Ways to Know If You Were a Teen Girl In the Eighties

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By: EmmaRileySutton    
25-Sep-2010

Introduction:It is easy to spot a child of the sixties. They have that dreamy look in their eyes still today. How can you tell if a girl was a teen-ager in the eighties? They are just as to see.

  • 01

    Like, Totally

    You can still hear it in their words. Women who bite back the words "gag me with a spoon" and try not to add the word "like" between every other word were probably teens in eighties. Of course, if the word "gnarly" crosses their lips, there is no doubt they were teens in the day of President Ronald Reagan.

  • 02

    Big Hair

    The bigger the better. Hair couldn't get too big. Teased and sprayed to the point hurricane-force winds couldn't move it, hair is an excellent way to spot a teen of the eighties. Spiral perms and sassy little bobs ruled this decade.

  • 03

    Shoulder Pads

    Crystal Carrington wore them on "Dynasty." Pamela Ewing, from "Dallas," looked like a linebacker for the Cowboys when she wore her shoulder pads. All the girls wore them and loved them - something about making their waists look smaller and their hair even bigger.

  • 04

    Jellies

    Those nasty, sweaty plastic shoes were the rage in the eighties. No self-respecting teen girl didn't have at least a dozen pairs. And, the colors. Oh, the colors - lime green, hot pink, and even the clear ones. It was hard to imagine the lengths girls will go to fashionable and then jellies appeared.

  • 05

    Madonna Clones

    Torn jeans, layered tank tops and heavy necklaces were made popular by Madonna. All her fans (AKA wanna-bes) were pulling out all the stops to look like her. When you see a woman whose arms are slightly too long, she probably got that way from wearing so many bracelets like Madonna did.




Final Thoughts

The eighties were great years. Ronald Reagan was in the White House. The hostages were finally home. And, fashion was at it's best. Well, at it's best for those who lived in that wonderful time.


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  • jseven 10/2/2010 Flag This Comment

    Nope, I was a hippie in the 70s and still am. :) Good one!

  • TheresaLeschmann 10/1/2010 Flag This Comment

    I was a teen of the 70's but I remember the 80s and you nailed it.

  • AngelaTague 9/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Oh, I loved my Aqua Net and big hair...wait I still do sometimes! :)

  • EmmaRileySutton 9/26/2010 Flag This Comment

    I miss my big hair more than anything! It really did look great. I had a pair of those acid-washed-skinny jeans with the slit and bow. Hit me just above the ankle to go with my penny loafers. I soaked them in boiling water to make them even skinnier. That was before I took a razor blade to them to give them an "aged" look.

    I never wore the jellies. I tried them on and walked a few feet in them. They felt too gross to wear.

    What about friendship bracelets and pins? Loved those!

    And, the music! Doesn't get any better than Sheena Easton, Huey Lewis and The News and Cyndi Lauper.

  • ListMaker 9/26/2010 Flag This Comment

    I still think Jellies were a lot better than those crappy Crocs that are everywhere right now. Ugh. I too miss my big hair...

  • bossypants 9/26/2010 Flag This Comment

    Nicely done! Who would have imagined, at the time, we'd find those 80s styles so laughable?

  • slw9999 9/26/2010 Flag This Comment

    I still have a pair of size 4, acid-washed, skinny jeans -- tiny slit in the back of the ankle with a bow.

    If they don't dry-rot, maybe they'll even come back into style -- and maybe I'll even fit into them.

    hmm -- I still miss my big hair. I never quite got used to not being able to feather mine back.

    Jelly shoes -- I can completely live without those.

  • dmcgaw 9/25/2010 Flag This Comment

    That was so me and I so miss those days! It makes me laugh when I see some of the fashions coming back, like skinny jeans!

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