The 1980’s was a time of being big and bold.  The Hippy era that had dominated was a thing of the past and striking statement pieces where taking over the floral, floaty and more feminine pretty look of the 60’s and 70’s.  A dynamic audacious look overtook 1980s Clothing Patterns with the creation of shoulder pads, larger sleeves, and pointed toed shoes. This was known by the fashion world as power-dressing, as it sought to empower women, particularly in the work place. Margret Thatcher was a classic example of a woman power-dressing and promoting herself as a capable competitor of the work place.

1980s Patterns were worn with colourful makeup palates and big hair do’s. For example, two of the 80’s models, Brooke Shields and Renée Simonsen were seen modelling big blow-dried hair do’s that still look absolutely amazing, and bright coloured eyeshadows and lipsticks on the cover of Vogue magazine.  Vintage Vogue Patterns available are therefore heavily influenced by the styles of the fashion idols of the time that commonly featured on the front cover.

There was also a fitness craze that saw its influence in everyday fashion wear. Headbands, leg warmers and track suits were common place in the fashion world.  It was in the mid 80’s that 1980s Clothing Patterns in the UK, turned back to the colourful times of the disco era, which for a time had lost its appeal, and been superseded by darker more subdued colours influenced by the punk faze that began in the late 70’s.

Other influences came from the music industry, where pop idols such as Madonna gave the bold stark lines a more feminine twist with lace gloves, brassieres worn as outerwear, and tulle layered skirts.

At The Vintage Pattern Shop you will find some wonderful 1980s clothing patterns. Revisit regularly, to see updates changes to our collection from this fashion era.