What did women wear in the 1980s?


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In the 1980s, women primarily wore bright and busy clothing. Styles with lots of volume were also very popular.

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In the 1980s, bigger was better. This attitude applied to clothing, accessories and hair. One of the most popular styles for women was the power suit, which included huge shoulder pads to create extra volume in the shoulder area. Baggy shirts and skirts puffed up with crinolines were also popular. Women adorned their outfits with large necklaces and long earrings. Perms were popular, and women often teased their hair to make it look bigger.

Women also used bold colors to make fashion statements. Bright pink, neon yellow, and orange were popular colors in the decade. Women also often wore busy patterns and loud accessories such as shoes and bags in bright colors.

Fitness wear made a big splash in the 1980s. Leg warmers, leotards, sweatshirts and leggings were very popular styles for women. They also wore track suits and other gym-inspired styles.

Madonna was a huge fashion icon in the 1980s. Women flocked to copy her clothing, which included fingerless gloves, bustiers and corsets.

Some 1980's clothing trends are fairly accessible by modern standards. For example, miniskirts and colorful silk blouses were very popular in the 1980s.

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