While today's teens live out their coming of age period largely online amid COVID-19 restrictions, their interest in fashion has persisted in a big way. With TikTok serving as a readily-accessible tool to reach to millions all over the world, users who are otherwise strangers have connected over their niche styles, with short clips of outfits and fashion inspiration gaining traction that ultimately start decade-defining trends and blend Gen Z's different tastes into a collective aesthetic. As we wait to see what kind of fashion the 2020s bring as a whole, L'OFFICIEL looks back at styles that dominated teen spheres in the past.
The '80s were about everything bold—big hair, neon colors, and exaggerated silhouettes. Teens in the decade opted for oversized pieces—stone washed denim jackets, large sweaters worn off the shoulder, and shoulder pads aplenty. Teens' style was largely influenced by pop culture and music, mimicking the fashion seen on MTV, which launched in 1981.