What was in fashion in 1986

Today’s drawing is the first of a series I want to create illustrating fashion over the years. I would love it if someone would get me such a present: a T-shirt, a tote bag or a huggable pillow showing what was in style the year I was born. What do you think?

Let’s start with 1986. I looked up the historical events, but they were mostly scary so we won’t go there (terrible things happen anyway, so let’s focus on the positive, like fashion for instance).

The ladies wore anything with huge shoulder pads (yes, even T-shirts), chunky jewelry, ribbons and big headbands. Tight belts would highlight the waist and purses would match the shoes (preferably flat ones). Leather jackets over corset dresses, knee length trousers, men shirts and hats rocked all in pastels, color block, as well coordinating black and white.

Singles we still love, like Europe’s The final countdown, Berlin’s Take my breath away, Chris’s Lady in Red and Madonna’s Papa don’t preach, were number ones all across the world.

And to add magic to it, my awesome friend Denisa was born that year. Put your hands up for 1986!

About kittns

I am a ninja artist, always an enthusiast doodler and painter, a passionate this-and-that creator. We experiment with clothing and accessories, cause we love the handmade world and we believe fashion should be very personal and fun. When I take a break from sketching the day away, I'm having the time of my life with my son and better half, writing love notes to friends plus I'm out and about to discover places. It's lovely to meet you!


  1. kittns

    Tx Michelle, I will be browsing you blog too :D

  2. cute.

    I don’t really remember what the fashion was in 1986 – I know I was wearing shorts or jeans and t-shirts (actually, I still pretty much dress the same way – I guess some looks are timeless ;-)

  3. kittns


    I was 6 years old back then so I probably used jeans and tees, too. A classic! :D

  4. Oh, how I hated shoulder pads, and I was only a baby back then..but they somehow made it all throw the 90′, smaller, but still. :)
    Everything else looks great and your illustration is truly awesome.

    P.S. I love the idea and can’t wait to learn more! :)

  5. i moved to los angeles from manila in 1986… i did not ever want a pair of huarache (sp?) sandals until then

  6. kittns

    bo3mia, hugs, ’85 is soon coming

    karizmatic, I didn’t know they were in fashion then, thanks for updating us!

  7. can’t wait for ’85 :) this is really a nice idea for someone’s birthday, the whole set. you and your kittns are darling.

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