Bright matching shell suits were a wardrobe item for a lot of males and females in the 80’s, a matching jacket and baggy trousers made from a mix of cellulose triacetate and polyester which gave them the shiny look that we all remember.
What should have been an outfit made for just the gym, the shell suit was soon to be a trendsetter for everyone, whether you were a fitness freak or not everyone seemed to be stepping out in the psychedelic suits with their bright colours whether matching or not.
It was all the rage and usually finished off with bright socks and a pair of oversized Nike’s or Reebok’s, preferably with the tongue sticking out and you could guarantee that as a family you were usually out and about with matching ones… another cringe moment!
With its zip up jacket and baggy bottoms, the shell suit would be worn with a bright t-shirt, the brighter the better no matter if it clashed or not, looking like a chav was the in-thing, love it or hate it they were actually really comfortable to wear. Although not a wise idea to wear on bonfire night, exposed to heat you could find the attire melting right in front of your eyes.
In the early 90’s the England shell suit made an appearance. This version wasn’t as in your face as the 80’s version and footballers were soon seen wearing them whilst training which of course made the fans go and purchase them. Finally by the mid 90’s this had all died down and the ghastly outfit was soon pushed to the back of the wardrobe or better yet given away to the charity shops.
Finally by the mid 90’s this had all died down and the ghastly outfit was soon pushed to the back of the wardrobe or better yet given away to the charity shops.
Nowadays when you think of the Shell Suit, Vicky Pollard from the TV show Little Britain springs to mind or the ‘Scoucers’ from Harry Enfield and Chums.
However as with most ‘Vintage’ items at some point they tend to rear their ugly head again and it seems that now the shell suit is a popular item to wear to all the hip festivals whether matching or not.
Come on people, it didn’t look good in the 80’s or 90’s and it doesn’t look good now, let’s bury it the past where it belongs because let’s face it, it didn’t look good then either.
Come on own up, did you have a shell suit? Let us know in the comments below.