Fashion Trends of the Past(1980s-2000s)

22 Oct

1980s Fashions

1980s fashion

The 1980s fashion had a heavy emphasis on expensive dressing and fashion accessories.

Clothes tended to be bright and vivid. Women expressed wealth and success through shiny costume jewelry like large faux-gold earrings, pearl necklace and clothing covered with sequins and diamante.


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Bright and vivid Tie Neck Chiffon Blouse and Silk A-line Skirt at Blushing Boutique

Punk fashion began to be popular in the 80’s. It was a reaction against the hippie movement of the past decades.

1980s punk

Hair in the 1980s was generally big, curly, bouffant and heavily styled.

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Women from the 1980s wore a heavy and bright makeup. Everyday fashion makeup in the ’80s was light-colored lips, dark and thick eyelashes, pink blusher and blue eye shadow.

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1990s Fashion

1990s fashion

In the 1990s, people began to adopt tattoos, body piercings and to a lesser extent, other forms of body modification such as branding. This brought back the indifferent, anti-conformist approach to fashion. This included T-shirts, jeans, hoodies, and trainers, a trend which continued into the 2000s.

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Lulu Dress and Belinda Dress- A modern take on the minimalism of the 1990s

Women’s hair in the early 1990s continued in the big, curly style of the 1980s. The pixie cut and Rachel haircut based on the hairstyles of Jennifer Aniston in Friends and Marlo Thomas in That Girl, were popular in America.

1990s pixie cut1990s Rachel haircut

Women’s makeup in the early 1990s primarily consisted of dark red lipstick and neutral eyes.

By 1997, glittery, sparkling makeup had come into style. This was called “Y2K makeup”, consisting of facial glitter and lip gloss.

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2000s Fashion

2000s fashion

The fashion in the 2000’s is often referred to as a ‘mash up’ of trends. Trends saw the fusion of previous styles, as well as global and ethnic clothing. People who were 25 years of age and older adopted a dressy casual style. This style was popular throughout the decade.

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Globalization also influenced clothing trends, with the incorporation of Middle Eastern an Asian dress into mainstream European, American and Australian fashion.

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Strapless Chinese Silk Dress which shows globalization of fashion

Furthermore, eco-friendly and ethical clothing, such as recycled fashions and fake fur, were popular.

2000s recycled fashion 2000s fake fur coat

In the early 2000s, women’s hair was often long and straight. From 1995 until 2008 highlights and lowlights of blonde, red, and light brown went mainstream.

2000s hair highlights

In the 2000’s, lip gloss was more popular than lipstick among both women and girls. By around 2005, retro-styled makeup from the 1940s came back, such as bright red lips and cat eyes. In the mid and late 2000s, lip gloss was still popular, and the smoky eyes emerged, with more emphasis on eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow.

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Retro-styled makeup and Smoky makeup


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