Top 10 Eighties Movies for Fashion Inspiration

There is nothing like coming home from a rough day at work and sitting down to watch an ’80s teen movie. There’s something about the way people acted and dressed back then that makes you escape the present and fall inlove with the Eighties.

Firstly, kids those days had no mobile phones or social media and that instantly made them cooler than a lot of teenagers nowadays.

Secondly, most of these movies treat the subject of love and friendship in a more genuine way than teen movies currently do.

Thirdly, teenagers and people in general were so daring with their outfits and hairstyles (read about Fashion in the Eighties) and it just seems as if they weren’t afraid to experiment and stand out.

At least that’s how it was in the movies. So here is a list of my top 10 favourite movies from the Eighties:

1)  Can’t Buy me love

I love this movie a lot! I didn’t think much of it as I started watching it, but as the plot unwrapped  not only did I get a lot of inspiration from Cindy – most popular girl in school, but also learned that no matter how cool you are, you still can’t buy someone’s love (literally or otherwise).

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2) Loverboy

‘Loverboy’ Randy meets quite a few ladies during his summer vacation, all older than him and all with a unique sense of style. The outfits I like most in this movies are the frocks and vibrant two-piece suits worn by Randy’s ‘girlfriends’: 

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3) Pretty in Pink

This is probably the best source for ’80s fashion inspiration; Pretty in Pink is the main reason I decided to write this post. There are many references to fashion and style in this movie, and the main character, Molly, and her best buddy Duckie are perfect examples of 80s fashionistas. Even though she gets mocked for her style, I think we can all agree she looks pretty darn cool. She also makes me want to wear more pink.

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4) Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This movie is just crazy, the perfect example of 80s high school movie, it has every character from the stoner, to the jock and promiscuous girl. It’s based on a real highschool which the director of the movie attended undercover in order to represent teenage life accurately.

 

5) Girls just want to have fun

It’s great to see young, innocent Sarah Jessica Parker in a role so different to Sex and the City. The role suits her perfectly and she sure can dance! This film is very girly and a lot of fun. (I don’t want to give too much away)

6) Ferris Bueller’s day off

Ferries Bueller is a very cheeky teenager who tries everything possible in order to skip school. His techniques are hilarious and his luck incredible. He has a best friend who does him favours all the time, a pretty girlfriend with lovely style and everybody (but his sister) loves him! This film will cheer you up any day.

7) Say Anything

John Cusack is such a don in that long mac. And how romantic is the scene with the huge boombox? This is a movie about first loves and having to grow up. Diane’s style is classic and simple and I love that she wears a lot of pastels.

8) Heathers

All of the ‘Heathers’ in this film are slightly deranged (some more than others). What I enjoyed most are the preppy outfits and all the effortless chic when it comes to their outfits and hair.

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9) Tuff Turf

Tuff Turf is about a guy who fails to make friends at his new school and gets in trouble constantly. Most of the characters in this film are unnecessarily angry. Apart from young Robert Downey Junior <3. Ok, I admit, I only watched the movie to see him.

10) The Breakfast Club

Molly Ringwald is again the girl with the best fashion sense (just like Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles – which I have yet to see).

What are your favourite ’80s  teen movies? Do you know any others that I haven’t talked about? Help me watch them all!

Fashion in the 40s and 50s

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Following the gloomy depression era in the 30’s, fashion in the 40’s saw a time of hardship and lack of fabrics. Money was limited and women were encouraged to re-use items of clothing that they already owned.

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The 1940’s saw a lot of women getting creative and re-cycling many of their clothes, something I currently love to do – DIY vintage fashion and making my outfits even more unique with a bit of stitching and cutting.

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Colours in the 40’s were plain, characterised by deep maroons, gray and beige. Dresses and skirts became shorter and shoulder pads started to gain popularity as a way of enhancing the silhouette. Long hair and finger waves were the hairstyle of choice for many women.

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What I love about the 40’s is the boom of creativity and the skill shown by women in customising their clothes. It’s a great example of how being original doesn’t have to be costly.

1950’s vintage fashion

I am a big fan of the 50’s and on many occasions I have attempted to look as elegant and feminine as Audrey Hepburn.

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50s fashion consisted of a wide variety of styles. Small waists, pointed busts, below mid-calf dresses and skirts formed the most popular outfits.

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The tailored feminine look with gloves and pearls, fitted jackets and pencil skirts was another popular choice.

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But most iconic were dresses with full skirts and low cut necklines or Peter Pan collars.

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Little known fact about myself: I currently own a dozen shirts and jumpers with peter pan collars. I think they are a very cute addition to any top and can turn a plain outfit into a sweet, girly one.

Women in the ’50s were focused on wearing practical but attractive dresses and often the phrase ‘dressing for your man’ was used to encourage the wearing of feminine, figure flattering dresses. The Glamorous Housewife is great at helping you find your inner Fifties goddess.

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This is also the controversial era of ‘pin-up girls’ – posters depicting women wearing waist-fitting and pointed busts clothing.

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The sexiest pin-up girl, in my opinion – Betty Boop!

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Fashion also saw a rise in ethnic influences such as Hawaiian summer dresses. Not to be confused with Hawaiian dad shirts, those came much later – in the 90s!

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Iconic celebrities in the 50s include: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.