21 Most ICONIC 80s Fashion Trends Defining 1980’s Style

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A look at the most iconic fashion trends of the eighties.

80s fashion holds such a unique place in the world of fashion, trends, and styles.

In a world of no internet and social media, fashion in the 1980s drew inspiration from music and TV shows, creating more style idols than in any previous fashion decade.

‘Big,’ ‘bright,’ and ‘loud’ describe the 80s fashion decade, with eye-straining colors and patterns, power suits, shoulder pads, dramatic earrings, and acid wash jeans.

In this article, I’ll take you back down memory lane to experience the most beautiful moments of the 80s fashion and styles.

Without further ado, these are the 21 most representative and inspiring 80s fashion pics, images, and moments ever.

1 /21 Power Suits

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Power suits or “power dressing” was all the rage in the 80s.

The trend was created by celebrities and movie stars playing influential, power-hungry career women.

Grace Jones’ sharply-tailored suits with broad padded shoulders inspired the ‘girl power’ and cross-dressing movement of the 1980s – an inspiration for artists such as Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Solange, and Lorde.

Also, as a sign women were rising through the ranks, Britain was run by Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first-ever female Prime Minister.

2 /21 Padded Shoulder Dresses

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The shoulder pads were such an influential trend in the 80s fashion that dress designers even adopted them.

Notable shoulder pads matched vaporous dresses with puffed sleeves to create unique geometric shapes and cuts.

3 /21 Leg Warmers

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The 80s fashion styles were influenced by those times stars and celebrities, promoting fitness and aerobic exercises on TV.

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Fonda’s appearances (Flashdance in particular) turned legwarmers into every woman’s fashion statement.

Aerobic outfits, gym leggings , oversized sweaters, and even skinny jeans for women were all garments that required legwarmers as a finishing touch.

4 /21 Leather Jackets with Rolled Up Sleeves

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Worn by music and movie stars such as Bon Jovi, Madonna, Cher, Tom Cruise (Top Gun), and Morten Harket, leather jackets were a must-have in the 80s.

However, the 80s most popular leather jacket styles had large, padded shoulders and were worn with the sleeves rolled up, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller look is the perfect example.

Other popular 80s leather jacket styles were the double rider and cafe-racer jackets, with an option to customize them to your liking.

5 /21 80s Preppy Fashion

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The 80s was also the decade of designers focusing on comfortable and stylish preppy styles.

Brands like Polo, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein launched college-styled jackets, trousers, and shirts in pastel colors with stripes.

Seen as a critical 80s trend, preppy shirts (also seen in ‘ Light Academia ‘) were worn as either a formal button-down or a smart casual t-shirt.

6 /21 Statement Tees & Slogan T-shirts

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Statement tees, also called slogan t-shirts, are another 80s fashion-defining moment, beautifully exemplified by Katharine Hamnett’s pieces.

The designer’s anti-nuclear-missiles T-shirt, worn while meeting then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984, is now part of 80s fashion history.

The trend of slogans printed on t-shirts was quickly adopted by Pepsi, Nike, Adidas, and Guess after realizing the advertising power of their own printed logos on T’s.

7 /21 1980s Mini Skirts

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The 80s is also the decade of mini skirts, skater skirts, and Rah-rah’s.

Mini skirts were first seen in the 1960s fashion , often matched with go-go boots.

But the mini-skirt trends peaked in the 80s, worn with legwarmers and/or leggings.

Popular materials were denim and spandex (see Kylie Minogue’s high-shine minidresses) or augmented with layers of net and lace, Madonna-style.

8 /21 Polka Dots Patterns

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Popular in 1940s fashion (and later in the 50s fashion) , polka dot dresses, skirts, and tops resurfaced in the 80s with a vengeance.

The style was brought back by the French fashion house Emanuel Ungaro on its SS 1985 ready-to-wear collection, fast adopted by royalty, pop stars, and cinema celebrities alike.

Princess Diana loved sporting polka dot skirts; the Strawberry Switchblade pop duo had them on big PVC belts and Claudia Cardinale on her characteristic dresses with tie necklines.

9 /21 1980s Animal Prints

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Even in the 80s wearing natural animal skin was drawn upon.

