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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Jan 25, 2017

I love the brightly colored makeup, I will just have to remember to blend more and not pile it on!

by gadjur1 | NEWBERG, OR
Jan 25, 2017

Big shoulder pads were awful. Customized denim jackets are interesting to look at.

by maxsmommy12 | Richmond, IN
Jan 25, 2017

I love me some breakfast club looks: John Bwnder can stay foreverrrrrrrrr

by ConnieB | CENTRALIA, IL
Jan 25, 2017

I would wear my old decorated denim jacket again because denim never really goes out of style.

by Jenny391 | Port Isabel, TX
Jan 25, 2017

I wore stirrup pants all the time and my hair was so big and sprayed up, it never moved! These were my high school years and best time of my life. I still try to live in the 80's by not embracing tech stuff. I still listen to cassette tapes on my boom box and still use a VCR. I would not want to go back to the clothing or hair styles of the 80's though.

by aneube | BARRINGTON, RI
Jan 25, 2017

Neon colors can be super cute!

by CathBrad | ELBERTON, GA
Jan 25, 2017

I did not like any of the above 80's looks, even though I grew up in that time, was not a fan!

by jolynn22 | MINNETONKA, MN
Jan 25, 2017

the big hair isn't my friend. But i do love neon colors. But, admittedly I was born in the 80s so my framework is different than people who lived through it!

by Gjprasad | BROOKLYN, NY
Jan 25, 2017

I love that clogs are back in style and off the shoulder tops. and leggings, seems like they never went out of style!