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Posted by Big Boo on May 11th, 2011

SweatbandsThe Eighties was great for many reasons, but it also had its fair share of less than admirable moments, and many of those are related to what we might now call questionable fashion ideas.

One such fashion statement was the craze for wearing Terry Towelling sports socks (in either standard white or a range of neon colours) as every day socks, which is something I’ve covered here before.

Another piece of Terry Towelling apparel that became popular was the sweatband. Sportsmen and women wore them (particularly tennis players as I recall) as they served a useful purpose, but for some reason they suddenly became the in-thing to wear normally.

Whilst some went the whole hog and wore a head sweatband, most toned it down a bit and went for one of the wrist ones, which quite often had the name of a football team too.

I’m not quite sure why these became so popular, but my best guess is because of Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, who famously wore a rather illuminated neon one in the video for Money for Nothing (in fact that was all you could see, as his face was blacked out in the video).

I wonder how long it will take for this particular fashion to resurge? I’m guessing it might be a while, but who knows?

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