Styles from the 80s
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12 Styles From the 80s You Are Wearing Right Now

I never thought about searching for inspirational styles from the 80s. The 90s are where you’ll find me camping. But a few new collections began to appear that have the 80s potency into it like Loewe, J.W. Anderson, and Missoni, so I started to look for eighties fashions through Pinterest and Instagram. And what I have learned is I’m wearing 80’s looks more than I can imagine. I still can’t believe that there’s no decent account that is dedicated to the 80s outfits on Instagram! From my home office, I ask @sebastianstunkel to create one, please. Orrr… should I create a page myself!? Fine, I will start with this post then.

I know! It’s not minimal. The 80s style could look “over the place” for some, it’s extravagant, not your taste, right. But I will prove you wrong. The 80’s clothing styles were as good as the ’90s and the ’70s, I never really believed that, but after an elongated search, I discovered that some of the 80’s fashion trends are the source of the best 2020 fashion trends that we are carrying.

Can’t believe it? Fine, I will play this game with you. Check from the following trends worn by the 80’s icons what you are most interested in, if the number is higher than 3, then you are 100% wearing looks from the 80s nowadays. Of course, we alter the pieces to resemble us and to be 2020-ready, and that’s what I will show in the styling notes under each 80s trend, but the 80s glamour REALLLY stands out so even if you’re not into it, enjoy the slideshow!

Casual but make it night-look by Anjelica Huston shot with Jack Nicholson at a Police concert in Hollywood, September 1983

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Styling note: I KNOW! a white shirtdress, belted, with a light blazer, add jewelry, think necklace, earrings, and brooch. Bag, pumps, and you are done.

Off the shoulders 80’s dress style worn by Gia Carangi in January 1982

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Styling note: search for the breezy fabrics, pair it with white light sneakers or pair of sandals, add sunnies, and you are ready.

Sculptured jackets are worn by Iman and Cindy Crawford in May 1989

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Styling notes: Wear it open or close, with tailor pants for formality and with something denim for a more casual look and with a dress underneath for party time.

Big Hair of Christie Brinkley, Rachel Hunter, Kara Young, and Elle MacPherson at the Sports Illustrated Cover Girl party in February 1989

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Styling note: Wear your head natural and use the right products, you can discover that you have this texture after all, like these Tiktok girls #Curlyhairtutorial, search and learn.

Haute everyday by Faye Dunaway in January 1981 and Grace Jones in July 1986

Styling note: just be fierce, ok. Also, Think about textures and silhouettes.

Sequin dresses worn by Cindy Crawford in April 1988,  Ron Galella/WireImage and Christie Brinkley in August 1981


Styling note: I know you already have one somewhere in your closet, and the last time you wore it when it was summer 2010. I do too. Just wear it and pretend that you’re at a summer party, will ya.

The see-through top was worn by Diana Ross in August 1989

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Styling note: Layer it with your favorite denim jacket for a fresh look, and with a blazer for that night outing. The doubles breasted tuxedo jacket was also so in, but you can alter that and wear any blazer.

Gloves are worn by Elle MacPherson in July 1988

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Styling Notes: accessories were a big part of the 80s clothing style. Gloves were just another part of it. I won’t incorporate long gloves into today’s fashion trends, but I would differently rethink the idea at the next Halloween party. OR would I in the near future???

The 80s look worn by Farrah Fawcett at Plaza in May 1982

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Styling note: ok, this is my readaaay-to-be-out-look! I would wear that out of the picture. No note needed seriously! Just a satin shirt dress, and bomber jacket the same as 80’s aesthetics and go!

White blazers with structured shoulder pads worn by  Brooke Shields (with Michael Jackson, January 1984) and Bianca Jagger (with Jeff Bridges in Munich, January 1980)

Styling note: Anything will work fine, yes, anything. But a light top underneath and tailored pants, or a dress would be perfect. Can we talk about MJ’s strong sequins jacket please!!?

Giant floral shoulders were worn by Madonna at the Tony Awards party in June 1988

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Styling Note: giant floral shoulders! Still not here but I can digest it so I have a feeling that it’s coming and when it does arrive I will rock. BUT, puffy shoulders are already here, and I’m rocking this trend as we speak.

Karl Lagerfeld, surrounded by the models from the Chanel Fall/Winter 1985-1986 show wearing gold chains jewelry and belts

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Styling note: Complete your looks with gold chains. Add a gold belt to your dress for an inspired 80s look.

So how many trends are you already following? I follow seven.


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