Fashion in the 1980s

Valley Girl Style

Headbands became fashionable in the early 80s. The trend started in California and spread across the United States. Other associated trends were leg warmers and miniskirts, especially "ra-ra" skirts, modeled after the short, flared skirts worn by American cheerleaders. Leg warmers, which had long been staple gear for professional dancers during rehearsals, became a teen trend at about the same time; their popularity, and that of sweatshirts with their collars cut off, exploded following the 1983 release of Flashdance. Miniskirts returned for the first time since the early 1970s.

These styles became associated with the Valley Girl trend that was popular at the time, based on the movie Valley Girl (1983) and popular song by Frank Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa. The mid-80s continued the craze for designer jeans and saw leather become popular. Girls and women also fueled the lace trend. As the decade closed the various other fads soon spent themselves, but miniskirts remained in style and became an option for women's business suits throughout the 1980s and early 1990s with dolly shoes. Frequently, these mini skirts were worn with leggings. These styles are shown in today's fashion with stores such as American Apparel, whose main look is solid colors and simple patterns and the same shapes and silhouettes of the 1980s. 

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Source:  “1980s in Fashion.”  Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.  14 Apr. 2011.  Web.  15 Apr. 2011.