Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for Off-the-Shoulder Shirts

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is the 80s. Today's letter is:




In the days before the Kardashians inspired our nation's fashion choices, it only took one movie to kick off an international fashion craze. For fashionistas in 1983, that movie was Flashdance.



Jennifer Beals' off-the-shoulder sweatshirt can once again be seen in stores as fashion designers find new ways to reinvent the 80s.



Flashdance brought a little bit of rebellion to 80s fashion. At the time, much of what we were seeing was more straight-laced. Shoulder pads, silk, big bows in front...




Along came Flashdance and its tribute to urban street fashion. Its main character was a female welder in Philadelphia who dreams of being a ballerina. Her torn sweatshirt and jeans were revolutionary at the time. Teens loved it.



Jeans with torn knees became huge later in the 80s, by the way. Some people even drew on their knees. Madonna wore lace leggings under hers.



What do you know? Ripped jeans are in style yet again. It seems the Flashdance look will continue to resurface every couple of decades until we're all wearing unicolored futuristic spacesuits.



What's your favorite fashion decade?

64 comments:

  1. I would never wear that.
    My favorite is t-shirts and jeans. They never go out of style.

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    1. True! Although the rise and tightness of jeans seems to change in style over the years.

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  2. I don't know that I have a favorite decade... I have items from each era... I never wore the off the shoulder sweatshirt but I knew lots of people did... I hope shoulder pads never come back in style... eww

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    1. Shoulder pads were a mess. They always bunched up after a few times through the washer and there was no getting them back where they belonged.

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  3. I have no fashion sense, though I did look like the guy from the film "Hiding Out"... in the 80's.

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

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    1. yes, just in clothes... I made the jean jacket like he wore in it and the hair!

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  4. I remember loving the Flashdance look. I had a few of those off the shoulder shirts. I liked a lot of the 80s fashions like the big box jackets, but thank god for low cut jeans now! I will never wear those high cut 'Mom' jeans again!

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    1. It's funny that kids are wearing high-waisted shorts now. It looks odd, considering we've been seeing low-rise jeans for more than a decade.

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  5. I was looking round a shop the other day and decided the 80s was back - at least it's not ra-ra skirts this time - they happened a couple of years ago, again :) I love the off the shoulder look :).
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Someone mentioned being out shopping and seeing "90s dresses with ruffles at the waist." I was thinking, "Wasn't that the 80s?" I did notice the garden, Stepford Wives dresses are out everywhere again--those were in just ten years ago and they're back already. I think designers are just confused. They're out of ideas so they're repeating the old stuff. Same thing Hollywood does with movies...

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  6. it was such a horrid decade for fashion... I mean we did enjoy it back then, but looking back now... ewww..... I love the current fashion of men wearing short, groomed hair from the preWW2 period. I wish we would go futuristic and start wearing capes and hoods and such stuff :)

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    1. If we'd all just wear unitards, at least we wouldn't have to worry about what to wear every day!

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  7. I kind of liked the shoulder pads. They didn't make your hair look super big like it was, and they minimized the size of your butt. :D

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    1. I have a round face, so big bangs were my friend. It's the only hairstyle that works for my face shape, so sadly, I've just had "a bad hairstyle for my face shape" for the past 30 years.

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  8. Oh the shoulder pads. Ugh. I loved the ripped jeans and the lace. I had a lace Madonna glove:)

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    1. I dressed up as Madonna for Halloween one year and wore the lace glove and hair bow.

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  9. I loved Flashdance, the music and the fashion (at that time).

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    1. It was a great movie--but when you watch it now, it's very cheesy!

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  10. Growing up in the 80s certainly shaped my view of fashion and attractiveness. I still find a lady in an off-the-shoulder shirt and ripped jeans quite alluring. It's like, hard-wired into my brain now.

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    1. Maybe that's why it keeps coming back in style!

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  11. In the 50's we used to buy our Levi's as tight as we could squeeze into, and then sit in a tub of hot water to shrink them into shape. My 14 year old granddaughter is way into the off the shoulder and tight torn jeans and I have to laugh...they say, "Don't throw anything away...keep it long enough and it will come back in style." I've found it to be true.

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    1. I'd heard about the tub thing. I never could figure out how that would make it tighter, but I guess it gave it the "skinny jeans" effect?

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    2. The old jeans were not preshrunk cotton and we would wear them ragged and then cut them off for short shorts. :)

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  12. Off-the-shoulder shirts were sexy! Yup, I still have a couple ripped jeans.

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    1. The whole look rocked! I have jeans with rips in them but they aren't intentional!

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  13. I have to say the 80's are my favourite fashion decade just because I grew up in it, so I had no idea how bad some of it was!!! ;P I had over-sized off the shoulder t-shirts and jumpers, and I had jeans so ripped at the knee and elsewhere that eventually they were too drafty to wear without leggings :D.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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    1. I wore leggings under my jeans for a while in the late 80s. I felt very Debbie Gibson-ish!

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  14. Always fun when a movie becomes such a hit that it bucks the trend, although the new trend may not be a good one after it lol just jeans and a t shirt for me, easy as can be

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    1. These days it's yoga pants and a T-shirt for me!

