Hard trends to style: The 80’s

Fashion is a constant revolving door of previous trends reworked and reimagined. We’ve seen in the last few seasons the 90’s coming back strong with it’s crop tops, combat pants and bum bags. But this Autumn/Winter sees the return of the 80’s. Perhaps a harder trend to style? In some ways yes – how do you take shoulder pads and over exaggerated silhouettes and make them work for day to day life? Well, where there’s a will there’s a way and I’m here to show you how to take the 80’s trend and turn it in to something you can wear daily and not just at Studio 54.

Some Inspiration I Found

These photos belong to Vogue.

Cher in 1985 / Faith Connexion

Thierry Mugler Ready-to-Wear Spring 1989 / Alexandre Vauthier 2018

Grace Jones in Issey Miyake in 1983 / Christian Dior Haute Couture 2018

Carolyn Holles and Crispin Hume-Kendall at Royal Ascot in 1986 / Off-White 2018

Studio 54 in 1980 / Helmut Lang 2018

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the 80’s is perhaps the asymmetric silhouettes. To incorporate this style, I’ve used this amazing shirt from Zara. The one shoulder detail is very 80’s inspired and I love the clever pleating in the fabric that pulls in my waist and adds volume around the chest. The shirt style is masculine which reminds me of the famous 80’s power suits for women.

Secondly, these jeans add a more casual look to this outfit. I purposely used a pair of straight legged jeans to keep in with the masculine feel of the shirt, how ever the jeans add a casual contrast to the slightly smarter shirt too. I love the slouchy style of these jeans with the tailoring of the shirt.

On to the shoes, these are just beautiful. I’ve opted for a kitten heel, very popular in the 80’s (also easier to walk in!). The studding on them reminded me of Yves Saint Laurent who really made a name for himself in this era. Again the heels link back to the smartness of the shirt but contrast against the jeans which I love!

Lastly, I went for some oversized statement earrings to set off against the whiteness of the shirt. Big earrings were both literally and metaphorically huge in the 80’s!

Photos by Stacey Louise White

Author: rayofstyle

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