Fashion in the 1980s was not only the New Wave, neon-colored, spandexed, Flashdance attire that we always think defines the style of that decade. There was definitely a more classic side, with the Sloane Ranger (Princess Diana) and Preppy look. There was also a more romantic, traditional look in dresses, with the popularity of Laura Ashley and Gunne Sax styles.
I ran across this Laura Ashley Spring/Summer 1984 catalog that I had saved. I was struck by the fresh and pretty fashions that were probably at the apex of Laura Ashley fashions in the 1980s. I really love the sailor middy dress, and the white wedding gown – so classic! When I was shopping for my wedding dress in 1983, I remember going to the Laura Ashley store in downtown Seattle. I absolutely loved her wedding dresses, but they were way beyond my price range. I drooled nonetheless. I ended up getting a knockoff of a Gunne Sax dress that was on sale. It was lovely, but it was no Laura Ashley!
Laura Ashley Scarlet and Navy stripe print dress. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley white cotton waisted dresses. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley floral print and summer dresses. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley full gathered dress and loose-waisted sundress. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley cotton jumper and classic skirt, jacket and blouse. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley floral print dress and Peter Pan collar blouse with matching tiered skirt. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley button-front dress and plain and striped T-Shirts. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley drop-waisted striped sundress and high-gathered waist print midi dress. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley sweater, skirt and blouse and white cotton sailor-style dress. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley full-length dress in pure Cotton Lawn, just right for bridesmaids or for that very special occasion. Spring 1984
Laura Ashley Wedding Dress. A bridal gown of uncommon beauty, of purest White cotton lawn, generously trimmed with frills and bows. The flattering neckline is gently elasticized for a perfect fit and the bodice is boned front and back to ensure a smooth and graceful line from bust to hips. The dress has a hooped petticoat which adds dramatic fullness to the skirt. Spring 1984.
Laura Ashley nightgown. The ideal cotton summer nightdress tucked and edged in lace. Spring 1984.