Friends, if there's one thing I learned living through the Eighties, it's that oversized clothing does not flatter undersized people. The Eighties was a bad decade for me style-wise and perhaps for you too.
And yet. I was looking at Eighties patterns while searching for my bomber jacket pattern and -- I'm embarrassed to admit this -- they've started to look good to me. Have I totally lost it?
Jackets -- for both men and women -- weren't only oversized back then (thirty years ago, OMG), they were also slouchy, unstructured, and often worn with the sleeves scrunched or rolled up a la Sonny Crockett.
Half of you weren't even born yet, I know, but the other half of us were sporting things like this:
You may have noticed already that a great many of these patterns were unisex, which tells you how shapeless and ginormous these jackets were. You could fit a pair of double D's in one -- or not -- and they'd still fit just fine.
There was undoubtedly a bit of New Wave-inspiration to this overscaled look (which itself was inspired by the men's "zoot" suits of the Forties. Italian (and other mainly European) designers like Versace, Armani, and Hugo Boss made it popular. And those Japanese too.
Stateside, there were these two...can you name their show?
Parenthetically, have you heard that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 is that forever-Eighties classic, EMERALD GREEN?!
Not even preppy old me (young back then) was able to avoid the big-n-slouchy trend entirely; it's what was available (notice, too, my pegged, pleated pants).
Readers, I must ask: How do you feel today about the oversized Eighties jacket -- and other oversized clothes in general? (If you were too young to experience it the first time, does it hold any allure whatsoever?)
Is this a look you'd like to see return? Or did it already return and I just missed the memo?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!