Whether you’re looking to channel the era’s iconic fashion or just after some costume ideas, we’ve rounded up the best 80s fashion trends for men and how you can replicate them today.
1. Double denim
Forget Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, the double denim trend was peaking at least a decade earlier in the 80s. You can rock the Canadian Tuxedo in its purest form with one shade of denim top to bottom, or give it a contemporary update with a darker pant. Want to really channel the era? Opt for acid wash.
Activewear well and truly entered the public arena in the 80s with the rise of sporty track suits. The all-Adidas get up has remained iconic with plenty of people still repping the stripes.
3. Oversized printed shirts
Make like Magnum PI and add some oversized, printed, silk shirts into your wardrobe. To really embrace 80s style, the wilder the pattern and lower the top button, the better.
4. Power suits
The 1980s saw the beginning of corporate deregulation and the rise of Wall Street’s wolves. And with that came suit-able attire. (See what we did there). Think wide padded shoulders, bold pinstripes and a set of suspenders. For off duty 80s style, pair your suit with a plain white t-shirt.
5. Polo shirts
Pop that colar, people. When the suits were getting steamed, preppy fashion reigned supreme. Yep, polo shirts’ popularity began in the 1980s with a particular emphasis on pastel colours. Today’s tees are more often seen in subtle shades. Complete the 80s look with some high wasted, pleated trousers.
Apologies, eyeballs. Fluro had a major moment in the 1980s thanks to the popularity of Jane Fonda-style aerobics and accompanying leg warmers. Your best bet for using these eye-catching neon shades is with a statement piece (and keep the rest of the outfit low key).
7. Leather jackets
While rock and punk really took off in the 60s and 70s its popularity (and subsequent impact on fashion trends) continued well into the next decade. Leather jackets were the statement piece of choice for all bad boys in the early 80s.
8. High top sneakers
The bigger the better when it comes to 1980s fashion and that extends to footwear, too. High top sneakers – from Nike to Converses – have stood the test of time.