80’s Fashion: Then and Now

Fun.Fit.Foodie’s final blogger for Guest Blogger Week is Courtney! Courtney’s many talents and interests make her perfect for Free For All Friday’s. Check out Courtney’s 80’s Fashion Recap!


When you think of the 80’s Lets Get Physical, by Olivia Newton John in a workout leotard, or Madonna singing Like a Virgin might be running through your head.

As a child born in the 80’s (okay the late 80’s, but hey it still counts!),  I can remember and can appreciate this era, from the big hoop earrings, the bright neon colors, jean jackets, BLUE eye shadow, crimped hair (I still own a crimper…from the 80’s) leggings, BIG hair, slap bracelets (one of my personal favorites) shoulder pads (Linda Evans,  Dynasty), and let’s not forget about the leg warmers! Oh and for those of us old enough at the time…the wine coolers. C’mon who doesn’t remember seeing their mothers sipping on one of those at a backyard BBQ!

As every fashion trend comes and goes many have made their way back into our closets, whether we like it or not! The 80’s is no exception. 80’s fashion is trying to squeeze its way back into our wardrobe with a modern twist, of course. The biggest comeback thus far has been leggings and jeggings (jean leggings), and, from what I can tell, leggings have been welcomed back with open arms (and legs)!

Now just because these bright colors have made a comeback this season, doesn’t mean they will be around for long. So you may be asking yourself how you can get these modern 80’s fashion trends into your wardrobe without breaking the bank?  From my own personal shopping experiences and research I have found ways to incorporate these bright bold colors into my wardrobe at a fraction of the cost:

The Jason Wu for Target Collection: Prices Range from $19.99 – $59.99 for clothes and $19.99 -$49.99 for Accessories:

This black pleated skirt and Yellow pleated blouse both by Jason Wu are a must for any working girl

Old Navy Colored Jeggings starting at $19.00 

Bright colored jeggings are a must have this season…and worn by many celebrities (I actually own this exact pair)

Colored Blazers from H&M starting at $49.95 

Blazers have made an amazing comeback. Don’t let the bright bold colors scare you!

Pink Skirt from H&M $29.95 

The navy blazer with pink skirt is one of my favorite color combos!

Ruffled Georgette Top from Forever21 $17.80

This red ruffled top would go great with a pair of black skinny jeans or jeggings

No.2 Pencil Skirt in double-serge cotton J.Crew $110.00

J.Crew might be a little pricy for some, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this outfit with you. I mean the colors are just aaaamazing! Am I being modest? Nah

High-Waist Zig Zag Banded Skirt from Express $59.90 (Diagonal Stripe $69.90)

So if you’re feeling a little teased from the J.Crew outfit, you’re not alone; I am too. Here’s a cheaper alternative. Ps..don’t forget your express coupons!

Chunky plastic elastic bracelets from H&M $29.95 (2pack) 

These bracelets give the perfect expensive look and feel, but are much easier on your pocketbook!

Satin Pointy Toe Flats from Express $24.43

These flats come in a variety of colors and will go perfect with a pencil skirt of skinny jeans

Michael Antonio Loveme Suede Blue Pumps $49.00 

A Bold colored pump is the perfect accessory to finish off your look!

All over metal sunglasses By Unique from TOPSHOP $44.00

The perfect 80’s touch to any look

So there you have it. While it is true that some things are best left in the past from the 80’s, color is one thing that should return. Enjoy bold fresh bright colors this spring and summer. Leave winter doldrums behind, and add just a touch of 80’s colorful fun. Even if all of these fashion trends don’t make it into your closet this season, (and if they do I will be extremely jealous) just buying a few of these staple pieces allows you to mix and match with what you already have in your closet! You are now all set to have a fashion forward wardrobe this season! And don’t forget: you don’t have to break the bank just to be up-to-date on the current fashion trends.


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