However, that didn’t deter celebrities from wearing over-the-top animal prints on every imaginable outfit and style.

From leggings to handbags, skirts, and sunglasses, bold prints of leopard, zebra, tiger, giraffe, and python were the rage.

10 /21 Eighties Oversized Eyewear

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Most fashionable sunglasses in the 1980s had giant frames and sported colored or mirror lenses.

Some of the most popular 80s sunglasses frames were oversized Wayfarers and Aviators by Rayban.

Yet, depending on your social circle, you could spot Gucci, Cartier, and Vuarnet in large frames.

11 /21 Asymmetric Silhouettes in the 1980s

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Thierry Mugler’s spring 1983 ready-to-wear show is the best example of clothes in which one side is not the same as the other.

The asymmetric style was best exemplified by Molly Ringwald, a famous Hollywood actor of the 80s.

Some key characteristics of asymmetrical style and design feature a one-shoulder bodice, slanted hemlines, or necklines, often seen nowadays in the streetwear pieces of Japanese fashion .

12 /21 Leotards & Bodysuits

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After the influence of drugs and freedom of “flower power” of the 70s fashion wore off, the 80s started as a self-conscious decade.

Jane Fonda took advantage of women’s obsession with dance and exercise with fitness videos showcasing an extensive collection of brightly colored bodysuits.

With the help of music divas like Cher, promoting and selling sportswear apparel in bold colors became an 80s thing.

What we nowadays call athleisure once started as leotards and bodysuits, a functional form of fashion.

13 /21 Double Denim Craze

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The 80s double denim style craze is the best example of celebrity power shaping and still shapes the current fashion trends .

Levi’s 501 jeans campaign involved top celebs of those times, such as Nick Kamen, who had a top 5 hit single in 1986, written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray.

The trend of pairing double denim jackets with high-waisted jeans continue until the end of the 80s, thanks to Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Ben E. King, and Percy Sledge boosting Levi’s sales and vinyl records.

14 /21 Thick Socks With High-Top Trainers

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In a trend started by fitness celebrities that moved from gyms to 80s catwalks, thick socks, layered socks, and even socks with lace edging were an 80’s fashion statement for the girls.

Neon socks worn over another pair and matched with trainers were popular in various contexts, at the gym, meeting with friends, and even at the office.

And as the idea of wearing socks everywhere became popular, ankle socks worn with heels started to emerge, from movie clips on MTV to movies and the catwalks.

15 /21 Sheer Tights

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In the 80s, wearing short skirts to show off your legs was very cool – see Debbie Harry’s chic little black dresses accessorized with striking hosiery.

Initially, sheer tights had neutral colors – like brown during the day and black in the evening for a more natural look.

Influenced by the growing fitness craze, sheer colored tights became a thing in the mid-eighties, with many top fashion brands creating colored stockings.

The colored sheer tights trend continued into the 90s fashion , worn at the office and even at dinner events.

16 /21 80s Stirrup Pants & Leggings

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Stirrups are light metallic frames hanging on each side of a saddle, used to support mounting or riding.

Stirrup pants borrow the concept by having a strap of material at the end of the foot to hold the pants in place.

Given their construct, stirrup pants were trendy in the 80s in sporting activities such as aerobics, ballet, and dancing, eventually permeating into daily fashion looks.

Towards the end of the eighties, women of all ages could be seen wearing leggings and stirrup pants matched with large t-shirts or comfortable oversized sweaters.

17 /21 Decorative Lace Dresses & Accessories

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After Madonna launched her global hit “ Like a Virgin ” on MTV in 1984, lace dresses and gloves became an instant fashion statement throughout the 80s.

The trend can be seen everywhere, even in movies, and one of the most popular characters spring the style was Alexis Carrington in Dynasty, played by Joan Collins.

18 /21 1980s Harem Pants

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Originally known as a harem skirt, these pants were introduced to western fashion circles in 1910 by the Parisian designer Paul Poiret.

Long, baggy, with a very low drop-crotch and fitted at the ankle, harem pants were also known as the MC Hammer pants.

In psychedelic colors and dizzying patterns, harem pants are another look that makes 80s fashion unforgettable and unique.

