Sunday, March 16, 2014

On Mullets and Typewriters

Tunic: J. C. Penney's
Bra top: Boscov's
Jeans: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's

Strawberry Peach Rhinestone Necklace

Dress: Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Bra top: Boscov's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Kohl's 

Blouse: Jessica Simpson, Boscov's
Bra top: Delia's
Jeans: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Nine West, Boscov's

Jacket: Bongo, Sears
Camisole: Kohl's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: Dolce by Mojo Moxy, Shoe Dept.
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's

Bead stock-up spree

They're a dynamic duo if ever I saw one - united in the clumsy, cringe-worthy, and clackety (for want of a better last "c" word descriptor) nature of their awfulness.  Nevertheless, I can't take full credit for the connection between these two 1980s (dare I say) icons.  That honor goes to the author of the 1986 romance novel I'm currently reading (or, more appropriately, to her ghostwriter).  Two professional eighties women, clawing their way to the top of the corporate ladder "Working Girl" style with nothing but impossibly inefficient typewriters and smoldering studs to stop them.  (It's a romance novel, people, not a feminist manifesto.)  Here's the line about the mullet:

"She wore it [her hair] long enough in the back to be pinned up in a chignon when she wished, and short enough on the top and sides so that she could style it from fussy to practical as the occasion, and her whim, demanded."

Notice that the word "mullet" is never actually mentioned.  But the telltale business in the front, party in the back description gives this ever-suspect style away.  Given their taste for trends, these corporate cuties may have painted the town in one of the 1980s-inspired looks featured here.  It was an era, after all, that never met a rhinestone or a pairing of pastels and neons that it didn't like.  (I realize that I talk about 1980s style a lot, so much so that I might as well call this blog My Crazy Eighties Dress Up Diary, or, for something snappier, Romancing the Rhinestone.)     

I'd be remiss without addressing the whole visible bra trend that's "working it" in these outfits.  Although it caught on sometime last summer, it wasn't a look that I felt the need to pursue until now.  Not that I would ever sport the plunging tunic and bandeau combo in the first ensemble.  That sort of no-holds-barred raciness is best left to runways and rockers.  But it makes for a nice dramatic visual, as well as a fitting foil for the more demure but still edgy striped dress and bra top team in ensemble number two.  Kind of like Madonna meets Debbie Gibson.  You know.  Before Ms. Gibson  became a girl gone wild.  

1 comment:

Jewel Divas Style said...

I loved Debbie Gibson and wanted to be Australia's version of her!