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Best (and Worst) Fashion Trends of the 80s

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Depending on how you look at it, these could be the 20 most amazing or amazingly awful fashion trends of the 1980s.

Rated 2 points - posted 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Other.
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Leg Warmers Report Abuse
Did people's legs get cold a lot in the 80s? Did we not possess the leg heating technology that we have today? Totally pointless, but cute nonetheless, if you were a girl in the 80s and you had legs, you also had leg warmers.
24 points - added 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal - 1 comment
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I got a pair a few years ago for an 80s-themed Jazzercise class and the only place I could find them was through a dance clothing website.
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Mini Skirts Report Abuse
The 80s loved mini skirts and I have to say this is a fashion I can get behind, as long as you're trim enough to pull it off. The 80s was all about super short skirts of any material, often work over brightly colored tights or leggings. This is an 80s fad I welcome back with open arms ... mostly because I look good in skirts.
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Shirts with Clips on the Side Report Abuse
The idea here is that you bought an oversized shirt, and then you used a special clip to tighten the shirt at your side, giving the illusion that you have actually purchased a fitted shirt. If you were in a bind, you could also tie a knot in the side of the shirt and achieve the same effect. OR, you could buy a shirt that fit in the first place.
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Members Only Jackets Report Abuse
These were so cool. And you had to be very thoughtful when picking out which color you bought because the color of your member's only jacket said a lot about who you were. I picked dark brown, because I wanted to appear tough like I was wearing a leather motorcycle jacket or something.
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Shoulder Pads Report Abuse
Never in my life have I looked in the mirror and thought, "you know what would make me look more attractive? Gigantic football player-like shoulders!" Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? And it seemed as though the bigger you could make your shoulders the better. Maybe it was a hold-over from the women's lib movement? I don't know, but I'm glad this trend has never come back.
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Oversized Off the Shoulder Tops Report Abuse
Yeah, these looked cool in the film Flashdance, but when you actually had to wear one it was kind of annoying that it was always falling off your shoulders.
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Fingerless Gloves Report Abuse
What was great about the fingerless gloves of the 80s was that usually they were made of lace or some other flimsy material that provided absolutely no warmth.
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Huge Earrings Report Abuse
What I liked about this trend was that not only women could get on board. Even macho men like Mr. T could rock some huge oversized earrings.
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Thin Plastic Bracelets Report Abuse
Black were coolest, but they came in a variety of colors.
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Acid Washed Jeans Report Abuse
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Michael Jackson stuffs Report Abuse
Everyone had something! ;) I'm a Beat It jacket person myself. :D
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Headbands Report Abuse
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Big Teased Hair Report Abuse
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Jellies Report Abuse
These plastic sandals were: 1. uncomfortable, as they were made out of plastic 2. ill-fitting 3. very very noisy, as they made weird squishy sounds when you walked
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Everything Neon Report Abuse
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Bandanas (tied around the leg of your jeans) Report Abuse
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Crimped Hair Report Abuse
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Stir-up Pants Report Abuse
-4 points - added 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal - 1 comment
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Stirrup pants. I loved them so much, I got a pair in every color I could find. When the fad faded, I gave the Salvation Army a lot of pants that only a very short girl could wear.
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Parachute Pants Report Abuse
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Ripped Jeans Report Abuse
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Jam Pants Report Abuse
-6 points - added 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal - 1 comment
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What is a jam pant?
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