I’m now the proud owner of this awesome 35 mm slide featuring Gen-Xers in 1985 huddling in a 80s fashion mashup. That plastic charm necklace is superb! So, let’s go through these styles one by one.
On the far right we have a splatter-paint dress donned by an obvious 3rd grader or possibly very short 6th grader. Scram, kid. You don’t belong in this photo.
If you wish to revive this look, you can use the directions on this website to create your own 80s splatter paint top.
The girl next to her is sporting the preppy look with her argyle sweater vest. She’s also wearing a scarf bow, which is totally on point with that denim skirt. This girl is probably named Brittany. Look closely, she’s also wearing a long, single earring. Kid had it going on young, y’all.
The girl in the pink shirt is wearing pinstripe denim, which was very popular in the 80s. Here is where I write a word you haven’t heard in 30 years: GITANO. These were CHIC knock-offs that were sold at Wal-Mart. She’s also wearing a canvas belt with a D ring. These were pretty hot back in the day. I had one with earth-tone stripes, but they also came in pastel stripes and two-tone sherbet-colored stripes. This girl is probably named Kelly or Kimberly.
The girl in the shorts is wearing an awesome pink jogging set. Bonus points because the jacket is satin! Also, 20 bucks says she’s wearing Reebok pumps. Just look at her. This girl was everyone’s best friend. Probably still is.
Totally Rad: 80s Plastic Charm Necklace
The next girl looks perfectly smitten with her friends and plastic charm necklace. Sweet girl and sweet times, eh? I bet her name was/is Jessica and I bet she was homecoming queen.
This last girl is my favorite. She’s wearing THE color of the 80s — hot pink. I can’t make out what the T-shirt says. BET, maybe? No clue what that was, but she looks awfully tough for a 6th grader. Check out her totally kicked-back shoulder. She’s a bit of a Madonna-Wannabe and perhaps, most definitely, a latchkey kid. I bet her name is Heather. Like the girl in the argyle sweater, she’s wearing a scarf bow in her hair.
I love these happy girls so much and I want them to know, wherever they are, that this picture is a gift to their generation. It’s a total time capsule for every 6th grader who lived in first-world nations in 1985. They were all born around 1973, except the little one. (She’s probably a Bicentennial Baby named Nicole.) I only have one regret. That I am not in that picture with them.
What do you think of this photo? Did you own a plastic charm necklace or bracelet?