It was an epidemic. Pant cuffs just spontaneously rolling up without warning, exposing pasty white skin if it happened to be the dead of winter. Something had to be done, and something had to be done immediately.
We don’t know WHY stirrup pants were suddenly THE pair of pants to have, but they were, and ohhh were they so 80s. The pants, typically made from cotton, were indeed comfortable, but looking back, we’re really just not sure why that elastic band looping around the sole of your feet was necessary. Girls all over the nation couldn’t get enough of them. Pair them with an oversized sweatshirt, maybe a giant button with a picture of your favorite heartthrob, and a sweatband around your head, and no one could deny your fashion-savvy ways.
We remember them being worn with flats most of the time (that way you could show off that stretchy little band of fabric strapped under your heel) but there were really several different ways one could go. Maybe a pair of scrunchy socks and boots? What about those Chuck Taylors in the closet? We say, why not?!
Let’s be honest. As with most 80s trends, this one was terrible. This look is not flattering on ANYONE. (Yes, even you over there, Skinny Minnie.) But it was so very 80s, how could we deny it a spot in our hallowed hall of awesomely-80s fashion? Yeah, we couldn’t.
We ♥ Stirrup Pants.