Back in the Day: My 80’s Outfits

Rather than just sharing my current outfits and favourite styles, I thought I might share a little of my style past with you.  I mean, ‘I am the sum total of my existence’* so it makes sense that you can see where my sartorial choices stem from.

Alternatively, it is just an opportunity to have a laugh at some of the silly things I use to wear between the years of 1985 and 2001.

1985 – Christmas at my Grandparents house and look who turned up? Amazing. This dress was actually the bridesmaid dress I wore for my other Grannie’s wedding a month or so earlier. How cute is the burgundy and white?


1985 – Also taken around Christmas time. I was given this gorgeous white faux-fur coat with matching hand-warmer (there’s a technical name for it that I have forgotten, I’m sure). This coat has been lent out over the years to various cousins and sisters and is now in my youngest sister’s wardrobe. It has lasted well over 25 years! Also, how cute are the white tights? I think I need to bring those back into my wardrobe.


1986 – Back at my Grandparents house again and tinkering away on their grand piano. This is pretty much how I spent my childhood there. That and spending hours on the swing in the garden singing Disney songs at the top of my lungs. Oh, how the neighbours must have loved me. This thick red dress was a firm staple in my toddler wardrobe. I loved red then as much as I do now.


1986 – Taking a walk in the woods with my Mum and little brother. I am sporting a pretty awesome dog print sweater with some spankingly new red wellies. I love this outfit and would totally wear it today. Also, check out my Mum in double denim with the collar popped!


1986 – Ever the poser and with an early love for horizontal stripes. Blunt fringe, stripes and tight jeans? Hell yes, I was one hip child.


Do you have a favourite outfit of yours from the 80’s? Do share, I would love to hear all about it.


* quote from One Giant Leap. If you have never listened to that album, you really must. It’s one of my most favourite albums ever.




  1. 3 November 2011 / 9:37 pm

    You were too cute. Love the pose in the last one.

    • Elizabeth
      3 November 2011 / 11:57 pm

      Always been a poser, it would seem. 😉

  2. 3 November 2011 / 9:43 pm

    The technical term for the fur handwarmer is erm ‘muff’ I believe 🙂

    I love the pic of you posing in your striped sweater (you can really tell it’s you) AND you’re against a red brick wall so all it’s very Rosalillium!!!

    • Elizabeth
      3 November 2011 / 11:57 pm

      Oh my, I’ve only just seen that too. Clearly, posing in front of a brick wall has been a lifelong occupation of mine.

  3. 5 November 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Oh Elizabeth, I LOVE THIS POST. Also, I had a favourite dress VERY like that red one, and also a blunt fringe and ponytail.

  4. Lizzy
    5 November 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Even though I was a 90s child I had some pretty amazing wardrobe choices! My favourite has to be the multicoloured, corduroy dungarees that I lived in as a toddler!

  5. 7 November 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Eek, I’m basically wearing your last outfit today – I’ve even got the fringe! Love that ice queen coat, and I used to have a muff too (on a string). I thought I was the DOGS!

    • Elizabeth
      8 November 2011 / 10:02 am

      That’s brilliant. I’m glad that some style has not changed! 😀

  6. 22 November 2011 / 8:41 pm

    Awwww… especially the white faux fur coat and the stripey jumper complete with proper pose! Love ’em 🙂

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