Although it seems impossible to make an outfit of hot pink stirrup pants, high-top LA Gears, and an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt any hotter, there is one key 80s accessory you couldn’t leave home without – the Swatch watch.
These tubular timepieces were made of pure, unadulterated plastic and came in any variety of neon colors and awesome designs. From the stripped-away design that let you see your watch battery (from the front!) to the versions with bands as colorful as Rainbow Brite herself, there were Swatches for everyone. Yes, that’s Swatches… plural. If you couldn’t claim at least three or four, consider yourself a grade-A loser. If you considered yourself a really bold 80s fashionista, you rocked three or four at the same time.
But we haven’t even touched on the best part of the Swatch… the ‘Swatch Guard.’ Only an accessory as cool as a Swatch could have its own accompanying accessory. The guard came in every color you could dream of (neon blue? check. black? check. hot pink? check.) and slipped right over the watch face for added protection (and added style!) Twist two together for that cool candy-stripe look, or go for the ‘Swatch Guard Too’ (pictured), which left the whole face clear for your viewing pleasure. Why would an easily-replaceable $20 plastic watch need extra protection? Because it was just that awesome.
We ♥ Swatches.