How to Make an '80s Sweatshirt


A classic look for a sweatshirt in the '80s was a wide collar with one side drooping down the shoulder. While this look was very fashionable, it was also very easy to achieve. If you want to add some '80s panache to your style or if you have an upcoming event that has an '80s theme, then making your own sweatshirt in '80s fashion can help you to pull it off.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Lay your sweatshirt out in front of you on a clean surface facing up. Measure from the left shoulder inward to the collar, drawing a small line right at the midpoint between the two with your fabric pen.

  • Draw a small line an inch and a half down from the collar of your sweatshirt. Cut the sweatshirt just outside the right side of the collar, cutting the front and back sides together and going toward the line you made below the collar in a curved shape.

  • Cut up from below the collar in a wide curve towards the line you made in the middle of the left shoulder of the sweatshirt. This will create that wide asymmetrical collar you'll need so that the sweatshirt droops down your left shoulder. Throw your sweatshirt on and pull the left side down to droop over your left arm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Items that can enhance your '80s look are leggings, ripped jeans, neon sweatbands, leg warmers, crimped hair or metal band hair sprayed all over and disheveled.
  • Run one of the blades of your scissors over the edges of the new wide collar you cut for a frayed, vintage look.


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