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!)


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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 redneckwoman | RIB LAKE, WI
Feb 01, 2017

I lived through the 80's. The styles that were in during the 80's should stay in the 80's and never make a come back!

by TamJu46 | PIKEVILLE, KY
Feb 01, 2017

I loved the 80's but my hair definitely suffered from teasing, perm, and especially tons of hairspray. Who doesn't love denim and off the shoulder look.

by kimberley_22 | Tipton, MI
Feb 01, 2017

What happened to the stone washed jeans? And the music was great, still love me some Bon Jovi.

by torij15 | Misenheimer, NC
Feb 01, 2017

My favorite is definitely off the shoulder tops, hard not to feel a little sexy, but still cozy with them!

by islandkimmi | Manteo, NC
Feb 01, 2017

I used to love those stirrup pants.. I think I still have some of the sweaters I wore with them....and my kids laugh.

by Eileenie | CHICAGO, IL
Feb 01, 2017

I like the high slit gowns with a plunge neck line and crop tops! Fannie packs and scrunchies can stay behind!

by kurias964 | Moreno Valley, CA
Feb 01, 2017

I love the bright colors :)

by Robin123 | WORCESTER, MA
Feb 01, 2017

My favorite 80's pick are legwarmers. I loved them I had every color for every outfit. Also the off the shoulder sweatershirt with matching head band was a favorite too. :)

by buttmuffin | BEAUFORT, NC
Jan 31, 2017

i love the bright colors of the 80's! :) so tired of everyone wearing black and grey

by lesacap1262 | COLUMBUS, OH
Jan 30, 2017

I think the big hair and the caked on makeup needs to stay away! Not good looks!

by verobarham | ROUND LK BCH, IL
Jan 30, 2017

I don't like the leg warmers but I used to like the plastic jewelry and the big belts that sat on your hips.

by kmldakota | HULL, MA
Jan 30, 2017

I love that Denim Jackets and pins, Nike Cortez & hightop Converse, Clogs and some wild bright colors are back. I'm thankful stirrup pants, and those mini skirts attached to knee length stretchies are out

by CNelson | NASHVILLE, TN
Jan 30, 2017

I love that stirrup pants are making a comeback, but keep shoulder pads in the past.

by MomOnTheEdge | Marblehead, OH
Jan 30, 2017

Definitely don't miss the stirrup pants! :)

by FitCoachCrystal | Nacogdoches, TX
Jan 30, 2017

I'm loving the off the shoulder and neon colors, and of course sequins!!! So glad the hair stayed in the past though. Leggings are the best comeback though for sure! And stirrups were well into the 90s too! Never come back please! Sincerely, A 90s baby.