The Fashion World Called…They Want Their 80’s Clothes Back

80’s Style Clothing Returns in the Most Adorable Ways Possible

Betty and her friend hugging and posing, wearing fluorescent leotards, Southend, UK 2006

As we’ve seen previously this year, the 90’s have made a dramatic comeback into fashion society. As fashion spring cleaning rolls around, it’s out with the old and in with the new and the new “new” is neon fanny packs and fuzzy chokers. Personally, I’ve always been an 80’s girl so I’ve been waiting for this day to come. Now that it’s finally here, it opens up limitless fashion possibilities.

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Here are a few 80’s styles that are steadily resurfacing within your favorite stores:

1. Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads that were once frowned upon are suddenly making a statement. Strong shoulders now represent strong feminity. Although I fully support this fashion comeback, I recommend scaling back on the full 80’s shoulder pad look to give it more of a modern edge. A shoulder padded blouse tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans is undeniably adorable.

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2. Bold Denim

Yes ladies, customized jackets are back and are looking more colorful than ever before. Accessorized with multicolored pins, patches, and paint streaks, these denim jackets are truly one of a kind.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 6: Fashion Blogger Benedetta Mariotti wears a Zara customized jacket on day 6 during Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016/17 on March 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Benedetta Mariotti

3. Reflective Sunglasses

Shiny, mirrored sunglasses are back to give every wearer a futuristic look. With their oversize frames and neon colored lens’ these sun goggles are quite the statement piece to any outfit.

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4. Fanny Packs

The fanny pack is back, but this time they’re actually fashionable. Available in neon colors and embellished with sparkles, studs and decorative zippers, fashionable fanny packs will make you want to leave your handbags at home.

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5. White Heels

These white beauties are popping up in fashion shows everywhere. The great thing about white heels is that they go with everything and are totally wearable. These strutters look sleek, clean and definitely give their wearer class.

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6. Shiny Skirts & Tops

80’s fashion was full of shine. Anything from shiny mini skirts, tight shiny tanks or even shiny dresses; let’s just say shine was a dime a dozen. Designers have decided to bring the eye-catching fabric back just toned down a bit, matching shiny tops with a distressed pair of high waisted jeans or a jean skirt.



7. Cuffed Jeans

It seems as though everyone is sporting cuffed jeans. It’s cute and works with any shoe or sandal. From fall to spring, this jean trend can be worn during any season. Within the cuffed jean fad, pegged jeans are making their return. Granted pegging your jeans is a lot harder than cuffing them, but that’s what Youtube tutorials are for right?

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8. Thick, High Waisted Belts

I’m in love with anything that buckles or cinches at the waist. Anything from waist corsets to big clunky belts, I’m all for it. Match an oversize sweater with a cute pleated skirt joined together by a thick high waisted belt, it’s the ultimate look that will definitely catch some eyes.

Model resting head on palm of hand wearing a thick ribbing sweatery shirtdress by Loomtogs, gold chain around wrist by Danecraft, and Orlon ribbed pantie stockings by Round-The-Clock. (Photo by J. P. Zachariasen/Condé Nast via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gunilla Lindblad

9. Patterned Button Downs

Patterns range from birds to bubbles, the textile images on button downs are endless. This is what makes these shirts so funky or incredibly weird. Worn correctly, any gender can make button down shirts look high-end. Whether you’re going for a professional or casual look, button down shirts are completely versatile.

Model is seated, tugging at her shoe laces; she wears a red and white gingham button-down shirt with red denim pants; both by Lady Wrangler; her red canvas and white leather shoes are the '66 basketball shoe, off-court edition, by Sandler of Boston *** Local Caption ***

10. Sequins

Get your glitz and glam on to really pop in public! The more sequins the better. Going out to the clubs or just going out with friends, wearing sequins makes everything an event.


11. Poof

Poof is back in style and no one is complaining. Needing volume? Perfect! A nice poofy skirt is the way to go. Throw in a few ruffles and you’ll be looking voluminous in no time!

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12. Multicolored Track Jackets

Remember that purple, blue, and orange track jacket you have up in your attic that you swore you’d never wear again? Well, drag that baby out because colored track jackets are now the new “it” jacket to wear.


13. Funky Chockers

From fuzz to clear plastic with a hint of sparkle, the 80’s choker was significantly different than the 90’s neckpiece that’s for sure. These fun neck accessories enlighten any outfit and are much more “happy” looking than the gothic 90’s chokers everyone is currently obsessed with. It’ll be nice to wear chokers that don’t look like I’m constantly attending rock concerts.

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14. Sneakers With Leg Warmers

When it’s cold outside it’s nice to have some extra warmth to accommodate your uninsulated pair of converse. Granted, the trending leg warmers now are not as prevalent as the true 80’s leg warmers, but that doesn’t make them any less fashionable. An oversize sweater with a pair of converse and a pair of matching legwarmers makes a look fit for a comfy night in.

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15. Multiple Layers

The 80’s was all about layering. About 50 layers later, you felt like you were presentable enough to go out in public. Although the layering trend has resurfaced, it’s fewer layers than true 80’s layering. Honestly, I’m totally fine with that because four layers in, I’m already sweating when its 40 degrees outside.


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