The 80’s were known for nothing if not totally awesome, trend-setting fashions. And way up there on the list of awesomeness was interactive, color-changing apparel. Hypercolor t-shirts, sweatshirts, and even socks were all the rage in the late 80s. Always a sucker for gimmicks, the 80s generation couldn’t get enough of clothes that changed color with heat.
Sweaty armpits? Show them off with your teal shirt and hot pink pit stains! Boyfriend groping you behind the stairs after Biology? Let everyone know with handprints all over your chest!
So how did the Hypercolor magic work, you ask? Simple: thermochromic pigment. Ok, it’s probably pretty scientific, but in layman’s terms, the clothing’s pigment contained a temperature-sensitive chemical that caused the colors to change.
Looking back, we can only find two downsides to Hypercolor shirts: (a) Sure the attention you got while wearing them was fun at first, but after about 5th period, you’d had more than enough of being pawed and breathed-on, and (b) sadly, the thermal magic only lasted through a few wash cycles before the shirts turned that weird brownish-purplish color and were rendered basically useless. Ok, that’s actually a big downside, but you gotta admit, Hypercolor was totally rad while it lasted!
We ♥ Hypercolor.