80s Mens Fashion
Jocks, muscle necks, computer nerds, and preppies – there were a lot of fashion choices you could make in the 1980s.
But there were quite a few 80s mens fashion looks that are hotter now than they ever were before, especially when you mix in a few fashion innovations from today’s runways.
Just as it is in style right now, the look of money was a key to 80s mens fashion.
Izod Lacoste polo shirts with collars, khakis and topsiders – perfect for a sail or a 80s party – were the ultimate clothes in the decade of opulence, and this style is classic and is always in, too.
This is an easy look to get, and that’s one big reason why this outfit can be seen in so many places. If you want to create a more individual look that’s a bit less generic, you’ll have to take a bigger risk.
Skinny pants for men have been in style for a couple of years now, and that’s good for guys who want that 80s look. Back then, a sexy trend for men was to wear neatly tailored pants, a button-down shirt, and a pastel blazer with or without the sleeves rolled up.
Because of all of the new skinny jeans out there now, you no longer have to go for a semi-formal look to wear 80s styles for guys. Throw on a white V-neck and dark jeans, and roll up the sleeves of any color blazer you like, and instantly you have the best look of the 80s that is perfect for wearing right now, too.
Short shorts for men are coming back into fashion now, too; they’re just not as revealing as the shorts of the 80s. Wearing shorts cut well above the knee, along with a regular T-shirt and a thin, buttoned, long-sleeved sweater, is great for around town during the daylight hours to evoke an 80s feel, and you can add a bowler’s hat if you’re feeling especially “Ducky.”
One 80s and early 90s fashion trend that you probably never thought you’d see again is the fanny pack. Surprisingly, these are on their way back into mens style, but now they come in different fabrics, such as canvas, and they’re worn on the side of the hip instead of directly in front.
The new fanny pack is sleeker for those on the go, and it’s actually starting to overtake the messenger bag as the new carry-all for men.
If you want to be a little more low-key, there are a couple of other accessories you can wear that are right out of the 80s.
Skinny ties with a suit – or over a T-shirt if you’re especially bold – will show off your 80s style without necessarily looking like you’re trying too hard.
Another really fun way to pay homage to the 80s is with a sweatband or bandanna, á la Karate Kid, and this goes with practically anything you wear.
One thing to remember when you’re trying to cultivate your own spin on 80s mens fashion is that although loud color was a huge part of the trends then, if you incorporate too much of this into your style, you’ll end up looking like you belong back in that decade instead of the here and now.
Less is more when it comes to the best 80s styles for men.