7 Things From The 80s That Need To Make A Comeback

Ah, the 80s... a time when earrings were neon, cars were outrageous, summers were doused in garden party cocktails, and Charlies Angels had the biggest and best hair.

The decade brings back memories of a general sense of fun – discos, loud clothes, cracking music and all ‘round good times. Could we use a dose of the 80s right now? You bet we could!

Here are seven things from the decade that 2021 could do with right now:

  • Madonna: But not "now" Madonna, it must be 80s Madonna. The Madonna who taught us to wear our chiffon skirts big and our bras small. Whose chart-toppers ripped us from whatever mundane task we were doing. She made us want to dance our asses off immediately. Someone go tell her she's needed.
  • Crimped Hair: If we can’t have hairdressers, then we each need a personal home hair crimper immediately. The sense of both volume and potential as a fabulous contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race cannot be underestimated.
  • Roller Discos: Think short-shorts, sweatbands and smiling across the room at your latest crush while you shimmy under the flashing lights. None of your scary A&E-inducting ice rinks, oh no; safe, safe roller skates on a nice wooden floor, please and thank you.
  • Leg Warmers: I will fight anyone who tells me that there is an outfit on this earth that can’t be enhanced by a pair of leg warmers. Jeans, swimsuits, high heels, ballet pumps, even wedding dresses. Go on, challenge me!
  • Music: There is not one popular (I did say popular!) song from the 80s that would not make me park the car, run to the nearest field and go full-on Footloose. I appreciate that I am not getting out lately but believe me, some of these songs transcend Covid-lockdown desperation.
  • Playing Outside: If you were a child of the 80s you would struggle to think of a time that you played indoors. I can remember bike races around the neighbourhood, football matches in the nearest field, chasing, knick-knacks, curbies, hopscotch and skipping. I have no idea where our parents were during any of this; but I’m 100% sure they weren’t worried about our mental health or threatening to turn off the internet. Such better, simpler times.
  • Angel Delight: My kingdom for the first person who brings me a bowl with sprinkles on the side…

What things from the 80s do you miss?

Sharyn Hayden

Sharyn is the author of comedy smash, 'I Forgot to Take My Pill!' (Amazon) and mammy to two amazing kids, Jacob and Eva. She blogs at RaisingIreland.com and is the creator of Skinny Batch Bakery in North Co. Dublin.

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