The Best Dressed Women of the '80s Were Actually Our Moms—See the Proof

When I caught wind of the triumphant return of certain '80s fashion trends, I was initially hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. Instead of turning solely to the runway and new arrivals sections of my trusted e-commerce sites (normal first steps for me as I investigate a new trend), I texted my mom. I asked her which '80s fashion trends she wore the most frequently back in the day, and she excitedly looped me into a group text with her and four of her closest friends. Here, I got to witness them reminisce over photos from college, make fun of each other's embarrassing outfits, and laugh at how ridiculous some of the items they loved then look now. They were laughing, but I wasn't. I instantly scolded my mother for not saving any of her favorite pieces from the '80s for me, and realized her style was much cooler than I'd ever given her credit for. (Mom, if you're reading this, don't let that go to your head.)

This got my wheels turning. If my mom and her closest friends had incredible style, I was sure the other editors on the Who What Wear team had mothers who were just as stylish. To honor the ladies who raised us and loved us at times when we definitely weren't very lovable, we asked them to send us photos of them rocking the hottest '80s fashion trends better than anyone we've seen before. From acid-wash denim to ruched hot-pink frocks, Laura Ashley dresses to geometric earrings, get ready for the best fashion moments of the '80s, brought to you by our mothers. We tossed in their personal commentary on the looks, too, for good measure.