6 Tips to Stop Makeup From Transferring onto Your Clothes and Protective Masks

Getting makeup on your clean white t-shirt or face mask is frustrating. Not only will it add to your laundry load, but it also leaves you with streaky or patchy looking makeup. And while it might seem easier to skip foundation and face makeup and stick to just eye makeup instead, there are tricks to preventing makeup transfer. Here, we’re sharing some of the best tips to keep makeup in place.

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Spray Your Mask With Setting Spray

Once you’ve finished setting your makeup, make sure you spritz the inside of your protective face mask with some setting spray as an extra layer of insurance. The OFRA Makeup Fixer Setting Spray and Tarte Cosmetic maracuja miracle mist setting spray are perfect for this. 

Try a Waterproof Formula 

To ensure maximum protection, make sure you’re opting for a waterproof formula. It may seem straightforward, but trust us when we say that these formulas are long-lasting and stay in place. We recommend the SELENA GOMEZ’S RARE BEAUTY Concealer.

Set Everything

You probably know that setting your makeup is necessary for long-lasting results, but as vlogger Manny MUA shows in this video, there’s a technique to achieving a truly transfer-proof finish. First, he applies his moisturizer and then sets it with a translucent powder and the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. Then, he primes his face with a tacky primer to help keep the foundation in place. After he applies his foundation and concealer, he sets his face again with a translucent powder, except this time he lets the products sit on his face for about five minutes. Once the five minutes are up, he sets his face again using a spray before finishing the rest of his face with bronzer, highlighter and blush. Finally, he goes in with one last round of translucent powder all over his face.

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Use Your Hair as a Shield 

In this video, fashion blogger Naomi Boyer shows us how to safely put on a clean shirt after applying makeup. The trick is to comb your hair in front of your face. Then, while looking down, pull the opening of the shirt as far apart as you can and quickly pull it over your head. 

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Press and Roll 

Using a very light touch and a soft facial tissue, use vlogger Crystal’s press and roll method to absorb excess makeup that could potentially get onto your clothing or mask.

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Be Gentle with Your Mask

After completing and setting a full face using long-lasting formulas, Marie Jay says that the key to avoiding transfer onto a protective face mask is to apply the mask strategically. Instead of hooking the mask on one ear and sliding it across her face to the hook the other ear, which can cause transfer, she opens the mask, gently holds it in the center of her face without applying too much pressure and then hooks each ear in place. It’s a small step, but it’s one more thing that can help to ensure your makeup stays in place.

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How To Prevent Makeup SMUDGING! Mask Friendly Makeup

Before you start bashing me in the comments section or on Twitter, hear me out first, okay? I know some of you are thinking, what’s the point of wearing makeup when half your face is covered, or it’s not the time to worry about makeup. Well, those are valid opinions but for some, applying makeup gives them a sense… More

Fenty’s New Bronzer Just Stepped Up The Game (And Our Makeup)

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10 Acne Myths DEBUNKED

From why we break out in certain areas and how to treat the different types of pesky bumps to the foods that can cause pimples and products to help heal post-picking scars, when it comes to acne, there are many factors to consider. We all know clear skin doesn’t appear overnight, and breakouts are something most people deal with in waves during their life. To debunk common acne myths, we tapped board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Shereene Idriss, to set the blemished record straight.

The skin expert explains the first four myths, and the BeautyLeeBar team added more knowledge on the topic with the rest of the list.

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Myth 1: Blackheads are due to your pores being clogged with dirt.
Truth: Blackheads are caused by pores being filled with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. They appear black if they are exposed to air and oxidize in the process.

Myth 2: Tanning clears acne.
Truth: Although tanning helps hide the appearance of acne, it can make your condition worse in the long run. The UV rays are damaging to your skin and can make scarring appear worse due to lingering hyperpigmentation. They can also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Myth 3: Acne only affects teenagers.
Truth: Acne can occur in adulthood, affecting up to 15% of women.

Myth 4: Acne just affects the skin.
Truth: Although primarily a skin disorder, acne can take a big toll on one’s mental health. Studies have linked acne to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

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Myth 5: Acne clears faster with a facial scrub.
Truth: Scrubbing acne can actually move the bacteria around and cause more breakouts, worsen inflammation, and potentially lead to scarring.

