1980s Fashion for Men & Boys

1980s Men's Fashion

Men’s fashion in the 1980s ranged from ultra sleek and modern to downright embarrassing. Don’t believe us? Look at some of the pictures below.

Men’s clothing in the eighties was snug fitting and comfortable. Soft fabrics were everywhere and, while they clothes were still tight compared to today, they weren’t skin tight like the seventies.

Activewear was a popular choice for men and boys alike. Matching sweatpants and sweatshirts flew off the shelves for the entire decade. Especially sportswear that supported pro sports teams. NFL-licensed clothing dominated schoolyards across the United States.

If a boy wasn’t wearing NFL clothing, then he was sporting a sweatshirt featuring his favorite cartoon character or superhero.

Teenage boys wore lots and lots of denim. Denim jackets were complimented by matching denim jeans. Also corduroy pants were a hot item.

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Athletic shoes were becoming a fashion symbol, climaxing with the popularity of Nike Air Jordan shoes in the late 80s. A good pair of Jordans was nicely complimented by a Starter jacket in 1989.

Men in the early 1980s loved wearing long sleeve velour shirts. Wrangler and Levi’s were the jeans makers of choice. Turtlenecks were incredibly popular throughout the decade, especially when worn under an wild-colored thick, itchy sweater.

In the early 80s, men rocked a thick mustache, but by the end of the decade they had become much less popular. Chest hair and gold medallions were not exposed much past 1984, except by your creepy uncle.

Men’s suits were relatively conservative, seemingly the only clothing in the eighties that wasn’t drowned in bright colors.

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1980s Men’s Fashion Pictures


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Last modified: Jan 22, 2016 | Written by Paul Phipps