Bad Decision Tuesday: Stirrup Pants

Internet, very little needs to be said about the following photo. I was young, I was stupid, it was the 1980s (oh crap) February 1991 according to the back of the photograph, and apparently I had very little shame. Or fashion sense. Or access to a full-length mirror.

In my defense, can I please point out my mother's stonewashed jeans? Or how about the fact that my hair actually doesn't look half bad, considering? Or maybe I'll gain some points just for taking off my gigantic plastic spectacles for once?

Because really, in light of the other glaring horror in this photo---MY PANTS MY PANTS OH MY GOD MY PANTS!---I'll take anything I can get.

Nov 18, 2008

Stirrup JEANS.
Those are incredible. I, personally, was a fan of stirrup leggings, but maybe that's because I didn't know that they made JEANS with stirrups on them.

Nov 19, 2008

Ohhhh, this one is the best one yet. I had a closet full of knit stirrup leggings in every color (THE HORROR!) but I wasn't even aware they made jeans with stirrups. This really is new fashion territory. Or, terror-tory.

Besides the outfit, I really wonder what you & your mom were talking about in this photo.
House of Jules

Nov 19, 2008

You think that's bad, my mother refused to let go of stirrup leggings until at least 1999. She said they were 'comfortable'. I remember always having to pull my pants up because the elastic around my foot was dragging them down.

Nov 19, 2008

Ouch. But I know that I can dig up 2304742307 photos of me in stirrup leggings, too. It makes me wonder if I'm ever going to look back at how I look right now and cringe. You know, 20 years from now. Fashion is a funny thing.

Nov 19, 2008

My friend bought stirrup leggings at a designer sale the other day - they are officially back in fashion (at least in New Zealand!)

Nov 19, 2008

But how else will you keep your pants tucked into your socks? I mean really?

Nov 19, 2008

Excuse me, but I think it bears pointing out that your mother's jeans are NOT stonewashed. They are ACIDWASHED, which is several magnitudes of shame higher on the embarrassment scale. (And I point this out only because I can remember the day I finally got those tapered, high-waisted, acidwashed Lee jeans, myself.)

Nov 19, 2008

Two things:

1. I SAW STIRRUP JEANS at some store the other day. I need to begin carrying a barf bag with me for things like this.

2. I wanted stirrup jeans SO BADLY when I was a little girl, but I was so awkwardly tall, the little girl ones were too short for me.

Nov 19, 2008

I think I had a similar pair of pants. The shame is washing over me as I type!

Nov 19, 2008

Your pants? Your pants? How about the area rug and the sofa? Please tell me that was a hotel room.

(PS: I actually think those pants would come in handy now, when you want to tug your jeans in your boots. Nobody needs to know).

Nov 19, 2008

Looks like a scene from Juno.

Operation Pink Herring
Nov 19, 2008

Oh, we all had a pair of the stirrup pants. I think I had at least three. What's really horrifying is that Gap is trying to bring them back:

Nov 19, 2008

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they're officially selling stirrup jeans at the Gap...and from what I can tell, some sizes are already sold out.

There's something totally wrong about this.

Nov 19, 2008

I think I actually had acid wash stirrup pants around the same time, if that makes you feel any better.

Nov 19, 2008

I had a pair of pants JUST like that and I LOVED them! I wore them with a white sweater with SHOULDER PADS and white boots with fringe-seriously; I thought I rocked the style.

I was actually wearing those pants the night I lost my virginity-ok, I wasn't so much wearing them at that moment and I cannot believe I just wrote that for all the internet to read but, still! I thought I looked hot.

And, I should point out, I was MUCH older than you were at the time you were wearing the pants. which, in hinsdight, probably means that I should have known better.

Ah, the stupidity of youth.

Nov 19, 2008

At least your pants were made of a slightly redeemable fabric; I wore stirrup pants made of cotton in ever-so-stylish hot pink and electric purple around this time. With puffy socks. And shirts decorated with puffy paint. The early 90's were not kind, fashion wise. Or perhaps I wasn't kind to them.

Nov 19, 2008

My favorite part of the stirrup pant years (yes, I said years) was the layered socks look. You know, fuchsia on top of turquoise on one foot, and turquoise on top of fuchsia on the other... Rammed into my Keds, of course (which fit when I tried them on with one pair of socks, but with 2? not so much), on top of my black stirrup pants. Oh, was I ever hot!

Nov 19, 2008

Heh, I had stirrup pants like these. And your mom's jeans? Totally had a pair in that shade of denim. Ah, the memories...

Mrs. Who
Nov 19, 2008

Yeah, those fashions look ridiculous now but, back then we were TOTALLY in style. I remember one time I was wearing some tan stirrup pants and this big striped sweater (with shoulder pads) short brown boots and big socks. And my sister commented that she couldn't believe how great my sweater matched my pants and my socks. Well. DUH. Of course it did.

Nov 19, 2008

I'd completely forgotten about the concept of stirrup pants. Eegaad.

Nov 19, 2008

I am glad folks have already pointed out the horrible new version of stirrup jeans currently available at the Gap, which the website describes as an "of-the-moment style." If the moment you're referring to, Gap, is 1989, then yes, I totally agree, those pants are of-the-moment. If you're referring to, say, THIS particular moment in time in 2008, I beg to differ.

Nov 19, 2008

You know, I saw stirrup jeans recently at a store. And not only that, but I saw, oh, gawd. I forgot what they're called. Those things that are shirts, but that actually are also leotards? They snap together in your nether regions? So that you can look like you just have a magnificently tucked-in shirt? Do you know what I'm talking about?

