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Take a trip down memory lane.
While the '80s are known for many things—the movies! The models!—in our opinion, the '80s were genuinely all about the fashion. From Cher’s daring dresses to Madonna’s Like A Virgin-era getups, the decade was undisputedly a time to be alive when it came to the clothes. The outfits were big. They were bold. They were covered in sequins. And it didn’t stop there: the penchant for larger-than-life hair during that decade proved that pretty much all of the beauty trends that are currently going viral on TikTok and Instagram originated well before the internet ever existed. So, excuse me as I take a brief trip down memory and reminisce about all of the best (and most over-the-top) looks from the decade.
There is so much to love about this outfit that Madonna wore. The pearls! The crucifix! The wild hair! It checks all the right boxes.
Fonda wore this stunning lavender cropped blazer over a floral bustier while attending the 17th annual American Film Institute AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Gregory Peck.
Pat Benetar expertly styled a red bodysuit under a men's blazer back in 1982, but I'm especially loving her shag haircut.
Cindy Crawford may be classified as a '90s-era supermodel, but this all-black outfit from 1989 proves that her star was truly on the rise.
Naomi Campbell wore the perfect Little Black Dress—and the cutest bob haircut!—back in the day.
Here's another killer Madonna look, because why not! Madge donned this all-black getup to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Let's hear it for this jewel-incrusted matching two-piece skirt set!
Hawn's outfit from 1983 proves that when you choose to wear animal print, you need to commit. Yes—even her glasses are printed to match her blouse!
Another queen bee of the '80s movie scene, Flashdance's Jennifer Beals wore this striking black-and-white outfit.
This jeans-and-a-sweatshirt outfit that Princess Di wore remains on many a Pinterest board to this day—and for good reason.
Well before she was Zoe Kravitz's mom, Lisa Bonet was a true '80s fashion icon—as proven by this look from 1987.
Diana Ross calls herself 'The Boss' and there's no better look to prove just how much of a boss she truly was (and is!) than this stunning red sequin gown.
Never one for a low-key look, Parton wore this pearl-encrusted gown (and matching headpiece!).
Last but most certainly not least is Cher's beaded dress at the Academy Awards back in 1986. This Bob Mackie dress turned heads at the time.
Grace Jones in this barely-there dress in 1989 is utter perfection.
This Grammys look from 1986 feels so understated—at least when it comes to fashion looks from the '80s!
Wearing a well-fitting suit is always a great idea, as proven by this simple-yet-elegant outfit on Iman from back in 1989.
Cher's black bedazzled so-called "naked dress" at the Academy Awards in 1988 was so ahead of its time.
Was it really the '80s if couples didn't wear power suits to every Hollywood event? Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston wore their version at the premiere of Terms of Endearment in New York City.
Photographed at her home, the queen of disco wore an array of outfits, but this light blue matching set with a beaded belt paired with white espadrilles takes the cake.
At the Footloose premiere in Beverly Hills, Jamie Lee Curtis' studded belt was the star of her two-piece suit. We'd be lying if we didn't say her silver bracelets caught our eyes first, though.
At the 1988 Academy Awards ceremony, the pair channeled old Hollywood glamour but made sure to give some timely touches to their outfits, like Costner's round glasses and Hannah's glitzy cocktail dress.
Front row at a show during New York Fashion Week, the award-winning actress wore a polka-dotted dress with some serious shoulder pads and red circular sunnies.
At the Los Angeles Batman movie premiere, Basinger wore a mesh long sleeve dress over some lingerie, which in retrospect is something any member of the Kardashian family would totally wear today.
The house key as an earring! The acid wash jeans! The strategically collared shirt over the colorblock sweater! I swear I've seen this exact outfit on one of my Pinterest fashion inspiration boards.
Here, Nicks is pictured at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, where she was a presenter. Just another friendly reminder that the singer never ages.
The frontwoman of the Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts knew the power of black eyeliner. She also knew how to mix textures. I mean, an animal print scarf with a pink geometrical shirt? Genius.
Mentally, I want to be at the New York City premiere of Steel Magnolias so I can witness Parton in this sparkly dress that comes with a matching jacket. I'm swooning!
Years before she tied the knot with rock legend David Bowie in 1992, the supermodel was a muse for designers like Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Here, she wears an all-denim look paired with silver accessories.
Don't Dakota Johnson's parents look so chic here?! I can't tell what I would want more in my closet: Griffith's lace dress or her coat with red lining.