Male Fashion Styles of the 80s

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Male Fashion Styles of the 80s
High-tops became a popular shoe trend in the 1980s. (Sneakers image by irum from

The 80s was a revolutionary time in men's fashion. Men broke previous norms and barriers that limited the fashion of earlier generations. Bright colours, long hair and make-up were all common trends in 1980s for males. Men were able to freely express themselves using fashion without the limitations of gender or conformity.


The 80s was one of the few decades where men could wear full face colourful make-up and not be judged too harshly. Famous musicians like David Bowie and Freddy Mercury popularised the trend. Males in the 80s often wore eyeshadow, eye liner and mascara as well as blushes and bright lip colours.


Hair in the 80s was big and bright. Styles that were usually associated with females were worn by males as well including long hair, curly styles, layers, frizzes and fringe. Bright coloured Mohawks and rainbow dyes were also common hairstyles for men in the 80s.


Men's tops in the 1980s followed the theme of bright colours. Men wore suit jackets in teal, peach, pink and white. Colourful T-shirts with band logos, neon designs and rolled up or cut off sleeves were common. Jean jackets and leather jackets, like Michael Jackson's in "Thriller," were a staple of 1980s men's fashion.


Men in the 1980s were not afraid to wear tight revealing trousers. Spandex and skin tight leather trousers were sported by many men in the 80s. These trousers were often brightly coloured and shiny. Men also wore tight stonewashed jeans, parachute trousers, corduroys and short shorts.

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