Fashion Styles of Men in the 80s

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Fashion Styles of Men in the 80s
Business suits were a popular choice for both genders in the 1980s. (business executive image by CraterValley Photo from

Men's fashion of the 1980s brought about a huge change. Gone were the days of bell-bottoms and floral shirts. Instead, men and women alike began dressing like rich and successful people; designer suits and professional clothing became a popular choice among the "yuppie" class. For teen males, the punk fashion trend was in and coloured mohawks were the norm.

Yuppie Style

The term "yuppie" was developed in the 1980s to characterise a new class of businessmen and -women. These business professionals wore tailored suits and ties to work. The 1980s marked a new era of fashion; people were concerned about how they presented themselves and dressed for success. This change in fashion also marked a change in social attitudes, possibly influenced by political figures such as President Reagan. The new social attitude was geared toward the idea of success in the workplace, and dressing professionally was a means to this end.


Jeans were still popular during this time, for both men and women. The bell-bottoms from previous years were out of fashion, and ripped, stonewashed jeans became the new trend. Jeans fit tight against the calves and functioned as casual weekend wear.

Designer Clothing

Small designer boutiques flourished during the 1980s as designer clothing became fashionable. Notable designers at the time were Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. The boutique stores were designed for working professionals who did not have the time in their schedule to shop at multiple stores for separate clothing items.

Workout Clothing

Workout clothing such as sweat pants and track suits was very popular during this time. Workout clothing was worn around the house, to the grocery store and to other casual spots. The tracksuits of the 1980s usually had elastic around the cuffs and ankle holes.

Punk Stylings

For rebellious male teenagers, the punk style was very influential during the 1980s. It was common for anyone in punk circles to wear ripped alternative clothing and dye their hair in bright colours. Mohawks were a popular hairstyle for punk males. It became common practice to dress according to favourite music icons; parachute trousers were a popular choice because of rapper M.C. Hammer.

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