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When you're talking about men's fashion from the 80s there's only one place to start: with that glorious epitaph of the time — the mullet. Saved for men particularly footie players , it was the look of the moment. Heck, some guys even went the extra mile and had it permed. It was a glorious thing that makes anyone over the age of 40 cringe with fear when the photo albums they were a thing, too are brought out of the attic.

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What Did Men Wear in the 80s?

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Blame the internet, blame irony, but it used to be that a look spent two decades in the wilderness before it was re-evaluated. At last count, every style since the war has permeated modern menswear in some way.

So strap in and swot up on these five trends from the s that still look great today. All of which are coming back, with varying degrees of irony. But all of which are also tricky to pull off. The great thing about grunge hair is that it mostly takes care of itself. The s was the year leisurewear first went mainstream, driven by the explosion of gyms, fitness videos and a growing sense that the body inside was at least as important as the clothes that covered it up. Not so different from today.

Today, those distinctions have largely disappeared. In fact, mixing up with down is the best way to avoid looking like a Run DMC tribute act. That means looking to new brands rather than leaning on the ones that defined the look first time around.

After the heady days of menswear, athleisure and its many offshoots, suits ended up at the back of most wardrobes. Just think of it like a big coat. It looks good with jeans or just a pair of plain tailored trousers. You can whack a football scarf over it, finish with basic sneakers or heavy soled plain shoes. It was long a style rule that short-sleeve shirts were for lorry drivers, and short-sleeve, tropical-print shirts were for your weird uncle Dave.

But then along came Prada, and reinvented the Magnum P. This decade and the s were about flamboyance, which is why both chime perfectly with a generation that shares its every moment on social media. And in which the Cuban collar shirt is suddenly inescapable. Dark, slim denim has had its day. Now, the jeans du jour come in all matter of fits and finishes, from high-waist spray-ons to loose and pleated.

If you prefer to stick to your standard slim-or-skinny cut, make sure your jeans look lived-in. He's fascinated by the collision of high fashion and streetwear, but also knows his way around a soft-shouldered blazer.

Men's Fashion Guides. By Tom Banham. The Sportswear The s was the year leisurewear first went mainstream, driven by the explosion of gyms, fitness videos and a growing sense that the body inside was at least as important as the clothes that covered it up.

The Suits After the heady days of menswear, athleisure and its many offshoots, suits ended up at the back of most wardrobes. The Jeans Dark, slim denim has had its day. Back To Top. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply. We use cookies to ensure the best experience on our website - by using this site or closing this message you're agreeing to our cookies policy.

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How To Dress 80s: The Menswear Decade That Won’t Quit

Blame the internet, blame irony, but it used to be that a look spent two decades in the wilderness before it was re-evaluated. At last count, every style since the war has permeated modern menswear in some way. So strap in and swot up on these five trends from the s that still look great today. All of which are coming back, with varying degrees of irony.

Men's fashion in the s was quite different than in decades prior. Gone were the styles from the 70s disco era and in were looks that were heavily influenced by androgynous pop stars, hip hop culture, hair-metal bands and action movie stars.

Forget Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, the double denim trend was peaking at least a decade earlier in the 80s. You can rock the Canadian Tuxedo in its purest form with one shade of denim top to bottom, or give it a contemporary update with a darker pant. Want to really channel the era? Opt for acid wash. Activewear well and truly entered the public arena in the 80s with the rise of sporty track suits.

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