As far as fashion goes, no decade is quite as notorious as the 80s. After all, in what other decade could you get away with wearing skin tight pants one day and baggy “MC Hammer” pants the next? During what other time period could you wear a sweater and a miniskirt all at the same time and in electric neon colours? Take a walk down memory lane. Here are the top 5 80s fashion fads we used to love.
1:: Shoulder Pads
Shoulder pads may very well be the worst of the top 5 80s fashion fads. In fact, with an overwhelming majority shoulder pads had the worst of the fashions of the 1980s. Why on earth did we want to make our shoulders look bigger? I can’t quite remember. Maybe it had something to do with woman’s lib and the assertion of power that women were beginning to have in the work place? Rank speculation. Whatever the reason, we wore shoulder pads often and we did so with pride. Between her totally bitchin’ feathered hair and the awesome oversized jacket with shoulder pads to the heavens, this 80s babe had it going on.
2:: Mini Skirts
The shorter the better,women and girls loved miniskirts. Denim was the most popular, but miniskirts were made in a number of other materials including knit and leather. These were often paired with leggings. This particular look has made a big comeback recently. The only people who weren’t wearing miniskirts in the 80s were men and elderly women
3:: Huge Earrings
You know how cute Christmas ornaments look on a tree? During the 80s we thought the same would apply to our ears. Huge earrings from various costume jewellery collections were all the rage and if your earrings didn’t touch your shoulder, they weren’t big enough
4:: Stretch Stirrup Pants
The stirrup pants version of this particular fad had to be the worst. Presumably the idea of fashion and being in fashion is to look as good as possible. These pants made NO ONE look good. They created a triangle leg effect that made even the thinnest person look big. While many of these 1980s fashions are making their way back on the scene and into our stores, the stretch pants trend needs to stay tucked safely back in the 80s.
5:: Oversized Tops
Last, but not least, we have the 80s fashion fad of oversized tops. Big sweaters, sweatshirts and Tshirts were totally hot and wearing them over a miniskirt or a pair of leggings made them even hotter. These tops were most often belted with big and gaudy, low slung belts with the top bloused over the belt.