Throughout the 1980s, although especially apparent in the first half, the punk style was popular. Characterized by multi-colored mohawks, ripped skinny jeans, worn band tee-shirts, and jean or leather jackets, it was practiced by people who listened to punk music such as The Sex Pistols and later, (despite the bands self-pro-claimed rock'n'roll image) Guns N' Roses. Usually the jean jackets (which became an identity of the group) were adorned by safety pins, buttons, patches, and several other pieces of music or cultural memorabilia. Often people of the punk style would take random bits of fabric and attach them with safety pins. This soon became a popular way of attaching clothing, and now in young women it is known as "pin shirts". The shirts are essentially rectangular pieces of fabric that are pinned on one side with safety pins. The punk style has often been thought of as rebels with intent to scandalize, shock, and provoke, although punk is a double edged sword, in the literal meaning. Although a punk has historically meant a disrespectful child or teenager, it has now come to regard a whole style. This has created a false image that has badly bruised a group of people that originally emerged from England's rock group, which was, coincidentally, leftover hippies. Punk style originated in Europe and has remained a staple there. It has been under intense ridicule, though, due to the fact that the European Union has created a standardized image of Europe as a whole. Not to say the punk scene didn't exist in the United States, either; Los Angeles, California created the "LA" scene, respectively deemed the "Spandex" or "Hair" scene, from which many great punk bands rose.
Source: “1980s in Fashion.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 14 Apr. 2011. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.