It was in the 1980s that Cyndi Lauper became the pop queen that we know and love today. The American singer, songwriter, and activist ended up with a career that spanned over four decades.
But in addition to her hit singles, like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” Lauper quickly cemented herself as a fashion icon.
Red carpet after red carpet, music video after music video, Lauper continued to push the boundaries of 80s fashion, resulting in some of the most iconic looks of the decade.
Continue reading for tips on how to channel your inner 80s pop queen courtesy of Cyndi Lauper’s 80s outfits.
Cyndi Lauper’s Sequin Mini Dress in 1988
In 1988, Cyndi Lauper was photographed in an 80s outfit that has stood the test of time. The look in question was made up of a black sequin mini dress, a shiny silver bralette, stacked gold rings, and gold hoop earrings.
The sexy and feminine ensemble would not be out of place now, thanks to the return of both the babydoll mini dress and of sparkly sequins.
The wide straps on the dress are another 80s trend that has made a comeback, making this a Lauper fashion moment that could be easily replicated today.
Cyndi Lauper’s Matching Red Plaid Ensemble at the MTV Video Music Awards
The second outfit on this list is the all-plaid look Cyndi Lauper donned at the MTV Video Music Awards. Going for a preppy meets grunge vibe, Lauper wore a classic red plaid high-neck top with a matching skirt.
In juxtaposition to the plaid were her many accessories, including a chandelier necklace, sparkly brooch, and multiple bangle bracelets.
Not only do we love the contrast in styles, but plaid is still very much in vogue in 2019, which makes this an outfit that would be easy to recreate this decade too.
Cyndi Lauper’s Ruffled Mini Skirt, Oversized Blazer, and Bowler Hat in 1987
Perhaps the most obviously 80s outfit on this list is the mini skirt, oversized blazer, and bowler hat combo she was photographed wearing in 1987. The pop singer was seen in a high waisted, black, ruffled mini skirt, an oversized double breasted black blazer, a striped crop top, sheer tights, and a black bowler hat.
Many aspects of this fashion-forward outfit have started trending again. For example, oversized everything in women’s fashion is back – from sweaters to coats and blazers.
Next, both ruffles and cropped tops have been in for years. All together, there is so much from this Cyndi Lauper outfit that is applicable to fashion today.
Cyndi Lauper’s Sheer Black Midi Dress in 1984
Sheer has been one of the biggest trends in women’s fashion of the last few years. And it appears that Cyndi Lauper was ahead of the curve. Here, she is photographed in 1984 wearing a sexy black midi dress.
The lightweight, transparent fabric reveals a pair of black, high waisted underwear and a black balconette bra underneath. Sleeves are elbow-length and the hemline is midi, which is another element we love.
Hemlines below the knee but above the ankles (in the form of both skirts and dresses) have been dominating women’s clothing in the past year or two.
Needless to say, this sheer gown takes the little black dress to a whole other level! Lauper let the outfit do the talking, finishing off the look with a silver bangle and silver hoop earrings.
Cyndi Lauper’s All-Denim Look in 1984
Denim seemed to be a rite of passage in the 1980s and no one did it better than Cyndi Lauper. The “True Colors” artist donned an all-denim ensemble in 1984. It consisted of a long sleeved, denim button-up shirt, a denim vest, and a jean skirt.
Not only is denim on denim majorly on-trend in 2019, but we love the different layers Lauper applied here. Each denim piece is distinct in style. The button-up shirt is a darker hue, while the vest is a medium blue hue and has an acid wash.
Finally, Lauper opted for an edgy, light wash, ripped jean skirt. And to tie the look together, she went all out on the accessories (as she so often did).
Lauper paired the denim outfit with multiple chain belts, transparent gloves, vibrant chandelier earrings, bangles upon bangles, and of course, her signature crimson ‘do.