Is an Intervention needed?

Big Hair from the 80's

Don’t get stuck in a fashion rut, especially if that fashion is listed in the Top Ten worst fashions of any decade. I have to laugh when I look back at old pictures of myself and see the ridiculous things that I proudly wore. Yes, I wore my hair just like the ladies in this photo!


I remember a certain ivory colored, belted shirt-dress that had HUGE shoulder pads. I think that I may have been almost as wide as I am tall in that dress. The shoulder pads had to be a good 8 inches wide on each side of my tiny little body. It was all the rage then but now it looks completely ridiculous in the photos. But lemme tell ya, I wore it with a great amount of confidence because it was the coveted fashion of the time. Thank goodness I abandoned that look when it went by the wayside!


Proof right here that Cindy and I should NOT still be rocking these looks from the past! I can’t decide if my hair or my shoulder pads win for the most ridiculous, lol! Cindy is obviously loving the “bubble bangs” look!
















Into the 90’s, big hair became popular. I was born for that particular style! I was so glad that stick straight hair was no longer considered trendy since I had not learned how to control my curls yet. I welcomed big hair and wore it well. I’m not talking about just big hair, I’m talking about big TEXAS hair and even bigger bangs. I used a hair dryer, round brush and a can of hairspray to create this bubble on my forehead that was so big you could hide a small dog under it. No kidding! Why in the world did we do this? I look at pictures of me and am amazed at how I accomplished this feat.



Some styles do make their way back around eventually. I’ve always heard stylists say that if you have worn it before then you are too old to wear it again when it gets recycled. I tend to disagree with this a little bit. I think there are age appropriate ways to wear most fashions no matter your age. I don’t think I need to name obvious exceptions to this but I will name a few just in case there is any doubt. Bare midriffs or mini skirts on 50 year olds. Just because you still look good doesn’t mean you need to show it to everyone. You had your season. Let the 20 year olds have theirs! Doesn’t mean you have to shrivel up and die, just show some class.


80's fashionsThe real question that you have to ask yourself is…… did you ever STOP wearing “it” in the first place? If you are still dressing and styling your hair the same way you did 30 years ago, maybe you need a friend to step up and intervene. If money isn’t an issue, hire a stylist to help you with a makeover. Get out of that rut! Take a chance on a new look! Just because you got all kinds of compliments wearing big bangs, parachute pants, neons, and leg warmers a few years ago doesn’t mean you should still be rocking that look today.

Trust me, you are really aging yourself by not paying attention to new looks. It’s not necessary to do it all overnight. Start with the hair since that is something that will be noticed immediately. Then little by little you can upgrade your wardrobe with new looks that are right for you. I’m willing to bet your confidence will soar and it won’t be on those “wings” you and Farrah used to wear!

About Kathryn Crawford Wheat

Kathryn Crawford Wheat is a Professional Motivational Speaker, Networking Instructor, Blogger and Author of the book "Networking: Naked & Unafraid".

Kathryn began her journey as an entrepreneur in 2007 with Home Staging. In 2010 she launched her own website, Woman’s InSite. Then in 2014 she established Kathryn C. Wheat School of Real Estate. Kathryn enthusiastically teaches her proven networking methods to all who are looking for answers on what makes networking work. She teaches based on the principal, "Networking is simply starting a conversation with no destination in mind." #NetworkNaked

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  1. Should I spike my hair?

  2. Joycelyn Urech says:

    I love it…I hope some ladies read this and move on to new fashion! LOL.

  3. Sherry Davies says:

    Ugh! I was never so glad to see the 80’s go……fashion, hair, music, etc. was a disaster at best! I remember sporting this “daisy duke” style outfit and keds sneakers….you couldn’t touch this! Ha! Cute pictures of you and Cindy………you are much braver than I for sharing. =)

  4. Did anyone see the movie Working Girl? Your hair looks just like the women at the beginning of the movie when Melanie Griffith was still a secretary! Unbelievable that we thought that looked good! Thanks for the authenticity to share these.

  5. Caron McMahon says:

    I see women now & again who STILL subscribe to the Bubble Bang Theory
    & I must quell my urge for a 911 Fashion Intervention. Fun post, great pics!

  6. Donna Rooney says:

    Great story, amazing when I look at my old pictures and now! I look younger now than then, at least with my glasses off! Lol

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