I quite enjoyed the 90s.
Yes…I agree…the 90s
Because I wasn’t in my 20s anymore.
I LOVE the 80s, mainly due to the tremendous music. And I graduated from high school in 1985. Cracks me up that so many companies are producing television commercials filled with 80s’ music.
graduated HS 81 – of course it’s the 80s for me, more so as time goes by.
I do miss the music of the 80s and 90s, back when performers had to be able to actually sing and most songs weren’t auto-tuned to death. But the rest of my life was pretty miserable back then, so I’m not nostalgic for those decades in general.
Me three. Lived in a crappy town, had a crappy entry-level job and a series of loser boyfriends (I realized the Luscious Jackson song ‘Energy Sucker’ had way too much relevance in my life). Plus, ugly clothes.
Definitely the 90s! Partly because of the music and style but also because of how old I was then.
Can I split the difference and say ’86 to ’96?
Oh yes!! Me too. From college to my early, mistake-filled, but extremely fun, career life.
The 90s, at least in terms of fashion, makeup and music – and SASSY! I was a huge fan, of the magazine and of your writing, Kim.
(All that said, I have no actual desire to be a teenager again nor am I nostalgic about being a teenager.)
If you tell me you liked Sassy, I start planning how we will become best friends. I funded the kickstarter for Kazoo magazine in hopes that it would become a similar litmus test for my daughters. I also blame Sassy for my obsession with paint. (I repainted my bedroom furniture based on an article, and became a true believer in its power to transform.)
The 90’s! I, too, was a huge Sassy fan. I still have a collection of them somewhere in my cellar. I want a Sassy for my forties. What would THAT magazine be called?
The 80s. . . and one specific day in 1977 on which I wore a pair of satin pants (merlot in color they were) in which my legs looked like they were miles long. I KILLED it that day. (I was too young to know it at the time. I was just so happy my mother let me have those pants.)
I love this.
I miss the New York City of the 1990s (and 80s). With all the towers going up, sometimes I look around and wonder where I am.
I so agree with you about all the buildings – especially in Brooklyn -and it makes me sad ( and angry).
Oooooh, that is a tough question. My gut response would be the 80s because I just have such fond memories of high school at that time even though I was a total band/choir geek. However, as I get older I appreciate the 90s more because the music was just so kick-ass. That being said, I recently binge-watched Mad Men and was DYING over the fashion/style of the 70s, and even though I was young young young in the 70s, thinking back to roller skating at the rink and wearing satin butterfly tops and listening to the Bee Gees makes me so happy.
The 70s for my carefree childhood, but the 80s for the music.
The 80’s for the music and films, the 90’s for the fashion. I was a teen in the 80’s, though, so of course the music of that decade means more to me. Although I can still enjoy pop music, it doesn’t speak to me anymore the way it did in my youth.
The early 90’s! Sneaking out to see shoegaze bands, drinking coffee instead of attending college classes (oops), wearing a tiny tee and star barrettes at a Bikini Kill show in 100 degree heat, and the amazing 60 cent thrift store. Ahhh, the fun that was had.
70s for sure. The last time I can remember feeling that corporate culture did not rule the world.
I’m with you on the 70’s. It was filled with fun and some shenanigans for me. And along with corporate culture not ruling things, there wasn’t the social media scene to deal with. (Not all of which is bad!😉)
I don’t know that I am really nostalgic for any decade — or perhaps I am for all I’ve lived through but I still miss Sassy. It was just so influential in my life, a true guidebook. I loved being a kid in the ’80’s, a teen and young adult in the ’90’s, coming into my own in the aughts… But Sassy was perfect and deserves all the nostalgic odes it gets.
Definitely have nostalgia for the early 90s (and really all of the 90s). I miss all of the amazing riotgrrl shows I attended (and played in my band back then) and the excitement in music in general, and the unabashed feminism of that scene. But yeah, I definitely have my s!@# together a lot more now, so I don’t long for those days. And although music seems more corporatized now in general, musical genres seem much more blurred in many ways now, which is refreshing.
Maybe the 80s, cause I was in my 20s and killing it in many ways, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. But that’s not nostalgia for a particular chronological decade as for a time in MY life.
I then spent the 90s trying to get pregnant and that’s all I remember (my son was born in 1997). It might very well have been a great decade, though.
