Do You Know If This Fashion Trend Is From the ’80s or the ’90s?

By: Allison Lips

While the fanny pack was around in the 1980s, it became extremely popular and a fashion statement in the '90s. In the United Kingdom, they are called bum bags.

In 1956, Raymond Stegman designed the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. The sunglasses were initially popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and Tom Cruise brought them back with "Risky Business."

In the 1980s, a pair of Jordache jeans sold for about $26. Today, Jordache has an '80s-inspired vintage brand that sells jeans for $140 to $180.

At the height of their popularity, the Spice Girls wore Buffalo brand platform sneakers. In 2018, Buffalo relaunched the brand to appeal to modern consumers.

In 1982, Vans gained international attention through its appearance in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." In 1995, Vans would sponsor the Vans Warped Tour, which would go on to launch the careers of many punk rock bands.

Legwarmers were initially worn to exercise. The films "Flashdance" and "Footloose," which came out in 1983 and 1984 respectively, helped popularize the fashion trend.

In 1982, cheerleading inspired "rah-rah" skirts became available in stores. During the 90s, the fashion trend found its way onto shows like "Ally McBeal" and "Melrose Place."

In the 90s, female celebrities popular with young girls could be seen wearing the trend. Melissa Joan Hart, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Mandy Moore and Sarah Michelle Gellar decorated their hair with the clips.

After World War II, shoulder pads first became popular with women. They went out of style only to come back decades later. During the 80s, shoulder pads were an essential part of a power suit.

In the 1920s, chokers were also worn. They are occasionally seen on Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey." In the 1990s, they often resembled tattoos.

Overalls were worn as early as the 1700s. When jeans were invented, they were originally called "waist overalls."

Billy Ray Cyrus, John Stamos, Ellen DeGeneres and many other celebrities wore mullets in the '90s. The mullet is describe as "business in the front, party in the back" because the front is kept short while the back of the hairstyle is longer.

In 1985, the first Air Jordan's cost $65 a pair. When Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan I on the court, the NBA fined him $5,000 because the colors did not meet the uniform code. Nike eventually designed an Air Jordan that would meet guidelines.

In 1987, Ronny Revson patented the scrunchy. However, it was invented by Philip E. Meyers in 1963.

Boat shoes are sometimes called deck shoes. In "The Official Preppy Handbook" by Lisa Birnbach, they were mentioned as an essential part of preppy style.

Studded belts are associated with alternative fashion. They can be seen in the punk, Goth, metal and emo scenes.

While they were not always called leggings, women have worn tight pants since at least the 1950s. In 1957's "Funny Face," Audrey Hepburn wore skintight pants that resemble what are now called leggings.

In the '90s, plaid was everywhere. It was a staple of both preppy and grunge fashion.

In the 1980s, crop tops were part of workout clothing due to the fitness craze. However, in the '90s, crop tops ranged from bustier-style shirts to cropped graphic T-shirts.

In 1985, Haim and Yaakov Revah founded the JNCO brand. JNCO stands for "Judge None, Choose One."

Mood rings do not actually tell a wearer's mood. Instead, they contain temperature sensitive liquid crystals that react to human body temperature.

In the 1960s, Adidas created the first tracksuit for sports use. In the '80s tracksuits could be seen in fitness classes and on hip-hop artists.

While the side pony was big in the '80s, it retained some of its popularity into the '90s. The hairstyle made a small comeback in the early 2000s.

Bell bottoms with extremely wide leg openings were nicknamed "elephant bells." In the 1990s, bell bottoms returned to fashion, but this time they were called flared pants.

Members Only was founded in 1975. In 2016, Members Only came out with a line that features '90s Nickelodeon characters.

The hightop fade is a variation of a regular flattop. A high top fade as the sides and the back of the head shaved as they top of the head grew out.

In the 1980s, bucket hats could be seen on Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, Run-DMC, and LL Cool J. In 2018, bucket hats could be seen on the Valentino Spring/Summer 2019 runway.

In 1959, Joseph C. Shivers invented spandex. At the time he was working for DuPont, which chose to call the material Lycra.

"Miami Vice's" executive producer, Michael Mann, was responsible for Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas' flashy wardrobes. They often wore t-shirts under suits as James "Sonny" Crocket and Ricardo Tubbs.

In the 1990s, women wore combat boots with everything from dresses to flannel shirts and torn jeans. Combat boots can still be seen in the goth, heavy metal, and punk subcultures.

Baseball players have worn the baseball cap since 1858. Over the decades, the caps have become a recognized part of attire off the field, as well, with companies even printing their logos on the crowns as promotional giveaways.

Some of the most popular neon colors were neon green, neon yellow, neon pink, and neon blue. The fashion was seen on both men and women.

In 1741, the word bandanna entered English from the Sankrit word "badhnati." It refers to a large patterned handkerchief.

In the 1980s, Stuart Anders invented slap bracelets. He originally called them the Slap Wrap.

Despite often being called parachute pants, the pants MC Hammer wore technically did not fit the category. His pants were a take on harem pants.

Jehri Redding was the hairdresser who invented the Jehri curl. The hairstyle requires the hair to be permed.

Acid wash jeans are treated with chemicals. Chlorine bleach is among the chemicals used to create this look.

Von Dutch was the nickname of Kenneth Howard. He was known for pin-striping cars and motorcycles.

Sketchers was founded in 1992. Robert and Michael Greenberg were the co-founders.

In 1992, Daymond John, Keith Perrin, J. Alexander Martin, and Carl Brown founded FUBU. The brand's first collection was a small line of tops and hats with the brand's logo printed on them.

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About This Quiz

If you lived through the '80s and '90s, you probably wore some regrettable fashions. Hair was big. Jeans were baggy. Some brands, such as Members Only and JNCO, got left behind and could never fully recover from their signature products going out of fashion. People work bucket hats, spandex and platform shoes. While you may look back at many of these fashions fondly, there are others you wouldn't be caught dead in these days because they were for teenagers.

In the 1980s, many teens wore the fashions they saw their favorite hip hop artists wearing, such as bucket hats and the high top fades. In the 1990s, grunge took over, which meant teens were now wearing plaid and combat boots. However, if you were a teenage girl, you would rock a high pony or decorate your hair with several butterfly clips.

As you look back on these '80s and' '90s fashion, will you find yourself missing them? Or do you look back at your yearbook photos with embarrassment? Was your '80s style sweet? Were you the raddest of the rad in the '90s? Test your memory of popular '80s and '90s fashions with this quiz! Maybe you'll decide to incorporate some of these fashions back into your wardrobe. 

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