Oh, 80s fashion: big hair, bright colors, and— well— questionable choices. And nothing about the 80s screamed questionable choices more than 80s fitness fashion. Fashionable fitness attire in the 80s was full of neon bright colors, bold color blocking, headbands for everyone (even the dudes too!)… and, erm, thong leotards (why? just… why?). While the over-the-top fitness fashion trends of the 80s may be passé now, toned-down details from those 80s trends are still very much the rage today. So how can you rock these oh-so-trendy looks without getting mistaken for Suzanne Somers circa thigh master era? Keep reading!
The Trend: Color Blocking
⇒ Rock it With: UnderArmour Women’s HeatGear Alpha Novelty Capris in Black/Iris/Ref from DicksSportingGoods.com
The rule of thumb when it comes to color blocking? You can have neon bright colors or big color blocks— but not both at the same time. These cute capris opt for small color blocking details in bright colors to add a pop of vibrancy… without looking like a bad acid trip!
⇒ Rock it With: Colorblock Chi Tank in Petal Pink/Silver Shimmer from Athleta.com
This adorable top follows the inverse of the color blocking rule of thumb. The muted tones of soft pink and cool grey allow anyone to rock the color blocking trend without being over-the-top. You’ll be one bodacious dudette!
The Trend: Leg Warmers
⇒ Rock it With: Compression Stirrup Legging in Black/Heather Black Mini Stripe from Vimmia.com
These leggings create a faux leg warmer look— one that won’t have you endlessly pulling up your leg warmers (come on, that was supposed to be the real workout, wasn’t it?). On top of it, the understated monochromatic color scheme allows you to rock this look with confidence!
⇒ Rock it With: VT1211 Compression Socks in Fuschia from Vitalsox.com
The current knee high sock trend has its roots in those leg warmer days of the 80s; only the knee high socks seen nowadays aren’t just fashionable… they’re also functional too! These bold knee high socks boast a graduated compression technology system that has been proven to decrease the severity of sore post-running muscle…. And they’re cute to boot! Gnarly, dude!
The Trend: Headbands
⇒ Rock it With: Flow into Crow Headband in Earl Grey/Mint Grey from Lululemon.com
Instead of the neon oversized monstrosities of the 80s, opt for something smaller and simpler (because, come on, those bright huge 80s headbands were liable to either blind someone looking at you OR blind you when it slipped down onto your face!). This slim yet grippy headband will keep your hair in place without distracting from your natural beauty.
⇒ Rock it With: Calia by Carrie Underwood Double Braided Twist Headband in Off White from CaliaStudio.com
Part of Carrie Underwood’s newly-debuted fitness line, this headband includes unique braided detailing for a feminine yet functional touch. Since it sports two headbands, it allows for more protection from flyaway hair, without being overtly large enough to distract from your overall look.
And thong leotards?
No… just no. I repeat: no.