This decade was the epitome of being bold, fun and quirky. The more that you stood out in the 80s, the better. Many of the trends worked around colour, silhouettes and form. Style icons were created in this decade such as Princess Diana and Madonna, this is the time that they truly began to shine.
Shoulder Pads were all the rage in this era, genderless, loved by all. Here we have Paulina Porizkova in 1986, showing off the extreme shoulder pads of her coat. I think that shoulder pads can be a great addition to a garment but there should be a cut-off with the level of extreme. This unfortunately reminds me of the Kanye West & Lil Pump video “I love it”. However, I do have an appreciation for fashion and at the time, the trend was huge and worn by the masses.
Velvet was a material type that was adored in this era. It’s one of those things that you either love or hate. Lisa Bonet wore this intricately-designed velvet jacket in 1988, teaming it with a top hat and a small pair of glasses.. I love it. It’s steam-punkesque and fits her perfectly, simply amazing.
Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress. How could I look back into the 80s without covering one of the most sought after events of the decade. In 1981, Princess Diana wed Prince Charles, her dress did and still continues to take centre stage. To this day, many still take inspiration from this gorgeous gown, designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. The dress was fitted with a 25-foot train and a 153-year tulle veil. It was valued back then at around the £9000 mark.
Dynasty Fashion. Dynasty was an American prime-time television soap opera throughout 1981-1989. The programme was watched by many, inspiring many things, one including fashion. ‘Dynasty fashion’ was considered sophisticated, admirable, somewhat regal. It was all about fur, diamonds and pearls… true glamour that inspired a nation.
Gym-Esque. The 1980s is now largely remember for their gym-esque outfits. A big influencer of this trend was Flash Dance in 1983. Jennifer Beals acted as Alex Owens, an aspiring ballet dancer, a halted teen caught between jobs. Bodywarmers, leotards and tights were all the rage and only continued to grow in popularity throughout the decade.
White-Halter. An icon. Diana Ross wore this white halter dress to a CBS TV Special in 1981. Similarly to ‘dynasty fashion,’ this dress was a wow moment for anyone watching. The simplicity was applauded as it worked, so very well.
Tank Tops were a huge trend within this decade. Teenage heartthrob, Rob Lowe was just one of a generation adoring this trend. This era also saw a growth in graphic prints and shapes arriving to tank tops.
Brooke Shields was a huge poster-girl for the 80s, adored by so many. She was known for her outgoing fashion sense and lack of conformity to any stricter trends. Here she is in 1981, wearing a huge puffy blouse, diamanté’s headband and big skirt. It was the 80s so this was acceptable then, regardless of whether it would be now. She still looks amazing, the ruffles, the high neck, the diamonds.
Mesh was becoming a huge trend in the 1980s, a trend that we still know a lot about today through stars like the Kardashians! This is a different Kim though. In 1989, Kim Basinger wore this mesh ensemble, drawing attention from all the media due to being so daring, so fresh, so different. It was a welcomed change, right at the end of the decade, ready to start the 90s.
Punk-Girl. How could the legend that is Madonna not be included in this list. The lady is a chameleon with an ability to fit into any trend that she deems fit. Throughout the years, she has been at the forefront of many different fashion trends, outrageous outfits and is loved for her care-free nature. Here she is leading the punk-girl outfit scene, the fishnets, the bangles, the makeup.. I LOVE IT.