Top 10 Fashion Trends from the 80’s
- BIG HAIR. Perms, perms, and more perms – you could have sailed the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in some people’s...
- SPANDEX. Lycra changed the world, and the 80s made sure it knew. Everyone was wearing spandex. Men, women, boys,...
- RIPPED KNEES. When folks weren’t wearing skin tight leggings, they were wearing jeans. But the...
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80s Trends in Movies. The major 80s movie trends on the big screen were horror films and coming of age comedies. It wasn’t unusual to see up to 8 sequels to films like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. John Hughes began to release his series of films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, which focused on the angst – and humor.
Many '80s trends have resurfaced in recent seasons -- both on and off the runway: Marc Jacobs inflated shoulders, Gucci brought back glitter and Tom Ford and JW Anderson added feathers to their...
- Lauren Eggertsen
- Boxy Blazers. "Shoulder pads and boxy shoulders, in general, were the staple of the '80s, and I was totally okay with that. The structure they gave a shirt or blazer was the look you had to have.
- Tailored Jumpsuits. Pinterest. Here are my mom and my aunt in their jumpsuits and oversize belts. "Jumpsuits were my favorites in the '80s. They made getting dressed so easy, and I always felt so fashionable wearing them.
- Color-Coordinating Shoes. "As I started working in the '80s, wearing suits and pumps was a given. To make the stiff look more fashion-forward, one trend was to match from head to toe, including your shoe color.
- Prairie Dresses. Pinterest. Okay, so this isn't a prairie dress, but it's a photo that needs to be seen. "Another trend I really loved. These dresses of the '80s were what we wore when we dressed up for any special event.
Top 10 Fashion Trends from the 80’s 1. BIG HAIR. Perms, perms, and more perms – you could have sailed the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in some people’s... 2. SPANDEX. Lycra changed the world, and the 80s made sure it knew. Everyone was wearing spandex. Men, women, boys,... 3. RIPPED KNEES. When ...
- Christian Roemer
- Ashley Moor
- Acid-wash jeans. Acid-wash denim dominated closets and clothing stores in the 1980s. It was accidentally created by Italy's Rifle jeans company when they tumbled jeans and pumice stones with bleach in a washing machine without water.
- Jams shorts. Jams shorts, with their bright, often Hawaiian-inspired patterns, perfectly demonstrated the loud style of the '80s. Jams were another staple of skater culture, with both men and women proudly sporting them even if they weren't anywhere near a beach.
- Vans. Mostly thanks to skater Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, checkered Vans sneakers were everywhere in the 1980s. Nothing seemed to quite embody the spirit of California cool like Vans did, and still do to this day.
- Croakies. Today, Croakies would probably be considered unfashionable. But in the 1980s, everyone was sporting these sunglasses straps. Actually, you can still shop the Croakies 40th-anniversary collection today (like the pair above) at croakies.com.
- Elinor Block
- Bodysuits. Pinterest. Style Notes: This is classic '80s Madonna, but the underwear/bodysuit look is bang on the money for now. You can forgo the pearls; just wear yours with some high-waisted jeans for a night out.
- Naked Dress.
- Turtlenecks. Pinterest. Style Notes: Brooke Shields was America's number one sweetheart back in the '80s, and here she proves exactly why with those girl-next-door looks.
- See-Through Layers. Pinterest. Style Notes: The Jenner/Kardashian clan has already got this look down—and there are sheer dresses all over the spring runways.
- Jian Deleon
- Reeboks. Reebok was huge. While every other block in the inner-city had a dude potentially rocking a pair of Reebok Classics, aka Soldiers, the Freestyle and Dance Reebok collections were a hit with the ladies.
- Smiley Faces. Smiley faces were designed in the '70s, and by the '80s has connotations with psychedelic drug culture. Still, they were a positive symbol of goodwill towards other human beings, before all the modern day parodies, as well as the advent of emoticons and emojis.
- Velour. This plushy fabric essentially combined the luxurious feel of velvet with the stretchy properties of materials like spandex. It was everywhere, but especially on tracksuits and sweatshirts.
- Four-Finger Rings. A hip-hop staple, you can thank dudes like Big Daddy Kane for introducing these to hip-hop's sartorial vernacular. Radio Raheem's "LOVE" and "HATE" rings in Do The Right Thing embedded these accessories into our mindsets forever, and they remain a style staple of hip-hop's golden era.
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Oct 16, 2006 · Here are the top 10 80s fashion fads we used to love. In all of these fads, color was the order of the day. The drab khakis, white and black of the 90s do not apply. Big color and color mixed in unusual ways (say, bright yellow with red) were considered totally tubular – to the max.
- Koosh Balls. Who remembers these toys appearing in the playground? They were balls made of rubber filaments and attached to a soft core, which came in lots of different colours.
- Jelly Shoes. Who remembers jelly shoes? For 80s girls everywhere, these shoes were a delight to wear! They were light and airy, meaning your feet never got too sweaty (which is always a positive), plus they came in many different styles and colours.
- Car Surfing. The Teen Wolf movie had a lot to answer for with this craze, after showing Michael J. Fox‘s character surfing on the roof of his friend’s van as a were wolf!
- Shoulder Pads. Joan Collins eat your heart out! With Dynasty rocking the 80’s TV screens, shoulder padded garments wide enough to make an American footballer jealous quickly became all the rage.