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What's your fashion faux pas?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by xmal, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. xmal

    xmal Occasional commenter

    I've never had a mullet or a shell suit (despite being of a certain age) but in the late 80s I did go very baggy and flairy. So here I go, pastel coloured Clark's Wallabies and sandals:
    Yeah, I'm a guy.
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I did go through a shellsuit phase... to my everlasting shame!
  3. knitone

    knitone Lead commenter

    Rod Stewart haircuts. Don’t ask me why. Never intended for them to happen, but don’t like hair falling in my face and getting in the way.
    The lurex, tartan Bowie type trousers. I think I tried to do everything with my hands in the cool slash effect side pockets. The knicker bockers with frilled blouse. What was I thinking? The red, tartan, Diana- type dress. That was a new low. Actually, pretty much everything till I settled down to jeans and a shirt.

    I do like the sandals @xmal, but @lanokia, I would never have believed it from the way you come across in your posts.
  4. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

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  5. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Turquoise rara skirt with fuschia ruffled top. Aged around 13 or so. I was saved by goth.
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  6. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Henna, and goth tassled skirts. And Dewberry perfume from The Bodyshop.
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  7. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Mr PC jumped off the stairs while listening to the theme from S Express, hit his head very hard on a doorway and went straight out to buy baggy denim dungarees.
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  8. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Yeh I did the swashbuckling knickerbockers and flouncy blouse too. Floorsweeper cheesecloth dress and Jesus sandals, little ribbon plaits in my hair. Trousers with 3 button waistbands and yard-wide legs, teamed with cork- platform wedges.
    And the shaggy perm.
    Every decade its own disaster.
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  9. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @Aquamarina1234 - I bought a massive pair of flared jeans recently. Teaming them up with... cork platform wedges!
    Fashion's a cycle.
  10. RepelloInimicum

    RepelloInimicum Lead commenter

    Me too, I'm afraid.
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  11. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Yes, the shaggy perm, the floor sweeping dress, the three button wide leg trousers and platform boots.

    I went further and had a black floor length pvc mac, which I wore open, with a very short skirt underneath. I had a pair of pale blue and a pair of baby pink knee high platform boots.

    There’s a photo somewhere.
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  12. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    The Sandie Shaw mini dress with bloomers, the shaggy perm, the shoulder pads.
  13. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    I once owned a white suit. I hoped it would make me look like a much taller Tom Wolfe.
    And it did. It made me look like a tall Tom Wolfe with cigarette ash and wine stains on his new white suit. It was extraordinary how quickly and how dirty that thing could get.
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  14. Toomuchtooyoung

    Toomuchtooyoung Occasional commenter

    I don’t think of them as faux pas, they were very on trend. I particularly recall the RaRa skirt, Pencil skirt and cameo broach at the throat, side pony and acid perm. I am glad to say I married late enough so that I avoided the meringue dress.
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  15. Admin Princess

    Admin Princess Occasional commenter

    Yep, I did the knickerbockers and frilled shirt too, with a sash (which I lost at a Human League gig in 1981). Very unfortunately, the outfit was bought to wear at my sister's wedding, so photographic evidence abounds!
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  16. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I adored my shaggy, blonde perm! I want it to come back in fashion. But I'll ditch the electric blue mascara and fuchsia lipstick. :)
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  17. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    The punctuation police will have you for being louche, mind.
  18. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Tank top, two tone trousers and cream platform shoes back in the 70’s.
  19. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    My mother was too sensible to let me indulge in any of the fashions of the time when I was a kid (shell suits, the wet-look perm). Instead she created my own personal fashion nightmare by insisting that me and my sisters were dressed identically in dresses made by an auntie, usually using a pattern she’d had since she was a kid and using what I suspect were the offcuts from some chintzy curtain fabric from the 70s. Think puff sleeves, dropped waist, garish flowery patterns finished with an massive satin bow placed somewhere for maximum unflattering effect. She might have thought it cute to have her kids dressed the same, but to me, being expected to dress the same as a four year old when I was FOURTEEN was nothing short of torture. The only thing that saved me was developing boobs and no longer fitting the children’s pattern. But the photos still haunt me.
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  20. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    A cameo choker! A cheap plastic brooch sewn onto a piece of black velvet ribbon. Like ponchos, everyone's Gran made them for you! Cheap and quick!
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