Clothes From the '80s for Teenage Girls

Denim jackets and mini-skirts were popular in the 1980s.
Denim jackets and mini-skirts were popular in the 1980s. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Looking back on your teenage years is always a trip down memory lane -- especially when you think about the outfits you wore during those years. As with each decade, the '80s brought its own brand of fashions. Clothing styles, particularly for teenage girls, flourished under the influence of many punk rock stars and Hollywood movie trends.

Skirts and Tops

Mini-skirts remained a wardrobe must-have for teenage girls throughout the entire decade. Though denim took first place as the hot choice of fabric, leather, knits and fabric blends found their way onto the fashion scene. The big-and-long shirt, the fashion item for tops, came in a variety of knits, cottons and shiny fabrics. Very often these tops hit knee-length. Layers of T-shirts, vests, shirts and added accessories created many different trendy looks.

Dress Clothes

Girls of the '80s delighted in dressing up with wild and different styles, especially for evening wear. Shiny and colorful fabrics stood as the choice of the era for evening wear. Ruffles surrounded necklines as well as the bottom of skirts. Metallic gold and silver lame made their way into clothing -- though mostly for evening wear. During the '80s, different dress codes existed for daytime and evening wear. Teens often chose spandex form-fitting pants with blouse tops for date nights. However, many teenage girls mimicked some of their favorite celebrities, including Princess Diana, with draped silky fabrics and large shoulder pads.


Jeans worn for most occasions continued on their popularity roll throughout the decade. Tight, stone-washed jeans made their debut in the '80s and remained an "item" for most of the decade. Once utilitarian, inexpensive jeans received the new label of "designer," the prices and popularity soared. The school dress code had all but disappeared. Parachute pants -- baggy and constructed with ripstop nylon -- enjoyed popularity in the '80s. Tight leather pants became status symbols for girls with generous clothes allowances. Teens often wore tight-fitting leggings in bright colors with large tops.

Accessories and Shoes

Hair accessories, popular in the '80s, included headbands and huge hair bows in coordinating outfit colors. Fashionistas displayed large earrings of all shapes and sizes on pierced ears. Hi-top tennis shoes, in a multitude of different colors, doubled for active sport shoes as well as coordinates for casual outfits. Slouchy socks with laced shoes added to the popular funky look. The movie "Flash Dancer" inspired leg warmers to hit the marketplace for teenage girls. Another addition to outfits included thick, wide leather belts and chains worn at or below the waist.

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