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Although Elizabeth Taylor might be most famous for the classic Hollywood movies she starred in as a young woman, her legacy continued well beyond the 1940s and 1950s.

In fact, as time went on, Taylor only became more of an icon, in terms of her acting career, philanthropic pursuits, and finally, her fashion sense.

In the 1980s in particular, Taylor donned what would become some of the most iconic outfits of her life. Continue reading to discover 80s fashion tips from style maven Elizabeth Taylor.


Elizabeth Taylor’s White Fur-Trimmed Coat in 1982

In need of winter fashion inspiration? Then look no further than Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning white fur-trimmed winter coat.

The starlet was photographed wearing the gorgeous piece of outerwear alongside her husband Richard Burton in 1982.

Winter whites are always in style and no one does them better than Taylor. She paired the A-line fur-trimmed coat with white pants and a black purse.

You can always find white coats available in fall and winter, making this an easy to replicate outfit. And with the return of fur – in its faux form – it won’t be hard to find a warm and fuzzy yet chic coat like this.


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Elizabeth Taylor’s Crocheted Poncho and Pants in 1982

Elizabeth Taylor was known for her many extravagant looks, but even when not in formal attire, the actress was a fashion rockstar. In 1982, she was pictured with Richard Burton while the pair were on holiday.

The cameras caught her wearing a crocheted poncho with matching flared pants, oversized black sunglasses, and a wicker bag. The mod look had elements of 60s, 70s, and 80s fashion, but what we love is how it still stands up today.

Ponchos and wraps, not to mention flared silhouettes for pants have all made a comeback.

Meanwhile white or cream crochet, knitwear, and macramé returned in a big way – rising to popularity in both women’s fashion and interior design.

Finally, the wicker bag proves once again that Taylor’s style was timeless, as picnic basket-style purses (in all forms, from handbags and crossbodies to totes) have been huge in 2018 and 2019.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Black, White, and Grey Feathered Gown in 1986

Elizabeth Taylor certainly knew how to wear a ball gown. And at no time was that more apparent than in May of 1986, when she rocked a black, white, and grey gown to the Film Society of Lincoln Centre Tribute to her career.

The New York City event had Taylor looking her best, in a floor-length evening gown embellished with monochromatic feathers.

On others, the bold, unique dress may have been too much, but on Taylor, she looked like the Hollywood A-lister she is.

The gown featured an off-the-shoulder neckline, cinch waist, A-line skirt, and of course, plenty of feathers.

From the silhouette to the neckline to the ornate detail, there are so many aspects of this ensemble that are still popular.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Wrap Top and High Waisted Jeans in 1982

Even when in a casual setting, Elizabeth Taylor knew how to impress. Photographed at a New York theatre in September 1982, Taylor was seen wearing a shimmery wrap top and high waisted jeans.

Wraps tops and dresses are once again popular, and we love the pastel purple hue of the one she wore in the early 80s.

Further, high waisted jeans have been dominating women’s fashion for the last several years, which makes this outfit completely on-trend over 25 years later.

Taylor finished the look with small gold hoop earrings and a gold pendant necklace.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Long-Sleeved Black Gown in 1985

Many of you will probably remember the long-sleeved black gown that Elizabeth Taylor wore to the 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1985. It was at this awards show that Taylor accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for her lifetime achievements in the entertainment business.

Her outfit on this night solidified her as an 80s style icon. Taylor arrived on the red carpet wearing a black, floor-length gown with long sleeves and a daring cutout in the front.

The plunging v-neck neckline was complemented by a silver floral motif made of sequins that ran all the way from the top to the bottom of the dress.

First off, long-sleeved evening gowns have made a huge comeback, both in everyday women’s fashion and in bridal fashion. Second, cutouts, whether on the side, back, or top of a dress or blouse is very much in right now.

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