1980s Hairstyles and Attitudes
- Colourful streaks, flamboyant makeup, and bright nail colours are typical of the 1980s (left). On the right, we show a toned down version of the style with pink lips, soft waves and slogan shirt
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Now is the time for adventures in colourful and expressive fashions. There is no better inspiration for going all out and showing your colourful and daring side than the 1980s fashions. Even if creating fashion shock waves is not quite your cup of tea you will still adore our softer versions of the 1980s style!
Everything goes! This is the motto of the wild 1980s. With so many colourful fashion and hair styling tools at hand and in style it is little wonder that some styles may be on the far side of tasteful expression. Among the more appealing 1980s fashion attributes are oversized blazers, leggings, and jump suits. Most women will find a few old and new versions of those items in the back of their closets. 1980s hairstyles show plenty of volume, the side flip is back and the front hair is shorter than the back hair.
Crimped waves are typical of the 1980s. We show crimped waves and other 1980s styles in our photo gallery.
1980s Styling Then and Now – from Flashy to Soft
Retro hairstyles are the trend right now. However, signs of our time keep sneaking into the retro hairstyles. The new 1980s hairstyles mirror the bygone era but also reflect our current preference for natural and minimal styles. This takes the edge off the otherwise flashy colours and fashions of the 1980s.
- Daring or ladylike? Uncovered midriff, neon colours and a short sassy haircut versus business attire
Left photo: The 1980s style in all its glory: The young model wears sassy short hair with long fringes and a neon-coloured short jacket over a short slogan T-shirt, which both leave the midriff bare. The shiny neon-coloured high-waisted leggings and accessories cannot fail to attract attention to this 1980s style.
Right photo: Completely different but still in the 1980s style: This is the ladylike 1980s style. The short hair is styled upward in a sophisticated way; the short sweater covers the midriff and the model wears a high-waisted skirt rather than the popular leggings. The colours of the outfit are suitable for any business environment and show sophisticated taste but do not entice. The sole colour accent is the neon pink shoulder bag, which lends focus and spark to the outfit. It is a contradiction in terms: the minimal 1980s style!
These female chart breakers of the 1980s provide inspiration and perfect sound for venturing into 1980s hair styling.
Here are their hits:
Kim Wilde: You Keep Me Hangin' On
Cindy Lauper: I Drove All Night
Tiffany: I Think We’re Alone Now
Nena: 99 Luftballons
Bonnie Tyler: Holding Out For a Hero
Belinda Carlisle: Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody