Top 10 1980s Fashion Trends
The top 10 1980s fashion trends are the new retro look. If you need a primer in what was popular back then, check out any of the big movies of the time, such as "Pretty in Pink", "Top Gun", "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off", "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and the classic "Breakfast Club". Or, save yourself a couple hours and check out this list.
- Neon Neon colors were an 80s fashion trend on their own. Seen in solid color form or the forever 80’s paint splattered look.
- Rolled Clothing Rolling t-shirt sleeves was an 80’s fashion trend that took precision and often help from a good friend to get right. Jeans were often rolled into peg legged pants. The tight roll was achieved by first folding over the fabric and then tightly rolling the pant up so it held perfectly.
- Don Johnson Suits 80s fashion trends were not limited to the teenagers or the rebellious. Light colored suits with pastel t-shirts and no socks spread from "Miami Vice" across the country.
- MTV copycats Michael Jackson for guys or Madonna for girls. In fact, anything seen on MTV was fair game; overalls, Cyndi Lauper's colorful layered tutus, MC Hammer pants, eye liner for guys--the music video era brought a host of over-the-top looks to everyday wear.
- Cut off Shirts An 80’s fashion trend that really looks out of place today is the cut off t-shirt. These aren’t just cut off sleeves, but those are not immune to the scissors either. No, the cut off shirt basically had the bottom half cropped off to reveal the belly.
- Accessories You never had enough of anything in the 80s decadent decade. Accessories included everything from sunglasses and straight bottom knit ties to a Michael Jackson glove, to the biggest boom box you could casually haul around with you.
- New Wave/Punk Look This trend started in the 70s but became a hardcore 80s fashion trend. This look involved lots of leather, chains and spikes. Ripped jeans or plaid skirts and fishnet on the girls were popular paired with combat boots or Doc Martens. The hair was shaved, dyed or formed into mohawks or liberty spikes.
- Big Hair Aside from the big hair the punk look brought, many men of the 80s sported fluffy, long locks. The 80s fashion trend included lots of hair spray, gel, mousse and dare we mention it, perms.
- Preppie Look Like Michael J. Fox on the hit 80s TV show "Family Ties", and at least one character from any popular movie sported the preppy look, another 80s fashion trend. Polos, argyle socks, monogrammed sweaters casually, but intentionally thrown over the shoulders.
- Track Suits Particularly matching Adidas sportswear, Jane Fonda aerobic wear or the "Flashdance" style of ripped jersey tops and leg warmers.