From acid washed denim, to oversized shoulder pads, the fashion trends of the 80’s surely had it’s fair share of iconic fashion faux pas and breakthrough moments. Here I present the top 5 list of fashionable on trend moments that the 1980’s was truly known for. Lets take a trip down memory lane and pay homage to incorporating these past styles into our present wardrobe.
1. Denim on Denim
With denim always being an iconic go to fabric, the 1980’s took it to an entirely new level. Going back for seconds, and third helpings of denim, people started dressing in this fabric from head to toe. I am not opposed to denim on denim, but it has to be paired with the right wash and fit. Today we are seeing designers such as Ralph Lauren spin their own take on this trend. When pairing denim on denim, just be sure to keep the wash and color contrasting from one another.
This look is available at ralphlauren.com
2. Shoulder Pads
We have heard that shoulder pads were meant to symbolize a woman’s assertion of power over the opposite sex, especially in the field of work. Whatever the reason and meaning behind them, shoulder pads were worn with pride by the women of the 80’s and is still going strong today. High-end designers such as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen are taking this working girl look and incorporating a strong shoulder, modernizing the iconic 1980’s shoulder pad look.
This look is available at alexandermcqueen.com
3. Mini Skirts
The tighter and smaller the better. No I am not talking about your physique, I am referring to the iconic mini skirt. Paired with a tucked in blouse or a great leather jacket, the mini skirt was a trend from the 80’s that girls are still wearing today. Fashion stylist and designer Rachel Zoe has put her own take on making this iconic look current, modern, and fashion forward. Bravo!
This look is available at Shopbop.com
4. Off The Shoulder Dress
Off the shoulder dresses were the raddest choice for prom night in the 80’s. With floral corsages on their wrists and big teased out hair, girls made their appearance in off the shoulder dresses. Today women are giving off the shoulder a more chic, up-to-date look. Fashion brand Chloe, gives the off the shoulder dress a more casual, carefree, look.
This look is available at Barneys.com
5. Oversized Earrings
You might want to compare the oversized earrings of the 1980’s to Christmas ornaments, but these oversized earnings complemented the trend of big and loud that was prevalent in that era. If clothes were all about showy displays, the bulkiness trend was over the top when it came to accessorizing. Lanvin crafts some great jewelry pieces from, over the top earrings, to bold geometric cuffs, and bold statement necklaces. Great, over the top jewelry has yet to go out of style, just keep in mind when putting on that statement piece, don’t over due it. Coco Chanel once said “Less is more”.
This look is available at lanvin.com
To sum it up, the 1980’s had some great and not so great fashion moments. But then again, fashion is all about experimenting with creativity. Without the bad there would be no good. We all love a good flashback to the fashion trends of the 80’s from time to time, and if that was your era, you can still incorporate looks that the 1980’s were so iconic for into your everyday wardrobe. With a little modernization you can take the 80’s look into 2013!