Red Vintage Blazer, or 90s Power Mom

Women’s suits have an interesting history. Wanna hear some? Excellent.

In the 1870s, Paris was in an uproar over the custom-made trouser suits being worn by actress Sarah Bernhardt. She liked to call them her “boy clothes”, which- safe to assume, further pissed off those men and women who already felt she lacked the proper level of shame.

In the 19th century, women were experiencing (at least among the upper classes) a certain increase in freedom for recreational activities like horseback riding. It’s at this time we see men’s styles mirrored in women’s fashion. The look of choice: suit jackets with long skirts.

I’ve paired my slightly oversized, double-breasted blazer with black tights because I like the juxtaposition of proper and professional with edgy. These heels weren’t a part of the original outfit. I was making a video, which you can watch below, and wanted to be taller, as well as move differently, and forgot to change back into my original choice.

The lens was too high to show my feet, so it didn’t matter. But when it came time for the photography portion, I forgot to take them off. I went back and forth for a while debating on whether or not I liked them. I typically have a keen sense of what I like and what looks good to me, so this was a disconcerting feeling.

In the 1940s, Pachucas, female members of a Mexican-American subculture, wear zoot suits to project a rebellious, tough girl image. Feminists begin wearing zoot suits as a rejection of their limited roles as wife and mother. Katherine Hepburn rocks the hell out of slack pants suits and the world can’t stop talking about it.

The 1980s is synonymous with shoulder pads. Throw a Walkman in any direction and it’d likely bounce off some woman’s shoulder pad. Large shoulder pads began as a fashion trend on haute couture runways, but it quickly spread to mainstream culture. When I was growing up, a jacket without shoulder pads was kind of a joke.

The 1980s also saw a decline in the feminist movement, and with a lousy economy, even the President was blaming women in the workplace for higher rates of unemployment. Things were looking bleak for women; and then came shoulder pads. While they were created with purely fashion in mind, the power suit, as it came to be called, would be a perfect symbol of strength and solidarity for women. The message was clear: we are strong, capable, and here to stay. It said, make room at the table boys, my brains and shoulder pads are going to need some space.

If you enjoy a little history mixed in with your fashion, let me know in the comments!

I would have liked to include some full-length shots, but time and circumstances… But honestly, this blazer looks so good in full sun that I’d like to make a second, more comprehensive video with this jacket worn in different ways. Would you like that?

Did you wear shoulder pads back when they were popular? Do you enjoy wearing them now? If so, may I suggest you try your neighborhood thrift store first? Better for the environment. Go forth and conquer.

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17 thoughts on “Red Vintage Blazer, or 90s Power Mom

    1. I hated them too, but my mother insisted I needed them to look like a decent human being apparently. Now I’m a big fan of the thing I hated (as it tends to go with humans πŸ˜„) Thanks for your comment darlin🌴

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      1. …mother insisted I needed them to look like a decent human being

        Oh geezzzz. The fashion gods & goddesses including RuPaul would have PLENTY to scream, bob their heads side-to-side, and snap fingers from their rubbery wrists at your Mom!!! Seriously. πŸ™„πŸ˜

        So then, would your Mom also be in favor of any cosmetic surgeries like Botox, augmentations, enhancements, sex changes, or He-Shes, and teeth-implants too!? πŸ˜† Where does it stop? LOL I mean, what in the world is wrong with El Naturale I ask!?

        Well… now toothpaste and deodorant are very useful now that I think about it. πŸ€”

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        1. Oh no, no, no. Let’s not give toothpaste and deodorant a free pass, haha. Let the pheromones and morning breath live! I’m kidding, of course. I don’t call myself moderately hippie for nothing. I think after that next to the structure of shoulder pads, unpadded women’s jackets just looked a bit sloppy and cheap. From what I remember, cheap jackets had flimsy thin pads and the nicer stuff could absorb bullets, so by a decent human, what I meant was presentable and stylish.

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    2. I could’ve sworn I responded to your comment, but it isn’t showing up from what I can tell. I remember when shoulder pads started going out of style how I relished ripping them out of all my jackets, lol. Felt like burning pictures of an ex in a bonfire or something badass like that haha

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    1. I really thought I responded to your comment, but maybe WordPress is messing with me? Thank you so much, girlie. I don’t typically go for red, but maybe it’s time. I’ll definitely keep your views on the red in mind πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh my goodness! I kept having this faint sense that this jacket was familiar to me and I couldn’t pin it down, but yes! Thank you! And you poor, poor darling, wearing shoulder pads as a swimmer. That’s the thing about fashion. It’s meant to be a creative expression and to boost our appearance, and then society highjacks it and forces it down our throats (or onto our bodies) whether the style is meant for us or not. I remember being forced to wear thick, itchy stockings in Florida heat throughout my childhood, which was nonsensical (although now I do wear an occasional very sheer pair in autumn or winter).

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  1. Lyz, I find ANYTHING you fashion or present is smashing. You have a great eye for your 1-of-a-kind style. This vintage red blazer would look fantastic on you inside-out even! I’d imagine upside down too. πŸ˜‰

    P.S. It’s been a long long while since you posted last; January then late April. IOW, not 3-4 times a month. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see you every other month or so but happy you still post on WordPress versus all the other (insane # of other SM sites) teen & young adult SM sites. 😜 Obviously WordPress is for the… umm…

    …more sophisticated with loads of value to share? πŸ˜‰ ❀

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    1. I’ve got to say I figured most of you lovely folks had all but forgotten about me during the course of this dry spell, but I’m so pleasantly surprised- thrilled even- to hear from old familiar friends like yourself πŸ™‚ I’m actually pretty active on Instagram. It’s a different sort of creative expression for me, and I love building a curated look. Plus, I can do more in the way of videos and live broadcasts there and share little day to day things. Each platform has its perks, but I have missed the longer form of blogging and the conversations we get to have here, so I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. Thank you for helping me feel welcomed back, Professor πŸ™‚

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