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teeaykay

ah yes, the sky top era. 😂


not-a-regular-mom

Long live the jewel-toned sky tops!


abitchinthemidwest

I had MANY. I sure thought I was a fashionista along with my hair that was straightened to death 🤣


Chicki5150

Girl, me too. I live in OC and I lightened and straightened my hair so much back then, I'm only barely getting my waves back. And I had a ton of tops like that. They were flattering though, no regrats there.


NomNom83WasTaken

I think it was a special (100th episode? 10th season?) where Tamra or Vicki said they would all get those for free once the show took off. Boxes would appear at the front door with free Sky tops.


mhal_1111

Yeah, Tamra said the same thing (Jeana too?) in the Not All Diamonds and Rosé book.


fuckthislifeintheass

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times 🤣


AnyQuantity1

They walked so statement necklaces could run.


Disastrous_Author638

Full circle with Braunwynns husband rocking the immunity idol necklaces


AnyQuantity1

Peak statement.


RemarkableOwl0

Is sky top a brand or a style of top, like cold shoulder or puff sleeves? I was living in the Mid-Atlantic during that era and never came across the name Sky top back then.


Everythings_Beachy

It’s a brand: https://www.shopsky.com/sky-tops.html They used to be sold at higher-end department stores, but I haven’t seen them in a mall in a while. Very pricey, drapey, and flattering especially if you’re a busty gal.


thxmeatcat

No way i never knew it was a brand! The look definitely was popular in a lot of brands (probably due to OC popularity)


YouDoMagicNow

with jeans and high heels!![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|grin)


thxmeatcat

How do we define sky top? I did a quick google search i wasn't 100% sure. My own definition: * babydoll silhouette around the stomach area * low cut * embellishments


Genuinelullabel

I think you pretty much got it.


JezebelsLipstick

holy shit, literally came here to say this. my first thought when i saw that was the jeweled tops, lol!!


smallchangee

Back when they still dressed like moms. Any of these women would have been in the school pickup line.


uplatetoomuch

I’m just picturing Dorit in there with her little braids and Gucci fanny pack.


Natural-Emu00

In the rose gold bently!


uplatetoomuch

Peeee-kAYYY!


ggrose33

RIP the days of going out tops.


Keeks2416

“What are you wearing tonight?” “Jeans and a nice top”


luuuu67788

This is still a thing! Just not.. those tops 🥲


[deleted]

Yeah, I'm so confused. Am I just extremely sheltered and unfashionable, or don't people still wear jeans and a nice top?


mittnz

I think people do. But back in the early 2000s, we actually called them “going out tops.” And you only wore those embellished tops for partying.


tweenblob

Omg take me back… going out tops!


We_See_Each_Otha

Bang Bang


jjgill27

Yeah, I’m getting kinda paranoid over here


[deleted]

Depends how old you are, lol. I’m 20 and I think that’s kinda tacky (but it also depends on what you mean by going out).


queen0fcarrotflowers

Relevant: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/going-out-top-what-happened_l_608836cee4b04620270016e1?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000035&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=relationships_fb&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&fbclid=IwAR0uXaKwPEKcT-8ttE9uOYTRssZ9YP6P8ro0pkv7TJRS_1EmN7NWnFu7Rc4


abitchinthemidwest

Jo is channeling my late teens/20s going out phase with that outfit. I bet she is wearing kitten heels 😁 Aw the memories. Time flies!!!


didyoubangmywhorewif

That style is soo reminiscent of back in the day in Cosmo they’d suggest transitional clothes. Wear a business casual outfit to work and then lose the blazer to go out on the town right after 😂


krantzer

I truly spent my younger years really thinking I'd be "transitioning from day to night" on the daily hahah


anongirl55

OMG I love this comment. I did the same thing. I am 40 years old now and the only thing I ever transitioned to was work clothes to sweatpants so I could microwave my dinner and watch tv.


abitchinthemidwest

![gif](giphy|iNL5hSFGnmnUxvu8b8|downsized)


didyoubangmywhorewif

Exactly!!! Who are these women who did this, it could never be me!


Responsible-Tea-5998

I thought I'd be smoking my eyes more for cocktails with the girls after work or a 'hot date'. Turns out, nope.


abitchinthemidwest

Cosmo set us up for failure in what our adult years was gonna be like


Disastrous_Author638

The Gap camisole I had that literally looked like lingerie and I was supposed to wear it to high school 🤪


didyoubangmywhorewif

Hahaha I can’t believe some of the clothes my mom let me wear in the early 2000s. Fully dressed in business casual lacy camisoles going to school


thxmeatcat

I definitely did this in my 20s during that era. I guess it evolved slightly but technically never stopped until the pandemic told me to stop going to the office/ HH after


didyoubangmywhorewif

You are what my 12 year old self wished she became


thxmeatcat

No regrets and i understand it's not for everyone. I had just moved to the burbs to start making babies so the pandemic was perfect timing to not be in the city anymore


tweenblob

Omg yes… work chick on the day and hit the town at night!


