Must-Have 80s Trend
How to Rock This Season’s Must-Have 80s Trend
A new season means new trends – and, more importantly, a new excuse to shop. Our edit of AW17 trends is about to drop, and if there’s one trend you’re not going to want to ignore this season then it’s the 80s revival. Too young to see it the first time round? No sweat – we’ve thrown together this handy guide to all things 80s fashion, and how to wear it in 2017.
The key to rocking 80s fashion is knowing that it was all about excess. More was more, with ruffles, sequins and neon brights being some of the key trends. Clothes were either super-tailored or insanely oversized, with both preppy and punk influences playing a big role.
Fast forward a couple of decades and the 2017 autumn/winter runways were full of 80s-inspired threads, from androgynous styling at Calvin Klein to oversized earrings at Christopher Kane. So how do you make 80s style work for you without looking like you’ve turned up in Cyndi Lauper fancy dress? We’ve rounded up some of the best 80s trends below to give you all the inspo you need – and don’t worry, there’s not a mullet in sight.
The Fierce Silhouette
The 80s was all about power dressing, and the decade’s sassiest women did this via a bold AF silhouette. We’re talking cinched-in waists, flared hems and shoulder pads big enough to balance your Manhatten cocktail on. For a 2017 spin on this classic trend, keep an eye out for peplum mini skirts, balloon sleeves and corset belts.
Symmetry was so 1970s – in the 80s, they dropped a sleeve and gained serious style points. One-shoulder dresses are set to be the piece to be seen in this party season (extra kudos if it’s metallic, obvi), but you can also rock the look on cas days with a one-sleeved bodysuit or off-the-shoulder slouchy jumper.
Say seeya to your studs – this season, go big or go home. Whether they’re tassels, pom-poms or chandelier-styles, earrings need to be big, bright and anything but subtle. Choose a pair in this season’s must-have red to really turn heads, or keep it 100% current in a rose gold pair.
The 80s wasn’t all about lycra and legwarmers – tracksuits and trainers also had a serious style moment. Bring the trend back up to date with luxe joggers and velour two-pieces teamed with barely-there heels, or dress down your tailored trousers with a pair of retro-inspired trainers.
Whether they were rocking a neon shellsuit or going full Miami Vice in pastel two-pieces, the fashion-savvy of the 80s weren’t afraid of bold colour choices. Channel some sassy 80s vibes by wearing a head-to-toe bright hue – keep it simple and chic in a jumpsuit, or slay in an eye-catching co-ord.
If people had something to say in the 80s, they said it on their t-shirts. Slogan tees are everywhere again this season, and are actually super versatile – team yours with a pair of tailored trousers for the office, a leather mini skirt on a night out or some embroidered shorts while running errands for instant style points.