The eighties fashion trend-setters tried so many different looks in the 80s. There were as many different trends and fashion styles, as there were individuals with active imaginations.

80s fashion was no longer a combination of clothes and accessories, but the mirror of a rapidly and continuously changing society.

There were, of course, many who looked terrible, running around in outfits that appeared to have been retrieved from a dumpster. But anything goes was the motto of the 1980s where clothes were concerned.

In the 1980’s decade it seemed that everyone wanted to set themselves apart from the rest, whether old or young. It was more about making your mark and being flashy, than looking good.

The Eighties brought a whole new genre of clothing, music, movies, and other things that are now still around. While I applaud the fact that eighties fashion has had staying power and is making a big splash in the 21st century, I do not wish to see 90’s “grunge” ever come back in style.

Eighties fashion is almost as big as it was in the 1980s, but the question remains what exactly is 80s fashion.

Eighties fashion trend-setters like Madonna and Cindy Lauper create a mental image of what eighties fashion and style were.

For a more detailed look at eighties fashion and many great examples of the style, one only needs to watch a few of the classic John Hughes movies from the eighties.

80s trendsMovies such as Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Fast times at Ridgemont High are loaded with all sorts of different styles from the 1980s.

In fact, many of these movies are entertaining just for the fashions, even though they are classics in their own right.

Besides Madonna and Cindi Lauper, who both stand out as fashion trend-setters of the 1980s, some other great eighties fashion icons to think about for women’s style are Molly Ringwald, Janet Jackson, Pat Benatar, and Bananarama.

Duran Duran led the the way in the eighties for dress and style. Many men emulated Bruce Springsteen’s style, Billy Idol or Michael Jackson.

So, as you can see, to think about eighties fashion as on style can be misleading at the very least. There were truly so many styles, types and colors of eighties fashion that it becomes hard to even pin it down to eighties fashion.

The 1980’s decade also offered many television shows, such as Miami Vice, Family Ties and Married with children that are just loaded with 80’s fashions and styles.

In the next installment of this series eighties fashion, we will be exploring the many, many different types of eighties clothes, shoes, hats, accessories and more, for women and men.