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80s Heartthrob aesthetic is a perfect blend of classic style and 1980s-specific elements that make it stand out from the rest. The fashion style of this aesthetic is characterized by sleek, fitted clothing, bold patterns, and statement accessories that are both edgy and classic. Think of bomber jackets, leather jackets, denim jackets, and colorful t-shirts with graphic prints. Don't forget the iconic aviator sunglasses, leather gloves, and chunky bracelets that complete the look.

The aesthetic is not just about fashion, it's also about capturing the mood and atmosphere of the 80s. The music, movies, and overall vibe of the era are all part of this aesthetic.

Visuals[]

80s Heartthrob aesthetic relies on classic, simple styles with solid colors. It mixes classic, fitted clothing with 80s-specific elements for a unique, edgy look. Check out our pilot leather jackets, the perfect nod to the 80s without appearing highly decade-specific. Pair with straight jeans for a classic, timeless look.

80s Heartthrob accessories include aviator sunglasses, leather gloves, and chunky bracelets. These statement pieces add the perfect amount of edginess to any outfit. And don't forget our graphic tees, a staple of 80s fashion, paired with classic denim for the perfect mix of edgy and timeless.

80s Heartthrob aesthetic isn't just about fashion. It's about capturing the mood and atmosphere of the era. The music, movies, and overall vibe of the 80s are all part of our aesthetic. Think vintage boomboxes, old-school vinyl records, and classic movie posters for the ultimate 80s experience.

Fashion[]

Tops[]

  • Retro-style sweatshirts, tank tops and T-shirts
  • Zip-up hoodies
  • Solid-color button-ups
  • White T-shirts and tank tops
  • Solid-color turtlenecks, also worn underneath sweatshirts and sweaters
  • Blazers, often worn with a solid-color turtleneck or T-shirt underneath

Bottoms[]

  • Straight jeans, often blue or navy in color

Footwear[]

  • Black leather shoes

Outerwear[]

  • Pilot leather jackets
  • Jean jackets
  • Varsity jackets

Media[]

Celebrities[]

  • Tom Cruise
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Brad Pitt
  • Johnny Depp
  • Matt Dillon
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Rob Lowe
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Demi Moore
  • Princess Diana (post-royalty era)
  • Michael J. Fox
  • River Phoenix
  • Christian Slater
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Keanu Reeves
  • George Michael
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Axl Rose
  • Simon Le Bon
  • Harrison Ford
  • Robert Downey Jr

Movies[]

  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Road House (1989)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Risky Business (1983)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Pretty in Pink (1986)
  • Say Anything (1989)
  • Footloose (1984)

Music[]

Popular music from the 1980s captures the essence of the "it-boys" of the decade.

Artists[]

  • Whitesnake
  • Sumo (Argentinian 80's band)
  • Bon Jovi
  • Van Halen
  • Billy Idol
  • Blondie
  • The Clash
  • Duran Duran
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Wham!

Albums[]

  • "1984" by Van Halen
  • "5150" by Van Halen
  • "Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi
  • "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • "Combat Rock" by The Clash
  • "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol

Songs[]

  • "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
  • "Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top
  • "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin
  • "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins
  • "Don’t You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
  • "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
  • "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
  • "Is This Love" by Whitesnake
  • "Livin' On a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
  • "Jump" by Van Halen
  • "Maneater" by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew
  • "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News
  • "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS
  • "With or Without You" by U2
  • "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran
  • "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
  • "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart
  • "She's Like The Wind" by Patrick Swayze feat. Wendy Fraser
  • "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
  • "Careless Whisper" by George Michael

Playlists[]

Politics[]

While the 80s Heartthrob aesthetic is primarily associated with fashion and popular culture, it is important to note that the political climate of the time had a significant impact on the era's cultural movements. In particular, there were several political movements that emerged in the 80s and were associated with the Heartthrob aesthetic.

One such movement was the anti-nuclear movement, which gained momentum in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Many Heartthrob celebrities, including Sting and Jackson Browne, were vocal supporters of the movement and used their platform to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear power.

Another political movement associated with the 80s Heartthrob aesthetic was the LGBT rights movement. While gay rights had been a topic of discussion since the 1960s, the 80s saw a significant shift in public perception and political action around the issue. Many Heartthrob celebrities, such as Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald, were vocal supporters of LGBT rights and used their platform to advocate for greater acceptance and visibility.

Finally, the 80s saw a resurgence of feminist activism and the emergence of third-wave feminism. This movement, which focused on issues such as reproductive rights and sexual liberation, had a significant impact on popular culture and the Heartthrob aesthetic. Many Heartthrob celebrities, including Madonna and Demi Moore, embraced feminist ideals and used their platform to advocate for greater gender equality.

The Democratic-Socialists of America (DSA) is often associated with the 80s Heartthrob aesthetic because both are characterized by a spirit of youthful rebellion and a desire for radical change. The DSA's commitment to progressive causes such as social justice, environmentalism, and worker's rights resonates with the anti-establishment sentiment that is at the heart of the Heartthrob aesthetic.

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