The 1980s fashion philosophy was all about excitement and trying something new. The fashion of this era seemingly shunned the more restrictive style of the earlier periods and gave birth to a style that was definitely unique and in-your-face. Fabrics were used and treated in different ways, such as the birth of the acid-wash denim. Embellishments and bling were placed on almost everything, even in shoes and accessories. And of course, to match that strong look, colors were bold and brash, mostly in neons and other brightly colored hues. If you are looking for vintage clothes that hark back to the great style of the 1980s, here’s a short list of some of the eras hottest trends that you can add to your wardrobe. |
Think volume. (And lots of it.) It wasn’t just the hair that had volume during this era. Even the vintage clothes of the 80s sported volume, too. Look for vintage clothes that add volume to your frame. Oversized shirts, bubble skirts and dresses, tiered skirts, long skirts and taffeta were all the rage for most of the clothes from this era.
Bright and spunky. Neon colors and bright splashes of reds and oranges were a common sight for this fashion era. It was all about grabbing some attention and what better way is there than to don on an outfit in psychedelic and bold colors?
Bigger shoulders. The broad shoulder look of the 1980s can be a hit or miss, but it was definitely a look that defined the era. Shoulder pads were used in women’s blouses and tops in order to give the impression of a more slender figure. However, this was not restricted just to the female clothing. Even clothes for guys were often treated the same way. Dig through some 80s vintage clothes for guys and you’ll surely come across a jacket or two that have shoulder pads, too.
Bling it on. Innovation was the name of the game in 80s fashion. Have a look at vintage clothes of this era and you’ll see for yourself. In terms of fashion, people became more adventurous than ever and fabrics and accessories were made with unexpected looks. Streaked denim jeans became popular, both with men and women. Even dancewear fabric was not restricted anymore to the dance floor or the gym; they soon found their way into to everyday, casual wear. Aside from that, studs and other flashy decorations soon found their way in the clothes and accessories. Studded jackets, mostly in reds and blues – think Michael Jackson – were also a popular trend of these days, especially for men.
While the 1980s fashion might not be all that important now, it has certainly brought with it innovation and trends which can be found even in today’s clothes. Update your 80s vintage clothes by drawing inspiration from the rock and roll vibe of the 80s and incorporating them with more modern elements.
James Walmsley is a marketing assistant at Phix Clothing, a UK-based online retailer which specialises in trendy and fashionable vintage clothes and retro clothes for men and women. All clothes are shipped worldwide.
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