Myth 6: Makeup always worsens acne.
Truth: Yes, some makeup can clog your pores, but not all. Certain makeup can help clear your skin, like powder-based mineral foundations with ingredients like zinc oxide and silica, which can absorb the oils clogging your pores. Lee likes this foundation, which works double time by concealing and healing blemishes.

Myth 7: The most expensive products work the best.
Truth: Many individuals tend to think that the most expensive products are the most effective at treating acne. Although more expensive products often contain more natural and higher-quality ingredients, these components are not necessarily the best treatment for each person’s skin. Here are our picks for skincare products under $20.

Myth 8: Acne on all areas of the face is caused by the same factors.
Truth: Acne can appear and feel differently depending on what area of your face it is occurring. Acne often arises on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, and treatments differ depending on where the outbreak is. Recognizing where the infection is occurring is an essential step to determine how to treat it. Our acne mapping guide can help you get to the root of what’s causing your acne.

Myth 9: Washing your face as much as possible is the best way to get rid of acne.
Truth: It’s common for people who begin to feel a breakout coming to try to vigorously wash their face in order to halt its growth. However, increasing the amount you wash your face doesn’t necessarily cure acne and can make it even worse (see myth 5). Excessive washing can strip your skin’s natural oils and lead to dryness or increased sensitivity. Depending on skin type and products used, people should usually wash their face twice a day to get rid of bacteria accumulated throughout the day as well as prevent pimples. Here is our guide on HOW TO PROPERLY INTRODUCE NEW SKINCARE INGREDIENTS.

Myth 10: Creams, washes, patches, and spot treatments are the only way to prevent and heal acne.
Truth: Light therapy is a great way to get your breakouts under control. If you haven’t tried the DMH Aesthetics LED Light Shield Mask yet, let today be the day you add it to your skincare routine. It has three light settings, but the blue light is best for acne-prone skin and existing, active breakouts because it targets the sebaceous oil glands and destroys acne-causing bacteria. It can also help decrease scarring from breakouts you’ve picked.

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How to Know If It’s Anxiety or Just Stress

I say it all the time: “This is giving me anxiety.” What I often mean, however, is something slightly different: “This is stressing me out.” As someone who has actually been diagnosed with chronic anxiety, I should probably know better than to conflate the two. And yet, I know just in conversing with my friends and co-workers on a daily basis that among my generation, using the words “stress” and “anxiety” interchangeably has become the norm.

While it might seem like a matter of semantics, in reality, it’s a problematic habit. For one thing, using “anxiety” as a replacement term for “stress” diminishes the very real symptoms that those who suffer from anxiety have to negotiate on a daily basis. For another, it might prevent someone who has undiagnosed anxiety from seeking the correct kind of treatment because they can’t differentiate those symptoms from that of regular, day-to-day stress.

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“Both stress and anxiety can bedevil anyone’s psychological and physical health,” says Heather Silvestri, PhD, a New York City–based psychologist. “However, while often related, they are distinct phenomena.” Below, she helps us clear up the difference between the two—and how to manage both.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANXIETY AND STRESS?

Let’s start with stress, which typically refers to a situational experience. “It’s a physiological and psychological response to a stressor, which is often obvious and explicitly identified,” says Silvestri. A crazy day at work, a traffic jam, a looming presentation—these can all be sources of stress and can all cause your cortisol levels (also known as the “stress hormone”) to spike. You probably know the symptoms of stress pretty well: anything from sweaty palms to a racing heart to butterflies in your stomach.

But here’s the key thing about stress: When the source of your stress is resolved, those symptoms tend to go away. That’s not the case with anxiety.

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“With anxiety, the internal disquiet stubbornly persists, without heeding the actual conditions,” explains Silvestri. In other words, those who suffer from generalized anxiety experience those same stress-like symptoms on a chronic basis, no matter the external circumstances. That’s why anxiety often feels inexplicable or “out of proportion” to what’s going on in our lives.

“Stress responses are hard-wired into our nervous system because we need them to survive,” says Silvestri. “Anxiety can be seen as the lingering upheaval that doesn’t necessarily quiet down when the situation improves. In this way, anxiety is the horse that ran away from the stable.”

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WHY ARE THEY USED SO INTERCHANGEABLY?

