The fashion of the 1980s integrated a never-before-seen look that incorporated some of the utmost eccentric styles yet amongst generations. The 80s were heavy; heavy makeup, heavy hair and heavy metal. Both women and men sported an abundance of eyeliner, leather and tight pants that emulated one of the decade’s profound ideals of “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” The 80s introduced outlets, like underground club scenes, icons Madonna and Michael Jackson, which would greatly influence this legendary fashion.
Clothing for women styled voluptuous shoulder pads, often with jewels or fringe to add to the artistry. Many tops were often bunched at the top while bottoms were skin-tight. Hairspray became a pivotal household item; hair was ratted high for women (and some men), bangs were wispy and sprayed vigorously to perfection. Few styles from the 70s carried on such as leotards and mini skirts, however were slightly altered. Leotards were worn as part of the “workout” craze, often on top of leggings; the aerobic-enthused movement sported sweatbands, high ponies and neon colors. Leggings were not only worn for working out, but also seen underneath mini skirts with heavy legwarmers above tennis shoes.
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” swept the nation as every teenage girl and young woman was now mirroring her glam look. Women were wearing fingerless and lace gloves, fishnet stockings and infinite multiples of beaded jewelry. Madonna also infused the trend of lingerie as outerwear, a multitude of lace bras and bra straps were always styled.
The base for men’s fashion was very similar to that of women’s, leather, dark colors and big shoulders pads. Men that weren’t so in to the rock n’ roll scene has medium-length hair and mustaches. Michael Jackson was a huge influence for men, wearing a lot of reds and blacks as well as the statement-piece, his single glove.