City Girl Talk: ‘Rock of Ages’ Style Report

Acid-washed jeans, big hair, Converse sneakers and…a bust at the box office? Yes, its true. Unfortunately Tom Cruise’s newest silver screen endeavor, “Rock of Ages”, is coming up a few reviews short of a performance like “Top Gun” but never fear! In true city girl fashion, I’ve decided to improvise and take something meaningful away from this flick, fashionably speaking. Keep reading for some tips on how to steal some style from the cast and characters of “Rock of Ages”!

Remember how “Maverick” took eyewear to new heights with aviator glasses? Well, Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and their “Mötley Crüe” are about to inspire you and your closet in ways you probably never imagined they would. From jelly sandals to “blue jeans” (cue the Lana Del Ray), I’ve opened up a fashion time capsule so that you can enjoy “Rock of Ages”…or be “in style”, at the very least!

Jelly sandals

Then:

I love everything about her 80's look (L), from her leg warmers to her plastic jelly sandals! // Photo credit: Chictopia

Her 80’s look (L) is perfect, from her leg warmers to her plastic jelly sandals! // Photo credit: Chictopia

Now:

Solange, Anne and Michelle (L to R) channeling their inner 80's lady// Photo credit: O So Chic

Solange, Anne and Michelle (L to R) channeling their inner 80’s lady // Photo credit: O So Chic

This cute and playful footwear staple of the 80’s has transcended generations. Pair them with “skinny” jeans and a crop top or a light dress for a flirty summer feel. I remember putting on pair after pair of pink sparkly plastic shoes as a child; born in 1989, I was destined to love this more durable version of a “glass slipper”! Today, even my style icons are perpetuating this trend by mixing 80’s footwear with feminine denim washes, crop tops, and strapless sundresses.

Like them? Get your own! Shop this look from a designer like Missoni.

Leggings

Then:

Photo credit: Zimbio

80’s icon Pat Benatar rocking out and likely thinking “We Belong”…in leggings!//Photo credit: Zimbio

Now:

Emma keeps it classic and pairs black leggings with a mod-print dress. Photo credit: Elly's Makeup Bag

Emma keeps it classic and pairs black leggings with a mod-print dress. // Photo credit: Elly’s Makeup Bag

Tight spandex pants have become a timeless piece. They keep your lines long by drawing the ye down. To switch it up, find a pair with a print (specifically geometric shapes in bold colors) and rock a loose tank or crop top. Anything from high top sneakers to platform pumps (as Emma displays above) finish the look down below without taking too much away from the focus of your outfit: perfectly styled stems!

Like them? Get your own! Shop this style from designers like Iro.

Neon

Then:

In Fashion, May 1988 // Photo credit: Modelinia

In Fashion, May 1988 // Photo credit: Modelinia

Now:

Julianne Hough at the "Rock of Ages" premiere in a Kaufman Franco "body-con" gown // Photo credit: -Cristina's Blog

Julianne Hough at the “Rock of Ages” premiere in a Kaufman Franco “body-con” gown // Photo credit: -Cristina’s Blog

It seemed that in the 80’s more was, well, more! While clothes in the 80’s were bit hard on the eyes (and perhaps egos decades later,) the look of neon was very popular and was commonly found in various shades of hot pink, yellow,or orange in the then-versatile over-sized sweatshirt. Now, neon is everywhere! Fashionistas have figured out that neon accentuates the look of tan skin, so don’t be surprised if your local beach has plenty of Julianne Hough look-alikes this summer!

Like it? Add some neon to your wardrobe! Shop this style from stores like Asos.

Wide shoulder pads

Then:

Catherine Zeta-Jones flexing some muscle and showing off some shoulder pads in "Rock of Ages" garb. // Photo credit: The Times of India

Catherine Zeta-Jones flexing some muscle and showing off some pumped up shoulder pads in “Rock of Ages” garb. // Photo credit: The Times of India

Now:

Blake Lively displaying the new term of "accentuated shoulders". // Photo credit: Free New Fashion Design.com

Blake Lively displaying the new term of “accentuated shoulders”. // Photo credit: Free New Fashion Design.com

If you’re wondering why this trend, a fashion feature to made you look bigger, was ever a sensation, you’re not alone. What began as a creative idea to make women appear bigger (and therefore deserving of their rise in power in the workplace) in their “power suits” eventually took on a mind (or shoulder) of its own. Today, this design is also known as “accentuated shoulders” and if its looks half as good on me as it does on Blake, I’m sold!

Like this look? “Pad” your closet! Shop this style from designers like Chelsea Flower.

Blue jeans

Then:

'90210' had the "blues"! //  Photo credit: Denim Drift Essentials

‘90210’ had the “blues”! // Photo credit: Denim Drift Essentials

Now:

Bar Rafaeli in "Genetic Denim". //  Photo credit: Couture in the City

Bar Rafaeli in “Genetic Denim”. // Photo credit: Couture in the City

From Gloria Vanderbilt to Guess and Chic to Wrangler, denim was all the craze in the 80’s and the more longhorn logos and high-waisted styles, the better! The “acid wash” phase of the 80’s transformed the common “blue jean” into an innovative style for both men and women. The denim mini, cousin of the knit and leather mini’s, was often paired with leggings and dressed up or down with blazers or motorcycle jackets. Whatever way you wore it, you were in good company. Famous fans of 80’s denim include everyone from Dee Snider to Miranda Kerr.

Like this look? Shop this style from designers like Wood Wood.

Inspired to rock some garments that are 80’s “retro-chic”? Are you a fan of rocking fingerless gloves, leg warmers or thick headbands? Did you see Rock of Ages”? Tell me what 80’s staples I missed or what you’ve managed to slip into your wardrobe in the comments below, by tagging #citygirlhaute on Tumblr or connect with me on StumbleUpon!

Rock on fashionistas!

xo, Vanessa

Many thanks to my intern Stephanie for her comprehensive research on 80’s style. For 80’s style tips, she can be reach by e-mail: intern.littleblackblogboston@gmail.com

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