10 Radical '80s Trends I Want Back!

Last week, I bought a scrunchie. Not an elastic, not a hair band, but a leopard print scrunchie, circa 1985. Turns out these things really are better for your hair than the version I have been using for the last 25 years, a lesson I learned at my last haircut. Why'd we ever scorn the scrunchie so, anyway?

I, for one, am thrilled to once again be donning a scrunchie, especially if my hair looks decent after sleeping eight hours on it. Sign me up! And how about we don't stop at the scrunchie? Here are some other '80s staples I'd love to see make a comeback ...

1. The phrases "barf me out,” “gag me with a spoon,” and “take a chill pill.” Really, there's just nothing like them.

2. Trapper Keepers. My kids are constantly looking for pens and pencils to do their school work with. These were the perfect solutions. Oh, how I miss them.

3. Legwarmers. With the resurgence of leggings, it's only natural that legwarmers once again become a trend. I have, indeed, seen them in stores, but not with the Flashdance-style ripped sweatshirt I so long to wear them with.

4. Good but cheezy rom-coms. My favorite movies come from this decade: Can't Buy Me Love, Overboard, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ... They just don't make them like they used to.

5. Jelly shoes. The comfort, the feel, the breathability. Can't I please find a pair?

6. The music. I, for one, think pop peaked 25 years ago. My car's station is always on set to the '80s. Much to my husband's chagrin.

7. Heavy eyebrows. This waxing shit is for the birds.

8. Overalls. It's a shirt! It's pants! In one! Think of the time it would save now.

9. AquaNet. Hair that doesn't move would come in pretty handy now that I never have time to shower.

10. Parachute Pants. Never mind. There's nothing to miss about these.

What do YOU miss from the '80s?


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nonmember avatar mdw

my 5yr old calls smarties "chill pills" :) i saw a little girl wil jelly shoes last weekend & sooooo wanted a pair!

cocob... cocobeannns

Well, I was born in 84, but I'm a big fan of 80's movies. They are the best! Can't Buy Me Love, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink... I love them all. : )

theat... theatregirl26

Those plastic slinky bracelets.  Always in very bright colors!  Loved those.  Also saw keds type shoes being sold with no laces!!!!  We had to take ours out.  And the folding of the pants.  Always a good look!

mande... manderspanders

I bought a pair of jelly flip flops at Walmart last summer.  I saw them and just had to buy them since I hadn't had a pair of jelly shoes since I was a child.  I couldn't believe they were made for adults - I wear an 11 and it came in my size!

Ellen Walton Murray

All of the above plus night-time soap operas. Dallas, Falconcrest, Dynasty, Knots Landing (did I miss one?) Nothing like them. These reality shows suck and who cares how much crap someonehas in their basement?

Magen Kauffman

I loved my scrunchies! ANd yes, kids today definitely need trapper keepers! They rocked! YOu can keep the jelly shoes, though! those suckers gave me blisters every time I wore them! What I want back is the croched style flats they used to sell in the 90's! Those were sooooo comfy and cute! I had a pair in every color!


Walt Milos

I miss the Peaceful time in our country and the Prosperous Economy! Everyone had jobs and plenty of money to spend!-A time when Gas was Not $4.50 a gallon!-I miss President Reagan!--He was a President who made us feel good about ourselves and our country!

Ari. Ari.

The comfort of jelly shoes? I couldn't wear a pair of those for more than 15 minutes without them rubbing all my skin off and bleeding out of the sides.

And I would kill to have overalls back!

nonmember avatar Crystal oswalt

I for one miss the 80's hair bands and their cheesy love ballads! Nothing like puppy love to the tune of Every Rose Has it's Thorn!!! :)

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