Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part Two

Fashion TV Flashback: The '80s, Part Two
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This week we resume our fashion flasback series with further appreciation for the ladies of the '80s—from bodacious hair metal-coiffed Kelly Bundy to precocious, fluorescent-clad Stephanie Tanner to the ultimate power dresser, Murphy Brown. And if you missed our first installment, click here

Denise Huxtable
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To this day, the Cosby's eldest daughter (played by Lisa Bonet) retains her position in TV's fashion pantheon, sharing the podium with such icons as Mary Tyler Moore and Carrie Bradshaw. Hers was a style that changed with the times—from an African fez with a side-shaved crop and harem pants in the Cosby Show, to a look befitting a cause-seeking college student on spinoff A Different World: blockprint smocks, flowing locks and patterned headwraps. Is it any wonder Dwayne Wayne became the Ducky to Denise's Andy? That he let the boho temptress talk him into running for the university's title of Miss Hilman? Such is the power of fashion when you're ridiculously, ridiculously good-looking.
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Kelly Bundy
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The ultimate blond bimbo, Married with Children's Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) may have had a bad reputation, but the steady diet of lycra and leather that went with it was nothing short of trendsetting. Kelly's looks—from crop tops and biker jackets to knee-high boots and studded belts—almost always channeled Pretty Woman with an unknowing innocence (okay ignorance) that made a little slutty go a long way.
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Winnie Cooper
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A master at breaking Kevin Arnold's heart on an episodic basis, the Wonder Years Lolita immortalized by Danica McKellar laid the foundations for preppy, quirky girls to come. Would Blair Waldorf have sported a steady stream of headbands if Winnie hadn't? Would Zooey Deschanel's Jess on New Girl have worn horn-rimmed glasses? Okay, yes, probably, but Winnie did it first, and no one has come close to nailing that undecipherable girl-next-door thing since. Special mention, of course, goes to Kevin's rebellious sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), whose take on hippie chic prompted our first breakoutt tie-dye purchase.
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Stephanie Tanner
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The most annoying character on the long-running sitcom best known for launching the Olsen Twins, Full House's Stephanie "how rude!" Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) had a knack for pushing our buttons. (Now that we think about it though, we'd also like to punch Dave Coulier's Joey Gladsone, and while we're at it, Andrea Barber's Kimmy Gibbler too. Why did we watch that show?) Still, she also had a way with dressing: from colorblocked neon sweatshirts (very now Steph!) to honeybee uniforms (we'll be honest, that buttercup beret really is the perfect touch), what the middle sister lacked in tolerability, she made up for in styling.
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Murphy Brown
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Google Murphy Brown and you will invariably encounter the phrase "ahead of her time." This usually refers to the fact that Candice Bergen's fictional news anchor was a feminist superhero, smashing glass ceilings and boldly embracing single motherhood while balancing a demanding worklife, but let's not forget that crucial to the endeavor was dressing the part: Katharine Hepburn-meets-Katie Couric pantsuits with mega shoulder pads, an after-hours L.L. Bean turtleneck ideal for hardnosed reporting, and tortoiseshell specs. Dan Quayle, eat your heart out.
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