15 January 2009

A Look Back - 80's Fashion

In many generation now Fashion has been evolving so drastically every year. Bags, Shoes, Jackets, Skirts, Jeans, Make-up, Hairstyle all come to a new evolution yearly. All come and go like the 80's style which recently made a come back, straight hairs to curly and waves and back again. A cycle of never ending change.

Fashion and the 1980's
For some, the 80's were a great time. The creation of MTV revolutionized fashion, the music industry and even how we watched TV. For others, it was nothing but bad hair, worse clothing and music that often had more to do with machines than talent. We take the former approach and relish the excess and outrageous fashions that the 80's managed to make mainstream. We didn't accessorize - we "excessorized" and LOVED it.

"The Top 10 of 80's style"

designer clothesShoulder Pads
Shoulder pads may very well be the worst of the top 10 80's fashion fads. In fact, our online polls on this site indicate that you agree with that assessment, with an overwhelming majority of our site visitors rating shoulder pads as the worst of the fashions of the 1980's.

designer clothesMini Skirts
The shorter the better!... women and girls loved miniskirts. Denim was the most popular but were also made in a number of other materials including knit and leather. This particular look has made a big comeback recently. The only people who weren't wearing miniskirts in the 80s were men (ok, well some did) and elderly women. {More pictures of girls on mini-skirt}

designer clothesLeg Warmers
Another of one of the top 10 80's fashion fads that didn't make a lot of sense was that of leg warmers. Maybe we all had really cold legs because of the miniskirts we wore or maybe we just thought they looked cute.

designer clothesHuge Earrings
You know how cute Christmas ornaments look on a tree? During the 80's we thought the same would apply to our ears. Huge earrings from various costume jewelry collections were all the rage and if your earrings didn't touch your shoulder, they weren't big enough and your out of style.

designer clothesFingerless Gloves
Fingerless gloves were another odd 80's fashion fad, and it seems to be coming back into style. From romance enthusiasts to punk-rock fans, fingerless gloves were popular with quite a variety of 80's genres.

designer clothesParachute Pants
Oh yes... and then there were parachute pants. They started off skin tight and ended up baggier than a potato sack. Parachute pants may very well be the one piece of clothing that can sum up the ridiculousness of the top 10 80's fashion fads. Have you ever tried one?.

designer clothesMembers Only Jackets
Who didn't want a"Members Only jacket" in the 80's? If you didn't have one, you were instantly labeled a dork and you could forget about getting in with the "in" crowd. Members Only jackets were all the rage, and imitations were completely unacceptable.

A one-size-fits-all clothing store featuring knit skirts, shirts, belts and leggings in coordinating colors. The clothes were sold in UNITS boutiques located in malls throughout the United States. You could buy six different pieces of UNITS clothing and create an entire wardrobe from them. It goes without saying that UNITS did not make it out of the 80's.

designer clothesStretch Pants
The stirrup pants version of this particular fad had to be the worst. These pants made NO ONE look good. They created a triangle-leg effect that made even the thinnest person look big. While many of these 1980's fashions are making their way back on the scene and into our stores, the stretch pants/stirrup pants trend needs to stay tucked safely back in the 80's.

designer clothesOversized Tops
Last, but not least, we have the 80's fashion fad of oversized tops. Big sweaters, sweatshirts and t-shirts were totally hot and wearing them over a miniskirt or a pair of leggings made them even hotter. These tops were most often belted with big and gaudy, low slung belts with the top bloused over the belt.

Source: liketotally80s.com
To Be Continued...
More to come, we"ll cover all until the latest minute of 2009.


  1. Thanks for featuring the whatdesigners.com post on those crazy hoop earrings from the 80's.

  2. hey this is really a great article to read on, thanks for posting this one

  3. Love the 80's fashions.
    Break dance styles were the best.
    Pin stripe.
    Candy stripe.