Design Through the Decades: The 1980s

Design Through the Decades

When it came to 1980s fashion, bigger was always better. Head banger bands like White Snake and Skid Row fueled this trend with video after video of girls rocking huge hair and writhing on cars in nothing but skimpy bikinis and white stilettos. As a high schooler, I wasn’t allowed to have pumps (I couldn’t even wear my high-tops or jellies except on the weekends). By the time I was in college, it was the ‘90s, and platform Pradas were all the rage. I’m so excited ‘80s style is back – I can finally indulge my teenage dreams!

Jimmy Choo Lance Neon Patent-Leather Sandals:
Stilettos grew taller and thinner, while the colors and prints got brighter (think neon, polka dots, etc). On NET-A-PORTER for $795.

Fringed Boots
Jean-Michel Cazabat Vanka Wedge Fringe Booties:
In the era of excess, fringe was no exception. Credit the decade’s loudly dressed cheerleaders for this look. On Shopbop for $395.

Jelly Shoes
Kate Spade New York Jane:
The ‘80s brought the birth of the jelly shoe, a fun (if not entirely comfortable) style that could easily be found at the time for less than a $1. On Zappos for $67.99 (from $98).

Pointed-Toe Pumps
Saint Laurent Leather Pumps:
Whether you were a high schooler like me or a working woman in a shoulder padded power suit, every girl wanted a pair of pointed white pumps. On NET-A-PORTER for $625.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Pump:
Lace was a huge ‘80s trend thanks to Madonna’s love of the fabric (both virginal white and otherwise). At Barneys New York for $645.

High-Top Sneakers
Gucci Brooklyn Monogram Star-Print Leather Sneakers:
When it came to casual shoes, chunky white high-tops reigned supreme, and for the first time ever, came with a luxe price tag to match. On NET-A-PORTER for $530.

1 Comment

  1. Jackie Fontane
    October 5, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    The 80’s were great! it was so funky – anything goes

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