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Janet Jackson was known before the 80s, but it was this era that she really made a name for herself outside of the Jackson family. Along with her many hit singles from the decade, she quickly rose to become a queen of fashion.
From the red flamenco-style gown she wore to the 1983 American Music Awards to the edgy look on the cover of her Dream Street album, keep reading to discover the fashion trends inspired by Janet Jackson’s most iconic 80s outfits.
Janet Jackson’s Red Strapless Gown at the 10th Annual American Music Awards
Though it was early on in her career, Janet Jackson was already laying the groundwork on her way to becoming a fashion icon. In 1983, she attended the 10th Annual American Music Awards and turned heads the moment she stepped onto the red carpet owing to the gown she wore.
Jackson wore a crimson red strapless evening gown to the Los Angeles event. From the sweetheart neckline to the endless tiers of ruffles, there isn’t anything we don’t love about this daring dress.
Flamenco-style ruffled skirts have made a comeback recently, and are being seen on women’s skirts and dresses around the world.
Janet Jackson’s Pale Pink Pantsuit at the R&B Awards in 1983
Just a few weeks after her appearance at the American Music Awards, Janet Jackson attended the R&B Awards in February. To this event, she opted for a more traditionally masculine look in the form of a pantsuit complete with bow tie.
Putting a feminine spin on the suit, it was pale pink in colour and accessorized with a red lip and gold hoop earrings.
Not only are powerful pantsuits in right now, but so is women wearing what has historically been considered a men’s style of clothing or a male silhouette.
Here, Jackson looks effortless with her rolled up sleeves and oversized suit jacket.
Oversized women’s clothing, from boyfriend t-shirts to sweaters to jackets is majorly in vogue right now, not to mention high waisted pants like the pink pants Jackson wore.
Janet Jackson’s Blue Leather Jacket and Red Gloves on her Dream Street Album Cover
October 23, 1984 marked the release of Janet Jackson’s second studio album, entitled Dream Street. On the album, Jackson was photographed wearing one of her most iconic 80s outfits.
The edgy looks consisted of a blue leather motorcycle jacket and red chain link gloves. This grungy outfit highlighted Jackson’s versatility when it came to fashion, as throughout the decade, she rocked styles ranging from elegant and feminine to dramatic and edgy.
Here, the moto jacket and 80s gloves were paired with a simple yellow t-shirt, red pants, and her signature gold hoop earrings.
This outfit is extremely easy to replicate. All you need is a cropped leather jacket, metal studded gloves, and a monochrome t-shirt.
Janet Jackson’s Adidas Sweater and Mom Jeans
On September 10, 1986, pop sensation Janet Jackson was photographed walking on the street. Thus, this is one of her most casual looks from the decade, and yet we are just as obsessed with it.
Stepping out of a car onto the street, Jackson was pictured wearing an oversized Adidas crew neck sweater, high waist black jeans, and Western-style cowboy boots.
The outfit is one of our favourite examples of celebrity streetwear owing to how easy the outfit is to put together, but also how stylish it looks.
As mentioned above, oversized sweaters are trending, and there are many stores, including Adidas, that have crew neck iterations with graphics on the front.
The slouchy, loose-fitting jeans are exactly like the mom jeans which have come back around.
Quick Tip: cowboy boots will always be in style, and pair them with black wayfarer sunglasses and you’ve got the perfect casual daytime outfit.
Janet Jackson’s High Waisted Pants and Statement Belt at the First Annual Billboard Music Awards
At the end of the decade, Janet Jackson attended the First Annual Billboard Music Awards in Santa Monica, California.
To the event, in which she won in multiple categories, the American popstar wore a sexy three-piece black ensemble that consisted of high waisted black pants, a black balconette bra top, and a cropped black bolero.
The all-black look made a major statement, especially owing to Jackson’s exposed midriff. But in our opinion, it’s the cropped jacket, high waisted waistline, and statement belt that we love most.
These fashion elements have all made a comeback, making this one of Janet Jackson’s many 80s outfits that has stood the test of time.