Five '80s Fashion Trends That Stood the Test of Time
Ah, the ’80s. There’s perhaps no era in fashion as equally well-loved and reviled as the period from 1980 to 1989; it was a time filled with shiny leggings, high-cut spandex, and (of course) lots and lots of neon.
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But, whether you’re a fan of the decade’s styles or not, one thing is for certain: the ’80s are back in a big way. It’s no secret that neon is super-trendy right now, and there are other trends making a big comeback: leggings, slouchy sweaters, loud prints, and more.
See below for 11 ’80s fashion trends that stood the test of time, and find out how you can once again revel in the glorious fashions the decade had to offer while remaining in-touch with the year 2014.
In the '80s, it was hard to find a jacket, blouse, or really any sort of top that didn't have built-in shoulder pads; and if you did manage to hunt one down, you inserted the shoulder toppers on your own. Thankfully, the big, boxy silhouette went out of style and never really came back; but a subtler version of the trend is quite stylish. Try a blazer with slight shoulder padding over a dress or pantsuit for work.
Stylestalker Blazer, $198; at Shopbop.
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When it comes to unapologetic baubles, the 80s still reign supreme. Popular jewels of the day included everything from candy necklaces, slap bracelets, and big cross earrings a lá Madonna. And, of course, the bright chandelier earrring.
Holly Fulton Geometric Drop Earrings, $290; at Farfetch.
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Members Only Jackets
The Members Only jacket was the accessory to have in the '80s. And the brand is still very much alive and kicking, with their just-released collection of Fall pieces that include floral patterns and vegan leather fabrics.
Floral Nylon Classic Bomber, $98; at Members Only.
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The skin-tight, incredibly short miniskirt came to prominence during the 80s, and never really went out of style. There is, however, definite right and wrong ways to rock this trend. Make sure the skirt fits properly by sitting down while you're wearing it; it shouldn't rise above a few inches above your mid-thigh. Try wearing it with a more loose-fitting top and chunky boots to keep from being overly revealing.
Embroidered Miniskirt, $80; at Zara.
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The Loud, Slouchy Sweater
One of the most recognizable trends of the '80s, the oversized sweater (often worn off the shoulder, of course) is still very much in style. Try it over a pair of leggings with a chic hobo bag or, if you really want to 80s it up, with a miniskirt and plenty of large baubles.
Street Art Slouchy Sweater, $110; at ASOS.
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