1989: The Year I Was a Maniac, Maniac on the Floor

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are indeed sequin leg warmers I’m wearing in this photo. They match the sequin cummerbund belt and the sequin arm bands. How about those lovely white jazz shoes? And we won’t even talk about the hair. (My bad hair history will be a recurring theme in the Flashback Friday series.)

This was one of my college danceline costumes. The dancers were called “The Southern Belles” and we performed at college basketball games. Yep, I was sort of like an L.A. Laker girl. And by L.A., I mean Lower Alabama.

To be honest, this look wasn’t totally my fault. It was a costume obviously. I didn’t pick it out. There was an even worse costume the year before. It was a red unitard. Seriously.  Here’s the photo.

As horrible as these sequined numbers are, I must fess up to the fact that I did indeed own several pairs of leg warmers in the 80’s. Unfortunately, (or perhaps, very fortunately for me), I couldn’t find any other photos of me wearing said leg warmers.

I blame this whole trend on Jennifer Beals and the Flashdance movie. Sure, they looked great on her, with her freakishly-long dancer legs. And while I may have been a dancer at the time, I never had dancer legs. I had the same short stubby little legs I have today. And wearing a band of bunched up fabric around my ankles just made them look even shorter and stubbier. What the hell was I thinking? I was a maniac to ever wear those things. (See what I did there?)

Check out my Pinterest 80’s Board to see where I got some of my inspiration back in the day.

 

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