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  15. Been loving your 80s tribute, Stephanie. I fear the day that shoulder pads come back in style!

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    1. Me, too...those shoulder pads were impossible once they got all bunched up in there.

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  16. I so wanted to participate in the off-the-shoulder trend, but my mom never allowed it...in retrospect I was way too young for it but it was so cool! I loved the 90s fashions--the knee high socks with the skirts, the overalls, haha...Rachel on friends in the first season wore some of these, and the girls on Full House in the last season!

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    1. I had some overalls in the 90s! You were supposed to pair them with a tank to make them sexier. Otherwise they were just overalls.

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  17. My favorite is right now. Some of the things I've worn over the years makes me cringe. Really. I'm happy with right now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'm in PJ bottoms and a T-shirt, so I'm pretty happy with right now, too!

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  18. Favorite fashion decade? I don't know. Every decade has its good and bad points.

    I still remember my junior high French teacher had a thing for Jennifer Beals...

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    1. That is true. Jennifer Beals had charisma but at the time, she wasn't the best actress... Still, you don't really have to be to be a movie star!

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  19. i had several of those cut-off, off the shoulder things. :)

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    1. I had one...I think it was lavendar?

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  20. I think my favorite fashion decade is the 20s, but the 80s really did have something going for it!

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

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    1. The 20s was a fun decade, as well. I love art deco!

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  21. This is one fad I never got in to. My thought is that too much of me shows already, even if my head is the only thing sticking out.

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    1. I think there's something sexy about just showing one shoulder--although it's asymmetrical and that part of it bugs me!

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  22. I always love the classic look of quality garments and never cared too much for the fickleness of the ever changing fashion although I did wore some but it always took for ever for me to warm up to it and by the time I was ready to try it, it was time for another fad... ... Am I the only one?

    I didn't like the mini skirts of the 70s because I felt too old and I didn't had nice thighs any way ... didn't care for the off the shoulder clothes of the 80s anymore than the low rise jeans that we see today. I really hate to get sight of bum- crack. Bad on the eyes...lol...

    Clothes has to feel comfortable on the body before I'll wear new fashion. I'm a creature of comfort I guess.

    Fashion has turned to rebellious youth for the big bucks.

    Have an outstanding day
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Fads flew by in the 70s and 80s. They seem to stick around a little longer now...but maybe it just seems that way because I'm no longer trying to keep up!

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  23. I loved that movie and song and wanted to totally be like Jennifer Beals. Sadly I have two left feet. But I did wear the off the shoulder shirt.
    I really hope the shoulder pads don't come back in style. Of all the 80s fashions, that look is the worst to me by far.

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    1. I remember when Days of Our Lives tried to capitalize on the Flashdance trend by having a young character who danced. I would try to imitate her because she danced so well...but you pretty much have to start that stuff when you're young to be really good at it.

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  24. I pick and choose which bits I am going to adopt (or more commonly not). I am agreeing with eveyone else about shoulder pads though. Eeeeuw. Leggings were another that were mostly worn by the people who shouldn't. Ever. Except between consenting adults.
    I liked the off the shoulder look, but don't like the bra strap on display thing. And need my bra. So I looked, envied and didn't adopt.

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    1. The bra part always made it tough. And strapless bras are worthless. They haven't improved at all over the years.

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  25. I had one of those off the shoulder sweatshirts.

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    1. I think I did, too...I remember having one that was lavender and now that I think about it, it had a mail emblem of some kind on it--like a canceled stamp but with the words "Paris?" It's a vague memory.

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  26. I had an off the shoulder shirt-hahaha-wore it often and it had bat wings also-I loved it! The leggings and torn jeans I thought were silly but everything does come back. My favourite fashion decade? The 1950's They look so pretty-fits every woman's body with fancy hats, ballet shoes or high ones and gloves-so chic

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  27. Oh good lord, yes. I had a ton of those. And during the metal years, I slashed the back of one mine and wore a tank top underneath to look like a "cool metal chick." Ha!

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  28. Gosh I don't think I have a favorite fashion decade, LOL :) These days working at home I'm so out of what is in, what is not :) But I do remember the off the shoulder shirts from the 1980s :)

    betty

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  29. I like a mixture of decades, but can so relate to the 80s and Flashdance was one of my favorite films! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  30. Off the shoulder is always so sexy. The big shoulders not so much.

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  31. I love Mad Men style...the way women dressed in the '50s and early '60s. It's perfect for my figure, so I'll keep wearing dresses like that.

    I love '80s style because it's a never-ending font of conversation--there is so much to laugh at and talk about. But I'm fine not dressing like that again.

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  32. These are neat pictures. Styles change. I'm going way back to the 50s, my generation. The poodle skirts were my favorites.

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  33. When I read your title, I knew you had to mention Flashdance...

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  34. What a feeling! :) So true that street fashion captures the hearts of the youth. I also feel like Flashdance helped get people in to aerobics in the 80's. Seriously. I love this little time-machine to the 80's!

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  35. I heard leggings are going to make a comeback! Please!!!!

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  36. Classic look all the way - never goes out of style.

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  37. I loved the colors and layers of the 80s. I don't guess I have a favorite style, though.

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