2. Velvet Dresses

The luxurious fabric favored by royalty made its way to the masses in the 1980s. Once exclusive to elegant evening gowns, velvet eventually became the daytime fabric of the decade. Velvet dresses were exceedingly popular, but the material could be found everywhere, from blazers, power suits, and trousers, to handbags, blouses, skirts, and shoes.

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