19 /21 High-cut Swimsuits 80s Style

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Some of the most popular swimsuits of the 80s had a high-cut one-piece, like the babes on the original Baywatch series used to wear.

The high cut was designed to elongate the legs while the waist tucked everything into a slimmer silhouette, whether there’s a bit of weight on the hips or tummy.

20 /21 80s Post-punk Fashion

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Inspired by London’s skinhead culture that took the 60s fashion by storm, the 80s punk-style version had a milder, more enigmatic look.

The softer variations of post-punk 80s fashion were influenced by a blend of skinhead culture with other cultures and musical trends, from goth rock to glam and psychedelic rock.

21 /21 Acid Washed Jeans

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Distressed, acid-wash jeans were popular in the mid to late 80s and early 90s.

Invented by the Rifle Jeans company in Italy, washing denim with chlorine and using a pumice stone to distress the material.

Loved by heavy metal and rock bands, 80s acid-washed jeans were matched with biker jackets or fringe jackets (cowboy/country music style leather jackets with lots of tassels).

The acid-washed denim was so popular that even non-rock acts such as Bros and Salt N’ Pepa jumped on it, triggering brands like Jordache, Guess, Wrangler, Levi’s, and Gitano to create limited collections and collab pieces.

80s Fashion FAQs

What kinds of clothes were popular in the 80s.

Women’s most popular 80s clothes were power suits, legwarmers, dresses with padded shoulders, and spandex and Lycra tights.

For men, some of the most popular clothes in the 80s were leather jackets, polo shirts, Oxford shirts, and turtlenecks.

However, both genders wore linen, velour, corduroy suits, high-waisted acid-wash jeans, and animal prints.

What Should I Wear to an 80s Party?

The best 80s theme party outfit depends on the style you want to recreate.

In the eighties, there were several fashion styles, but some of the most popular were power office, street casual, punk, and athletic, each with its own shoes and accessories.

Some of the most popular 80s accessories are:

  • scrunchies;
  • leg warmers;
  • fingerless gloves;
  • plastic bangles;
  • large earrings in neon shades;
  • mesh accents;
  • and pearl necklaces.

How Do You Dress in 80s Fashion?

Dressing a perfect 80s fashion look is simple, as long as you combine some of the most representative clothes of that decade with the relevant accessories to the 80s style you choose to showcase.

For example, if you want to recreate a stylish 80s post-punk look, all you need is a biker-style leather jacket, acid-washed jeans, a loud logo t-shirt with an 80s famous slogan, and a pair of black leather boots.

Then, finish this classic 80s look with relevant punk accessories, such as metallic bracelets, studs, spikes, laces, and chains.

Final Words on 1980s Fashion

The eighties were a decade of fashion trends for people ‘loved to hate,’ as you saw in our gallery of iconic ’80s outfits.

Hair was teased and permed to the limits, voluminously styled, and sometimes crimped; make-up was bold with clashing colors, almost like face paint.

1980s fashion styles were also about flaunting money – wearing top designer brands , preppy style outfits, and loud logos to showcase one’s wealth and status.

Nevertheless, the 80s influence has shaped not only the culture and fashion looks of that decade but also the styles we wear today.

Many of the 80s fashion styles are back in 2023 , such as power dressing, denim overalls, and leather jackets.

The music television channels (MTV launched in 1981) and the first generation of personal computers (1st Apple Computer launched in 1984) significantly influenced the looks of 80s fashion.

Music clips particularly influenced 80s fashion and American TV shows such as Dynasty and Dallas – think power suits, shoulder pads, and fine jewelry worn by Alexis and Krystle Carrington.

Madonna, Joan Jett, and Cher’s video clips inspired teenagers to wear biker leather jackets and ripped tights assorted with punk-styled bracelets, studs, spikes, and chains.

Similarly, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner’s polished looks left marks on 80s women’s fashion with asymmetric aesthetics, oversized blazers, and poof skirts.

And let’s not forget the influence that Jane Fonda and Olivia Newton-John’s fitness clips had on teen girls, even wearing sheer tights and legwarmers everywhere, with anything.

