|1||Classic 1980s Eveningwear|
In the 1980s, classic eveningwear came in the vibrant colours associated with the decade, such as hot pink, electric blue, and canary yellow. Buyers should look for timeless styles with a little 1980s flair. Popular fabrics are taffeta, chiffon, and lace, and sequined gowns are common. Buyers can find 1980s gowns with short skirts, peplums, puffed sleeves, and layers.
|2||Gowns with Ruffles and Bows|
Goth is a subgenre of post-punk and alternative rock that emerged during the late 1970s. Icons of this trend include The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Joy Division. Nineteenth-century gothic literature, horror films, and Victoriana, influenced these fashions. Black clothing, hair, and makeup, are common for this look. Goth gowns come in a variety of styles and lengths in fabrics including velvet and lace.
|4||New Romantic Gowns|
New Romanticism was a pop culture movement between 1979 and 1981. Fashion designers for this style include Helen Robinson and Vivienne Westwood. The style was worn by artists such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and Sade. New Wave and New Romantic gowns are modelled on the Romantic period, 1930s cabaret and Hollywood starlets.
|5||Gowns with Shoulder Pads|
Even gowns had shoulder pads during the 1980s. They helped to define the female silhouette of the decade. These accessories range from small subtle pads to large, over-the-top versions that create a nearly square look. Buyers should look for gowns with shoulder pads that flatter wearers' builds. Some vintage 1980s clothing comes with Velcro sewn into the shoulder to allow wearers to attach their own padding.
|9||Shimmering and Metallic Gowns|
Some gowns from the 1980s are not for those that hope to go unnoticed. Shimmering and metallic gowns of the 1980s in silver, gold, and a variety of bright colours add sparkle to formal events. Wearers should take care when accessorising these gowns, as shiny accessories can overwhelm the wearer and the dress.
Women's fashions of the 1980s featured multiple neon colours and bold patterns, including yellow and pink. Buyers should look for 1980s neon dresses in block colours or designs that feature bright neon patterns. Those that prefer a more subtle homage to the era should consider wearing plain gowns with neon shoes, bags, and accessories.