Friday, September 14, 2012

The Neo-80s or How to Embrace the Road Cone!!


Here's a news flash for all of you thinking about your Fall wardrobe. Fluorescent, neon and the 1980's are back and the Europeans have already embraced it in a big way. Yes, it's true. I remember last Summer telling my friend Jen how all the Europeans were in Carmel with their crazy red and green skinny jeans. We laughed about that and the next thing you know, women have taken to these colors here like mad. In fact, Gap has had one of it's best retail seasons in Spring ever and they attribute it to the new colors which apparently we were all ready for. So now the primary colors are so last Spring apparently and neons are it...





I am slowly warming up to all these polka-dots and tangerines, celery and flamingo pinks again after an initial recoil. As a youth of the 80's, I have flashbacks of Esprit catalogs and dressing up for a night out with large hair bows and white pointy flats. Clutches were it and I had at least 4 ! One was obnoxiously large, like I was carrying legal papers or something. I cringe looking back at these pictures, but also reflect on what a sweet and idealistic time to be a college student and young person. I think those bright colors and dots were all a comment on the innocence and optimism of that era...So maybe you can go back in small ways...

Me in the 80's doing some department store fashion thing. Not sure what I was wearing.. I know I had a perm though! This was as big as I can see my hair got.  My son really wanted me to include this...so here it is. 


So far it's manifesting itself big time in accessories. I noticed those first. One way to get your fix..














Some other lovely looks with these colors...


DVF Fall 2012



Neutrals look great paired with these neon shades.


Calvin Klein men's collecrtion.







Love this!   Zero+Maria Cornejo 







Cute. The large sunglasses and pony are too.











Australian Vogue- Loving the strobe-like nail colors too.







How about all the bright tennis wear at the recent U.S. Open?

Serena Williams is always on trend.

Angelique Kerber

I thought Maria Sharapova's dress was pretty.


Then Slim Paley got me with this post. I just love her blog.


Last week, I read in my Allure about the comeback of mousse! Apparently, it is an amazing hair product and people are realizing it again! I'm not kidding...Because big hair is like, totally more fun!! :)




Found this today. How I loved my Vogues...






And of course the marketing mavericks were silently cheering this week when I decided I really had to have this road cone red blouse at H&M. At their prices, I can justify a few fun fads in my closet!


With my stylish friends Leasa and Jeanne the other night. You know as pale as I am, I felt  I did not need blush that night! Neons are great at brightening you up actually!
 (Leasa in brights and Jeanne in dots also looked on trend!)


If you need more inspiration look no further than this darling video that I accidentally ran across today finding something on Youtube for my son. I was enchanted right away. Say what you will about the 1980's, this was a time of some seriously crafted hair and bounce. Who could not feel happy after watching this video? I'm just wondering how I spent the 80s clueless that George Michael was gay.  He was dreamy...Not that it changes how I feel about him. Gotta love this guy. (My sons are still horrified by the short men shorts on this. I had these 2 tone Dolphin short too.-They must have been unisex!)  Not sure what is up with the choose life shirts, but wait for the fluorescents on this video! I love the styles in this.







And I cannot go without sharing my all time favorite video of  that era from Swing Out Sister. All my dreams of color, design and glamour are realized here. It looks a bit hazy, but it is supposed to be masquerading as a colorized film. Another fab band from that very fun time. Ahhh just love it!



swing out sister - break out by papafonk



Are you ready to glow in the dark? I think I might actually get a can of mousse out again. Maybe I'm insane, but the more I watch these, the more sweet I find those years. Come on you know you love it!! 


Here's to the neo-80's!


xo

Kim











Images via -Little book of secrets, the bleacher report,telegraph.u.k.,secret hipster, tommy ton, casually fabulous,generation bliss, style.com.

13 comments :

  1. I took my daughter shopping at one of those teeny bopper stores last year... I saw neon and buffalo plaid and I swear I was having some horrible flashback. The Gap has now added zippers to the bottom of their jeans and I'm just waiting for stirrup pants and shoulder pads to make a come back. Gag me with a spoon. Grodie to the Max! Actually, paired with neutral, subdued tones these new neons are not terrible!

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    1. Totally, right?? The small ones are fully embracing this stuff.
      Aww, I'm cracking up here. I think I forgot about gag me with a spoon and grodie... Jessica, you made my day.:)

      xo
      KIm

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  2. This is such a fun post. I enjoyed the street style fashion pictures you posted.

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    1. Thanks Pam! I always love the street fashions the best. :)

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  3. I love the 1980s, you know that! lol Very fun post! Neon is definitely back, I have seen the hot pink jeans, bright yellowy-green tops, and the black sunglasses with the neon arms EVERYWHERE. At the Roxette concert last week, my friend and I were trying to decide if some people there were purposely dressing like it was 1989 or are those their real clothes??? It was hard to tell!!

    Oh yes, Wham....I actually liked Andrew Ridgeley even though he was completely overshadowed by George Michael.

    I have been rocking a pair of purple leather gloves this week for the cooler weather, does that count for 1980s colour? I'll post them on my blog soon. :) Although they are NOT fingerless or finger-tip-less!!

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    1. I bet that would be funny...deciding who was dressing old school and who was actually wearing new stuff!

      I think Andrew was cuter than George too. He really got overshadowed didn't he?
      Purple gloves sound very chic. Love to see them!
      xo
      Kim

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  4. oh! i forgot to mention that my friend told me the other day that she saw floral jeans and THE MATCHING CROPPED JACKET in one of those teen stores at the mall! She was shopping with her daughter and had to do a double-take!

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    1. OMG! I so had that outfit ...No way will I go anywhere near floral pants! Guess ones were so popular I remember. Wow.

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  5. You look fantastic in that shirt and you have such stylish friends. Embracing the "road cone" what a great way of putting it!

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  6. A great post Kim. Look at you being an 80s fox! The choose life tshirts were by Katherine Hamnett. She did lots of attention grabbing tshirts in the 80s with references to safe sex and anti drug and anti war campaigns.

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    1. Paul, You made my day.:) Good thing that photo is fuzzy.

      Thanks for clarifying about the shirts. I knew someone would know about them. Now I so remember her and all those shirts, like the ,"relax," ones. We need to revive those. She was very cool.
      xo
      Kim

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