The '80s Are Back: Here's What to Embrace & What to Avoid! Plus, Win '80s Retro Candy!

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Jan 25, 2017

There have been hints of a comeback in recent years but now it is official. The 1980's is the lastest fashion trend.

Yes, the 80's are back - think shoulder pads, leg warmers and Madonna cassette tapes. But whether you lived through it before, or you were not around to be a witness, there are several ways you can get into the style, without going over the top. Read on to find out how.

Plus, tell us your favorite - or least favorite - '80s look and you'll have the chance to win an '80s Candy Gift Box, full of delicious retro memories, including Bottle Caps, Lemonheads & Wax Fangs!

Embrace it: Customized Demin Jackets

Demin jackets, especially acid washed, were all the rage. And to make them even more personal, they were lovingly decorated with patches and spray paint. Luckily, personal style is also big in 2017. Feel free to rock your denim jacket - and even add a little bling.

Avoid it: Stirrup Pants

Leggings are fine, but not the kind that has a strap that slips beneath your foot. No reason for your pants to get tucked in to your high-tops anymore.

Embrace it: Neon and Sequins

In the '80s, brighter was better. It was important to attract attention and make a statement. We should follow that direction and not be afraid to shine! But this year, try keeping it to just one piece, and not the entire outfit.

Avoid it: Thick, Piled On Make-Up

Everything was more intense in the '80s, so it's no surprise that the make-up was too, especially the eye shadow which came in shades of blue, purple and pink - sometimes all of those colors at once. Brightly colored make-up is still used now, which is great, but this time it could be a little more blended and a lot more subtle.

Embrace it: Off the Shoulder Tops

Back then, we cut sweatshirts at just the right width, so that it could drape over one shoulder. Of course, a ton of plastic jewelry was then the perfect accessory. You can still wear dresses and shirts that have a fun off-the-shoulder look. Just try to avoid scissor marks and that mountain of jelly bracelets.

Avoid it: High, Permed, Rock-Hard Hair

No explanation needed.

What's your favorite - or least favorite - '80's look? Tell us and you'll be entered for the chance to win an '80s Candy Gift Box.

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us your '80s picks (those you are glad have returned and those that should have stayed behind!)


Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "Entered to win '80s Retro Candy in the @SheSpeaksUp Return Of The '80s Giveaway

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive an '80s Candy Gift Box. Giveaway is open through February 13th, 2017 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to everyone who entered. Congratulations to winner spacegeek33!

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by sweetteepi_6799 | Luling, LA
Feb 22, 2017

As an 80s kids, the worst thing my mom could have bought me were jelly shoes. Those things came in so many colors and on the cheap. Wear them all day and your feet would smell and there would be grime at the bottom of your feet due to sweat. Over time the tiny plastic near the toes would break and you would end up at school with your pinky toe hanging out. THE WORST!!!!

by Soccermon1526 | Oakland, NJ
Feb 13, 2017

I love the customized denim jacket look! Goes with almost anything!

by ouhlala13 | CHESAPEAKE, VA
Feb 13, 2017

I am baffled why stirrup pants are back? I used to love them in the 80s because I have long legs, now I actually like the cropped pant look much better. It reminds me of the 50s look. But I guess everything goes around and comes back around

by Chloew2012 | ALPHARETTA, GA
Feb 11, 2017

Neon colors and big hair was definitely a trend back in the 80's everyone is trying to bring the 800 trends back which I think we should

by starzine | SN BERNRDNO, CA
Feb 11, 2017

I like the stirrup pants.

by molivos | SALINAS, CA
Feb 10, 2017

I love plaid and jewel tones.

by CautiouslyOptimystic | JEFFERSONVLLE, IN
Feb 10, 2017

Love Jelly sandals of course! #timeless

by littleneko | NORWICH, CT
Feb 10, 2017

I really didn't like 80's fashion, especially big shoulder pads.

by reneejr | Fremont, MI
Feb 09, 2017

My least favorite is Big Hair. I am probably biased because I have thin hair. I always wished I could dance and flip my hair.

by stephaniebeaver | COLORADO SPGS, CO
Feb 09, 2017

I'm totally into Neon Colors and denim jackets! They are very flattering! I am glad leg warmers, big Chucky socks, and leggings are in! I like to be warm and comfortable! Of course my shirts are much longer with leggings on! Joggers are now my thing and they look great with funky socks too! I grew up in the 80's and like the little pieces I have mixed into my wardrobe!

by TheresaMarie | MARQUETTE, MI
Feb 09, 2017

I love the music from the 80's and my old jean jacket. It doesn't fit anymore, but now I can buy a new one and be back in style:)

by ldonalson04 | Hope Hull, AL
Feb 09, 2017

I loved the 80's! I'm A Big Fan of the off the shoulder tops. I was happy to hear about the leg warmers coming back in, but what I'm waiting for is the (don't laugh!) tight rolled jeans! I am 5"2 and that look helps us short girls tremendously! No more too - long jeans; just roll those suckers up, tuck in and go! Never again will I apply blue eyeshadow though! From the fashion trends to the movies, the 80's is absolutely my favorite decade!

by flower__72 | Lompoc, CA
Feb 08, 2017

I was all about the jelly bracelets...& jelly shoes...& jelly purse! lol

by LeahSaysViews | JOPLIN, MO
Feb 08, 2017

Well my bangs have decreesed in size over the years but my daughter says they are stil too poofy, so I'll say big hair, however, I'd never use the amount of hairspray I did back in the day. lol

by Moviefan | LINCOLN, NE
Feb 08, 2017

I love stretch pants!!