Women’s Fashion Tips : How to Buy ’80s Clothing

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Hi my name is Rachel Yauens and I’m a freelance fashion writer and the owner of Austin’s style
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watch dot com street fashion site. And I’m here to talk to you about how to buy eighties
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clothing. Now if you are a purist and you really want to buy clothing of the era you
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are going to need to go to some vintage shops. If you are going to look for eighties clothing
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there are a couple of little trademarks you’re going to want to look for. If you are looking
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at more formal or kind of business wear, first things that you are going to look for is an
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indicator of the era is shoulder pads. That was definitely the career woman nine to five
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kind of look of the day, was big thick shoulders. So that’s one thing you are going to want
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to look at to find real authentic eighties clothing. You also might want to look for
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kind of bizarre, tacky if you will coloring patterns. The next thing you are going to
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look at if you are looking for real authentic eighties clothing is things that are off the
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shoulder. You can find a lot of shirts cut in that ballet sort of flash dance pattern
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where they’re cut off the shoulders but there were things made at that time that were made
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off the shoulder. So looking for things that naturally have that cut of the era, is a good
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indicator of eighties authenticity. Then next thing we are going to look at for buying eighties
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are belts. You can find these new in a lot of stores now a days, it’s a look that’s come
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back really big. But this is actually a vintage belt from the era. So looking for thick belts,
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and this was also a popular look a lot with the leather in the front and the elastic in
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the back so it would stretch with you. And other eighties look we want to talk about,
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and this is actually a little more late nineties but looking for vintage band t-shirts. This
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can be everything from Billy Idol to Madonna to NKOTB. Any of the bands of the era, if
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you want to do a little research online and find out what popular eighties bands were
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and then looking for the t-shirt section in your local Goodwill you are sure to find some
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good relics from the era. And finally leg warmers. You can get these new at a lot of
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places now but again if you are a purist and you really want to get them of the era, Goodwill
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again is a good place to start looking in the kind of sock and pantyhose section of
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the store. You might be able to find some vintage leg warmers. So if you are looking
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to dress authentically eighties this is how to do it.

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