Unleashing 80s Vibes

An 80’s themed prom party sounds pretty rad, right? If you’re wondering what to wear to the GREAT Gala to reflect the vibrant and dynamic culture of the time, we’ve got some inspiration for you. The era embraced excess, individualism, and a mix of styles, creating a bold and dynamic fashion landscape.

Like any prom party of any time, there will always be a mix of styles. We are all about embracing individuality – whether that means going all out with the trends of the time, incorporating some accessories to give those tubular vibes, or sticking to your current day fashions that make you feel your best. Some notable fabrics and features associated with 80s fashion that might make an appearance on guests at the GREAT Gala are:

  • Ruffles were often used on blouses, dresses, and skirts
  • Tulle skirts and lace details 
  • Glittering sequined dresses, shoes, and accessories
  • Smooth and shiny fabrics like silk and satin 
  • Velvet was a popular fabric for evening wear, often in rich and bold colors
  • Leather jackets, ripped jeans, band T-shirts, and spiked accessories. 
  • Blazers in bold colors with shoulder pads
  • Puff-sleeve dresses, blouses, and jackets
  • Oversized sweaters, leggings, and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses
  • Polo shirts, khaki pants and cable-knit sweaters
  • Pastel colors, linen suits, and t-shirts worn under blazers
  • Color-blocking, where bold and contrasting colors were paired together
  • Acid washed denim jackets, skirts, and dresses.
  • Leather jackets, pants, and skirts and studded leather accessories
  • Asymmetrical shapes in accessories and clothing 
  • Neon and bright colors were prevalent in clothing, makeup, and accessories.
  • Oversized earrings, chunky bracelets, and large belts 
  • Big, teased hair, mohawks, spiky hair
  • Hair accessories included scrunchies, headbands, bandanas, and bows 
  • Boat shoes and Ray-Ban sunglasses
  • Pointed toe pumps, doc martens, high top sneakers, chunky heels, and jellies

Fashion genres coexisted and individuals often combined elements from different styles to create their own unique looks during the 1980s. The era was marked by a willingness to experiment with fashion and embrace a wide range of influences. You do you and “Cut Loose”!