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Ana Escalante

With a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Journalism with a Concentration in Marketing from the University of Florida, Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist with powerful reporting in fashion, beauty, pop-culture, and the current editor-in-chief Rowdy Magazine. Ana's articles covering fashion, media, and digital culture, focusing on emerging communities, have been published on Glamour Magazine, The VOU, Harper's Bazaar, PAPER Magazine, StyleCaster, Teen Vogue, ELLE UK, CR Fashion Book, and more.

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Amazing write-up on the most popular fashion trends in the 80s! Love the pics, love the explanations, this is one of the best 80s fashion trends articles ever!

I like how people say they dislike the 80s, it’s too much and ‘too loud’ but I see that the 80s had staple items that will never leave modern wardrobes. This article shows it perfectly. They can be reworked but the traces are still there. ‘Colour me happy’ or ‘dopamine’ dressing in 2022 is so 80s. Getting away from the neutral and kaleidoscope patterns of the 70s for bright colour blocking of the 80s to be happy and youthful. No wonder kelly green has made a comeback in 2021 and 2022. Those who love streetwear, currently wear thick white sports socks with leggings and low top trainers, it’s basic Instagram baddie dressing 101. Yet very 80s in origin. Of course, bodysuits are still on-trend, just in pastels, even as we move into 90s trends the 80s still hang on. The scrunchie is back in most stores and even the ones with large bows, which screams 80s ‘good girl’ in a movie.

Some of these existed in the 90s as well. Fashions don’t strictly follow decades. I think fashion cycles are actually closer to the mid-decade mark, just like music (1975-1985, 1985-1995).

You guys forgot the “Urban Cowboy” look, was one of the biggest trends in the 80s!

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80s Fashion Trends

80s Fashion! For many, the 1980s was a great time. The creation of MTV revolutionised fashion, the music industry and even how we watched TV. But for others, it was nothing but bad hair, worse clothing and music often had more to do with machines than talent. The clothes worn in the 80s depicted people who were trying to find themselves. They looked fro ways to express their creativity and individuality.

Men wore heavy make-up and grew long hair; for example David Bowie or Boy George. Whilst women wore layers of clothing and short hair cuts. The likes of Madonna and Cindy Lauper rocked this look. Both sexes were looking for an identity. Famous Fashion Trends In the 80s: New Romantic Look, Valley Girl, Power dressing, Leotards and Dance wear and Miami Vice Look were just a few famous trends that people in the eighties wore. New romantic Look:

New Wave, New Romantic, and gothic fashion at this time was heavily influenced by punk fashion: the streaky eyeliner, the spiked hair, the outrageous clothing, some of which derived from bondage wear and some of which (New Romantic) was a nod to long-gone eras. Power Dressing: Shoulder Pads, popularised by Joan Collins and Linda Evans from the soap Opera Dynasty, remained popular throughout the 1980s and even the first three years of the 1990s.

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The reason behind the sudden popularity of shoulder pads for women in the 1980s may be that women in the workplace were no longer unusual, and wanted to "power dress" to show that they were the equals of men at the office. Many women's outfits had velcro on the inside of the shoulder where various sized shoulder pads could be attached. Leotards and Dance wear: Leotards had been a fashion trend since the early 1970s, when were first used to add colour and texture under the "layered look" popular in the middle of that decade.

By the end of the decade leotards made from shiny pdex had become the standard feminine fashion of the "disco era", partly for their form-fitting quality and the fact that they allowed flexibility and ease of movement. With the arrival of the aerobics craze of the early 1980s the classic leotard moved from the dance floor to the gym, accompanied by matching tights, Leg warmers and elastic headbands. Leotards of the early 1980s boasted bright stripes, polka dots, and even elastic belts.

