Fashion in the 1980s

Oversized Tops

Inspired at first by Jennifer Beale's character in the movie Flash Dance was the over sized sweatshirt. This style was portrayed on every cassette tape of the movie. One sleeve hung off the shoulder. Girls, and guys to a lesser extent, copied this look for years. An oversized sweatshirt, with or without the sleeves, was worn over a bra, tank top or smaller shirt. The ensemble was then paired with spandex pants (leggings), really tight jeans or a mini skirt.The oversized sweatshirts came with any print imaginable on them. Colleges even began adopting the new styles, and put their logo on the over sized duds. When the neon craze hit, sweatshirts were ready to adopt them too. Fluorescent colors were often times seen over a black pair of spandex or jeans.

The oversized shirts also moved into button down styles. If sweatshirts could be made big enough to fit over spandex, surely button down shirts could too! Shirts weren’t made for tucking in anymore and they got longer. And dressier, often elevated with some bodacious shoulder pads. Silky shirts could now go over leggings and be worn to church. It wasn’t unusual to see shirts hang down to the knees on a woman. Break it up with a low slung, wide belt and you were 80s to the max!

The oversized shirt rage was popular with young and old. It covered skinny figures as well as voluptuous ones all the same. They were comfortable to wear any time of the day to go anyplace you wanted. Oversized sweatshirts are still worn on occasion, but not with the gaudy prints or bright colors.

Picture courtesy of Left picture: picture from the movie Flash Dance with the oversized sweatshirt shown.
Source:Like totally 80's. Denning e-solutions. Web. 25 Apr 2011.