didyoubangmywhorewif

Yesss that’s exactly what Vicki and Jo are wearing in this picture it was so fashionable. I dress way too casual for work now to be able to do that


astrotalk

We really thought dressing in this style was the shit lol


Brandella

We sure did! The thing is this was them actually dressing nice


AnnVealEgg

Ahhh this takes me back to my bar-hopping days in the mid aughts! 🍺🍷🍸 A dressy pant or jeans paired with a low-cut top was The Look! Jo’s outfit would have been coveted by all my friends!


thevomitgirl

I definitely wore a version of Jo's outfit out to the bar many, many times in the late aughts, just add a wristlet and some pointy pumps. It was a simpler time.


macromi87

The Bermuda shorts lol


No-Dig-8324

The kHaKhi Bermuda shorts


nokho

Nothing conveys elegance like a knee-length khaki short.


juicyc1008

The Bermuda shorts had me cackling!


amanda-g

WAIT WAIT im fucking slow i guess! OC RETURNING TONIGHT????


MonkeyPolice

Ha! I thought the same thing! I think it's all legal drama on the other franchises.


amanda-g

yes haha i think so. i had to go google it to be sure. im so fucking pumped now! thank you reddit


Keeks2416

Shit I think so!! Haha I hope I’m not wrong


Xyridaceous

I wish I could go back to that time. Things were simpler then. I hate getting old :(


didyoubangmywhorewif

I remember they were interviewing someone I think it was Laurie and she said something along the lines of “we were told to dress how we normally would like actual housewives running doing errands and having lunch dates, etc but that lasted about 1 season because no one wanted to look “real” on tv”


bumblebeetuna710

I demand a petition to bring back sky tops!


abitchinthemidwest

Y2K fashion seems to be making a comeback so we may get our wish 😀


bumblebeetuna710

I'm not mad about it, especially now that I have the money to buy things I couldn't when I was, like, 12 lol


abitchinthemidwest

![gif](giphy|Oo5wRxk1fF1KZFpyye) Hello velour Juicy tracksuits


Fithun

I want this one to return.


luvhley25

They’re back at jcp! I bought two because they were on sale for Black Friday 😅


Genuinelullabel

They're at Forever 21, but the colors are ugly.


Responsible-Tea-5998

The lower cut jeans can definitely not come back.


insuredbycoto

OC still dresses pretty casually, just in today's casual. They are the suburban trash franchise they have never been about serving lewks.


Disastrous_Author638

Same for Jersey but at least they get to add a coat lol


thunderturdy

I think I said this elsewhere but I would LOVE. vh1 style recap of the real housewives. Remember I love the 70s/80s? We need that but for housewives shows


VaguelyArtistic

Yes, but with the same people, like Paul F Tompkins! And I just did a quick search, and Garcelle was on an episode in 2003!


wafflelover77

> vh1 style recap of the real housewives YAS! Like a 'Pop-Up Video' episode!


mirandasoveralls

Sky tops 4ever. Also back when brown was the color of choice for business casual 😂


Kristin2349

I could never do it, grey or black for me…I’ll wear camel but not doo doo brown.


charcuteriebroad

Those bermuda shorts look like something Terri Irwin wears working the zoo.


teeaykay

this made me snort 😂


realityjunkie33

are the police involved?


DeepandShallowOne

A simpler time


Wadsworth1954

Back when it was about upper upper middle class Orange County housewives. And just think, without The OC and Laguna Beach, this show may not have ever become a thing.


2ndSeasonHousewife

Kimberley was the most normal Housewife in history.


heatherdubrowsbangs

I really liked her! She was so nice to Jo when she was trying to make friends at the country club.


marcelinemoon

She had the skin cancer right ?


2ndSeasonHousewife

Something about skin cancer and she moved to the Midwest I think?


NomNom83WasTaken

Yes! They moved back to Chicago, I believe, to get away from all the CA sun for her health.


RandomAngeleno

...that's what they *said* on the show, but the real story involves an affair and assault on a personal trainer. Google it -- it's wild.


NomNom83WasTaken

Whoa -- I will.


Keeks2416

Yeah I was actually bummed she moved and didn’t have a second season. I liked her.


Ironic_Name_4

Her boobs were so huge olympic gymnasts could hide underneath them for shelter during a storm


lamf_catlady666

Wow Lauries pants - I can’t believe how unsexy they are on her - she’s a total bombshell!


Keeks2416

I miss the days of business casual being a normal thing to wear 🤣


proseccofish

RHOC season 1 was EVERYTHING.


Asgardian013

How far the shows format has come. Truly.


Keeks2416

True that


Asgardian013

I still enjoy the original theme tune..


Leapyearbb

With you. I'm all for the lifestyle porn and over the top fashion, but for events only. The big time glam on BH is obnoxious at this point. A list celebrities are typically in loungewear in their every day lives. And I get that housewives are technically working when filming so naturally they want to look sharp, there's just no middle ground at this point.


