Fashion Trends of the 1980s

Whether you're embarking on an 80s cruise, attending a decades-themed party, or simply want to infuse some nostalgic flair into your everyday wardrobe, these styles will transport you back in time.

Let's flashback to the 80s and take a look at some of the most iconic fashion trends that were a staple of the decade, and the famous woman that influenced them.

Power Dressing

Women wore strong silhouettes that exuded confidence in the workplace. Shoulder pads and wide shoulders were popular. Women wanted a tailored look that often included a complete suit.

Iconic figures like Joan Collins and Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl" popularized tailored blazers with wide shoulder pads, paired with high-waisted pants or pencil skirts.

Vibrant Colors

The 80s was an era of vibrant, neon colors. Bold hues like hot pink, electric blue, highlighter yellow, and acid green could be found on both clothing and accessories.

Did you know that the 80s weren't all technicolor and rainbow hues?? Neutrals were worn often. Colors like black, white, indigo, forest green, burgundy, and different shades of browns, tans, and oranges were also popular.

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Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves stand out as an 80s accessory that is both edgy and unconventional. Worn by both men and women, they were made of different fabrics such as leather, lace, and fishnet.

Fingerless gloves were popularized by musicians and rockstars. Madonna, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran often sported fingerless gloves as part of their onstage costumes, cementing their status as an 80s fashion staple.

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Sheer Fabric

The 1980s had one fashion trend that epitomized sensuality and allure: sheer fabrics. A Naughty Girl staple! Sheer clothing was a bold statement, allowing glimpses of skin while maintaining an air of mystery.

One iconic figure who embraced this trend with elegance and sophistication was actress, Kim Basinger.

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Graphic Prints

Bold graphic patterns in both vibrant colors and neutral tones were popular in the 80s. 

From geometric patterns to abstract shapes, to checkerboard prints and neon splatters, to pixelated motifs and confetti-inspired looks, graphic patterns have become synonymous with the energetic fashion of the 1980s.

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Denim jackets were a must-have and were often embellished with patches, pins, or studs. Madonna and Brooke Shields made all denim ensembles iconic.

Acid wash jeans were all the rage. High waisted pants were the popular style of the 80s, and have definitely made a comeback in recent years.


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