When I was a little kid back in the early and mid-90s, all people talked about were “The ’80’s.” The older and cooler kids would talk about how awesome such-and-such was in the 80’s: movies, shows, toys, music.
I was born smack-dab in the middle of the 1980’s, so I remember some, but not all. Most of my memories are from 1987 through 1989, then carried over into the early 1990’s.
Bottom line: 80’s kids were cool.
As I look around clothing stores or read my Twitter feed I see the styles that were popular when I was a kid are back and in a really creepy way. Black or dark blue lip stick, ribbed mock turtle necks, chokers, crushed velvet…they are all back. And in style! In fact yesterday when I was out on my lunch hour shopping for jeans I walked through what easily could have been my closet when I was in the 6th grade.
It was awesome. And weird.
Suddenly, I am “the cool kid”, the kid who grew up in the 90’s. I read blog posts from people in their 20’s and how they just discovered “Friends” and love their style; how others are [incorrectly] over-analyzing feminism in “Sex & The City.” TV shows and pop groups are having reunions or revamps. My boy band crushes (Backstreet Boys) & iconic pop stars (Spice Girls) are on tour and pushing or IN their 40s.
Suddenly “Ten years ago” is not 1997…because 1997 was TWENTY years ago.
At dinner the other night I overheard a girl explaining to her brother what happened with Nancy Carrigan and Tonya Harding. He had no idea what she was talking about and she said “she was fascinated by the story.”
Decade styles come and go. Fashion and music and art is an ever-revolving door and as quickly as stuff comes in, it goes right out again. Next in line are the 2000’s. By the early 2000’s I was well into my teens and early 20’s so I did not pay much attention to trends. The sad thing is the early 2000’s do not have much definition like the other decades before it. I wonder what will return – and when – that represents the 2000’s.
For now, I am happily living in the revival of the 90’s because, let’s face it, they were a lot of fun and I am a proud 90’s Kid.