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View Poll Results: What was the worst decade for fashion?
1920s 2 1.41%
1930s 2 1.41%
1940s 4 2.82%
1950s 5 3.52%
1960s 5 3.52%
1970s 46 32.39%
1980s 39 27.46%
1990s 15 10.56%
2000s 24 16.90%
Voters: 142. You may not vote on this poll

Old 05-30-2014, 09:39 AM
Location: Up North in God's Country
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I voted the '70s...the bell bottom and elephant leg pants, hot pants, cheap polyester pantsuits, the high boots, the orange and avocado colors that were so big, leisure suits for men.

One thing good that came out of it was stretchy nylons (cantrese?) for women. Remember those saggy nylons we had before that?

Old 05-30-2014, 02:08 PM
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As unattractive as some of these fashions seem now, we thought they were attractive then. To me, that makes all the difference. At least in the 70s-80s people took time with their hair and clothes.

How many people of any age do you know who take the time now? Or to whom you could say, "wow, you look great" on a steady basis?

I'm tired of adults in stretched out shorts and baggy t-shirts. I'd rather see some guy in a leisure suit at this point.

So I'm saying "Now".
Old 05-30-2014, 02:57 PM
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I recently looked at my high school's yearbook from 1975 (I graduated in 1978) and that just confirmed my opinion of the 70's being the worst!

I mean, start with the boys' hair, everyone had these big bushes on their heads (talking New Jersey prep school) and the male teachers with the mutton chops, and the plaid, and the polyester. I hope I never see that again.
Old 05-30-2014, 07:38 PM
Location: Planet Earth
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Originally Posted by scarabchuck View Post
Oh yeah, parachute pants , Chic jeans .. Drakar colonge ... wonderful times !
Obsession perfume.
Old 05-30-2014, 09:37 PM
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I gagged more at the smell of Polo cologne than Drakkar in the 80s
Old 05-31-2014, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by MissSoBelle View Post
I voted the '70s...the bell bottom and elephant leg pants, hot pants, cheap polyester pantsuits, the high boots, the orange and avocado colors that were so big, leisure suits for men.

One thing good that came out of it was stretchy nylons (cantrese?) for women. Remember those saggy nylons we had before that?

good post!!
Old 06-04-2014, 09:48 PM
Location: Temporarily, in Limerick
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Originally Posted by kettlepot View Post
Not fair PatanjaliTwist. You can't allow yourself to post this many hilarious posts in a single thread. I can't find a way to rep you enough.
Ah, I'm blushing.

While I agree that the butt sagging jeans of the 90s/00s are bad, at least only the guys did that.
I'm thinking the female equivalent were the husky girls with low riders, who had the thong strings fighting for dear life hanging out of their several sizes too tight jeans. Between the exposed thong & muffin tops, they were certainly a sight to behold... especially when worn with crop tops, in order to let the muffin top breathe.

In the 70s, both the guys and the girls dressed awfully... the Brady Bunch shaming styles of the 70s.
Flo Henderson's shag haircut & Greg's weird, curly hair he tried to wear long were always amusing. What's interesting is at the time, it probably looked fine. I love some of the 60s styles, but the bouffant hairstyles with sky blue eyeshadow & frosted white lipstick were a bit much in pics... not sure if the average woman/teen walked around that way... but, at the time, I'm guessing it looked normal.

As I've gone through the decades, even if I wouldn't wear a particular style, I'd often think it looked cute on kids. I know I'm finally an old woman because when I see kids dressed today, I often wonder what on earth they're wearing & why... all the feathers & fringe & over-ruching, oh my. I'll never get used to unattractive platform shoes, & pretty young girls stomping about like Clydesdales... they look like they're trying to walk backwards on an escalator.

I learned to walk in 3.5" spike heels around the house at 15 & didn't leave the house in them for months 'til I could walk ever so gracefully. I have no idea how one would traverse the pavement/stairs in these gems & still look like a delicate flower.

And, for the girl who has everything, but needs to reach the high teacups:
Old 06-11-2014, 11:53 AM
Location: all over the place (figuratively)
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The 90's should get more votes. Fashion then was terrible. I would vote, but I'm torn between that and the 70's, which I don't remember but seems awful from what I've seen and heard.
Old 06-11-2014, 01:49 PM
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Some of the comments regarding the 1970's show stereotypical "trends" and not everyone followed
The shag was more like this (unlike F. Henderson in the Brady Bunch)


Many young women wore their hair long.

Ali MacGraw pictures of hair and fashion in the 70's (go to next or previous on the link). There were plenty of other
choices other than bell bottoms and polyester.
Ali MacGraw | Ali MacGraw Picture #10382630 - 295 x 520 - FanPix.Net

Last edited by baileyvpotter; 06-11-2014 at 01:51 PM.. Reason: addition
Old 06-11-2014, 08:06 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Originally Posted by baileyvpotter View Post
Many young women wore their hair long.
My hair was long until 1978, when I cropped it to a shoulder-length page boy, and then a few months later into a really nifty bowl cut, and a few months after that into a wedge, and a few months after that I gave myself a home perm.

Hey, I was in college - experimentation central. LOL

Bell bottoms/flares were out by 1976 or so when straight leg pants came back in style. Preppy fashions came back in style about then, too - one day I'd go to class looking like a country club darling, and the next like I was on my way to Woodstock. LOL

But for awhile in the first half of the decade I wore exquisite bell bottoms, cuffed, high-waisted flare legs, and hip-hugging elephant bells. Very short skirts went out around the same time - what a relief that was! I never really liked mini-skirts, but didn't want to look like my mother, either.

The 70s (and the 80s) were lots of fun, fashion-wise, even though our choices may not have been that wise. LOL.
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