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80s Fashion Trends

Fashion in the 1980s was all about excess. Everything was big, bold, and utterly glamorous. Turns out ’80s fashion trends, like puffy sleeves, ruffles, and shoulder pads, are more fashionable that you thought. These styles from the decade are making a modern comeback—both on and off the runway. The ’80s was a decade of bold style, colors, and silhouettes (permed hair included), with trends spanning ripped tights and leather to polished oversized blazers, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Brooke Shields.



Bowties were very popular with puffy, layered and curls. Madonna knew how to give big hair! The 80’s were all about lots of volume and big hair. For some reason, a big style in the 80’s was to always look like you were on the way to the gym, mainly because of these headbands.


Intense Eyeshadow

Like the style of the ’80s, the eyeshadow of the time was also fierce. This is true not only for the colour of the eyeshadow but also for its application. Often women would wear their eyeshadow right up to their brows.


Shoulder Pads

Extreme shoulder pads were worn by women on popular shows like Dynasty—which, by the way, is being rebooted. Sew shoulder pads into blazers and jackets. The bigger, the better.


Neon Colors

Today, you and I would think 10 times before we put on an outfit like this. But, back in the day, nothing was considered ‘incorrect’ when it came to fashion. Sure, there were rules, but people embraced change and eccentricity much more easily than we do today. So, if you are going to an 80s fancy dress or a show, this is a great option too.


Bolo Ties

Speaking of accessories, don’t be afraid to try out a bolo tie. They can actually look super cute on men or women. Just keep the rest of your outfit simple and classic to balance the look.



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. High-end designers like Dior would put out cozy v-neck sweaters made of velour, while athletic brands like Fila made track suits that caught on with young troublemakers and trendsetters alike.


80s Hip-Hop Fashion

Hip-hop music and culture were extremely prevalent in the ‘80s. As such, hip-hop fashion was also trending, especially in urban areas. Inspired by stars, such as the iconic Salt-N-Pepa trio and Queen Latifah, hip-hop fashion for women was similar to that for men. Baggy silhouettes and athletic details characterised the look along with bold and bright colours and bold patterns. When it came to accessories, sneakers and snapback caps reigned supreme.


Charm Necklaces, Bolo Ties, Lace Gloves, Fold Over Super High-Top Converse, Scrunchies, Jelly Bracelets, Jellies, Glasses with Fancy Temples, Streamer Barrettes, Banana Clips very very common in 80s.