Tina Turner was undeniably one of the most popular celebrities in the 1980s. After all, it was in this decade that she cemented herself as a solo artist, pumping out hit after hit, including “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Proud Mary,” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”
These singles are still some of the most well known songs today. But beyond her incredible singing career, Turner also made a name for herself thanks to her fashion sense.
In the 1980s, she became a fashion icon, rocking everything from her signature denim jacket and black leather pants to a myriad of gowns by international couturier Azzedine Alaïa.
If you’re looking to channel your inner Tina Turner, then keep reading to discover Turner’s best moments.
Tina Turner’s Denim Jacket and Leather Hot Pants in 1982
Tina Turner’s denim jacket outfits inspired a generation. But our favourite iteration of the outfit had to be the 1982 look, where the singer performed on stage wearing a medium wash blue denim jacket with high waisted, black leather pants.
The outfit was casual, cool, and edgy all at once and solidified Turner as a fashion icon of the decade.
This look is extremely easy to recreate, mainly since denim jackets are back in, along with tight-fitting leggings of all materials.
Tina Turner’s White Button Up Shirt and Mom Jeans in 1984
For those that don’t know, mom jeans are not a new trend. In fact, it was in the 80s that the slouchy, high waisted denim pants first rose to prominence. And no one rocked them better than Tina Turner.
Another one of Turner’s more casual looks was seen in 1984, while the star was giving a concert. She paired light wash mom denim jacket with a classic white button up blouse and a black neck tie.
Not only will jeans and a white shirt never go out of style, but we love how Turner was before her time in adopting more traditionally masculine silhouettes and accessories, such as the tie.
She completed this look with a pump heel for a feminine touch. To recreate this Tina Turner outfit, all you’ll need is a pair of loose, high waisted jeans, a white button up blouse, and a plain black tie tied loosely around the neck.
Tina Turner’s Fringed Babydoll Minidress in 1989
By 1989, Tina Turner was already known around the world for her fashion choices. However, it was her long-term collaboration with Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa that brought her fashion game to another level.
Turner wore gowns by Alaïa on numerous accounts throughout the decade, but few were as memorable as the fringed babydoll dress she was seen wearing while at a fashion show in Paris in 1989.
The sexy mini dress featured an empire waist, spaghetti straps, a sweetheart neckline, and tons of intricate beading and fringe.
Cutesy babydoll silhouettes of this style have made a comeback in 2019, not to mention plenty of embellishments and this Tina look is all about the details!
Tina Turner’s Black Cut Out One Shoulder Dress in 1989
Later in 1989, while Tina Turner was attending one of Azzedine Alaïa’s fashion shows, she wowed in a daring black cut out gown. The figure-hugging gown was made of leather with fishnet underlay and featured a one shoulder neckline (asymmetrical necklines are very in right now).
Cut outs are also a fashion trend that has reemerged in the last few years, with women’s tops, dresses, and even swimwear featuring daring cutouts on the waist, midriff, and/or arms.
Lastly, the midi length of this dress is another element we love, as we’ve seen the chic hemline explode in the past year.
Tina Turner’s Red Floral Mini Dress at the American Music Awards in 1985
One of Tina Turner’s sweeter, more feminine 80s fashion moments was the outfit she wore to the American Music Awards in 1985. The dress was peach pink in colour and featured a drop waist and wide straps.
Plus, a ruffled skirt and plenty of floral appliqué. Florals are one of the hottest trends in both women and men’s fashion at the moment, with everything from trousers to blazers being covered in the springtime pattern.
We also love the plunging neckline and semi-sheer nature of the skirt, as elegant dresses with sultry touches are definitely in right now.
Keeping it simple, Tina Turner finished off the outfit with diamond drop earrings, a gold ring, a red hot lip, and cherry apple red nail polish to match.