Back to the 80s: Pegged Rolled Jeans Trend Coming Back? and other 80s Fashion – Kickin’ it Old School

I came across an interesting 80s fashion trend that might just be on its way back into style.Pegged Jeans On December 29th (2008), People.com published a “StyleWatch” featuring some of the latest looks and one was titled “cuffed jeans.” This was called different things back in the 80s like “pegged” or “tight-rolled” and was a common trend for jeans for several years that decade.

Below you can see that Amanda Peet, Katie Holmes and Rachel Bilson (from left to right respectively) take a casual cue from the 80s in their distressed and pegged jeans.

Cuffed Jeans

Could this 80s trend be coming back into vogue? Looks like it might to me.

I came across this sort of odd video by the musical group Relient K which demonstrates how to tight-roll your jeans. It was appropriate for this topic, so here it is:

That started to make me think of the other 80s fashions that could start to come back:
- Shoulder padsblue eye makeup
- Blue eye shadow, mascara and/or eyeliner
- Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor shoes
- Neon colors
- Teased hair (lots of Aqua Net)
- Collar up on your polo shirt
- Swatch watches (I still wear mine sometimes)
- Leggings or stirrup pants
- Jelly sandals
- Slouch socks or no socks
- Acid wash, stone wash, ripped jeans
- Fat/thick laces for your shoes
Ray-ban Wayfarers- Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses
- Michael Jackson Thriller jacketleg warmers
- Leg warmers
- Side pony tail
- Parachute pants and Flight pants
- Polka dots
- Spandex shorts or pants under skirts
- Jelly bracelets and slap bracelets
- Guess jeans, Jordache jeans, Calvin Klein jeans
- Skinny ties (for men or women including knit with squared off bottom)
- Run-DMC Adidas shoes
- Ocean Pacific (O.P.)
- Vaurnet, Esprit, Benetton
off-the-shoulder- Off-the-shoulder sweatshirts or blouses
- Members Only jackets
- Banana clipsvans
- Checker-board Vans shoes
- Mesh shirts
- Kangol hats
- Suede Puma shoes and Puma windbreakers
- Oakley Frogskins
- Clothing with Japanese symbols and/or writing on them
- Long dangling earrings and mismatched earrings
fingerless gloves- Fingerless gloves or lace gloves
- Clipping or tying an oversized t-shirt up on one side
- Aviator jackets and sunglasses (Top Gun)
- Docksiders (Sebago, Eastland, Sperry) and Penny-loafersMiami Vice
- Miami Vice look
- Comb sticking out of back pocket
- Button-fly jeans
- Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts
- Coca-cola Branded clothing
- Crimped hair
- Bandanas tied around leg
- Jams shorts
- Friendship pins
- Argyle socks
buttons on denim jacket- Buttons/pins on your jacket
- Denim jackets
- Feather roach clips
- L.A. Gear
- Units Knit clothing
- Vision Street Wear and Airwalk
- Z Cavaricci pants

That’s all I could think of right now. Did I miss any that you feel were memorable? As much of an 80s fan as I am, believe me, I am NOT condoning that any of these fashion trends come back in the near future. I love everything about the 80s, but fashion was definitely not one of that decade’s strong points. What do you think?

That will do it for this issue of Kickin’ it Old School. I need to go practice tight-rolling my jeans (if I remember how). Thanks as always for reading. If you are interested in reading more of my 80s related issues, please click there for a summary of those. You can also click on the Archives in the upper left hand column or use the Google Search Box at the top of the right hand column to find any other issues you may have missed. If you are a fan of Kickin’ it, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK LOGO in the upper right hand column. This will take you to the new Fan Page where I ask you to then click on “Become a Fan”. If you are not a Facebook member yet, please consider joining and registering as a fan at that page. Peace and much love.

Check this out: I thought this picture was a little ironic. What do you think?

ironic locksmith

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  1. – Wait – Chuck taylors went out of style????
    – There are a few that I have actually seen around nowadays though, and still seem to be popular –
    *Blue eyeshadow ( scary isn’t it?)
    *Leggings/legwarmers ( at Old Navy no less!)
    *Ripped jeans ( imagine PAYING for those! )
    *Polka dots
    *Jelly bracelets and slap bracelets (jelly bracelets are in all colors and each color means something different)
    *Checker-board Vans shoes ( saw some in a store window in a mall )
    *Clothing with Japanese symbols and/or writing on them ( thanks to Pirates movie )

    – I need to find my rainbow sweater with the huge rainbow emblazoned across it, and my ribbon barrettes!

    …and ok, here’s my question…what’s up with Rachel Bilson’s shoes?!? – they look like short boots with cuffs at the top – but I can see her toes! – or maybe she has some sort of leg/foot-warmer around them – That, or she has some freakishly starnge looking ankles! Yipes! :O

    Great post OS!

  2. I think you did a fine job of droning up most of the decades fashion disasters! Although Chuck Taylors were cool long before the eighties resurgence. I also remember Jordache being a popular seventies brand.

  3. OH GOD – not legwarmers!! Leggings are apparently still in btw. And yes, I agree with PG about Rachel Bilson’s hybrid boot-sandals. Oh, and I still have a Kangol hat in my drawer – fortunately, the climate is too warm here for me to wear it!

  4. DO NOT tell me that Chuck Taylor All-stars EVER went out of style– I still have my 27 pairs from the mid-90s when I worked at the school district. I keep hoping that my orthotics will go in them, and I can wear them again…

  5. Uhh, Richard (Dawson), we’re gonna go with Dolphin shorts. Good answer! Good answer!

    “Is Dolphin shorts up on the board? Show me… Dolphin shorts!”

    BTW – I’m first time here and I like what you’ve done. I’m a 70s/80s straddler. I’ll be back to go through your archives. Must pretend to work now. Thanks for the flashback!

    Stay cool forever. Don’t ever change, have a great summer and all those quotes from our yearbooks. (Class of ’84)

  6. Reply to: WhaHappen?
    Glad to have you!!! I hope you find lots of other issues to enjoy. Comments and suggestions always welcomed. Please come back often because I try to update a few times a week and there are nearly 200 back issues.
    Thanks and spread the word to anybody else you think might like it.

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