Electric neon colors anyone?

A decade who’s color explosion showed it’s way in bright neon colors through clothes and hairstyle.

Clothes

Preppy clothes (izod shirt, collar up, sweater tied around neck). Parachute pants, were a breakdancing style that became more mainstream from the pop musical icon MC Hammer of the mid 1980’s. Leg Warmers (Flashdance or Jane Fonda’s workout). Cuffed Pants, was the technique of folding over one side and rolling up the leg, which worked best with jeans. Overalls/Suspenders became a huge phenomenon in the early ’80’s from bands like Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Ripped Jeans started in the punk days of the’70’s and became high fashion by the mid ’80s. Ruffled Shirts was part of the music ‘New Wave/New Romantic’ scene of the early ’80s and became mainstream in the mid ’80’s. Large oversized sweaters became fashionable in the early to mid ’80’s from sensual women in music and movies, most notably Madonna and movies like Flashdance. Oh and don’t forget the Acidwash clothing.

preppy

preppy

Parachute-Pants

Parachute-Pants

Leg Warmers

Leg Warmers

Cuffed Pants

Cuffed Pants

overalls

overalls

ripped-jeans

ripped-jeans

ruffle-shirt

ruffle-shirt

Baggy Sweater

Baggy Sweater

acidwash

acidwash

Hair

The Flattop was all the rage in the 1980’s, especially in the pop and hip hop music scenes. The Mullet style began as early as the late ’70’s from rock bands and was popular throughout the ’80’s. Punk and New Wave hair ranged from a simple shaved area with bangs to exotic color spiked streaks. Hairspray (Aquanet), oh that heavy smelling aresol spray.

Flat Top

Flat Top

hairspray

hairspray

Mullet Hair

Mullet Hair

Punk Hairstyles

Punk Hairstyles

Bowl cut

Bowl cut

crimped hair

crimped hair

Accessories

Boom Box, dangling earrings, swatches, one shoulder backpack wearing, hip hop chains, fingerless gloves (Inspired by the glove-wearing new romantics and the leather/vinyl punk fashions. Punks tended to wear large studded wristbands that were frequently up near the base of the thumb. The other factor is the 80′s obsession with cutting off the ends of garments. Leg warmers are a similar example of the cut-off look and were often accessorised with fingerless gloves.
All these factors combined to create the fashion, but like many trends, fingerless gloves didn’t take off until some celebrities started wearing them. The two best know fingerless glove icons were Billy Idol and Madonna), and finally neon jewelry.

glammakeup

glammakeup

Boom Box

Boom Box

Finger Gloves

Finger Gloves

Hip Hop & Chains

Hip Hop & Chains

Also check out the 1970’s Style
Also check out the 1990’s Style

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