Neon Fashion in the ’80s
If you weren’t wearing neon in the 80s, then what precisely were you wearing? Fashion in the ’80s consisted of being able to see a person coming from a mile away. Nighttime bicycle riding wasn’t an issue. With off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and neon leg warmers, this decade shined brighter than the rest.
Animal print Fashion in the ’80s
Could you even consider yourself trendy if you weren’t decked out in animal prints in the ’80s? Cheetah, giraffe, and even zebra-print garments were about as common during the Reagan era as “Just Say No” memorabilia.
If you lived in the ’80s or are a movie lover, you can probably still see Tom Cruise swaggering around in his Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Risky Business. From the minute the film was released in 1983, everyone who wanted to reach Cruise’s level of cool had to have a pair.
The 80s was the beginning of hip-hop culture. Right with it came a style that would characterize a generation. Bally sneakers, which ’80s rappers like Slick Rick and Rakim were fans of, were thought to be the supreme status symbol throughout the decade. The shoes created so much ’80s nostalgia that you can still purchase them now online.
Lace was everywhere in the 80s. this was due to Madonna’s influence in her music videos, on stage, and in 85’s Desperately Seeking Susan. From headbands to gloves to sheer tops and leggings, everything could be and was made of lace in the 80s.
Established by Swiss watchmaker Nicolas Hayek in ‘83, Swatch watches were one of the largest ’80s fashion trends. During the 80s, the vibrant colored timepieces adorned the wrists of hip folks everywhere. And since they were very affordable, the watches sold for about $50. It was fashionable to wear more than one Swatch watch on each arm.