These 80’s Fashion Fails Will Leave You Cringing


Ruffle Me Up

This outfit is just too much. Between the bright fuschia ruffles and the matching earrings, teamed with the purple hair piece, she optimized the very worst of 80’s fashion. Perhaps the worst part of this is that this style was seen as a the most trendy and cool.


Striped Out

Coordinating was all the rage in the 80’s, but these two took twinning to new heights when they posed in these bright striped leggings. If these two were walking down the street, we would have to do a double take to see if our eyes were deceiving us. To add to this fashion faux pas, the contrasting backpack adds even more color to this already bright outfit. Just looking at this, we’re so happy that prominent stripes are a trend of the past.


Hair Volcano

How could we forget the big hair in the 80’s. It was one thing that every woman wanted to have, and would go to great heights to achieve it. From hairspray to mousse and gel, there were many different ways that women achieved the volume they so desired. In addition, the trend was unisex and it was also men who were rocking the outrageous hairstyle. We might look back and laugh now, but it was all the rage back then.


Bird Is The Word

At first glance, there is way too much in this photo to begin to analyze it. The two men are posing in the most ridiculous outfits we have seen in 80’s fashion. Forget the neon splashes of green, pink and yellow, the checkerboard addition is something that is really throwing us off. What would possess someone to put these two components together we’re just not sure. Finally, we have to mention the parrot, but in all honesty, we have no idea whats it’s doing there.


Double Trouble

It’s pretty obvious that amongst the most common trends in the 80’s was neon. These lookalike women clearly had an overt appreciation for the neon trend and wore it in any way they could. From the t-shirt to the leggings and sunglasses, they really had their neon on point. To add to the style, the woman decided to rock matching bouffant hair styles to really look like they were at the height of 80’s high fashion.


Read Me

In the 80’s, many people expressed themselves through fashion and their personal style. In some cases, we can understand 80’s fashion, but in this case, we can’t. This woman looks very proud of her book sweater but we’re not exactly sure why. Many people would see this as a total fashion fail, yet this woman is rocking this outfit like it’s nobody’s business. You have to give it to her, she clearly does not care what anyone else thinks.


Couples Costume

These twin couples are really a sight to see. Not only do they think alike when it comes to their taste in partners, they also share ideas when it comes to fashion. The men seem to be donning some kind of chaps on top of their high waisted jeans, as well as a tribal choker, while the women went for a bright patterned sweat suit. Standing side by side, you can’t help but question their choices, but they seem to be pretty pleased with themselves.


The Louis Vuitton Don

It’s not unusual to have a favorite expensive, luxury brand but this woman went slightly overboard. It is not hard to tell which designer brand is her favorite and she looks very proud of herself in the Louis Vuitton get up. We do however, have to question the authenticity of this jacket, it’s not something we have seen in any Louis Vuitton stores or online, so either it is vintage chic or a fake designer disaster.

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Shirt Sisters

Before going out, friends will often ask one another what they are wearing so that they are on the same wavelength with dress code. These friends took coordination very seriously when they showed off their matching patterned shirts. This kind of shirt was increasingly popular in the 80’s so to an extent they were very on trend. Nevertheless, the matching nature of both their shirts and their hair seems a little much, but this photo probably made for a great memory.



The superhero blockbuster movie Batman was released in the 80’s, so it is no surprise that everyone was infatuated with the logo and anything to do with the film. Not only was this teen loving his batman t-shirt, his mullet hairstyle, made popular by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, confirmed that his look could not have been more appropriate in the 80’s. This slick guy must have gotten all the ladies in the 80’s, despite his outfit being very embarrassing nowadays.



Big Hair, Don’t Care

We have already established that big hair was the cool thing to have in the 80’s, but we can’t help but wonder if this woman has gone too far? Her hair looks to reach heights of more than seven inches and while the volume is undeniably impressive, the general look is a sight to see, and not in a good way. This along with her partners extreme mullet makes for an amazing photo and something that perfectly epitomizes 80’s hair.

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Pretty In Pink

There is no denying that if Sarah Jessica Parker was to come across this photo now, she would probably bow her head in shame. The Sex And The City fashionista is more accustomed to her Manolo Blahniks and Chanel outfits rather than pink and white crop tops with matching sweatpants. She looks like she should be belting “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” at the top of her lungs. Thankfully, Parker’s fashion evolved from here on out.


Like Mother, Like Daughter

We can’t work out if this mother-daughter duo is incredibly cute or incredibly terrifying. From the matching outfits, to the matching glasses and hair, it looks like it could be something out of a horror movie. On the other hand, the perm hair style was very common in the 80s, so the mother wanted to match with her young daughter. In later years, this is probably a photo they looked back in absolute horror.

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Poodle Pic

There are no two ways about it, these outrageously big hairstyles are a fashion no-no. These two girls resemble poodles with their voluptuous hair that could be seen from miles away. It almost looks like these women are donning wigs instead of their normal hair to achieve this look, but they are not. There must have been a huge amount of hairspray to keep it up like that. We won’t talk about the large hoop earrings though, they’ve managed to make their way back into fashion today!

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Double Denim

This is a prime example of when a trend from decades ago makes its way back into fashion. A couple of years ago, people would look at such picture and laugh at the denim head-to-toe, but today, no one would dare. In recent years, double denim hit all of the big runways and it came back into fashion in a big way. All the celebrity fashion icons were photographed in it and it became a fashion staple. We have the 80’s to thank for this one.


