What did girls and guys wear in
the 80s? Eighties fashion for women taught us terms like
warmers, shoulder pads, and
Guess jeans. They also brought back polka dots,
Preppie clothes and wedgies – which used to be shoes and not
an underwear malfunction.
Oversized sweatshirts that could fit a truck inside over
tight leggings were the norm.
1980s clothing styles for men
acid washed jeans, jean jackets,
parachute pants, high top shoes and T-shirts. Unless, of
course you were in the preppie crowd. Then you wore Izod shirts,
probably with the collar up, dress pants and penny loafer shoes.
And, let's not forget the baggy blazer with the sleeves rolled
up. So Blane from
Pretty in Pink.
Accessories were big and gaudy.
Necklaces were layered on and had large pendants and medallions.
Earrings were long and dangly. Purses were huge or small - no reason not
to take it to extremes in both directions.
Hair for men and women was long, tall
and wide. In short, blow dry it out, use a lot of hair spray (aqua net)
to hold it and you were good to go. Now we call it big hair, Mall hair
or just shrug and say, “the 80s.” Check out our
in the 1980s.
Whether you liked the styles or not,
they showed individuality that had not been seen in generations before.
Girls were clamoring to look like Madonna. Boys wanted to be like
Michael. And they were allowed to - hey, it was the 80s.
The loud, big, gaudy and bright clothes
in the eighties mellowed when the 90s approached. Colors were more
subtle and hair miraculously flattened. But a love of the 80s fashion
endures both as a totally awesome piece of nostalgia and as the next big
thing. Fashion seems to renew itself on what has come before, and it
seems that the 80s are due for their comeback. Tweenies can be seen in
leggings and miniskirts, wedge-heeled shoes are on every shelf, the
skinny jean is back, and we find that everything old (or 80s) is new
Be sure to check out this
list of 80s fashions submitted by one of our readers.