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Were You a Child Fashion Victim? 11 Things I Thought Were Stylish in the '80s and '90s

By amberdoty |

A couple of weeks ago I put together a collection of photographs of children with a snappy sense of fashion. Scouring the web for pictures of pint-sized trendsetters got me thinking about my own childhood wardrobe and I eventually found myself standing on tippy-toe in our closet stretching to reach the dusty boxes on the very top shelf filled with snapshots from decades past.

I brought the boxes to our kitchen and spread the contents on the table where I spent the afternoon pointing out relatives and telling the story behind each picture to Anders.

“Your hair looks funny in this one, Mom!” he said, holding up a photograph of me with the signature ’80s hair-do.

“Hey! You keep laughing, buddy. There are going to be 1,000 times more photos of you as a child than there are of me. Just think of what your kids will have to say about your fashion sense!”

I couldn’t even feign offense with a straight face. He was right. My hair was ridiculous along with most of my clothing. Here are a few of my favorite fashion statements:

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Were You a Child Fashion Victim? 11 Things I Thought Were Stylish in the '80s and '90s

The Christmas sweater

My grandma helped me make this Santa sweatshirt with glitter puffy paint and an iron on kit. Breathtaking, isn't it? I considered it a signature piece in my wardrobe and wore it for the entire month of December.

What item from your wardrobe do you laugh about when you look through photographs from childhood?

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About amberdoty



Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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5 thoughts on “Were You a Child Fashion Victim? 11 Things I Thought Were Stylish in the '80s and '90s

  1. Kacy Faulconer says:

    Ahhhhh, leggings as pants.

  2. marinka says:

    I want a tshirt with a horse with windblown mane. hello, summer fashion staple!

  3. Pamela says:

    I never realized you had an older sister! Wait that isn’t your Mom in those pictures? I see where you get not only natural beauty from but obviously your intellectual and creative talent from……and as said Mother I want the entire reading public to KNOW you picked out your own clothes! You never take my advice when we power shop NOW and you never took my advise THEN!…Where do you think Thing One & Thing Two get their fashion sense from? Ohh yes it could be their paternal parent in his Walmart Wolf tshirt with the magic hidden wolfs with matching MC Hammer Pajama pants….Just Saying’..

  4. amberdoty says:

    Kacy, I recommend the flesh colored ones.

    Marinka, should we wear matching ones to BlogHer?

    Mom, you sound like a raving lunatic in that comment…and I love you for it. You totally look like my sister in those pictures. Probably because you’ve barely gone through puberty in them.

  5. Michael Lauzon says:

    No offense to the author of this article, but jean shorts pre-date the ’80s!

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