Originally Posted by NakedPancakes
People keep talking about bubble skirts. I don't believe I've ever seen them.
were cool! My mom made one for me out of houndstooth fabric when I was a younger teen, and it was kind of a big deal for me...my first piece of "couture"!
Basically, anything bold was popular then--bold and chunky jewelry, bold colors, bold clothes!
The ruffled skirts were popular then. They were usually mini-skirts with maybe three layers of ruffles. Butterick
has a pattern that might be helpful...it's not exact, but maybe it can pass for an '80's skirt. Lamé was a popular fabric for party dresses as well as satin. For my high school dances, strapless was usually pretty popular, although I'm not sure who figured that putting a developing woman's bust into a strapless dress would make for a good idea!
We would wear lots of rhinestone jewelry with these dresses, and if you wanted to be really fancy-schmancy, you could wear elbow-length gloves or lace gloves. Madonna influenced a lot of the '80's fashion. Layers of jewelry were popular too. We'd pore over our Seventeen magazines and oogle over the Gunne Sax dresses!
If you can find old reruns of the short-lived '80's sitcom, "Square Pegs", or even "The Facts of Life", these can be helpful, as well as old John Hughes' movies: Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club. Am I dating myself here?
My sister had a dress almost exactly like Madonna's dress in her "Material Girl"
video minus the bow in the back, if that helps to paint a picture.
Since we're talking about dresses--please everybody, don't laugh!--I posted a couple of my prom pictures if it'll help. I didn't include the guys I went with since we were talking about dresses. The names have been changed to protect the innocent!
The green dress you might not be able to see a lot of detail in the picture because of the lighting, but it was kind of "Carmen Miranda"-ish in that it was short in the front and went longer in the back and had a ruffle around the bottom (I think this was a Vogue pattern) similar to this
current Vogue pattern style. The burgundy dress had a detachable dotted tulle overlay skirt so you could wear it straight or with the overlay--very cool! Hope some of my rantings helped a bit!