Paint Job

These women took the phrase ‘a splash of color’ quite literally with these outfits. We have previously noted the popularity of lycra leggings, leotards and leg warmers that became amongst the biggest fashion crazes of the 80’s, but these women went a tad too far. Their leotards look like they were in the middle of a bad paint job which ended up all over their clothes. We’re happy that this trend stayed in the past and didn’t resurrect itself in today’s fashion.


Mad Makeup

It seems that the neon trend in the 80’s did not stop at clothing. This woman has decided to use neon make up to highlight her face. Between the green and pink eye shadow and lipstick, we can promise that it really isn’t enhancing her features the way she has intended. We also have to mention the crimped hair. It was considered so cool then but it is absolutely tragic now. Lastly, the photo brings a bit of nostalgia as the woman holds a VHS tape.


In Sync

We simply can’t talk about 80’s fashion fails without mentioning the all important workout gear. From lycra leotards to leggings and leg warmers, fitness icons on workout DVD’s made it cool and then the trend spread like wildfire. There was no originality when it came to workout clothes, every wanted what their favorite fitness star was wearing, which usually included a barely there leotard. These two women coordinated perfectly when it came for the time to do a joint workout.



The bold looks in the 80’s did not start and finish with fashion as women wanted to be as striking as possible in all aspects of their looks. Not only were the makeup colors bright and intensely hued, they were also applied in a way that it would smudge all over the face, creating a smokey eye look. While we still use smokey eyes in makeup today, it is a completely different look and you wouldn’t find top makeup artists drawing inspiration from looks in the 80’s!


Lace And Leather

With rock stars also being fashion icons in the 80’s, perhaps the coolest thing you could wear was a leather biker jacket that emulated the some of the biggest artists around. The rock look was everything and ranged from leather jackets to pants, crimped hair, red lipstick and of course, studs. Morgan Fairchild’s leather and metal belt look really hit the nail on the head and in addition to her over the top mullet, this is what the 80’s was all about.


Rock It

We’re not sure if The Rock ever lived down this photo. These days, he is more commonly known as Dwayne Johnson, the actor, but this stage must have been prior to his stint in Wrestling. Looking like this, he doesn’t exactly appear as the tough competitor. A fanny pack doesn’t exactly scream manly. Speaking of the fanny pack, we are sad to inform you that this embarrassing bag made a comeback this year and the coolest celebrities around have been sporting them.

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Regular ponytails were far too mainstream for the 80’s fashion world and they thought of a way to manipulate it to make it ‘cool’. The side ponytail was born and in true 80’s style, of course it was not discreet, as it sat at the very top of the head, making it impossible to miss. Add a scrunchie to the hairstyle and you have the perfect look. However, looking back on it now, it was probably one of the worst hairstyles, and we’re so happy it’s gone.


Slope Style

80’s fashion did not just start and end for everyday. The bold styles and colors were injected into every activity you could think of, from aerobics, to rollerskating, to skiing! These three women are showing off their 80’s ski fashion, when it is just too cold and not appropriate to wear a neon, lycra leotard, you just throw on a neon ski jacket instead! This teamed with the matching sunglasses really made for a look that would have all of your friends envious.


Too Much Tease

You may or may not have noticed that almost everyone had bangs back in the 80’s, but it was hidden by the fact that these people teased their hair so much that it stood up like an electric shock. It might have taken almost an entire bottle of hairspray to get the hair looking like this, but it was all worth it. Not only did this woman go overboard with the teasing, it also appears that she went for a mullet hairstyle too.


More Mesh

To put it frankly, you were not cool if you didn’t have a mesh shirt in the 80’s. Despite the fact we look back at it now and want to close our eyes for the sheer vulgarity and embarrassment of it, it was all the rage back then. This guy is wearing mesh and he just knows he looks good. From his blue steel gaze to his pin-straight hair, he has proven that no one in the 80’s had a better look than him.


Triple Tease

We have seen many different women in the 80’s who have teased their hair beyond comprehension, but these women look to have taken the competition very seriously. Posing in a photo together, we give the one on the far left an A for effort, as she probably has an extra inch or two on the other women. Moreover, when these friends are stood together, we can’t help but notice the clashing nature of their patterned shirts, there is just too much going on here.


Wrap It Up

Pop superstar Madonna can be held responsible for making hair wraps all the rage in the 80’s. When the ‘Material Girl’ started sporting punk teased hair with a hair wrap in it, so many women attempted to emulate the look. These women are just two of the people following the trend and together with their large, monochrome earrings, it really is a bizarre look. We do have to question, what kind of hair piece the woman on the left is using?!

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Bring On The Blush

In the 80’s, highlighting the cheekbones was a big part of the culture, but the trend left women piling on the blush like it was going out of fashion. Instead of choosing a neutral color or a light pink, the general preference was caking on a bright pink or deep neon color. Makeup in the 80’s did not pay any attention to matching your skin tone to it and this blush trend exemplifies exactly that. Looking back at it now, it almost looks like clown makeup.



Perky In Purple

In the 80’s, there were absolutely no signs of the workout craze dying down, and through our list, you can see how workout leotards were the outfit of choice. Whether you were doing a genuine workout routine or just prancing around your living room, it just had to be done in one of these. These women decided to take the buddy workout to extremes and coordinate their outfits, going for a vibrant purple, ensuring their bodies were in shape and their fashion was on point.


Couple Goals

This couple truly epitomized 80’s fashion in its most questionable form. The matching colorful jackets are a true staple of the 80’s, but they chose to accessorize their individual outfits in different ways, to express their personal style. The woman went for a long gold chain with matching earrings as well as a pair of large sunglasses to make the look more hip hop, while her male companion went for a matching hat to his red and yellow jacket.

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