The Classic Blazer, the career woman's outfit... I was wearing that in the spring of 1979. This ad ran in New York Magazine's April 21, 1980 issue, the week I married and headed to Dallas to work in corporate marketing and communications. I even cut my long hair as I bought those business clothes.
Then the stupid 80s (as my husband calls it) came in. Still, I stayed with the trends, in and out of pregnant clothes, buying those aerobic clothes and scrunchie socks, then khakis from the Gap in the 90s turned into cute and colorful, turned into black, black, black (NYC influence).
The trend now? I probably have bought fewer clothes this year than I have any other year of my life. Like my grosgrain ribbon tie, then - 1979 then, in fashion, now I'm right there, too, not spending. U.S. retailers are facing a wave of closings and bankruptcies starting this month as holiday sales were the worst in 40 years with consumers spending at least 20% less on women's clothing, electronics and jewelry.
With his eye for street fashion, NYTime's Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham captures today how "women still look MAAAVVVELLOUS, wearing those clothes they bought years go, proving the whole statement: good fashion design is like antique furniture - you don't chuck it out in the garage, you wear it."
I chucked out those '80s clothes long ago. I'll have to pull from the 90s or from another era.