Five fabulous fashion trends of the 1980s

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1980s / iStock

1980s fashion inspired many of the clothing styles we wear today.

Power dressing was hugely successful in the 80s due to the penetration of many women into business and political circles, which were historically dominated by men.

Puff sleeves and oversized accessories, such as sashes and bows, were also the order of the day during the period.

Let’s go back and look at five other fashion trends from the 80s:

poofy hair

The 80s were all about big, wild hair – full volume and curls or waves. Many women have opted to perm or have feathery hair. The feathered hair was inspired by stars such as Farrah Fawcett from “Charlie’s Angels.”

1980s hair

Big curly hair – iStock/ quantiumpix


Spandex, a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity, became very popular during this decade.

It was worn by all genders and people of different ages.


Movies such as “Fame”, “Xanadu” and “Flashdance” made leggings a hot trend in the 1980s.

Although they were first worn by dancers, everyone quickly joined in. They were worn with boots, tights and jeans.

Woman wearing leggings /iStock

Woman wearing leggings /iStock

High waist jeans

High waisted denim skinny jeans became very popular in the 1980s. They were mostly worn with oversized jackets.

High-waisted jeans / iStock

High-waisted jeans / iStock

Neon colored clothes

Colorful clothing characterizes the 80s – bright yellow, orange, green and pink. These colors have been seen in clothes, shoes, hair accessories, and even makeup.

Brightly colored clothes

Brightly colored clothing / iStock

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