Updated: July 23, 2013 8:15 AM | By Ginny Weeks and Stephanie Wood
'80s fashion: the good, the bad, the ugly

From poodle perms to double denim, we look at what was and wasn't acceptable in the '80s

1980s fashion (© c 1985 Monica Curtin)
  • 1980s fashion (© c 1985 Monica Curtin)
  • Good: hats (© Getty Images)
  • Bad: the mullet (© © CORBIS)
  • Ugly: the shell suit (© Getty images)
  • Good: Princess Diana (© WireImage/Getty Images)
  • Bad: shoulder pads (© Rex Features)
  • Good: Bananarama (© Rex Features)
  • Bad: dancewear (© Star Press/Rex Features)
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Ah, the '80s - the decade that gave us crimes against style such as poodle perms, high-waisted Levi's and the shell suit. No wonder they call it 'the decade that style forgot.'

But to say that is to neglect the fact that it was also the decade that made an icon out of Princess Diana, and created the awesomeness that was Bananarama.

With the V&A's latest exhibition, Club To Catwalk: London fashion in the 1980s, we've delved into the style archives to uncover just what was acceptable in the '80s - and what definitely was not.

Jul 25, 2013 9:46AM

Garish colours?  Certainly, but let's not blame just the 80"s.  I couldn't purchase any clothes this year for summer--look around--hot pink, electric blue yecky green jeans.  What goes around comes around.  You're probably wearing it!


Hair?  At least it wasn't flat and greasy!!

Jul 25, 2013 7:55AM
@ #2 Mullets ???  And the author determined to show a picture of 4 girls with shoulder lenght hair !!! Do some research and get out of the basement ... women were wearing their hair that way before the 80's and look around... they still do. 
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