Fashionable Shirts in the '80s for Women

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Fashionable Shirts in the '80s for Women
Women's fashion in the '80s was inspired by Hollywood glam. (Dick Luria/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Valley Girls and their language were "like totally" in vogue in the '80s. But one of the most unique things about the '80s was the fashion trends the decade inspired. Pulling from popular movies like "Rocky," "Footloose," "Top Gun," and "Back to the Future," as well as the styles of legendary musicians, fashionable shirts from the '80s, with their neon colours, oversized collars, side-ties and glitz and glam, help to define the decade, even today.


T-shirts in the 80s were oversized. Some were extremely long, often to the top of the knees. Women were known to buy a T-shirt and cut the neckline to enlarge it. Neon and fluorescent colours were very popular with women's T-shirt designs. T-shirts were often worn with a wide, low-hanging belt or a chunky plastic clip on the side. Oversized T-shirts were usually worn over Spandex, tight blue jeans or leggings. Neon colours were often tie-dyed into blinding displays on the T-shirts.


Sweatshirts were worn with the sleeves intact or cut off. The neckline hung over the shoulder. Often, bras or tank tops were worn under a baggy sweatshirt. Sometimes two or three layers of straps could be seen under the sweatshirt. The same trousers and accessories worn with T-shirts worked with sweatshirts as well. Even college sports teams produced sweatshirts in bright, fluorescent colours.


Big, long, oversized button-down shirts were usually heavily padded in the shoulders. The shoulder pads gave a rectangular appearance to the blouse, so that it hung straight down. Wide, low-hanging belts were frequently coupled with the button-downs. These blouses, coupled with miniskirts or leggings, were accepted as dress attire in most circles.

Polo Shirts

For "preppy" (college bound) teen girls and ladies, polo shirts were in. The polo shirts were often worn with a sweater tied around the neck. This style was popularised by movies like "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Polo shirts were often worn with dress trousers and dress shoes. Penny loafers were the most popular selection.

Accessorising the Shirts

While women's shirts were a main focus of the 1980s outfit, the trousers and accessories really tied the whole package together. Often short and tight, trousers were sometimes understated compared to the shirts. Women wore solid-coloured stirrup trousers, light or acid-washed tight jeans that tapered at the bottom (or sometimes they rolled them with a tight cuff), leggings and miniskirts. Sometimes miniskirts were even worn with leggings. Bleached denim jackets were in style, too. Jelly shoes, baggy-ankled boots, bangle bracelets, scrunchies and slap bracelets were all used to tie the outfit together create the ultimate 1980s-woman look.

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