August 1988 Fashion: Sweaters, Denim & Smart Tartan

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Let’s get fashionable, August 1988-style! It’s time to start your back-to-school shopping, and you KNOW that means you’re going to see a fashion story about plaid. Have you also heard about denim? Or sweaters? Because those get a moment in the spotlight too. What Next is also going to tell you what’s hot on the runways of real, grown-up fashion brands, while What Now scales back the difficulty level with a craft involving buttons. (Don’t be scared.) This issue also features the premiere of We Try It, with Sassy staffers raiding the beauty closet and reviewing things like the Conair Fashion Plates iron that can crimp a star into your hair! You’ll also learn about Cheryl in Diary, and about everyone’s jobs in a feature in which all the staffers try subbing in for one another for a day. We discuss all of the above, and so much more — so many new ads!!! — in this week’s podcast!

Episode Rundown

It Is August 1988

In Our Lives

Fashion: Cover

Fashion: Smart Tartan

Fashion: Hyper Denim

Fashion: Sweater Girls

Fashion: What Next: Big Designers Fall Forward

Beauty: Who’s That Girl?

Beauty: Wake Up!

Beauty: We Try It

Beauty: About Face

Beauty: Then & Now

Sassy Ads

Sassy Club

Magazineyness: Diary

Magazineyness: Say What

Magazineyness: We Just Weren’t Ourselves That Day

Magazineyness: Inside Out

Goodbye For Now

Covid Fuck Party

Episode Notes

Cover model Carrie Boone's '80s-era booking composite
Carrie Boone on IMDb
Carrie Boone on being a short model, in McCall's
Steven White's website
Steven White on Instagram
Betsey Johnson tartan pixie pants at Torrid (more Johnson plaids at the source)
Plaid bondage pants at
Whittal And Shon Ou La La face mask
Whittal And Shon Misha Yacht Cap
The Shophound on Tootsie Plohound
Lara Rossignol's website
Naomi Kaltman's website
Conair Fashion Plates on Etsy
Iris Apfel in her signature oversized glasses
John Norum's website
Tara's review of Kevin Can F*** Himself at Primetimer
Pam on the TV Guidance Counselor podcast