Silvestri suspects a few factors, not the least of which is our current political landscape and the breakneck pace of the digital age—both valid sources of stress and fear. It’s our new norm, which certainly impacts the way we talk about it. “Our modern lexicon has absorbed this idea and it now trades in terms connoting fear, anxiety, and neurotic apprehension,” she says. “You might even go so far as to argue that there has been a glorification of internal unrest insofar as proclaiming, ‘I’m so stressed out!’ or ‘I’m freaking out!’ have a certain cache, as if such frenetic nervous system activity means someone is doing something important or notable.”

This, she says, has led to misuse of both terms, as well as a lapse in distinction between the two. “This is lamentable because stress and anxiety can be sources of substantial suffering, and they are best treated with nuance and precision about what they are and how they operate,” she adds. “Nowadays we also run the risk that someone may be delayed or miss out entirely on getting needed help because they mistake their clinically treatable anxiety disorder for a more normalized and watered-down idea of being ‘stressed out.'”

CAN ONE LEAD TO THE OTHER?

“Chronic stress can absolutely give way to anxiety,” says Silvestri. “We need rebound time to recover. When we experience chronic stress, we lose our ability to recover, and elevated physiological arousal becomes the new normal.” If you’re perpetually stressed, turning off that “switch” and finding relief becomes more difficult.

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That’s why with anxiety, we tend to scan for things that might be worrying us when there aren’t any obvious stressors at a given moment—kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy. But the good news is that there are many ways to manage both chronic stress and generalized anxiety.

HOW CAN I NIP STRESS IN THE BUD?

Honestly, a lot of it is reflecting and figuring out what works for you. If you know that nothing clears your head like a sweaty jog, make time for that. If you notice that stress feels much more manageable when you get a good night’s sleep (as tends to be the case for most of us), be sure to get plenty of shut-eye when you know you’re about to be put in a stressful situation. Being both self-aware and proactive is key.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ANXIETY, AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

“If someone continues to feel preoccupied after a stressor has resolved or if the course of the worry doesn’t really track external events, this can be a sign that something more significant than generic stress is going on,” says Silvestri. This recognition is the first step. “By acknowledging your anxiety, you can be more mindful of triggers and more purposeful about your choices,” she says.

Also, know that it’ll be much easier and more efficient to treat your anxiety if you can approach it with curiosity instead of judgment. Then, you can start to play around with different rituals to manage it: Silvestri suggests starting with common aids like yoga, mindfulness, and journaling. “Really, any activity of self-care that lends a sense of agency to your lifestyle,” she says, since anxiety can rob us of our sense of control.

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But if those initial steps aren’t offering any relief, then it’s probably time to seek help elsewhere. “For the first line treatment, I would recommend either cognitive behavioral or insight-oriented psychotherapy, depending on how interested someone is in delving into historical causes or sticking with a focus on symptoms, especially the triad of thoughts, feelings, behavior,” she says. You and your doctor or therapist can then discuss the best treatment plan for you.

Either way, know that you have options—and knowing the difference between stress and anxiety is a solid first step to feeling better.

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CALMING REMEDIES

Vitruvi Stone Diffuser ($119)

Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

Aromatherapy can help. There are some essential oils that have a calming effect, like lavender and bergamot. A diffuser is an easy way to use essential oils.

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts ($65)

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts

A bath is probably one of the best forms of self-care. This CBD soak also contains Epsom salt, pink Himalayan salt, calendula petals, and essential oils.

Hum Nutrition Big Chill ($20)

Hum Nutrition Big Chill

These supplements from Hum are formulated to help you stay calm and focused thanks to the adaptogenic plant, rhodiola. Take one capsule with food when you need it.

Moon Juice Magnesi-Om Berry Unstressing Drink ($42)

Moon Juice Magnesi-Om Berry Unstressing Drink

Add a teaspoon of this powder to your water before you go to bed, or whenever you need to de-stress. It contains magnesium and L-theanine to calm, improve move, and promote healthy digestion.

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

’80s Fashion Is Back—These Were the Most Iconic Looks at the Time

When it comes to ’80s fashion, we have a (surprising) amount to be thankful for. While the decade hasn’t influenced our wardrobes for a long time, in recent months, we’ve come to the realization that all the most current trends today are courtesy of the ’80s. And if you’re sitting there with a raised eyebrow, it’s worth noting that at the end of last year, the trend had seen an 87% increase on Pinterest.

