Fashion in the 80s was bold, brave, loud, and everything fashion needs to be in the most real sense! We talk about women setting standards, but women have always been known for revolutionizing dresses and styles that remain signature statements even today. While some of them could not survive long and were unnecessarily hyped, most of them survived the changing times. If you think it is just the 90s fashion that is coming back, you’re mistaken. The 80s are silently, slowly, subtly, but surely returning. If you don’t want to miss out and see how the women did it back then, hop on to this time machine! Let’s take a look at 80s fashion and take some inspiration from them.
20 Best 80s Style Inspired Outfits For Women
1. 80s Rock Fashion
If you want to transform and teleport yourself to the 80s, the easiest way to do so is by perming your hair. Wear some bold colors and put on some knee socks or leg warmers over your pants. It may sound unreal, but wearing underpants over the pants was a thing for men. But, we’ll act like that’s not true.
2. 80s Style LBD
We all know that the little black dress has been around for a long time now. But do you know how to spin some 80s magic on it? By adding a blazer, jacket or coat with shoulder pads. It was a big part of the 80s fashion, and a complete rage too. So, it’s no wonder that it’s making a comeback right now. If you want to continue the theme, wear voluptuous colored pants. You can also wear your skinnies if you don’t want to be too “out there.”
3. Florals And Neon Colors
Today, you and I would think 10 times before we put on an outfit like this. But, back in the day, nothing was considered ‘incorrect’ when it came to fashion. Sure, there were rules, but people embraced change and eccentricity much more easily than we do today. So, if you are going to an 80s fancy dress or a show, this is a great option too.
4. 80s Workout Fashion
Even their workout looks were never subtle, were they? Oversized flashy T-shirts and running shorts were quite common back then. If you want to be outlandish and are looking for inspiration, try this.
5. Pleated Trousers
Trousers, not just jeans, were equally famous in the 80s. However, they were mostly high-waisted. Paired with a crop top, they look absolutely dapper.
6. Printed Blouse
Structured outfits, printed blouses, and shoulder-padded blazers were all a go-to for women. If you look at it carefully, you’d realize that a lot of it had to do with their love for oversized clothing.
7. High Waisted Denims
High-waisted anything seems like the fashion mantra of the 80s. And it’s all thanks to Tina Turner, who made it a thing. Fully tucking your shirt was also a very common practice.
8. 80s Fashion Accessories
Women have been on top of their accessory game for the longest time now. The famous big hoops were also an 80s thing and just as big a hit back then as they are now. Fanny packs, bandanas, chunky jewelry, crystal watches, and socks were all opportunities for women to add bolder elements to their outfits.
9. Blazer With Shoulder Pads
A floral blazer, one with shoulder pads, or both combined in one – that’s what you need to look for when you are scouting for an 80s formal look.
10. Striped Pants And Ankle Boots
Stretched and cropped trousers, tights, and big printed pants were all bottoms that women in the 80s preferred. Boots were another obsession, so I guess it all started there.
11. Members Only Jacket And Bandana
‘Members Only’ jackets (that looked like bomber jackets) were considered luxury items back then. Throw one of these over your high-waisted denim shorts or skirt, and secure your hair with a bandana. Wear oversized shades to finish the look.
12. Polka Dots Dress And Waist Belt
Polka dot dresses scream retro. If that’s not enough, add a wide belt that cinches at the higher waist and throw in a piece of chunky jewelry too.
13. Denim Jacket
Here’s proof that denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple since forever. The denim jacket might have seen a few iterations to keep up with the trends, but it has and always will be a timeless classic.
14. Vintage Long Skirt
Women from the 80s had no qualms about being vibrant and didn’t really worry about being minimalistic as much as we do. Party outfits meant a denim skirt with a colorful structured top or a vintage skirt with equally flashy footwear.
15. Sequined Jumpsuit For Parties
Bodysuits, jumpsuits, and overalls were all party wear staples in the 80s. If you look carefully, the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Gigi Hadid sport similar dresses, and often have a very 80s touch to their outfits. So, if you are headed to an 80s theme party, you know your options.
16. Knee High Socks
Don’t shy away from wearing knee-high socks if you are trying to bring in a retro element or the 80s theme to your outfit. We talk about bold dressing today, but I guess they were badass and knew how to do it way better than any of us could ever do now.
17. Leopard Print Fashion
Most people find it tricky to style animal prints, but they are timeless. Designers played around a lot with these prints on handbags, shoes, dresses, and scarves. Leopard print and snake print are especially so 80s.
Overalls are one of the easiest ways to transform an outfit into a retro costume because they were a hit back then and continue to be. You can wear them with an off-shoulder top or a bold high-neck T-shirt if you want to be loud about it.
19. High Waisted Skirts And Ruffle Top
Ruffled crop tops were the 80s version of off-shoulders. Pairing with a high-waisted skirt was another discerning choice that time around.
20. Oversized T-Shirts And Denim
Most of us practically live in these, don’t we? But they are not new inventions, and definitely not a millennial thing. Wearing oversized T-shirts and tucking them in denims was a huge part of the punk rock culture back in the day.
That was one sweet revival, wasn’t it? If you are from the 80s, I hope it was relatable. If not, I hope you have found enough inspiration to use some of it in your everyday outfits or use it for a themed party. What about the 80s fashion do you like the most? Do you think that it was better back then when everything was raw and real? Or, do you want like how style has evolved with time? Let us know, by dropping in a text in the comments section below!
Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions
80s Best Fashion Brands?
80s fashion brands ranged from Izod sweaters and Nike jerseys to Calvin Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, The Limited, Forenza, and Espirit, which were all big names back in the 80s.
Are Polka Dots 80s Fashion?
Polka dots are not particularly from the 80s. In fact, they first popped up in the early 19th century in Europe and were picked up by some popular actresses at that time. When American actresses, supermodels, and later Walt Disney used them for his creations, they finally caught up like wildfire. The 80s is when they became popular amongst ordinary people while the celebrities took to them much before that. This is one timeless pattern that will stay on until the end of time.