80's retro clothes for men

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80's retro clothes for men
Neon colours were a part of men's fashion in the '80s. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

With each decade, clothing styles change. In the roaring 20s, men donned rounded hats and wide trousers known as Oxford Bags. In the 50s, it was considered fashionable for men to wear the cardigan sweaters. Some of the clothing styles worn in the '80s included "boxy" jackets and neon-coloured shirts with matching socks. The '80s saw the introduction of men's form-fitting jackets with button accessories that made a bold fashion statement.

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Guys donned the "Miami Vice" look with pastel coloured shirts under light coloured jackets. For a punk appearance, tight "soldier" jackets with gold or silver buttons were worn to the club. For a fashion statement, men wore blouse-y type shirts with shirt pins at the collar. Other tops included the T-shirts with statements in black printed across the front, like "Choose Life" or "Relax." Button-down shirts were casual and loose, resembling the fashion stylings of the hit '80s show, "Magnum P.I."


Casual trousers were normally loose and made from cotton or a cotton/spandex blend. Acid washed was the choice in denim and had to be form fitting. Shorts were just that -- short and made from a polyester cotton twill with three pockets and a zipper fly. Easy care fabric was a must. The four pocket Bermuda shorts were made from cotton and required no ironing. Ocean Pacific was a brand of casual sporting shorts and was made from either cotton or corduroy with two front pockets, a front snap and a metal fly zipper. Urban pant styles included the "Hammer" look, which was the saggy, loose fitting trousers worn by the '80s hip-hop icon, M.C. Hammer.


Adidas was the top brand in sneakers during the '80s. Hip-hop Adidas style meant thick, undone colourful laces. For the active guy, Reebok tennis shoes were the style of choice. Men wore Reeboks as a casual style with jeans or while playing a sport like tennis. For basketball fiends, high-tops were a must. High-tops were sneakers that extended to the ankle area for added support. Loafers were the casual party shoe. To keep in fashion, loafers were worn without socks, mimicking Don Johnson from "Miami Vice."

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The brand name "Izod" featured a cotton polo-style shirt with an alligator logo printed on the chest. If you didn't have the alligator shirt, men wore the fox or dragon shirt. Benetton and Esprit, which were brand names worn by both men and women, were another style choice in the '80s. Levi five-pocket 501 jeans were also designed for both men and women.

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