Doing the Time Warp

Posted by ZenMom Sunday, February 7, 2010

As the rest of the world was stuffing their faces and watching some hopefully funny new commercials during Super Bowl 2010, I was at the local mall with my oldest.  By the way, if you ever need to go shopping, that's the time to do it.  We parked right out front and practically had the whole place to ourselves.

Anyway...halfway through the mall, my daughter started a chant .

"Please can we go into Forever XXI?  Please, please, pleeeaaase?"

In a moment of weakness I acquiesced and in we went.  Within a few minutes I had an eerie feeling come over me. Why, it was like I had died and gone to that great '80s haven in the sky.  I seriously thought Madonna or Flock of Seagulls or Duran Duran were going to jump out from behind a wall and start reenacting some vintage MTV video.

Since THAT didn't happen, I settled on the fact that I was having one of the most amazing deja vu experiences ever!  Rack by rack, I walked by things swear I wore when I was young.  I even have pictures to prove it.

As far as the eye could see, there were cropped jeans, cropped jackets and leggings galore.  There were long sweaters with banded bottoms and neon print jackets too.  The only things missing were the shoulder pads.  You remember the ones, don't you?  They made us all look like very pretty, very feminine linebackers.  Oh, those were the days.

Now I realize some of you are youngsters.  At this point in my little tale you're probably uttering a not-so-quiet, "Heh?  What the hell is this lady talking about?"

But for all you old farts like me, this was a bittersweet walk down memory lane.  Sweet because it brought back so many memories, and bitter because I realize how long ago it was that I was young and was decked out in stuff that could have come from Forever XXI.

Chuckling and Crying (all at the same time),
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  1. Janie B Says:
  2. Yes...time really does fly. *sigh*

  3. newmumover40 Says:
  4. How freaky!! I will have to check them out. I can't imagine the 80's fashions making a resurrection. I look back at old photos and go ooooo! Maybe they are updated 80's fashions???!!!

  5. blueviolet Says:
  6. That's how I feel when I go in there too. Last time, my daughter tried on these weird shiny gold leggings and I was freaked out!!!

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. Don't tell anyone, but I LOVED shoulder pads. I thought they made me look don't you be judgin' me!

  9. Melinda Says:
  10. I'm so with ya, girl! My daughter loves Forever 21, too. It's a very deja vu experience. And a reminder of how very old I am getting. This is kind of funny ... a while back I walked out of my bedroom wearing what I thought was a very nice outfit. My daughter took one look at me and said, "Mom, it looks like the 80s threw up on you." Thanks, sweetie.

  11. I know! I have 2 daughters, 19 and 15 and they're big into leggings. Next do you think the perms will come back, all that high hair?? God, I hope not....

  12. While used to adore shoulder pads - please oh please don't let them make a comeback...

  13. Susan Fobes Says:
  14. So we are "in" again? Great! Pass me my neon jacket...

  15. I never go into Forever 21 for fear the staff will point and laugh.


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