Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One

Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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Maybe it's the post-traumatic stress of Cyndi Lauper's recent American Idol cameo, but we're feeling nostalgic for the styles of the '80s. And what better way to slake a thirst for shoulderpads, neon and lycra than by looking up a few of our favorite fictional fashion icons? So it's settled: In the coming weeks, we'll be counting down our top TV stylemakers from the last few decades, and where better to start than the first half of the '80s?

Punky Brewster
Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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Before there was Tavi, there was Punky: A lovable, abandoned child (played by Soleil Moon Frye) with a canine bestie and a penchant for befriending old people. Punky not only had a heart of gold and a knack for CPR (handy when your bestie's competitive hide-and-seek spirit leads her to take refuge in a fridge), but also a nu-rave meets Harajuku girl sartorial sense that feels fashion forward to this day. Mismatched sneakers? Check. Heart shaped pin? Check. Sunshiney ponytail fasteners? Um, did we stutter?

Mallory Keaton from 'Family Ties'
Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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The oldest daughter in the Keaton family, Mallory (Justine Bateman) may not have been the smartest tool in the Family Ties shed, but what she lacked in brother Alex P.'s academic prowess, she made up for in easy charm. From prim ruffled school girl shirts (above), to wrap dresses that would make Diane Von Furstenberg jealous, to red leather jackets with mega-wide lapels, Mal had a cool-meets-good girl look about her, one that just so happens to be faithfully chronicled on the blog Mallory's Clothes. The best part? She extended her styling abilities to her family—see Jennifer's prom dress below. Sha na na na indeed.

Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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Angela Bower from 'Who's the Boss'
Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One Move over Springsteen, there's a new boss in town. Yes, we know what you're thinking: Angela, really? You're picking Angela over Alyssa Milano's Samantha (whose hair was practially the equivalent of The Rachel in her time), or even sassy redhead Mona (Katherine Helmond), with her Mrs. Robinson workwear? But hear us out: In her time, sure, the career-minded head of the household (played by Judith Light) may have been the least style savvy of the bunch, but looking back now, we have a new appreciation for her foresight—in fact, if the timing had been right, the woman could have easily been the face of American Apparel. From the Terry Richardson specs to her teased up bouffant to the array of chunky bold patterned sweaters, Angela's attire proves that while she may not have always been in control of her housekeeper, she definitely knew how to wear the pleated-front pants.

Alexis Carrington Colby from 'Dynasty'
Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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You didn't honestly think we would overlook the fashion titan of '80s shows, did you? Sure, Dynasty is known for its epic catfights, shoulderpads, ruffles, high-volume gowns and higher-volume 'dos, but mostly it's known for its epic freaking catfights. All that aside, our favorite fashion moments hinged on the hats modeled by Alexis (Joan Collins), as she was a master of all things millinery. Note the coordinated violet eye shadow, pearlized lipstick and netted birdcage overhanging her black and purple rimmed hat. Evil never looked so fierce.

Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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Patty Greene from 'Square Pegs'
Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part One
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The Rivers Cuomo of Weemawee High School, Square Pegs heroine Patty Greene (Sarah Jessica Parker) owned geek chic like a pro: the Woody Allen glasses, the ill-fitting cardigan vests, the blousey button-downs. Given the fact that we are ostensibly wearing the same outfit as we type this, we're fairly certain she was onto something.
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