Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Parachute Pants | 80s Fashions Gone Wrong

It's no big shocker that everything old becomes new again. It's hip to wear old-school gear. I'll admit I still love me some bell bottom jeans from the 1970s. 1980s neon colored fashions, ballet slippers, gummy bracelets and accessories can easily be purchased at any mall in America today. There is, however, one '80s fashion or clothing item I truly never want to wear again. I'd even take leg warmers over these suckers!



Parachute Pants


Yes, I owned several pairs. No, I'd never be caught dead in parachute pants ever again! I don't care if the grand prize at an '80s costume party was a real-live date with Corey Feldman or Jason Bateman. Okay, well maybe in that case, I'd squeeze into a pair for those two, but seriously...

Okay, for the younger readers who have no idea what I'm talking about... Parachute pants were made of nylon material and featured crap-loads of zippers perfectly positioned along the leg and backside. Parachute pants became really popular with break dancers because the nylon material made spinning on cardboard much easier than denim.






35 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

And those tight peg-leg pant legs...

I'm hoping ONE DAY they will stop making all pants with peg legs. Because they still make them all this way, unless you go to a specialty shop *insert rolling eyes here* lol...

blueviolet said...

Those were just horrendous!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I remember those being insanely popular when I was a kid, but I never owned a pair myself...but, I also can't remember wanting a pair :-)

Grace said...

Loved the parachute pants but sadly, never owned a pair. It'd be quite a sight but I'd probably try to squeeze into a pair just for shits and giggles.

Vintage Christine said...

They made everyone look fat AND they were horrendously hot to boot. Good riddance!!!

Liz said...

I think craploads, as a word, is highly underrated. :) It should be part of our everyday vocab, if you ask me.

The Random Blogette said...

Oh yuck. And remember skidz?

Christiejolu said...

Yeah I am so glad I was too young for those...

Babes Mami said...

I thought the MC Hammer pants were parachute pants? Or were those harem pants?

No One Reads The Copy said...

are you gonna judge me if i tell you I want a pair?

:)

Tracie said...

Those were horrible! That's one trend I didn't fall for.

Riot Kitty said...

I didn't wear them...and I don't miss them! But I did peg my pants. Lifetime of embarrassment over that decision, even though I was 12!

Copyboy said...

Whoa! That takes me back. I had such a crush on the girls in my grade that used to wear 'em.

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

"Parachute pants became really popular with break dancers because the nylon material made spinning on cardboard much easier than denim." hm.... that must be why my break dancing career has yet to take off.

ps: someone named Fourth Grade Nothing got an award on my page. i don't know if you're into those things, but just take a look and humor me.

Marnie said...

Now those pants are a blast from the past. I owned several pairs too. What was I thinking???

TS Hendrik said...

I never understood the draw of them. They just weren't pretty.

MiMi said...

They make me think of Eddie Murphy. Remember that comedy show he did where he was in red leather with zippers everywhere??

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

They are and were ugly. True story: I had a friend that had a domineering mother that would force my friend to wear those pants to school in Jr. High. He would wear the pants HE wanted to wear under them and change them before going home.

Joe Cap said...

Maybe I am odd, but they don't look so bad to me...I would much rather see them than those horrible baggy pants worn halfway down the waist!

Jenn said...

Oh how I always wanted a pair of parachute pants and oh how my parents said no no no!! lol WHY??? hehehe

Caution Flag said...

I really didn't mind them. Then again, I never owned a pair either.

sara said...

I think I mentioned before that I used to work at Discovery Zone. The uniform there was a golf shirt adn parachute pants. We all made that ffrrrt ffrrrt noise every time we moved...drove me crazy. But great for staying clean in kiddie bday parties!

Marlene said...

Oh....I think I had a pair of those in khaki! Looking back, they really ARE ugly!

Salt said...

*sigh*
I had a pair of these also. They were gray. And when I wore them, I felt very stylish.

What the hell was I thinking.

LaraAnn said...

I was never even interested in getting a pair of parachute pants, thank goodness. I did have a couple of pairs of those tight peg-leg pants/jeans but I didn't care for them that much.

Darlene said...

hahahahaha, literally LOL'ing here. Oh boy... they remind me of Michael Jackson's Thriller outfit pants. takes me back!

baygirl32 said...

Suprisingly I never owned a pair of those... and I don't think I ever will.

Mimi said...

Worst. Fashion Trend. Ever. Hands down!

kisatrtle said...

Those were and remain frieghtening.

Bossy Betty said...

Hi There!

Do you know where I can get a pair of these? Just fab!!

Powdered Toast Man said...

What, no mention of M.C. Hammer? I think he deserves a shout out.

I'm going to create a new style and actually make pants out of a parachute.

Sara Louise said...

I had a pink pair when I was like 8. I was stylin!

于倫 said...

人生的苦惱,不在擁有太少,而在奢望太多。..................................................

b-chica said...

I loved these. I had a red pair and I wore them with a shirt that the body was black & white check with red sleeves and a skinny red belt that was worn either double wrapped or wrapped around the waist once and across the chest.

Andrea Sweet said...

I loved these. I thought they looked hot on everybody. I loved the 80's.

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