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The fashion during 1920-1929 was era of vast change. This era influenced by Jazz Age and the wedding dress of Queen Elizabeth, which simplistic-shapeless and straight dress. The women hemlines’ reaching the predominantly mid-twenties flapper style. The memorable flapper girl in this era known by boyish figure-style, short sleek hair, and above the knee straight shift dress. Twenties also known as the start of prohibition period, crime and corruption reached a peak. Al Capone stands out as one of the male public figure from organized crime activities, his extravagant double-breasted jacket in dark colour with pinstripe or herringbone patters combine with fedora hats, two-tone shoes and cufflinks, rings and watches

Counterculture Of The 80's

Inspired by social icons in the news, most American followed suit in the crazy hair trends, soon making them the norm. Following the trend of consumerism, dressing for success also became big as citizens tried to mimic the wealth and beauty they had come to know in icons of the time. Genres of dressing also arose in the contrasting styles of “Preppy” and “Street Style”. The first favoring the typical white-suburban look, many wore pastel polos, sweaters, Keds shoes, and jean or khaki pants. Street style, however; followed the rise of Hip Hop and Pop, taking inspiration more from music stars in the form of sequin dresses, colorful athleisure pieces, wild prints, and outrageous colors. Fleeting trends during this time included jelly shoes, parachute pants, leg warmers and so much more. Although many look back and see these as silly, numbers of the 1980’s trends have reared their heads in modern culture in the form of ironic tee shirts, mom jeans, and bodysuits (DeLeon).

Segregation Of Fashion In The 1950's

While Movie and television actors and actresses also played a big role in deciding what fashion trends and body images were big. “Screen goddesses like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly inspired tiny waistlines and full skirts and busts” (Fashion in the 1950s). Television and movies played a big role in teenagers fashion choices. “The influx of American cinema and television brought many new fashion ideas to the masses and prompted many young people to copy the fashion of their favourite movie stars” (Fashion in the 1950s). New materials began to form in the 1950s nylon was a huge thing because it made tights a big deal. “The 1950s saw the introduction of a new range of synthetic clothing materials like nylon, acrylic, polyester and vinyl” (Fashion in the 1950s). Movie and television stars were just the beginning of the influence on fashion, but they certainly weren 't the

Women In The 1930's

Beginning with the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression took the country by storm. Suddenly, many people were out of jobs and unemployment skyrocketed. Wages were majorly reduced which affected home living situations causing overall devastation. This economic downfall caused chaos and a change in society as people were struggling more than ever to maintain their previous lifestyle. Money was tight so fashion became less extravagant and exotic and resources were no longer in excess, in stark contrast to the roar of the 1920’s. This time of crisis and despair was a major obstacle that stunted the blazing trail that women were pursuing towards more freedoms and means of self-expression. Jazz no longer rang through the streets and flashy dresses with bold jewelry failed to ordain the dance halls. Recession fashion was an instant mood change. The flapper flair rapidly disappeared and a more simplistic and subdued trend emerged. This new fashion was very congruent among societal classes and age groups. Depression era clothing was plain and old. No one could afford to buy new clothing, so they were left with what they had currently owned. Clothing look was unimportant as women only desired clothing for ease of wear, thus eliminating the styling and presentation aspect of fashion. Patterns were no longer important. Women typically wore comfortable pants and tops rather than fancy

Music Industry In The 1980s

The 1980s was a decade where many things changed drastically. The music industry in the 1980s experienced major changes, mostly due to the political and economic changes, and new trends and inventions.

Why Is Fashion Important In The 1920s

The 1920s influence is still seen in today 's culture, many people still embrace the 1920s as an age of great change and individualism. This age made woman who they are today, not only through fashion but by breaking down barriers to new forms of lifestyles not discovered by the common people. Not only was fashion used to express the rebellious lifestyle but today it is used to express who people are and where they come from as in what their occupation is as well as gender and race. Without the fashion of the 1920s fashion would be but a synonym for clothing and would have no meaning or power towards it. Therefore the 1920s was the most influential time period for men and woman’s fashion but mostly woman’s fashion because it broke boundaries so that women could succede

The Booming Fifties In The 1950's

According to thepeoplehistory.com, the clothes had been very simplistic but once World War II was over, new and larger amounts of fabrics, threads, and needles came about. Some of those new fabrics include taffeta, nylon, wool, and leather. Women’s dresses in particular exploded with new colors and patterns. The fifties marked an economic boom for America which spurred the rise of consumerism since more was available to the people. According to worcesternews.com, Marilyn Monroe was another huge fashion influence on the style for girls. Elvis Presley was a style influence for guys with the leather jackets and greaser look according to menstylefashion.com. He had been dubbed as the King of Rock and the King of Fashion Trend Setting during his