The 80’s. I loved college, graduated in 1982, went to Europe by myself for 6 months in 1983, came back and married my husband in 1986, and got pregnant in 1989 (although, I didn’t give birth till 1990)
Oh, yeah – I forgot to mention that the Dodgers won the 1988 World Series and I won $100 in an office pool. One of the top 5 days of my life.
I loved the 80s. The Mets won the World Series in 1986. I traveled a lot, mainly to Ireland, England, and Scotland. I had a job in advertising. I saw some great acts, including The Smiths, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, The Stones, ELPowell, Steve Winwood, and Genesis.
80s for sure. I paid $1 to see REM at The Wooden Nickel in Birmingham. Ahhh, memories.
70s. Always the 70s. Even though I was a child then, everything good came out of the 70s.
Even though I was born in ’62, I think that decade makes me most nostalgic. I actually remember a fair bit (I grew up in Europe as my dad was in the air force) but I think the music and the fashion and the general “youthquake” was a huge movement that forever changed much about life. Yup, it’s gotta be the 60’s. Gotta laugh at everyone so keen on the ’80’s – damn the clothes and hair were ugly and all the music was synthesized. When I listen to it now I cringe. But I’ve got to admit, at the time, I thought we were the bomb
SO the 90’s. My own apartment, boyfriends and flirtations, Music Midtown here in Atlanta, the weekly Melrose Place dinners with a trusty troupe of girlfriends. U2’s Pop Mart tour as a first date. *drifts into reverie…*
The 30’s, because I’ll be (hopefully) retired then, and free to be “what ever”, without the painful stuff from middle/high school—which was the last time I would be “what ever” –which wasn’t really “what ever”, more like trying out all the what’s on the way to “ever”
The 90s. I met my best friends and made some of my favorite mistakes.
“…my favorite mistakes”…Yup..
The 80s. The decade spans my high school/college/first few years of work and it’s EVERYTHING.
Ahhh, the 90s…Milla Jovovich and New Order
Wow, I’m the grandma in this group. I’m saying the late 50’s, early 60’s. The fashions in the 50’s were ultra glamorous, my mom even had little Chanel knock offs made for me. The clothes were made much better then, shoes included. Early 60’s, with Jackie Kennedy as our idol, the glamour continued. Then came the mini-shirt and the London Look. What fun it was! The music was also great, and people DANCED much more than they do now. And people wore HATS! And ate together, and had good conversations.
I was born in 68 but am so nostalgic for the early sizties for all the reasons you list. The music, the elegance, sigh…
The 70’s for it’s simplicity. The 80’s for it’s music. The 90’s for life in general. But the 60’s was probably the best decade because the greatest bands came from that era. Wish I got to live throught it.
The 70’s in Los Angeles. Date night at Tower Records on Sunset Strip. The whole Eagles/Ronstadt/Jackson Browne/Joni Mitchell rock folk era – that music was fabulous and still is for me. Funky clothes and anything goes style. Festival California Jam concerts, legendary concerts at the Forum/Greek Theatre/ Hollywood Bowl. Staying out late, experimenting with …… (fill in the blank). There was an unspoke belief that we would be ok – some were and some were not. A different time, not so much fear for kids growing up in the world, which came later, and with good reason.
I’m nostalgic, sometimes, for the 90s–especially the 90s that I read about in Sassy. I really wanted to the “Sassiest Girl in the World.” SIgh.
Definitely the late 60’s/early 70’s. I was born in 1974, but all my favorite books, movies, music, and fashion were created during this time period. Plus, I prefer the second wave of feminist activism which was more angry and revolutionary than that of my own generation. I did love the early 90’s, though, especially Sassy.
All 80s all the time.
The 70’s…the music of Joni Mitchell, CSN&Y, led Zeppelin, wet braided hair at night…WILD hair in the morning, my dad’s army jacket. I wish I’d been old enough to attend Woodstock, or even the protests on the UW-Madison campus. But alas, too young by a few years.
I am most nostalgic for the 1940s, due to fashion. I can’t be nostalgic for eras I’ve lived in, because of reality. I know too much. The 40s came with a lot of baggage, but the style is totally me (and I love big band music).
Sigh….I so miss Sassy mag. A visceral sense of longing for 1991/92…