Now, if you’re not too familiar with the nuances of this era, there are a few standout looks we’re sure you’ll recognize: big shoulders, white jeans, underwear as outerwear and oversize jewelry. It was the decade of the power dresser but also of punks. It gave us Madonna, Tina Turner, and Cher, plus numerous other superstars whose sense of style influences many in 2020. 

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Don’t believe us? From the fact that Princess Diana’s archive is inspiring some of the world’s most influential designers to the more basic resurgence in women wearing blazers with jeans again, we’ve found 25 A-list images that prove these ’80s fashion looks are as current now as they were then. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of iconic ’80s outfits.

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1. Bodysuits

Eighties Fashion Trends: Bodysuits
PHOTO: JULIAN WASSER/GETTY IMAGES

Style Notes: This is classic ’80s Madonna, but the underwear/bodysuit look is bang on the money for now. You can forgo the pearls; just wear yours with some high-waisted jeans for a night out.

2. Naked Dress

Eighties Fashion Trends: Naked Dresses
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Style Notes: As if we needed any more proof that Cher is the ultimate style queen, here was the star doing the naked dress before everyone was doing it at the Met Gala (and every other award show going).

3. Turtlenecks

Eighties Fashion Trends: Turtlenecks
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Style Notes: Brooke Shields was America’s number one sweetheart back in the ’80s, and here she proves exactly why with those girl-next-door looks. Layering that checked jacket over a shirt and a turtleneck is exactly the kind of street style we saw during last fashion week.

4. See-Through Layers

Eighties Fashion Trends: See-Through Layers
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Style Notes: The Jenner/Kardashian clan has already got this look down—and there are sheer dresses all over the spring runways. But the originator of this style? Another Kim. Kim Basinger.

5. Structured Shoulders

Eighties Fashion Trends: Structured Shoulders
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Style Notes: Okay, so the term “structured shoulders” is just another way for us to say “shoulder pads” and attempt to not freak you out, but we’ve seen a real trend toward this look. Shout-out to Courtney Cox for wearing this on the red carpet pre–Monica Gellar days.

6. Corset Belts

Eighties Fashion Trends: Corset Belts
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Style Notes: Avid readers of this site will know that we’ve already tried out this corset-type look. And while Kim Kardashian West has been a major factor as to why it’s gotten popular again, we can’t deny that Cyndi Lauper may have started the trend. Also: those zebra shoes.

7. Chunky Jewelry

Eighties Fashion Trends: Big Jewelry
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Style Notes: Joan Collins is so incredible in this snap. Is there anything we don’t love about it? Answer: No. The jacket, the simple black top, the red lippie… However, it’s the gobstopper necklace our magpie eyes focus on. Joan knows the power incredible jewelry has in pulling together an outfit.

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8. Checked Outerwear

Eighties Fashion Trends: Checked Outerwear
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Style Notes: There were so many incredible outfits we could have included from Princess Diana, but we settled on this “country casual” one. The heritage check on her jacket and matching skirt are classic attire. Not only has this Harrington-style jacket made a comeback in hipster circles, but we’re also seeing plaid coats everywhere. Coincidence? We think not.

9. Showing Off Your Socks

Eighties Fashion Trends: Socks
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Style Notes: Want to know the real way to update your outfit to be 2021-ready? Just add socks Ă  la Meg Ryan. Yes. Really.

10. Tailoring

Eighties Fashion Trends: Tailored Pieces
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Style Notes: Grace Jones will never be anything less than fierce, but this incredible look has been seared into our minds. Who wouldn’t want to look so focused in a razor-sharp piece of tailoring? (Purple makeup optional, of course.)

11. Miniskirts

Eighties Fashion Trends: Miniskirts
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Style Notes: When Kylie Minogue went through her bad-girl stage, she wore a lot of high-shine minidresses like this. Get inspired by investing in 2020’s version with a great miniskirt (they’re selling out everywhere right now).

12. High-Waisted Jeans

Eighties Fashion Trends: High-Waisted Jeans
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Style Notes: We have some serious love for high-waisted jeans. Tina Turner pulls this look off with aplomb, and we have to agree: Bauble earrings and a white vest are great accessories.

