Remember your favourite outfit you wore all the time in the 80s? Or that pair of trainers you desperately wanted for Christmas? You know you are a child of the 80s when you wore these 80s fashions...
The 80s were lit up by a neon rainbow. Everything from eyeshadow to tracksuits could be found in garish day-glo tones, and we loved it! If something was cool, it was even cooler in neon.
2. Stuff from C&A
We all loved to shop at C&A! Remember the choice of clothes? It was a fashion wonderland. You’d head there first to get your scrunchies, leggings and headbands. Sadly, it’s no longer on the British high street. The last shop in the UK closed in 2001.
3. Fingerless gloves
Preferably lace or leather, fingerless gloves were a real hit in the 80s. They looked great, and you could still turn the pages of your Just Seventeen wearing them!
4. Leg warmers
Nothing says 80s like leg warmers. They were originally only worn by dancers, but thanks to films like Footloose and Flashdance, they became an 80s fashion phenomenon.
5. Character jumpers
We loved our oversized jumpers and tops in the 80s. A Snoopy or Mickey Mouse jumper was always a winner, especially if it was reversible. An oversized t-shirt with elasticated belt was another classic 80s look.
Leggings and cycling shorts were everywhere in the 80s. Normally paired with an oversized t-shirt or jumper, everyone was wearing them. Who could blame them? Leggings were comfortable, available in fashionable prints, and went well with your favourite leg warmers.
7. Swatch watches
In 1983, Swiss watchmaker Swatch changed everything. They launched affordable, Swiss watches made out of plastic. Swatch opened up a world of possibilities. A watch wasn’t just a way of telling the time anymore! Our watches could be colourful, fashionable accessories.
8. Shell suits
Sportswear was a real craze in the 80s, from cycling shorts to leotards, we all looked like we were ready for the gym. Shell suits were a spin on the 70s tracksuit. Shiny, garish and typically 80s.
What better way to tie up your hair in a side ponytail, than with a scrunchie? Scrunchies were made out of all kinds of fabrics, so you could have one that matched your favourite dress! They were the ultimate 80s hair accessory.
Bangles were all over our wrists. Preferably teamed with lace fingerless gloves and neon nails, we piled them high up our arms. Boys were doing to too… Inspired by the likes of A-ha and Duran Duran, the male wrists were adorned with leather bracelets and laces.
11. Stick-on earrings
Remeber these beauties? Jewellery was big and bright in the 80s and we wanted to get involved! With these joyous jewels we could wear earrings without getting our ears pierced or resorting to excruciatingly painful clip-on earrings.
Trainers of all kinds were massively popular in the 80s, but no wardrobe was complete without a pair of Converse. Converse were already popular, but in the 80s their popularity rose to a whole new level. Usually black and preferably All Star high tops, Converse were on everyone’s feet.
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