The ’80s were really different times in terms of fashion and trends. The times had bold, loud colors and styles compared to the ’90s which were inclined to being minimalistic and breezy. The ’80s were the times of shoulder pads, parachute pants, animal prints, jean jackets, puffy shirts, also fanny packs, dookie chains. The styles were exhausted in the ’90s as then people started welcoming fashion that was lighter and airy.
The casual fashion of men in the 80’s sawed gents don dad jeans which were most often paired with a toning denim jacket. T-shirts and loose shirts were popular as casual day/office wear during those times while along with the bomber jackets, leather jackets, windbreakers, and sweaters operated as the outerwear for men. Whilst, white sneakers were the sole go to for a large range of looks. Slogan t-shirts were a major thing during those times (Frankie says relax) t-shirts were actually from the ’80s. In hairstyles, the choice of the men was loud and voluminous. While choosing their hairstyles they followed the idea of ‘the bigger the better.’
Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise were the fashion icons of those times. Let’s go through the 12 greatest men’s fashion trends in the 80’s:-
1. T-Shirts in the 80’s:-
The popular designs in t-shirts during the ’80s included slogan t-shirts, brand logo t-shirts, and bold loud placement of prints. In those times the t-shirts were conveniently worn with anything and everything by men, with suits as well as jeans. T-shirts with bold prints and letters were considered run of the mill by men.
2. Shirts in the 80’s:-
Shirts in ’80s were used for both casual and business wear. Though the styles of casual shirts were completely different than the business ones. The choice of stripes in those times were preferably vertical than horizontal while wearing business. Further on, as casual shirts choice of prints were abstract. The shirts were worn loose and the choice of colors was bright. Polo shirts were the top choices of that decade.
3. Shoulder Pads:-
With bold choices of styles in men during ’80s shoulder pads had to be one of them. These styles made their shoulders look sharp, though they were highly preferred by women men also adopted them as it made their shoulder muscles look wider than they actually were.
4. Muscle Tees:-
Choices of men who were into bodybuilding were always those that aided them in flaunting their gains in the best manner. Therefore, muscle tees were their choice. They also wore tank tops to show off their gains. They hated sleeves and many times cut-out the sleeves from their t-shirts making it look rough and loud just like their bodies.
5. Choice of Accessories in the 80’s:-
Loud accessories that included bum bags chunky gold chains reflectors in sunglasses with different colors were a part of every men’s closet in the ’80s. These accessories very well complemented the colorful choice of clothes in the ’80s. The big white sneakers were owned and worn by every man in those times with every pair of clothing.
6. Parachute Pants:-
Parachute pants were the choice for the gangster, rock band and on-stage looks with colorful prints. The men with a very different bent of style chose them. These pants have made a comeback as drop-crotch pants and are a choice of people with an artistic bent of mind today.
These over-sized sunglasses were a major part of accessory for 80’s men. They were worn by almost all the men.
8. Keyboard Neckties:-
Keyboard neckties are considered the most bizarre trends of the ’80s. They were a choice of geeks and were worn as a part of their office looks. After they went out of fashion, the geeks were left with a question “why did I even wear one of those ever?”
With big hair in trend men also adopted the headbands. They were chosen by men to get rock star and pirate looks.
10. Bucket Hats:-
Bucket hats were introduced in the ’80s and these also followed the men in their 90’s. The trend of bucket hats has been coming back in fashion in this decade too.
11. Sneakers with no Laces:-
In the 80’s sneakers, especially the white ones were one of the greatest trends. They were also worn without laces, though they weren’t as practical men rocked them.
12. High-Water Pants:-
High-water pants were a choice of nerds in the ’80s. They showcased a serious and geeky look mostly preferred by students.