The Decade of Excess gave us instantly recognizable icons, fashions, music, and trends; it was awesome and radical, not to mention bodacious.
We’re going back to the future to check out everything that was – and still is – like, totally 80s.
Totally 80s Fashion
When you think 80s, the first thing you may think about is the fashion, and you’d be right.
There were hair scrunchies in crazy patterns, fingerless lace gloves, slouch socks, and jelly shoes – and all worn at the same time – were classic 80s.
Keeping with the theme of excess, the more jewelry you wore at once, the radder you were. Layers of beads, chokers, and giant crucifixes on chains were all the rage.
The wrists were not left behind with this extreme trend; there were also armfuls of rubber bracelets and Swatch watches. Giant hair bows adorned big, teased hairstyles, and would top off the already complex look.
For the would-be dancers, there was the leg warmer trend. They may have been a little too toasty during the summer, but it was all in the name of 80s fashion. They paired perfectly with the giant off the shoulder sweatshirt in pure Flashdance style.
There were also parachute pants, a necessity of break dancing; and white suits with a bright T-shirt underneath, a necessity of the Miami Vice look.
If one thing alone screams totally 80s, it has to be shoulder pads. They were used in everything from suits to T-shirts, and were even available to buy separately in varying thicknesses.
Totally 80s Entertainment
Innovative musicians like Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, and other awesome 80s pop icons gave us great tunes to listen to. Culture Club, New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany were some other mega-stars of the decade.
If you were into heavy metal and hair bands, there was never a shortage of them in the 80s. There was Guns ‘N Roses, Slayer, Metallica, AC/DC, Motley Crue, and other legends. They all sounded especially great when blaring from a great 80s boombox.
The hottest shows of the day were Miami Vice, Knight Rider, MacGyver, Dallas, Dynasty, Cheers, The Cosby Show, and Family Ties, just to name a few.
The 80s also gave us some stellar movies that immediately bring us back. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Back to the Future, Die Hard, and Dirty Dancing are all still iconic. So are all the great brat pack flicks with The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles, being the most memorable.
Totally 80s Fun
Some groundbreaking new video game consoles were a huge part of the 80s, as well. The Atari 2600 was in many homes during the early part of the decade – until Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
Some of the most awesome 80s games we played on these systems were Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Pole Position, Galaga, and, of course, Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man. Donkey Kong was also the precursor to the entire franchise of Mario Games.
Other fun 80s icons were the Rubik’s Cube, anything Adidas – thanks in part to hip-hop legend Run-DMC, Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit, Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, Max Headroom, and the legendary mullet and mohawk hairstyles.
These are just some of the raddest things that upon mention make you think Wow. That’s like, totally 80s. Some are still around or just coming back into the spotlight and as hot as ever as a reminder that the 80s refuse to be forgotten.