Stuck in 1984

Normally, I think it would be a great thing to be stuck in 1984. I was young, there was some great music, the U.S. was rocking the Olympics…but that same year also had some bad things: the Reagan presidency, Michael Jackson’s scalp being burned filming a Pepsi commercial, Marvin Gaye being murdered by his father.

And it also has some terrible optical fashions. Eye glasses from that year (hell, the entire decade) were horrible. Big, bulky, geeky.

Yet when I went to Pearle Vision yesterday to look into some cheap prescriptions sunglasses, I was astonished at the selection of 80’s inspired eyewear. What gives? Who still buys these things?


  1. Comment by Will on May 14, 2008 5:34 am

    One of the prime rules of fashion is that what goes around comes around. When it reappears, it’s called “revival” or “retro” but it’s been changed subtly enough that you can’t just pull your old one out of the closet or drawer, you have to buy it all over again–at current prices. These designers aren’t dumb!

  2. Comment by BigMomma on May 14, 2008 9:14 am

    OMG – I went to look at some sunglasses for a present for Kevin’s graduation next week and thought I’d get him a nice pair.. so I dropped by the Copley to check out this year’s Ray Ban’s … and thought.. There is not way in hell that Kevin would wear those! I thought right away that he looked like he was on an episode of CHIPS.

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