any of those clothing items? I’m not one to keep old clothes for nostalgic reasons. I always sell them to Eloy’s or give them to the plantsadora. And I never owned fingerless lace gloves nor leg warmers anyway.