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 musicrow | NASHVILLE, TN
Jan 30, 2017

I remember the word processor,

by bonita7878 | SPRING VALLEY, CA
Jan 29, 2017

I thought Neon came back last year around Spring time ~ stores were brimming with them!

by CatsMom | WOOD DALE, IL
Jan 29, 2017

I love the off-the-shoulder tops. It works for multi age groups and is sexy without being revealing.

by ksutherland | MODESTO, CA
Jan 29, 2017


by chavlene | BAYSIDE, WI
Jan 29, 2017

off the shoulder - definitely loved the flashdance look

by LeahSaysViews | JOPLIN, MO
Jan 29, 2017

I do not let my hair reach 80's style heights but I do still wear my hair a bit larger than today's styles call for. So, yeah, my hair style will be back in style. lol

by Ocean_and_sun | Hayward, CA
Jan 29, 2017

Most definitely OFF THE SHOULDER TOPS!

by amora625 | ORLANDO, FL
Jan 29, 2017

Love neon colors!

by digbugsgirl | Gordonsville, VA
Jan 29, 2017

Love the leg warmers! I've already embraced them. 😁

Jan 29, 2017

Love bright colors.

by kristipye | TULSA, OK
Jan 28, 2017

No shoulder pads and absolutely NO BIG HAIR for me! Denim jackets......I could do that again!

by floridagal | SARASOTA, FL
Jan 28, 2017

Permed big hair, ugh! Cant' believe I did that!

by lynzerbean | TINTON FALLS, NJ
Jan 28, 2017

The hair...100% THE HAIR!

by samie1 | SUDBURY, MA
Jan 28, 2017

I love big hair and all denim look

by kraymond777 | Eight Mile, AL
Jan 28, 2017

The neon colors were my favorite thing about the 80s