80S FASHION FOR MEN
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
For this post, I would like to share with you my personal experience with eighties clothes, which is actually pretty amusing, it has to be said!So I have to admit, I wasn't the most fashion conscious person in the 80s, and I became rather confused by all of the loud clothing styles that were around at the time - subtlety just wasn't an option back in the eighties!
Blue Jeans and Chinos
A 1980s man wearing a Miami Vice style oversized suit with rolled-up jacket sleeves and pleated trousers.
Men's Suits in the 80s
Well, you can't blame me for sticking to more run-of-the-mill attire these days - I think it's safer that way.
I do remember many of my friends suddenly starting to boast about the fact that they were wearing Boxer shorts in the late 80's. An old school friend who had started a market stall tried to sell me a job lot, but I wasn't having any of it. I couldn't stand the things back then, and I still won't go near them today. What is the point of them anyway? They don't hold anything in place!
And while I'm on the subject, why is it so hard to buy a decent pair of Y fronts these days? You used to be able to walk into Marks & Spencer and buy a superb pair of pants with decent elastic. These days, they all seem to be loose around the crotch area.
80s Slogan T-shirts
Over-sized Aviator Spectacles
Neither did I wear one of those stripy shirts with the white collar, but I did own a shirt in the late eighties with thick blue and white stripes which seemed to be popular at the time.
Overalls / Dungarees
However, before this in 1982 Dexy's Midnight Runners introduced us to their new Irish Gypsy look (which included dungarees) and a new sound to accompany it.
It seems that donning a pair of overalls becomes trendy at some point in every decade, probably when the wearer has totally run out of fashion ideas.
Members Only Jackets
The jackets were available in many colours and if you didn't own one then you made to feel worthless by annoying trend-setters. Personally, I much preferred a comfortable Parka myself. The brand is still going strong and is popular with certain "celebrities".
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