Style Icons of the 80’s: Princess Diana, Madonna and Others

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Slip dresses, oversize, too much-looks and others are fashion trends of the 80’s, which we can replicate in the modern world.

The style of the 80’s is prominent for its brightness and redundancy. Mini-skirts, oversize or slim fit, catchy colors and models. Even Princess Diana had let herself a bit of a liberty in the 80’s. Business lady, femme fatale, romantic lady – typical looks of that time. We’re going to present you five style icons, who inspired thousands of girls in 80’s years.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana is the first woman from the Royal family, who received the status of style icon. Often, the Princess opted for a rather daring looks. For example, none of the royals did not allow herself to wear a dress with a deep-V on the back before. Thanks to the gentle Princess, nude makeup and short blonde curls came into fashion in the 80’s. The Princess was also fond of pearls.

Diana preferred a simple style with clothes. All that is trendy this season – plaid, stripes, slip dresses - Princess Diana wore thirty years ago. Style icon clearly felt the trends and had perfect taste.


Grace Jones

In addition to the incredible voice, Grace Jones has a wonderful sense of style. Her unusual creative outfits became popular in the 80’s. Suits, hats, overcoats combined with bold makeup and bold hairstyles – all this formed the basis of the avant-garde style and grace. The appearance of the model differed from the others, so she was able to successfully demonstrate all the insane creations of the designers. Oversized pantsuits, high heels, rhinestones and sequins, leopard prints, leather dresses – all these trends are extremely popular now.

The singer’s bright makeup and strange headgear turned the pop star into real style icon of the 80’s. Grace’s makeup was famous for juicy and bright lips, red eye shadows, clean lines. Dark lips, graphic neon eyelines are no less popular in 2020 than in the 80’s.


Madonna still admires a lot of people, but in 80’s her style inspired thousands of women. Lace leggings, sheer tops, bright jewelry – Madonna became a real trendsetter of her own unique style. In the 80’s, the singer constantly surprised the audience with her bold images. Everything, the singer put on at that time, immediately became a trend. Mini skirt, bright colors, earring in the form of crosses, tops from fishnets – a skillful combination of all these items made Madonna a fashion icon.

Joan Collins

In 80’s Joan Collins perfectly managed to embody the image of the glamorous vamp. The actress chose bright clothes and unusual jewelry. It was Joan Collins who was one of the first to wear fashionable bustier dresses with a skirt today.  In everyday life, the actress preferred to wear jeans and pastel shirts.

Luxury, shine, metal-coated clothing, puff sleeves and shaggy cut are the basis of Joan Collins style.

Her looks are still relevant in the modern world and are copied by some celebrities.

Brooke Shields

Jackets from a man’s shoulder, slip dresses, oversize - it seems that this is just a listing of trends that are popular in the modern world. However, Brooke Shields wore all this back in the 80’s. The actress recreated all the looks from the latest catwalks, spent the weekends in the legendary Studio 54, and was a Yves Saint Laurent’s friend. Brooke Shields inspired thousands of girls to fashion experiments: pearl clips, frills, jackets with huge shoulders. The actress has clearly something to learn from even in 2020.

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