The 80’s were… How do I put this politely? An interesting time for fashion. From shoulder pads to parachute pants, it was definitely a decade of extremes.
Although we like to think of todays fashion as much more balanced than it ever was in the past, (look back 20 years from now and see if you still agree – I dare you!) we still draw most of our inspiration from eras gone by, the indulgent 80’s included.
We see its influence in today’s oversized tops, harem pants, big, bold, statement jewelry, and most attention-grabbingly, (is that a word?) in my opinion, the resurgence of neon colors over the past few years.
It is impossible to ignore neon! It’s bright, vibrant, and in your face. It has exploded back into the fashion scene and can now be seen worn by everyone, from little kids in neon sneakers right through to mature, business women in gorgeous neon blouses.
Now, I haven’t yet found a neon blouse in my size that I cannot live without, but I did find this amazing, neon yellow bib necklace at Forever 21, that I knew I just had to make mine from the moment I first saw it.
I’ve paid subtle homage to the decade, without overdoing it, by wearing this great, statement necklace with some classic 80’s style, black stirrup pants, a fun, neon orange ring and some bright, bubblegum pink lipstick; and I’ve kept the look toned down and modern by pairing it all with a great black and white sweatshirt from Forever 21+ that I purchased a while back, and some cute, simple, inexpensive, black flats from Wal Mart.
Part of me secretly wants to see what I’d look like, if instead of the sweatshirt and flats, I went with a structured, shoulder pad bearing blazer and a pair of neon yellow, high heeled pumps – but, shhh! Don’t tell anyone!!!