How Did Barbie Change Over Time

In the 50s, women were expected to be housewives. This is why Barbie had no careers in the early years; she was just created to look attractive. Over time, she began to have more career options and choices, and there were many new different types of Barbies that were created. Music and dance have also helped shape the change of Barbie. In the 50s, rock and roll was a popular genre of music. This also contributed to the way Barbie looks, and her style of clothing and fashion. The 60s had styles of rock and swing, and this also contributed to Barbie’s style of hair, her more colourful clothes, and general features. In the 70s, disco was very popular, and Barbie began to wear clothes that would be seen at a typical 70s disco. The 80s then arrived, and so did the popular music genres of pop/rock. This then contributed to clothing changes and hair changes. Hair became bigger, and Barbie became even more accessorised and over the top. In the 90s, music styles such as grunge and rap became popular. This saw Barbie having a more grunge style, but she still had bright colours. People’s interests and women’s career options changed, and Barbie changed to suit these

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Social Changes In The 50s-90s

Clothing also underwent a lot of changes as new styles influenced by many different cultural aspects gained popularity. They were not specific to boys or girls and almost everything was unisex (Mathieson). The punk movement was one of the most noticeable changes in fashion. Heavily inspired by different singers and bands, it featured glamorous clothing with lots of glitter and colourful materials. In the mid-eighties, the singer Madonna caught on, and many girls started copying her daring outfits, which included some clothes that were traditionally considered for men. In the 90s, fashion was all about being casual and comfortable. A lot of styles from the previous generations were modified to fit these

What Are The Changes In The 1920's

With World War I coming to an end in late 1918, the country was focused on having a good time. Because of this, fashion went from tight and constricting clothing to unfitted clothing. Dresses became looser, with hemlines rising to knee length (Pendergast et al. 715). Dancing was also a large influence on fashion. Tassels, fringes, floaty layers and feathers became part of the dresses, to draw attention to the movements of the dances, and the shiny fabrics emphasised the dancers (Thorton). Much later in the decade, the stock market crashed, leading into the Great Depression. Fashion then returned to what it had been before: tight clothing that accentuated curves, waistlines back to their normal height, and longer hair

Similarities Between The 1950's And Today

The 1950s and today share many similarities and have many differences, particularly in the categories of fashion and music. The 1950s marked the beginning of one of the largest economic booms in United States history and spurred the rise of clothing as an important part of culture. With the country going through many societal and cultural changes, fashion showcased one’s place in society and became a way to express conformity and individual identity. One difference between the 1950s and today is in the formalness of clothing; in the 1950s, people dressed in fancy clothing to school, work, and at home. Most men wore suits and women wore extravagant dresses. Today, most people dress in casual and more revealing clothing, such as jeans and sweatshirts.

Political Influences On Fashion

According to Marissa Brassfield, “ it describes the ever-changing style of clothes worn by those with cultural status.” The fashion industry is influenced by several individuals, fashion can be influenced in many directions because of the different mindset of fashion designers. Fashion designers often Are inspired by other designers, and or the environment fashion designers are in. Prior to the French Revolution, elegance, and sophistication was the look, according to Makers, fashion influences like Marie Antoinette was a major contributor. The royal court would often wear big and extra dresses in the everyday life as well on festive days, fashion drastically changed after Josephine Bonaparte wore simple white high waisted dresses (Makers). The 1960s, folk and the controversy of politics was a major contribution to fashion. Designers like Emilio Pucci and Jackie Onassis Kennedy influenced their creation onto what Several ordinary citizens would wear accessories, headbands, medallions, loose fabrics but others would often wear colorful tight skirts, hot pants claims Brassfield. In the era of 1980, Punks with often use change as an accessory, heavy boots, and other types of clothing that made them noticeable. According to the brief history of fashion trends, their hair appearance was more significant, as well as eye makeup. Once

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Fashion is a style of clothing or dressing at a particular time or place. Fashion is dynamic that is it keeps changing or evolving with time. Fashion never remains the same and with the advancements in technology fashion has become even more wavering. Fashion is highly influenced from the social, technological and economical changes. A series of events that replace current societal patterns with the

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