13. Baggy Cropped Trousers

Eighties Fashion Trends: Baggy Trousers
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Style Notes: Well, how else do you expect to show off your socks? Thanks to Demi Moore for inspiring us all those years ago. 

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14. Tights

Eighties Fashion Trends: Tights
PHOTO: REX

Style Notes: Debbie Harry has brought us many a trend. But during the ’80s, we got to see her in chic little black dresses, which she accessorized a flash of low denier at most times. And in case you didn’t know, that kind of hosiery is news again.

15. Bold Buttons

Eighties Fashion Trends: Bold Buttons
PHOTO: REX

Style Notes: We’ve seen this trend start to appear on trousers, from old-school joggers to jeans with shiny gold buttons, as well as on the classic Balmain blazers that remain forever popular. Jerry Hall’s gold buttons down her nautical blazer and accessorized with gold bracelets made for the ultimate ’80s power look. 

16. Off-the-Shoulder Silhouettes

Eighties Fashion Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Silhouettes
PHOTO: REX

Style Notes: True, Goldie Hawn didn’t invent the off-the-shoulder style, but she knew how to do it right

17. Leggings

Eighties Fashion Trends: Leggings
PHOTO: REX

Style Notes: Joan Jett will never be anything less than cool. Her punk-inspired ensembles often involved oversize jackets and skintight trousers. While leggings have definitely come on a bit since then, take inspo from this look and pair your leggings with a leather jacket this weekend.

18. Shoulder Pads

Eighties Fashion Trends: Shoulder Pads
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Style Notes: Things tended to be pretty oversize during the ’80s, and no other item was as exaggerated than the blazer. This is totally Balenciaga, no? 

19. Sequins

Eighties Fashion Trends: Sequins
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Style Notes: When aren’t sequins a great idea? As seen on Diana Ross, this look is making us wish the festive season was already here. 

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20. Tassels

Eighties Fashion Trends: Tassels
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Style Notes: Yes, the ’70s might have been the era for bodysuits, but with the ’80s came extra bits like tassels. 

21. Vinyl jackets

Eighties Fashion Trends: Vinyl Jackets
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Style Notes: The vinyl coat trend has been everywhere on fashion girls. But it was in the ’80s when one of the original supermodels, Cindy Crawford, made it look iconic. 

22. Graphic Tees

Eighties Fashion Trends: Graphic Tees
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Style Notes: Model Pat Cleveland knew how to make a graphic tee look chic. It’s still one of our favorite outfits for the weekend.

23. Oversize Sunglasses

Eighties Fashion: Oversized Sunglasses
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Style Notes: Susan Sarandon is just one of the reasons we love Alessandro Michele’s oversize Gucci sunglasses.

24. Oversize Denim Jacket

Eighties Fashion Trends: Oversized Denim Jackets
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Style Notes: Before Sex and the City, SJP was already someone who liked to push the fashion boundaries. 

25. Geek-Chic Glasses

Eighties Fashion Trends: Geek-Chic Glasses
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Style Notes: Geek-chic glasses might be commonplace now, but it was during the ’80s that they really took off. While we might all be into metal frames right now, we predict that colored frames, as seen here on Jane Fonda, will be making a comeback. 

26. Gloves

Eighties Fashion Trends: Gloves
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Daryl Hannah’s got all the accessories a decent ’80s look should have, but you’ll notice time and again that gloves (especially with layered jewelry) are key for this decade.

27. Skirt Suits

Eighties Fashion Trends: Skirt Suits
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Sarah Ferguson and Diana, Princess of Wales, were both particularly keen on skirt suits for their more formal events in the ’80s. The look translated quickly into offices and parties, especially in this ultra-matchy form.

28. Aerobic Gear

Eighties Fashion Trends: Aerobic Gear
PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Jane Fonda started it in the 1970s, but by the time the 1980s arrived, Spandex leggings, leotards, and legwarmers were commonplace.

29. Harem Pants

Eighties Fashion Trends: Harem Pants
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Call them MC Hammer pants or harem pants, but never forget that drop-crotch trousers (the more draped, the better) were a key look in the ’80s. Here’s Donna Summer doing them justice.

30. Polka Dots

Eighties Fashion Trends: Polka Dots
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Polka dots are back again, but one of the most current-looking ways they were worn in the ’80s was thanks to singer Sade and this cool shirt.

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