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20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

80’s fashion trends are undoubtedly making a remarkable comeback now, and for all the right reasons. There’s no denying that ’80s fashion had that bold, bold and loud vibe along with everything fashion always really has to have. While they’re making waves in this day and age, don’t miss out on spreading the fun ’80s touch and making a mark wherever you go. Don’t worry because we are here to help you. In this article, we are going to bring you some truly amazing inspirations that you should definitely try. All you have to do is scroll down and find the one that catches your eye. So, without further ado, read this article on 80s clothing.

20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

1. Rock fashion of the 80s

If you want to transform and teleport back to the 80s, the easiest way to do that is with a perm. Wear bold prints or colors and pull knee socks or leg warmers over your pants. It may sound unreal, but wearing underpants over regular pants was a male thing. But we’ll pretend that’s not true.

2. 80's style little black dress

We all know the little black dress has been around for a long time. But do you know how to add some ’80s magic to the whole thing? By adding a blazer, jacket or coat with shoulder pads. It was a big part of ’80s fashion and a hit too. No wonder it’s making a comeback. If you want to continue the theme, wear luscious colored pants. You can also wear your skinny pants if you don’t want to be too “out there”. Or, if the weather doesn’t permit jackets, you can simply add a glittery belt to your little black dress!

3. Flowers and neon colors

Today, you and I would think ten times before donning an 80s outfit like this. But back then nothing was considered “wrong” 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 costume or show this is also a great option.

20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

4. Training fashion of the 80s

Even her workout look has never been understated, has it? Oversized flashy t-shirts and running shorts were common at the time. If you want to be fancy and looking for inspiration, try this.

5. Pleated pants

Pants, not just jeans, were equally famous in the ’80s. Most of the time, however, they were high-waisted and tapered. They look absolutely elegant when paired with a crop top.

6. Printed Blouse

80s outfits for women consisted of structured clothing, printed blouses and shoulder-padded blazers, all of which were must-haves for women. If you look closely, you’ll realize that this has largely to do with her penchant for oversized clothing.

7. High Waist Jeans

Anything high-waisted seems to be the fashion mantra of the ’80s. And it’s all thanks to Tina Turner for making it possible. It was also a common practice to tuck the shirt fully into the waistband of the pants.

8. Fashion accessories of the 80s

When it comes to accessories, women have been up to date for a long time. The famous big baskets were also a thing of the 80’s and as big a hit then as they are now. Fanny packs, bandanas, statement jewelry, crystal watches and socks offered women the opportunity to add more eye-catching elements to their outfits.

9. Blazer with shoulder pads

A floral blazer, one with shoulder pads, or both in one – this is what you need to look out for when looking for a formal 80s look.

10. Striped pants and ankle boots

Stretch and cropped pants, tights, and big printed pants were all bottoms favored by women in the ’80s. Boots were another obsession, so I guess that’s where it all started.

11. Members only jacket and bandana

20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

“Members Only” jackets (which looked like bomber jackets) were considered luxury items back then. Slip one of these over your denim shorts or high-waisted skirt and secure your hair with a headscarf. Wear oversized sunglasses to complete the look.

12. Polka dots dress and tie belt

Polka dot dresses scream retro. If that’s not enough, add a wide belt that emphasizes the higher waist, and additionally throw in a large piece of jewelry.

16. Knee socks

Don’t be afraid to wear knee high socks if you want to bring in a retro element or an 80’s style outfit. We’re talking bold dressing today, but I guess they were badass and knew it way better than any of us ever could right now.

17. Leopard print fashion

Most people find it difficult to style animal prints, but they are timeless. Designers experimented a lot with these prints on handbags, shoes, dresses and scarves. Leopard prints, zebra prints and snake prints were a big part of 80’s clothing.

18. Overalls

Jumpsuits are one of the easiest ways to turn a costume into a retro 80’s outfit, as they were a hit then and now. You can wear them with an off-the-shoulder top or a statement high-neck t-shirt if you want to be vocal.

20 amazing 80s fashion trends and outfit ideas for women

19. High waisted skirts with ruffled bodice

Crop tops with ruffles were the ’80s version of off-the-shoulder dresses. Pairing it with a high-waisted skirt was another sophisticated choice this time.

20. Oversized t-shirts and jeans

Most of us practically live in it, don’t we? But these are not new inventions and certainly not a millennial thing. Wearing oversized t-shirts and tucking into jeans was a big part of punk rock culture back then.


Now that you know all about the hottest 1980s fashion trends, how about throwing an 80s themed party where you can show off your style?


The 80’s were an era of bright and flashy trends, synthesizer-heavy music, legendary movies and wild parties. People back then were adventurous and brave and believed in enjoying life to the fullest. So channel your inner retro soul, pray to the party gods and prepare to throw the ultimate 80’s themed party!

Emma Soleil
Emma Soleil

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Home On The Grove, A Phoenix-based blog, serves as an inspiration hub for feminine, casual style, as well as covering home & decor, home & garden, home essentials, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics.