Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Throwback 80's Special: Tegan & Sara "U-Turn" Inspired Outfit

I thought it was time for something a bit different on the blog - it's time for a totally 80's throwback post!

Here's a little unknown fact about me: in high school, I was all about the 80's. I know today I am a retro housewife with a modern pinup twist, but back in my teens, I just wanted to be Pat Benatar and Bruce Springsteen's spawn. I loved fishnets, big dangly earrings, brightly colored tights, torn denim, boots, Converse, hounds tooth, and all kinds of clashing patterns. I even wore finger less gloves and rocked some colorful hats! Oh if only I could find you some pictures...

Oh did I mention I'd buzz my hair down to stubble every summer and rock a faux-hawk once school started? I used to want to shave my head but my mother wouldn't allow it. She used to let me go as short as I wanted, as long as there was hair on my head. I also used hair gel that was red as it grew back in.

Yeah, I kinda struggled with whether or not I wanted to be an 80's chick or a punk chick. But when your favorite bands are Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne, and Simple Plan, you're not very hardcore. Yeaaahhh...teen angst.

Anyway, two things happened recently that made me want to embrace my love for the 80's once more. The first is that I saw Tegan & Sara's new video for their new song "U-Turn" and the high school version of me squealed with delight.

Have you heard their new stuff? It's so retro and has such an 80's vibe. The video for "U-Turn" is so great - it's got the colors, the paper scenes, the awful dancing, and the awesome eye makeup! I am really digging their vibe lately and can't wait to see them in concert this fall (they're coming to Boston on Halloween - how fun will that be??). Their new album comes out this June, too!

The second thing that happened was finding these awesome 80's-esque Vince Camuto pants at the Brimfield Show a couple weeks back, the epically big vintage and flea market that happens 3 times a year in my area. I spotted them and 16 year old Sara purchased them with glee. They're just SO funky and SO 80's and if I had these in high school...oh man, the places we would go!

Upon further research, I don't know if these are actually vintage or if they're sort of recent since you can find these easily on Google along with the rest of his "Two" line and he appears to still have clothes in department stores, but hey, I snagged them for a steal regardless of when they were made and they look awesomely retro so that is all that matters!

At the end of the long (and hot) but successful day, I went home singing "U-Turn" while cooking up this post in my head: it was totally time for an 80's throwback special on the blog!

So I channeled my inner Hannah (The Outfit Repeater) and got to styling, which was super easy despite all my 50's style clothes.

I guess once an 80's chick, always an 80's chick.

I hope you have fun watching Tegan & Sara's video above and reading this post. Even though I prefer petticoats to leg warmers and victory rolls to spikes these days, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the awesome 80's!