Minimalism[ edit ] Young woman in wearing a low-cut spaghetti strap dress. The early s were very different from the rest of the decade, with some carryovers from the late s. The early s saw a minimalist approach to fashion, with less emphasis on accessories, and practicality considered just as much as aesthetics. Clothing colors were subdued, quiet and basic; varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were common. Widespread fashions for women in the early s included sweaters including turtleneck , crew neck , and v-neck varieties ; fur-lined puffer jackets; tunics ; faux-fur coats; velvet blazers ; trench coats made in both fake and real leather ;  crop tops ; tube tops ; knee-length skirts of no prescribed length, as designers opted for choice ; loose, flowy, knee-length dresses with high-cut and low-cut necklines, varying sleeve lengths, and made in a variety of fabrics including cotton, silk, satin, and polyester ; high-waisted loose pants; embroidered jeans; leather pants; and designer jeans.
Accessories for women in the s were mostly late s carryovers. This included thin belts, knee-high boots with thick kitten heels , sneakers , jelly shoes a new trend at the time ,  mules , round-toed shoes and boots, jelly bracelets inspired by Madonna in ,  shoes with thick heels, small, thin necklaces with a variety of materials, such as gold and pearls , and small watches.
General women's street-wear worn in the early s included ripped jeans,  leotards, tights, sweatpants,  and tracksuits especially ones made in velour.
This included leg warmers , wide belts,  elastic headbands, and athletic shoes known as ' sneakers ' in the US  or 'trainers' in the UK.
As a way to proclaim themselves as equals in the job market, women started to dress more seriously at work.
Popular clothes for women in the job market include knee-length skirts, wide-legged slacks, a matching blazer, and a blouse of a different color. Kitten-heeled shoes were often worn. Mid s —86 [ edit ] Bright colors[ edit ] Women's fashion in the mids became more colorful around This included long wool coats, long flared skirts , slim miniskirts , slightly tapered pants and stirrup ones , designer jeans,  spandex cycling shorts ,  extremely long and bulky sweaters, jumpsuits , pastel colors, leather trenchcoats , fur coats, extremely large scarves , beanies , leather gloves, and dresses worn with wide or thin belts.
The aerobics craze of the early s continued into the mid s, but the clothes became more colorful than they were before. Women's shoes of the mid s included strappy sandals, kitten-heeled sandals, pumps , and Keds. She first emerged on the dance music scene with her "street urchin" look consisting of short skirts worn over leggings, necklaces, rubber bracelets, fishnet gloves, hairbows, long layered strings of beads, bleached, untidy hair with dark roots, headbands , and lace ribbons.
In her " Like a Virgin " phase, millions of young girls around the world emulated her fashion example that included brassieres worn as outerwear, huge crucifix jewelry, lace gloves, tulle skirts, and boytoy belts. Gloves sometimes laced or fingerless were popularized by Madonna, as well as fishnet stockings and layers of beaded necklaces. Short, tight Lycra or leather miniskirts and tubular dresses were also worn, as were cropped bolero -style jackets. Black was the preferred color. Prior to the mids, it had been taboo to show a slip or a bra strap in public.
A visible undergarment had been a sign of social ineptness. With the new fashion's most extreme forms, young women would forgo conventional outer-garments for vintage-style bustiers with lacy slips and several large crucifixes. This was both an assertion of sexual freedom and a conscious rejection of prevailing androgynous fashions.
The television prime time shows Dallas and, in particular, Dynasty influenced increasingly oversized shoulder pads. Shoulder pads, popularized by Joan Collins and Linda Evans from the soap opera Dynasty were popular from the mid s to the early s.
Dallas , however, promoted displays of wealth involving jewelry and sparkling clothing. Some stores stocked canvas or satin covered fashion shoes in white and dyed them to the customer's preferred color, preferably bright colors. Women are becoming more confident in the workplace and are trying harder to step up in their career. More and more of these women want to fit into the management level by trying to emulate men via fashion and outward appearance to appear more masculine and powerful.
Hence, they would want garments that empower them and make them look more masculine in shape, thus making the woman appear to be more capable of higher level tasks and seem more professional by fitting in with the male majority. This would be accomplished with attributes such as wider shoulders with the aid of padding and larger sleeves. Working Girls is an independent production published in about the daily life of upper class prostitutes in a small Manhattan bordello.
The main characters in the story have backgrounds such as graduates from Yale university and Law; the movie makes it clear that they were not forced into the field but chose it themselves. Throughout the film, power dressing was promoted along with the capability of women taking control of their own future. The main consumer became the older generations that were more financially stable and were influenced by international political news. Leader of the British conservative party, Margaret Thatcher , in her power suit quickly became one of the most well-known symbol in the s.
Suits worn by Margaret Thatcher were usually single color toned with a matching hat, jacket and skirt, that ends below the knee. A wide shoulder cutting and pearl necklace was also part of her regular attire. Her political style was straightforward, effective and sometimes criticized as not empathetic enough. But there is no doubt that her appearance portrayed her ability, power and authority, which is what a lot of working women at that era desired.
Although skirts of any length were acceptable to wear in the years before, all attention was given to the short skirt, especially among teenage girls and young women. Shoulder pads became increasingly smaller. Asian Fashion[ edit ] In China, the unisex Zhongshan suit  declined after the death of Mao Zedong ,  the removal of the Gang of Four , and the liberalisation of trade links and international relations during the mid and late 80s.
Wealthier Chinese women began wearing Western inspired fashions again,  including red or yellow miniskirts  in addition to the more typical shirt dresses , white plimsolls and dacron blouses.
Colors like red and white  were popular, often with intricate embroidery. Although most women continued to wear the saree , Bollywood actresses also had access to Western designer outfits and locally designed garments like the Anarkali ballgown. The Japanese spirit and culture that they presented to Europeans caused a fashion revolution in Europe which continued to spread worldwide .
Yamamoto, Kawakubo and Miyake redefined the concepts of deconstruction and minimalism that were used in fashion design worldwide  by pioneering monochromatic, androgynous, asymmetrical, and baggy looks. Geometric diamond patterns, horizontal stripes, crinolines , layered kimono inspired blouses, dresses made from a single piece of fabric,  drop crotch Thai fisherman pants , space age inspired laser cut outfits, mesh, jackets with kanji motifs, and monochromatic black and white outfits were common, as was the use of the traditional Japanese colors red, mizudori and sora iro.
The three designers set the stage for the beginning of postmodern interpretation on the part of those who design clothes that break the boundary between the West and the East, fashion and anti-fashion, and modern and anti-modern .