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80's Trends That Are Making A Comeback

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boombox from the 80's

What do you remember about the ’80s? Maybe it was the daring fashions, the neon colors, or the crazy movies. Everyone remembers the 80s in their own way, and even if you weren’t born in the ’80s, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the trends and fads of the time.

Whether it’s older generations re-living the past or newer generations trying to re-capture the glory, there are quite a few 80’s trends that have and will continue to influence our culture today.

If you missed out on the decade in real-time, now is your chance to live out your inner 80s self. Here are some 80’s trends that are making a comeback in the 2020s.

Ripped Jeans

Rock-styled clothing was all the rage throughout the 1980s. Ripped denim jeans, that often had patchwork details in replacement, were in style. Jeans were sometimes waist high and had the knees torn out. Today, ripped jeans are making a comeback and you can even see them sold in various stores.

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads can be seen in blazers, dresses, and more. People say they express authority and power, it is a style that shows off confidence. Christina Jaide, the co-founder of women’s fashion brand JLUX, said that her favorite thing to wear from the 1980s is an oversized blazer with big shoulders. Jaide thinks they are too good to move on from, and others seem to agree with her.

80's trends: shoulder pads


Big Blockbuster Movies

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Summer blockbusters were big in the 80s and if you look at the top-grossing movies of the ’80s, a good chunk of them are action blockbusters like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., and Batman. Director Stephen Spielberg (Indiana Jones, E.T.) has put out over a dozen movies since the 1980s! People will always love big action adventures, but they seem to be appearing more and more in recent years. Maybe next we will see the return of western cowboy movies!

Movie theater

Space Exploration

In the 1980s, NASA’s budget had already taken multiple cuts since the race to the moon was over. However, this did not stop them from exploring space and the public’s fascination with space was still there. It was a big deal when NASA’s Voyager I encountered Saturn in November of 1980. 

Today, Voyager I is in Interstellar space, almost 14.5 billion miles away. Big business tycoons like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have become more interested in planetary travel, and as a result, more people have been paying attention to what could be done with space exploration.


Earth view from the moon

Neon Colors

Bright neon colors are the first thing a lot of people think of when they think about the 1980s. Bright neon hues were seen as energetic and youthful. Not only were neon colors used in clothing fashion, but also in interior decoration and advertisements.

Nowadays, younger people are imitating the generations before them and aren’t afraid to show off their bright neon clothing. Just like in the 80s, you probably see people wearing neon more and more. Search trends also show that neon is on the rise again since 2019.

Rock and Roll

Although Rock and Roll never went anywhere, it often makes comebacks in the form of various rock and roll music tracks. Movies and TV shows often utilize older music, and this results in newer generations being introduced to the music others have known and loved for years.

Most recently, Metallica’s Master of Puppets has climbed its way to number 1 on rock charts on iTunes and is in the top 30 songs on iTunes right now. Master of Puppets was released in 1986, but thanks to the hit television show Stranger Things, the song has become popular once again.


rock guitar

Want to learn about even more trends from the 1980s?

You’ll learn everything there is to know in the 80s Rewind Decade KardLet®.

80's Decade Rewind KardLet

Take a trip into the past with this 32-page KardLet® designed to capture what it was like to live in the 1980s. Whether you are trying to learn more about history or reflect on some nostalgic memories, the Rewind KardLets® are great for keeping the past alive.

In the KardLet,® you will be able to learn more about the decade and the cost of living, top pop culture media and moments, top national/global news, and more.

On top of that, you can explore different vintage ads from the decade, different vehicles people used, look at some of the most popular baby names, and more. There are tons to explore, each KardLet® is full of various fun facts throughout while maintaining an overall decade theme.

If you know anyone who would like to learn about the 1980s, Rewind KardLets® also make a great gift and can double as a greeting card. Each KardLet® comes with an envelope and a greeting section, so you can write in who the KardLet® is for and add a special message just for them. Think of it as a greeting card that never gets thrown away. Who would want to throw away something they can always come back to and reminisce on the past with? it can be used for remembering good times or just comparing how different/similar things are today.

Press pause on the present and rewind back to the 1980s with Memory Road’s Rewind KardLets®.

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