The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colors, and silhouettes—and heaping amounts of permed hair. With trends spanning ripped tights and biker jackets, polished oversized blazers and poof skirts; and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion.
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The 1980s were also the decade for designer denim, with Gloria Vanderbilt, Jordache, Calvin Klein, and Guess leading the pack. Designer jeans were especially popular with younger women, teens, and girls, and came in lots of colors and styles. There were wide leg jeans, stretch pull on jeans, and colored jeans. They had a high waistline and a snug fit through the hips. Many jeans were flat-front, although pleated front jeans were available. These, along with other pleated front pants, were typically worn by mature women.
A series of Kodachrome slides from Steve Martin of a woman modeling in a studio, dated August 1987.