80’s Fashion wasn’t just about the shell-suits and the shoulder pads. No, there were accessories to think about too, you know – and many of them were just as bad as the other 80’s fashion items we’ve already discussed here at The Fashion Police. Let’s take a look at some of them…
80’s Fashion Accessories for the Hair
Hair in the 80’s generally took one of two forms: it was either big and curly, like a poodle, or it was short and spiky, like… well, like Agyness Deyn, really. This type of ‘do’ required its own special accessories, which included:
Lord only knows why anyone ever thought the scrunchie was an acceptable thing to wear on your head. Basically a garter for the hair, these came in a variety of “wacky” 80’s colours, and while the idea was a sound one (the scrunchy was soft and therefore wouldn’t harm your hair), the reality was fugly. Also worn on the wrist, the scrunchie remained an essential part of the 80’s fashion scene throughout the decade, and can still be found today, although mostly on little girls who don’t know any better.
The banana clip was a long, banana shaped comb which, when clasped around the hair, would case it to cascade waterfall-like, down your back. Given that this is 80’s fashion we’re talking about, they naturally came in fluorescent colours, and didn’t look very nice, but people wore them anyway.
Even worse than its predecessor, the banana clip, pineapple clips made your hair look like it was spouting out of your head, like a geyser. No, it didn’t look cute, now you come to mention it.
Bright blue streaks through your poodle-perm, madam? Oh hell, yeah!
80’s Fashion Accessories for the Arms
80’s fashion placed a fair bit of emphasis on the arms and hands, and for this we have Madonna to thank. She started the trend for lacey, fingerless gloves, and we’ve never really forgiven her for it. Madonna also taught us that there was absolutely nothing wrong with wearing all of your bracelets and rings at the same time. She was wrong, of course, but by that point most people didn’t care any more…
80’s Fashion Accessories for the Feet
We’ve already discussed the trend for neon socks, leg warmers and high-top sneakers, and we think it’s best not to refresh our memories by going over them all again. Another 80’s fashion trend for the feet which we’ve not mentioned, however, was exclusive to the UK and involved the attaching of Grolsh bottle tops to the laces of your Doc Marten shoes. This was started by the 80’s pop band, Bros, who also brought back the boxy leather jacket and ripped jeans from the fashion archives, bless them.
Other 80’s Fashion Accessories
Remember jelly shoes? Ray-Bans? Roller skates? Congratulations: you know your 80’s fashion! Aren’t you pleased to have left it all behind, though?