History Repeating

80's Rerun

You know you are a child of the 80’s if the following words cause you sleepless nights and uncontrollable panic attacks.

Stirrup leggings

Oversized baggy sweaters cinched with a studded belt

Fingerless gloves

Just saying these three things causes me to breakout into a cold sweat, but I am sorry to say to my fellow children of the 80’s that the 80’s are making a comeback.   That is right, dust off your high top sneakers, hair crimper and Flock of Seagulls cassette tape because the 80’s have returned. *cue scary horror music*

Apparently we didn’t learn from these poor choices the first time around, so we have decided to repeat the mistake.

It was November 6, 2009….mind you I said 2009.  I walked into one of my favorite stores, New York and Company and their they were hanging on the wall, to my horror……stirrup leggings. 

Rebecca, Hannah and I just stood there in shock trying to figure out if we had been sucked into some time vortex, but no it was in fact 2009 and there were stirrup leggings hanging on the wall.  To top it off the leggings were paired with an over-sized neon green sweater that was cinched with a studded black belt, and laying not so far away were fingerless gloves. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! SERIOUSLY!?

We were shocked….dumbfounded….without words.  Ok so we weren’t without words because I think the entire store heard our protest but we were very dismayed.

Has anyone else notice this repeat in fashion history?  Am I the only one that is fighting the urge to run for the hills and is every jean now a skinny jean?  I have junk in the trunk people skinny jeans and leggings are not my friends!


  1. says

    I keep telling the cousins that I grew up with that I can’t quite grip this trend. I mean, I was born in the mid-eighties so these things were VERY out of style by the time I was really noticing fashion. We look back at photos of ourselves as children, before we had choices about what we wore, and wonder what were our mothers thinking. Now grown-ups are wearing this stuff on purpose!!! 😉 Life is so funny.

  2. says

    I totally saw those at NY&C too and I told my bible study friends because I thought it was so ridiculous! I love leggings, but stirrups seriously! How could those be back?? I love some of the current trends (the oversize sweaters and belts) but there is no way I’m buying stirrups!!

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