I'm rather enjoying rediscovering 80s fashion - much maligned but I'm learning to love it all over again!
I was 16 in 1980, and that decade from being 16 to 26 is a defining one in most people's lives, I guess.
First loves, leaving home, college, independence, trying to discover who you are, negotiating relationship dramas, making lifelong friends, first forays into work - a lot went on, wish I could remember more but I've had a few pints since then....
Batwing 3/4 sleeves? Check.
Floral print? Check.
Bold shoulder? Check.
Midi length? Check.
I probably would have loved this dress in the early 1980s, but Wallis was way out of my league on my Saturday job wages. It cost me £6.99 in Age Concern a few weeks ago.
While I was in sixth form doing my A levels, I worked as a shop assistant in a bakery and sometimes filled in as a waitress in the coffee shop upstairs, and was paid £7.50 for a 9 hour day. That was the most money I had ever had! I vividly remember the wonderful feeling of that first wage packet and planning what to spend it on.
Shamefully, it was on the Breaking Glass LP by Hazel O'Connor... Which of you UK lovelies remembers Our Price record shops? And what on earth happened to Hazel O'Connor?
Second purchase was a pair of banana yellow peg trousers from Etam - deeply unflattering on my broad hips and thighs, but to my credit, I wore them with an antique silk blouse which my mum gave me, and a 1960s silk scarf tied around the waist. (Debberoo, if you're reading - remember the bananas?!)
A little flash of leg never goes amiss! At 16, I would have been mortified - now I don't care!
So while I'm in a nostalgic mood, here's Hazel paving the way for Gaga!