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The Most Ridiculous Future Fashions In '80s Films 

Erin Cody
Updated January 15, 2020 1.3k votes 234 voters 14.4k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the spaciest sci-fi fashion to come out of the '80s.

Some of the silliest, most over-the-top futuristic fashion came from ‘80s movies. From major hits like Star Wars and Aliens to lesser-known B-movies like Ice Pirates and Galaxina, the decade played host to a plethora of films that didn’t even try to get it right - and that’s what's so fun about it! These sci-fi flicks took their artistic licenses and ran with them, often to some truly ridiculous places.

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Ridiculous Future Fashions In '80s Films
Photo: Warner Bros.

Mad Max 2 features over-the-top styles in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Warriors are outfitted with edgy leather undies and harnesses with silver spikes.

As for the steel hockey masks, think Silence of the Lambs cosplay sourced from Home Depot.

Silly fashion?
Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Ridiculous Future Fashions In '80s Films
Photo: Universal Pictures

Where to begin? When Doc and Marty travel to 2015, they find a future with chest plates, pointy bangs, a single kneepad, and... is that hat made of balloon?

It’s rare to see '80s retro futurism that is set so close to our modern time, and how very, very wrong they were. 

Silly fashion?
Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Ridiculous Future Fashions In '80s Films
Photo: Orion Pictures

In this time-traveling '80s classic, the rad dudes get a peek at the future to learn that their band Wyld Stallyns has saved the world.

The supreme beings who share the news rock big, robot-like sunglasses and oversized, silver-lined shiny robes with cinched waists and massive shoulder pads - classic 2688 utopian-chic.

Silly fashion?
Solarbabies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Ridiculous Future Fashions In '80s Films
Photo: MGM Entertainment Co.

In this post-apocalyptic, sci-fi action flick, all the planet’s water is tightly controlled by a military organization until a pack of teens save the planet using an alien orb.

Their armored shorts suits rock repurposed hockey pads emblazoned with symbols that look somewhat like Captain America’s iconography and roller skates.

Silly fashion?