Fashionable History: Lingerie By Decade- 1980's

This is it, my last post in our Fashionable History mini-series Lingerie By Decade. To top it off is the 1980's, one of the most excessive and expressive decades! 

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As we learned in the 1970's post, the decade leading into the 1980's women were asserting their feminism by either not wearing bras or wearing lingerie items that didn't show. Towards the end of the 1970's romanticism makes a comeback. Janet Reger, a British lingerie designer, leads the way and influences the return of garter belts, and ruffles. U.S brands, like Victoria's Secret is heavily influenced by Reger. 

Early 1980's Janet Reger

Early 1980's Janet Reger

1980's Victoria's Secret

1980's Victoria's Secret

Women take the strides made in the 1960's and 1970's feminist movements and enter the work force in larger numbers. However, underneath the power suits are soft ruffles, teddies with flounces on the hips, pastel hues, and lace. Feminine touches in a man's world is the theme. Having it all, reaching up, working your way up, yet still able to be girly and floral.

1980's Vanity Fair ad

1980's Vanity Fair ad

Quintessential lingerie looks from a 1980's sewing pattern

Quintessential lingerie looks from a 1980's sewing pattern

In the 1980's health and fitness also become part of the decade's vernacular. Fit and leggy become the standard all are trying to reach. Activewear and aerobics become popular and the sporty look is everywhere. 

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The French Cut- or high cut thigh lengthens the look of your legs

The French Cut- or high cut thigh lengthens the look of your legs

High cut and high hair. The 1980's also brought us video vixens and pop-icons that dared to wear lingerie on the outside. Inner wear as outer wear was shocking at the time but never really disappears to this day. 

Apollonia 6. Sleazy and soft. 

Apollonia 6. Sleazy and soft. 

Madonna- the Queen of lingerie statement dressing and the bustier.

Madonna- the Queen of lingerie statement dressing and the bustier.

Key things to look for when shopping for 1980's lingerie:

  • Bustiers
  • Lace, and silks in pastel hues
  • Teddies with flounced hems
  • French cut- high cut 
  • Designer lines: Janet Reger, La Perla, Vanity Fair

That concludes our Fashionable History mini-series Lingerie By Decade! Catch up on past decades here. Which decade is your favorite? I'd love to hear in the comment section below. 

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xo,

Karen