When my parents bought a new brown, four seater brown patterned couch for our sitting room, it was a talking point. The swirly shapes on the cushions matched the vivid wallpaper and the draylon/velvet seating was something to be admired. When mom’s friend came round, she made a beeline for our new furniture and there was a definite tinge of jealousy going on.
On the clothes front, the wow factor was certainly attributed to the new fashion sweeping the nation – leg warmers! I had a few neon pairs which I wore over my cotton drill jeans. I even wore them to the disco, as did all of my friends. Here are some images which are enough to stop you in your tracks.
1 Bell Bottoms
….or big bells as we called them. The problem with these flares was that, if it was raining, the water would seep up from the hem, over the platform shoes, and finish around the knee area and it was SO uncomfortable. On the plus side, as long as they fitted tightly around the butt and were mega flared, then we felt a million dollars!
2 Charm Necklace
This was a bit of a craze in the 80s, with charm bracelets as well as necklaces. We were always chatting with our school friends about which charms we were going to buy next. The most popular ones seemed to be the babies bottle and the little book with real pages.
3 Portable TV
It was a proper moment in time when I got my own TV for my bedroom. Previously, we only had one set and, whatever mom and dad wanted to watch, us kids had no choice. However, after many years of nagging, I was able to watch all my favorite program from my bed and it didn’t get any better than that.