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Let’s be honest, who wasn’t obsessed with John Travolta in the 1980s?

He was the ultimate cool guy, with his killer voice, epic dance moves, and of course, his effortless fashion sense. From his bad boy ensemble in Grease to his white tux in Staying Alive, check out this list of 1980s outfit inspiration courtesy of John Travolta.


John Travolta’s Black Leather Jacket and Black Jeans in Grease

It doesn’t get more 80s than Danny Zuko’s black ensemble in Grease. This film launched John Travolta into superstardom – and for good reason. In addition to Zuko’s smooth singing and dancing, he was irresistible thanks to the “bad boy” outfit he donned for most of the movie.

A black leather jacket was paired with black jeans and a simple white tee. Accessories included black lace up leather shoes, a black belt with a silver buckle, and of course, his signature black wayfarer sunglasses.

Let’s face it, Danny Zuko’s look never really went out of style, which makes it so easy to replicate today!


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John Travolta’s White Suit in Staying Alive

Men’s formalwear has changed a lot over the years. In the 80s, as evidenced by John Travolta’s character in the 1983 drama Staying Alive, it was all about flared pants, bold colours, three-piece suits, and wide lapels.

Although these trends might sound like relics from the past, each has actually come back around in their own way.

First up, flared pants (especially jeans) have made their way back into the mainstream in both men’s and women’s fashion. Meanwhile, bold-coloured suits have also come back in vogue, with businessmen and grooms alike donning suits in non-black shades, such as burgundy, beige, royal blue, and yes, white!

Three-piece suits have also made a comeback, with many men choosing to go for the historic look of a vest beneath their suit jacket.

Finally, wide lapels are also trendy again, though not yet as common as the other trends that we can take from Staying Alive.

John Travolta’s Plaid Shirt and Jeans in Urban Cowboy

Cowboy chic is how we would describe pretty much every outfit John Travolta wore in Urban Cowboy. This 1980 flick tells the tale of a country boy named Bud who meets a cowgirl at a local bar and falls in love.

Throughout the entire movie, Travolta’s character is seen wearing some iteration of the same outfit: a button-up shirt, jeans, and a cowboy hat.

The simplicity of this outfit is what we love most about it – and what has allowed it to stand the test of time. From denim button up shirts to plaid flannel shirts, these styles are still seen on men across the globe today.

John Travolta’s Classic Black Tux and Bow Tie

In 1985, the world witnessed Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta to the song “Saturday Night Fever.” The now famous moment occurred at a White House dinner hosted by former President Ronald Reagan, in which the late princess and Travolta were both in attendance.

For the affair, Travolta donned a classic black tux with a bow tie. Does it get any more timeless than that?

Black tuxedos have been fashionable for as long as we can remember. Bow ties went out of fashion for a while but recently came back, which makes Travolta’s bow tie one of our fav elements of his ensemble.

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May is totally crazy about the 80s and everything the decade inspired! Having grown up in a household that was totally taken over by 80s music and fashion its only natural that May lives and breathes the 80s!

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