Leg Warmers were not just for exercising in the 80s. These were actually a common 80s fashion item! Usually in conjunction with a short mini skirt. They became really popular among teens in the early 80s after the films Fame and Flashdance came out
Acid Wash Jeans
Acid Wash Jeans were jeans that were soaked in chlorine or some other product that removed the top layer of blue denim and left the jeans looking white with blue undertones. If you were really cool in the 80s you wore the matching acid washed denim coat to match the jeans. In 80s fashion, you could not have too much denim!
Shoulder Pads were not just worn by football players. Women went for the square shouldered look by putting shoulder pads in their outfits. Because, you know, what woman would not want to look like a football player? This form of 80s fashion showed up often on the night time soaps like Dynasty.
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Wayfarers were by far the most popular sunglasses worn in the 80s. Originally designed in the 1950s, the Wayfarer had declined in popularity by the late 70s. That all changed in 1983 when Tom Cruise wore them for his break out movie role in the film Risky Business. Demand for the glasses took off with hundreds of thousands being sold immediately after the release of the movie. The glasses could be seen on many of the top celebrities of the 80s, including Michael Jackson, Don Johnson, and Madonna.
Jellies were shoes made out of PVC plastic that, for some reason, were very popular in the 80s. The shoes were transparent and shiny (hence the Jelly name) and usually had some kind of glitter on them. You could usually pick up a pair of these "high quality" shoes for about a dollar!
The Valley Girl Look
This 80s fashion style was made popular by the early 80's movie of the same name. The essential part of this look was pairing a mini skirt with leggings, leg warmers, or both. An off the shoulder top makes a good pairing. Also keep with the 80s colors of pink, yellow, teal, or lime green to complete the look.
The Flashdance style - Off the shoulder shirt
The Off The Shoulder shirt makes an awesome 80s Halloween costume, because it is so easy to make. Just take a standard grey fleece sweatshirt and cut the neck out really big! Also works with a T-shirt:
Women's Fashion Tips : How to Buy '80s Clothing
Vintage stores are a good source for buying '80s clothes. Rachel Youens of AustinStyleWatch.com gives you tips on finding clothes from the 1980s. One great source of vintage 80s clothing is the website Vintagetrends.com.
How to get the 80s Look
An 80s Fashion Video
How Teens Dressed in the 80s
Rebecca Raskind from Chic Little Devil Style House looks at what teenage girls used to wear in the 80s.