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1980s Street Style in London

From punk to menswear, Princess Diana to David Bowie, and everything (and one) in-between, this look at street style defines London in the 1980s.

Photography by Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images.


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London in the 1980s was full of life and color. A remarkable number of subcultures, each with their own definitive looks and style, were born early on in the decade. As punk transitioned into a "new romantic" style, flamboyant glamour took over flared jeans and band tees and David Bowie reigned. Goth was also born from this post-punk era.

Camp and overall ostentation, driven by artists like Boy George, informed the way even the most refined individuals dressed, and vice versa. Pearls became punk, hair teasing became the norm, and bolo ties started getting paired with suits.

Princess Diana set more trends than arguably any other British woman at the time. As the queen (so to speak) of the power shoulder, she defined the style of the 1980s as we know it still today.

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Here, we take a look at one of the most recognizable eras of street style in one of our favorite cities across the pond.

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