Anyway, you know what all this means, right? That those fashions are coming back. And just like we got sucked into the skinny jeans, one day you'll be writing a post about how you bought STIRRUP JEANS and that you LIKE THEM.

The day that happens, I'm flying to SF and taking you for a strong drink. And then, for the sake of future photos, I'll suggest a bonfire.

Nov 19, 2008

Damn you Jessica #10 - That is exactly what I was going to say. My first thought was the sofa. Then again I think I had stirrup pants with the same pattern as the sofa.

Nov 19, 2008

Chirky, I know EXACTLY what you're talking about, and we used to call those things "bodies." As in "I'm going to wear my stirrup pants and a black body tonight." I had several of them circa 1992 and 1993. And I am going to admit right here that I occasionally wore A BATHING SUIT instead (with jeans! and a cardigan!) if I did not have access to one of my bodies. Oh my god.

Also, Jessica, be careful: that was our living room in Hong Kong.

Nov 19, 2008

Too funny. I wore stirrup pants, too! I always wore them with boots so I would look like I rode horses, which I never did.

Nov 19, 2008

I only had one pair of stirrup pants (black knit) but 2 of those body suits one was teal with a mock turtleneck and no sleeves and the other had a scooped neck and long sleeves and was some mauve color. I never wore them together though
Does that mean the big silk shirt worn over the tank top (and all tucked in) will start coming back soon? I wore a variation of that outfit for both my '92 and '93 school photo. Wait now that I think about it, I wore something like it in '91 too but with a jean skirt and bone colored perforated pumps.

Nov 19, 2008

I had them too. In every color. At least it's not a body suit (although THAT'S a picture I'd like to see)

Nov 19, 2008

wow, jean stirrup pants! I had black stirrup pants, but these totally win.

Nov 19, 2008

Wow. Even better than stirrup pants- stirrup JEANS. I also really like the seam in the front of the pant legs, not just the sides. Awesome.

Nov 19, 2008

I used to specifically REQUEST leggings with stirrups when I was a kid! I hated it when leggings started creeping up and I would have to pull them down, so stirrup pants were the thing for me. Thank God I haven't found any pictures of those lurking around.

Three Cent Stamp
Nov 19, 2008

Look at it this way Holly, at least you weren't wearing the pants AND have your face smeared with oatmeal, right?

Nov 19, 2008

Thanks for bringing back memories I had long forgotten. At least you weren't wearing them with layered pairs of slouchy socks. That was my absolute favorite look in junior high. Stirrup pants and slouchy socks. Awesome.

Nov 19, 2008

I totally forgot about stirrup pants until this very moment in time, and I have to thank you for this because it's kind of hilarious :) I'm afraid that they might be making a comeback now though, what with the leggings + boots trend.

Nov 19, 2008

I literally gasped when I saw this.

Out loud. In the room by my damn self. good god.

Nov 20, 2008

Remember you had to wear an oversized shirt to go with your stirrup pants? And then you had to wear bunchy socks folded over, too. I too, had never seen jean stretch pants, but I am ashamed to say that I had a pair of black and white ones with a pattern that could have induced insanity if you looked at them too long. I wore them with an oversized red sweater and red bunchy socks. Pretty.

Nov 20, 2008

FYI- The type of pants you were wearing in that picture are back in style now!! A co-wrker of mine owns a pair and wears them on casual fridays!

Nov 20, 2008

I am so glad some else brought up the layered, multi-colored socks with Keds. How terrible! And how big did Keds make your feet look? And my mom did not let me have bodysuits, she thought they were too "risque". I was so upset at the time, but at least that and big hair are 2 things I don't have to be embarrased about.

Nov 20, 2008

You are a brave soul! My outfits from that time are hideous! Like the MC Hammer pants I had and the glasses that took up my WHOLE FACE! AND WERE BLUE!

Nov 20, 2008

I think your pants are awesome! :)

three Cent Stamp
Nov 20, 2008

It's frightening to think about the fact that history repeats itself as does fashion. And these fashions were BAD enough the first time around!

God help us!

Nov 20, 2008

I was never allowed stirrup pants = so jealous!!

Nov 21, 2008

I wrote a scathing article my junior year for the high school paper all about the evils of stirrup pants. I was a rebel who went against all those fad articles of clothing that were in extremely poor taste. I did peg my jeans though.

Nov 21, 2008

I'll chime in and say, yeah, I also had several pairs of stirrup pants. I was a senior in college in 1990, and spent that fall living in London. One night, after being out drinking with friends, I was waiting for the tube, and this English guy comes up to me and inquires about the purple stirrup pants I had on. Apparently, they hadn't really hit London yet (if they ever did). He wanted to know what was up with the pants that went into my shoes.

I looked at him like he was nuts and said, "They're stirrup pants." DUH! He looked back at me and said, "They're rather common, aren't they?"

I was insulted. Now, I think maybe he was right.

xenos mesa
Nov 21, 2008

that is nothing a little Photoshop can't solve. burn the evidence and just keep telling yourself, "it never happened, it never happened..."

Nov 21, 2008

i bought a pair of raspberry colored stirrup pants at the salvation army a couple years ago for a costume party (it was a "white trash bash" at a bowling alley....very classy). i was SO excited to find them, because really, when do you find exactly what you're looking for at the salvation army...especially when what you're looking for are raspberry colored stirrup pants. the sad thing is that i wore them to the party that night and i looked exactly like most of the regular bowling alley patrons.

The Over-Thinker
Nov 22, 2008

Man--those are so awesomely bad, I can't stand it! See, I would take it one step further and pair the stirrups with a white turtle-neck, patterned with, like rows of mittens or something. Of course, the turtle-neck would be tucked into my underwear and I would pull the pants up to my neck.