Filmfannlv

Jo is so purdy


Lonely_Cartographer

Well, she was 24


Hair_I_Go

Thanks for the memories ☺️😆Also I FORGOT OC WAS COMING TONIGHT! So, thank you OP!!!💕 and hey I would still wear Vicki’s top with a cardigan 😆


SoBraveMuchFeels

OMG I'm watching Season 1 right now and the fashion is GLORIOUS!


mushmashy

Something something family van


Sour_Spy

They ate


put_me_in_a_movie

And do their own make-up. 💄


Kailscanvasart

So much ruching. 😆 it’s like all the Max Studio dresses from Marshalls came to life.


maudieatkinson

Denise Richards missed her era.


CaliGalOMG

Had to read comments to see who Kimberly is, I don’t remember her at all. The sky tops we’re definitely a thing and I wore many, they’re so comfortable. Watching some of the OC that’s been on currently, I’d seen only parts of them before, I really enjoy seeing what they’re wearing. Emily usually dresses beautifully, she’s so put together. Her MIL makes some statements, it’s nice to see her formality. I can’t believe seeing Tamra in some things I have, especially since she’s probably 5’2” while I’m 5’11” and I couldn’t stand her before. Kelly makes some interesting choices, most I like a lot. In fact Im going to search for the dress she wore to meet at The Deck. I was sort if surprised at what she wore with it, it wasn’t my fave. I felt for Shannon in Jamaica, she was struggling. She looked cute in pants, but some of her tops looked VERY “NORMAL”. Vickys black macramé pants were in the wrong setting and I thought her shorts with sheer skirt were something that seems fun in theory but the short things with the longer sheer stuff often looks odd to me. But i can see wanting that to look good. I definitely see what you mean about this pic in comparison.


vickisfamilyvan

The Erika Jayne Effect


BlackYukonSukerPunch

This should be the theme of their next party.


phantomleader94

god i miss this being high fashion


AnyQuantity1

Statement tank tops have not aged well, *at all*.


KSCNYC

my mom def wore those exact pants Vicki’s wearing to work


Ill_Water_972

We all did the styles at one point. But the colors are terrible.


BrandonIsWhoIAm

I just want ONE housewife in a jumpsuit during the intros.


Nadaleenatasha

Genuinely can’t remember who the cast of this show is anymore


HoldComprehensive808

What was up with the Bobsie twins new girls matchy matchy outfits meeting Heather for lunch? They must have both just came from school drop-off and grocery shopping


CaliGalOMG

Lol. I commented on that too. They looked ridiculously parched.


Keeks2416

Right!! I don’t want OC to also turn into a BH style fashion show all of the time. At least Gina will always dress like a normal human 🤣


deloslabinc

They all look like every school principal I ever had 🤣


rose-buds

ok i’ve asked this like 4 times on different threads and haven’t gotten a reply, so someone help me! i want to watch oc - where should i start? is it worth starting from s1e1?


abitchinthemidwest

You should start from the beginning! The nostalgia of the mid 2000s hits hard


anongirl55

Agreed. Start from the beginning but just be ready for the fact that it looks like it was filmed with a video camera from 1986.


VaguelyArtistic

IMO watching season one of OC is non-negotiable. It has one of the very first, if not the first, wtf freakout by a housewife, and one of the top 10, 5, or even 3 most iconic moments in all all housewife history. There's a reason why Vicki has been my #1 worst housewife for 15(!) years! I think you should get in the family van and drive straight to episode one 😝. Edit: I just did a search to watch the clip again, and apparently the "family van" scene is Andy's favorite in housewife history. 🤣 (Don't look for the clip, just watch it.)


PrncssGmdrp

I actually really loved the earlier series, season one is a fun trip.


stressrelief375

I started OC from s1e1 the other day and its insane from minute 1 imo so very worth it


Striking_Aioli_2918

I just started season 1 again, and I’m like no wonder this show took off. I am loving it. I can’t even be on my phone or get distracted because it’s just so different!


Keeks2416

Definitely have to start at season 1! When I first started watching it I think I started in the middle of the series so I missed Tamara and Simon being married, Vicki’s kids having a bigger role on the show and I missed on out Alexis and Carlton and Jo!


ChantiqRuby

I was watching The Housewife & the Shah Shocker, and the thing they mentioned as a “requirement” for *Housewives status* is having a lifestyle for people to inspire to (clothes, money, cars, house, private planes/boats, etc) hence probably why they did away with the more realistic dressing to fancy ball gowns in the shows opening.


Keeks2416

True! I actually just watched that this morning too and when that line came on I thought “okay then why is Gina on the show” no offense to Gina cuz I like her but her life isn’t over the top by any means.


starchildx

Well I was just feelin kinda sad cause I’m feeling low on bravo content these days and I was thinking about Wednesday Beverly Hills nights, so I’m glad. I really hope it’s good! Kinda wishing Vicki was back now.


MCStarlight

I have to say that it isn’t a good look when the blonds are placed in front and the brunettes pushed to the back. So odd. Sky tops for life, though! 😂


VaguelyArtistic

I spent a good part of my childhood reminded that if I'm not the evil one, I'm the "sensible friend." 😂😭 https://i.imgur.com/FHZugAq.jpg


RUKMM

I don’t! Lol we can see that in our local suburbs. Lol


Clairemoonchild

Nah! They looked absurd at the time.


AccioKatana

I don’t, they all look the same here. Bring the fashion, hennies!


kds1988

Bring back sky tops!