Bodaciously Bad: Top 5 Worst Fashion Fads of the 1980s

Certain decades were just cooler than others. The 1920s rocked; the 30s … not so much. The 50s were a bit of a red scare, the 60s were all about rock n’ roll and free love – and the Cold War still, too. Often the easiest way to pinpoint a “cool” decade is to take a look at the sartorial trends popular with the young folk. For example, those roaring twenties had the liberated flapper girls in slinky dresses and hip hats. The 50s saw more short sleeved button-down shirts tucked into starched blue jeans. Not as hip. But not as bad as in the 1980s, when things just went off the rails entirely. Have a look at some of the worst fashion fads of the 1980s.

5.) Leg Warmers

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Apparently, everyone in the 1980s had cold ankles and wrists. That is the only logical explanation this fashion fad, because why the hell else would people have been prancing around in public and on television screens wearing colorful leg warmers and huge fluffy wristbands all the time? Not because it was such a strange, backward decade clothing-wise that people actually thought leg warmers were somehow edgy and cool, right? Right!? Their ankles were all cold, that’s all. Perhaps it was because of the teeny miniskirts that were always worn. Or because they were desperate to look like a dancer. In the 1980s, leg warmers became popular due to movies such as “Flashdance” and “Fame”. The dancers in the films wore leg warmers to prevent cramping and other muscle injuries. When clothing stores began to sell different colored leg warmers, girls began to wear them with every outfit.

Well, whatever the reasoning, you could be sure that at least one or two pairs of leg warmers could be found in every teenage girl’s wardrobe.