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

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Jan 25, 2017
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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!)

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "Entered to win '80s Retro Candy in the @SheSpeaksUp Return Of The '80s Giveaway bit.ly/2kjp9s6

*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 tcmnelson | N LITTLE ROCK, AR
Jan 25, 2017

My favorite is big hair! I have big naturally curly hair and I love wearing it that way!

by dunkidsmom | Overland Park, KS
Jan 25, 2017

I'm enjoying the return of the '80's. It triggers great memories! The style was bright, innovative and all about fun. Big, wild hair, bright neon colors, plastic jewelry, re purposing thrift store clothes into your own style, upbeat songs with no hidden meaning ("Mickey", "Wake me up before you go-go", "Walk like an Egyptian"...). Some of the styles were heinous, but wow did we have a good time!!! :)

by smurfette498 | PEARLAND, TX
Jan 25, 2017

Oh gosh the '80's! I am glad the Jelly shoe fad is gone. Who remembers those? And leather beaded moccasins? The jelly shoes did not offer good support and got sticky in the heat. And did I love my Hairspray and Charlie Angel's Farrah Fawcett Feathered Hairstyle! It was so vogue and cool at the time! All the girls had feathered hair....

by carolhot | Jackson, GA
Jan 25, 2017

love the music and denim jackets never wore that much makeup and i love leg warmers in the winter

by cjt7kids7 | HASTINGS, NE
Jan 25, 2017

Stir up pants and big hair need to stay back in the "80"'s

by mejpye | Stockton, MO
Jan 25, 2017

Happy to see the neon colors coming back, loved those back in the day!

by Jackmum | ISSAQUAH, WA
Jan 25, 2017

Love the denim jackets - so American and love to see it around the world!

by sincerelykimberly | Irmo, SC
Jan 25, 2017

I love neon colors.

by karenkay5 | MILWAUKEE, WI
Jan 25, 2017

i think my least favorite 80's look is the short lace gloves that Madonna used to wear. I mean really what was the point of that it was just ugly especially when paired with black leather and bustiers.

by Msmelissa981 | Sheboygan, WI
Jan 25, 2017

I love neon colors!

by ramblngirl | rockwall, TX
Jan 25, 2017

Neon is awesome!

by mdunnings | HACKENSACK, NJ
Jan 25, 2017

I loved the 80"s. Boy I wish I could back (just for a weekend!!!). The music, the make-up, the hairstyle and fashion was everything. Stirrup pants with a off the shoulder sweater, and vibrant colorful eye shadow and teased hair meant that you were going out with friends on the prowl!

by kcat55 | MOORESTOWN, NJ
Jan 25, 2017

Least favorite is the high permed rock-hard hairstyles!

by mdunnings | HACKENSACK, NJ
Jan 25, 2017

I loved the 80"s. Boy I wish I could back (just for a weekend!!!). The music, the make-up, the hairstyle and fashion was everything. Stirrup pants with a off the shoulder sweater, and vibrant colorful eye shadow and teased hair meant that you were going out with friends on the prowl!

by JenY13 | STRATFORD, WI
Jan 25, 2017

I love the bright colors and big hair, as long as it's not too big and overdone!

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