Color Blocking in the 80s

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Color blocking was just one of many bold fashion styles that became popular during the 1980s. The style actually originated in the 1940s, although it was mainly confined to the catwalk back then, rather than mainstream fashion.

80s color block jumper dress
An original 80s sweater dress

Color block mini dresses gained real prominence in the 1960s, which was, unsurprisingly, a very colorful decade after the drab post-war era of the 1950s left young people feeling desperate for some excitement in their lives!

Model wearing Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966
Models wearing Mondrain dresses in 1966

The artist Piet Mondrian inspired the Mondrain collection by Yves Saint Laurent. Cheaper, mass produced imitation dresses became very popular in the 60s.

The 1980s saw the arrival of neon colors, and color blocking featured on over-sized sweaters and dresses with batwing sleeves. Mohair also became a popular material.

An original mohair color block sweater from the 1980s

Above you can view an original color block mohair sweater from the 80s, which features a black zig zag pattern and hems.

St. Michael (Marks and Spencer) color block cardigan from the 80s

This is a British color block cardigan from the 80s, which was part of the St. Michael range at the store Marks & Spencer.

An original 1980s color block sweater with batwing sleeves.

This is an original batwing sleeved color block sweater from the 1980s.

Today, color blocking has seen something of a resurgence, and you can view a range of 80s inspired hoodies and windbreaker jackets on this website.

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