Hello fishy friends! I am Elsie from Nitryl Blog, and I am the sister of Blogblowfish’s editor. I am a fashion fanatic and will be writing today about the superbly garish fashion from the 1980’s to celebrate Back to the Future week! If you like my content you can find my blog here or contact me on Twitter or Facebook.
From leotards to legwarmers, the 1980’s are known by many as “the decade that fashion forgot”. Thanks to the likes of Madonna, nothing was worn in small measures and anything that lacked clashing patterns and shoulder pads wasn’t worth the wearing. As you probably know by now, it is Back to the Future week, and today I am going to discuss the best and the worst fashion from the film, and whether their estimations of 2015 fashion were accurate.
Marty McFly, the uber-cool skater and guitarist, wears the same outfit throughout most of the first and second film. The burnt orange gilet and the denim jacket combo screamed 80’s, and similar pieces have become synonymous with the movie. Paired with faded ‘wrangler’ style jeans and the now fashionable white sneakers, this outfit was considerably standard for such a extravagant decade. However, Marty didn’t always wear such a laid back outfit choice.
In the future scenes of the film, he is wearing a much more exaggerated version the the previous outfit. A rubber-looking jacket (that I’m sure Will.I.Am has been seen in) and a holographic cap were added, and of course, the infamous self-tying Nike’s. The way the producers and stylists of Back to the Future predicted some of the fashion had some truth in it, but also a lot that have thankfully not come into the place. The holographic snapback can be bought from many online retailers. Whether or not this was an accurate guess or whether it was created purely to replicate that of the movie, I don’t know, but either way, they are being worn!
That being said, I am going to discuss the rest of the estimations throughout the film, and whether or not they have been correct. If I were to try and imagine what people will be wearing in 30 years, I really would be stuck. It is very difficult to comprehend what trends and fashions will take place. When we think of the future, we do naturally think of robots, PVC, and gimmicks, which must have been what the style team at Back to the Future were also thinking.
In Back to the Future 2, these two kids are seen. This estimation of 2015 kids fashion could not be further from the truth. The bright, printed and even sparkly tops are clothes most children wouldn’t be seen dead in, and as for the hats that’s another story. I assume they were going for the space-inspired look, but this glorified colander hasn’t, and I doubt ever will, catch on. The plastic sun-visor is a slightly more realistic headgear option, but unless you’re playing golf in space, I don’t think it will ever become a trend.
This dress seen is probably one of the most accurate creations of them all. Bodycon dresses have been a popular dress style loved by women (and their male partners) for years. So much so, you could not walk into a high-street fashion retailer without finding one on the racks!
This dress is a wholesale item sold in many shops, has been extremely popular in the recent months. And although it is inversed and is lacking the sleeve hoops, they are definitely similar. In a few years, who knows, those 3D appliqués may be ‘in’.
Last but not least, there is Doc. This yellow satin number could not have been left out of this post. Yet again, this isn’t that preposterous at all, and in fact for some, quite wearable. Although not a style choice for all, the individual items could be bought and more than that, worn. However, not so typically by a man.
That’s right! This gold satin shirt with overwhelming similarities to the one Doc wore in the movie can actually be bought off Asos. And although it has not got the length, there is no ignoring that almost royal gold.
In conclusion, despite the crazy colours and materials seen at face value in the movie, when inspected more closely, I think they didn’t do a too bad job at predicting fashion in 2015. Whether worn individually or just as a costume, there is no doubt that these peculiar fashion choices are around and for sale. Having said that, I believe it will be a while until we will be wearing kitchen utensils as hats, what do ya think Doc?