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16 Old-Fashioned Things '80s And '90s Girls Loved

American Girl dolls, old-timey dresses... What was with our obsession with the past?

1. American Girl Dolls

2. A Little Princess

3. Rag Curls

4. Anne of Green Gables

This classic piece of children's literature about an orphan in the early 1900s was widely read by young girls — probably because she looked so cute on the cover. There was also a 1985 movie adaptation which ran on TV frequently enough.

5. Laura Ashley

Ahh, Laura Ashley. The designer who told women of the 1980s that dressing like a woman of the 1880s was the thing to do. Were you also obsessed with the clothes in this catalog? That you were maybe too small to wear?

6. Little House on the Prairie

These iconic books only made you want a Laura Ashley dress even more. Floral smocks: GIMME!

7. Victoria Magazine

The point of Victoria was to teach women how to decorate their house like the set of The Age of Innocence and inspire them with courtesan fashions.

8. Little Women

9. The Secret Garden

10. Cat's Cradle

11. Heidi

12. Paper Dolls

It was especially good to collect books of paper dolls with fashions from different time periods. You could dress up your girl in a stately gown of the 1800s. And then change her into another stately gown of the 1800s.

13. Catherine, Called Birdy

14. Titanic

15. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

16. Lockets