I’ve heard it said that Madonna’s early career image defined 80s fashion but I’m not so sure. Looking back through the lace and neon, jelly shoes and pins through noses I see a definite trend of 30s/40s influence in the early part of the decade and 50s/60s towards the end. Just my humble opinion. Either way, the 80s were extremely original and all their own. Did you rock any of these looks?
Rocking both pop beads and Saddle shoes
Clothing Levi 501 jeans Levu Butterfly 501s Madonna-inspired corsets worn over skirts and accessorized with lace fingerless gloves Tailored suits, all designer – the ‘Yuppie’ look Punk Rock look Jean Jackets Bubble skirts Garanimals Underoos Candies shoes Camoflague Excessive use of colour- think United Colours of Bennetton and Cyndi Lauper Shoulder pads – to the point of Linebacker status Shift dresses with high collars Fitness clothes- Lycra, Spandex, leotards, leg warmers, sweatbands, bike shorts Slouch socks Layered socks Layered everything! Big, baggy sweatshirts Daisy Dukes Deely Boppers Plastic jackets Bolero jackets Ankle Boots Cut off shorts Stone washed denim Koolats Bermuda Shorts Hawaiian shirts
Back again on shelves in 2016….
Mismatched clothes Ripped clothes, particularly jeans Argyle Socks and Sweaters The ‘Preppy’ look Thin ties Penny loafers Saddle Shoes Blazers Polo Shirts Monogrammed clothes Lace-topped socks Mismatched socks, laces and shoes ‘Miami Vice’ look Dark Sunglasses Pinstriped suit jackets Parachute pants – think M.C. Hammer Wearing one glove – think Michael Jackson T shirts knotted up on one side to show the belly button T shirts pulled through a t shirt clip for the same reason Leather jackets worn with black or red leather pants and sunglasses Denim jackets with lots of badges or patches Ray-Ban Sunglasses, aviator glasses Plaid shirts and white jeans Vans shoes, Doc Martens, Converse (Chucks), Fila, Addidas, Nike, Reebok, Puma Lots of zippers on clothing Pastel clothing Levi’s Movin On Jeans Wearing baseball caps backwards Stirrup pants, capri pants
Those puffer coats ‘you’ll grow into
Tight, white t-shirts for guys Cowl necks Batwing sleeves Wearing sneakers with suits Pantsuits for women Crepe-type fabric for women’s dresses Polka-dots, stripes Muscle shirts Cut off, blousy tees for women Neon or white sunglasses Big wedding dresses modeled after Princess Diana’s Mutton sleeves Hook and eye or button fastenings Jam Shorts Duck Boots Moon Boots Tap pants with knee socks Dr. Dentons Buster Brown Shoes
Ah, wedding attire… nothing this lacey since the Edwardian days…
Capezio Dancewear Fannie Packs Lycra shorts under short skirts Long t-shirts Neon and dayglo clothing Crop tops Crinoline skirts, tulle skirts Sheer Energy Pantyhose by L’eggs L’eggs Pantyhose Hanes Hosiery Playtex Cross Your Heart Bra Velcro Shoes- Zips Jordache Jeans Street Cars Shoes Vans shoes Calvin Klein Jeans Winteralls Pantyhose Cuddle Duds long underwear Jewellry Big earrings, hoops – we’re talking huge Men wearing earrings in one ear Layered jewelry- lots of chains, large link chains and pendants, bracelets Swatch watches Nose Rings, safety pins through the nose and upper ear Plastic charm chain necklaces Charm Bracelets
Bright colours and pastel capris
Best Friends bracelets, necklaces, earrings Charms worn on bookbags, purses, shoes Chunky costume jewelry Digital Watches Huge watch-faces and bracelets Multiple earrings worn Braided bracelets Chocker and ‘y’ necklaces Ribbon or Velvet worn as a chocker Jelly bracelets, rings, necklaces, shoes Cross jewellry Multiple rings Hair Mullets for men Teased hair – something akin to a light-socket look Big bangs- large enough to cage a small mammal in Short haircuts for women, androgynous looks – think Annie Lennox Assymetrical cuts Shaved heads Multicoloured hair Mohawks Rat-tails Single side ponytails Ponytails high up on the crown of your head Chopped bangs on kids- ‘bowl’ cuts The ‘Purdey’ style -thank God that’s gone Crimped hair Permed hair Foiled hair Dyed hair Home-curled hair -yes, sleeping on rollers or braids with a bathing cap Ponytail Scrunchies Banana Clips Hairbands Hair combs Cute barettes, ponytail balls Lace scarves tied on ponytails Depp Dippity Doo Aqua Net Breck Shampoo Flex Shampoo Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific Shampoo Prell Shampoo Pert Shampoo Selson Blue Shampoo Suave Shampoo Epic Waves Home Permanent Clairol Hair Color
Side ponytails and lots of junk stuck in them
Makeup Eyeliner on men Bold swathes of colour on the cheeks Geometrical shaped eye makeup- think Grace Jones Bonne Bell lipsmackers for kids and teens Glitter Thick eyeliner for women Tinker Bell Cosmetics Avon Maybelline Colourwand Powder Eyeshadow L’Oreal Crayon Riche Lipstick Seabreeze Max Factor Moisture Riche Lipstick Max Factor Lasting Colour Lipstick Keri Close-Up ToothPaste Sparkle Crest for Kids Listermint mouthwash Pond’s Cold Cream Mintfresh Signal Mouthwash Splendor Shampoo Lady Speedstick Arrid Extra Dry Solid Deodorent Ban Solid Deodorent Vaseline Soft Sense Lotion Skin Bracer Aftershave Colgate Gel Toothpaste in Winterfresh Corn Silk makeup Fragrance Jean Nate Obsession Paco Rabanne cologne for Men Passion Red Door Poison Chanel No. 5 Chanel No. 19 Relph Lauren Polo White Shoulders Love by Victoria Liz Claiborne Charlie Chantilly British Sterling Brut Calvin Kleiin Carl Laagerfeld Old Spice Paul Sebastian United Colours of Benetton Chaps Baby Love Le Jardin Perfume Sources: 1980s: Dacade in Photos – Jim Corrigan Fabulous Fashions of the 1980’s – Felicia Lowenstein Niven People: Celebrate the 80s – People Magazine

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