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How To Spot A True Child Of The 80’s

I’ll be the first to admit, I am a true child of the 80’s.  But what exactly does that mean?  What makes someone a child of the 80’s?  Here are a few of the #1 signs.

Big Hair

Anyone who has teenage or young adult photos with super teased, aqua-net maxed out hairdos.  We’re not just talking about long hair here.  A lot of generations can attribute that trait.  We’re talking about hair that stood up, out and had enough volume to hide a small family of four.  Major doos!


While you’re checking those old photos, be on the lookout for an abundance of leather clothing.  Not just leather jackets and shoes, but leather shirts and pants as well.  You can just hear the  “scrinch scrunch, scrinch scrunch” of the leather just thinking about it, can’t you?


As most people will tell you, the whole purpose of makeup is to make you look more attractive, without you necessarily looking like you’re actually wearing makeup.  This was NOT the case in the 80’s.  The more bold and brash the colors, the hotter you were.

Boom Boxes and Walkman

The 80’s kids were the first generation to have truly portable and “cool” audio devices.  These were in the forms of elaborate 20-pound boomboxes with equalizers, stabilizers, and sound features that would make a recording studio jealous.  Between these, and The Walkman cassette player you could carry in one hand or fasten to your belt, pulling your pants down on one side, anyone could take their music with them.  You just needed a strong shoulder or belt.

Denim Jackets

Though denim has always been fashionable when it comes to jeans, it truly became popular in 80’s with the creation of the denim jacket.  Whether it was ruggedly cropped for men, or fashionably “bedazzled” for the ladies, the jean jacket was everywhere.  If you didn’t own one in the early 80’s, you were no one.


The man buns and ponytails of today are a total joke.  Back in the 80’s though, if a guy had a nice long banded mullet he could have any girl he wanted.  Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but the damn things were cool.  This fad even carried forward into the 90’s, it was so popular.

Neon Everything

When you think of the 60’s and 70’s, one of the first fashion trends you may think of is tie-dye.  The 80’s answer to tie-dye was neon;  Neon EVERYTHING!  Neon pants, shirts, shoes, headbands, wristbands, even neon condoms believe it or not.  Even a blind man could see you coming with these brazen shades walking down the street towards him.  Hell, you could HEAR those bright shades coming at you!


Two lingering word/phrases that are still in common circulation today, and they started back in the 80’s.  NOT was the ultimate sarcastic ending to every untrue sentence.  Psyche was used more as a “Do you believe what I just said?  You fool” type utterance.  Both were, and still are, annoying as hell when they’re used against you.

Hair Metal

This is my personal favorite product of the 80’s.  Bands like Def Leppard, Kiss, Aerosmith, and Motley Crue started the fad in the late 70’s, but it really took off in the 80’s when bands like the Scorpion, Ratt, Poison, and Warrant joined the mix.  Giant hairdos, leather clothing, loud riffs, and power ballads which would melt the coolest dude or dudette’s heart.  That was Hair metal!


You may not think much of the station now, but when it started back in the 80’s, MTV was THE station to watch for teens and young adults.  This is back when they actually played music videos and had decent VJ’s.  You didn’t truly know a song by heart unless you could identify it by a 2-3 second video clip as well.

The Brat Pack

If you don’t know the actors that made up this unofficial movie star group, you were either not alive yet in the 80’s, or were hiding in a hole somewhere.  They consisted of:

Emilio Estevez

Anthony Michael Hall

Rob Lowe

Andrew McCarthy

Demi Moore

Judd Nelson

Molly Ringwald

Ally Sheedy

These were the teenage movie star you saw in all of the greatest 80’s movies such as “16 Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Weird Science.”  If you haven’t seen these movies enough time to be able to quote half the entire film by memory, you are not a true child of the 80’s.

So, how many of my fellow 80’s children have taken part in all these 80’s fads?  Leave your results in the Comments section below.

Myself?  I have to admit that there are four of these 80’s fads I didn’t follow.  The first one to guess all 4 will be featured as a main character in an upcoming novel of mine.