Let's not beat around the bush: 1980s fashion trends, in general, have a pretty bad rep. But after more than three decades in style Siberia, all signs now point towards the decade that time forgot making a genuine comeback—one that you can actually introduce into your wardrobe without the fear of looking fancy-dress or pastiche.
The '80s were about excess and so are the A/W 16 runways. The new season is all about getting dressed up and indulging in every kind of sartorial razzmatazz—a concept that's been given the double thumbs-up by the likes of Saint Laurent, Balmain and Moschino. More casual takes on the '80s have also been reinterpreted by other commercially influential brands such as Isabel Marant and Topshop Unique.
So could you be persuaded? We think when you look at how the trends are being adopted by the coolest street stylers already, it's surprisingly easy to see that key fashion moments from the '80s can be taken apart and used to powerful effect.
Go through the gallery to see the 10 revamped '80s fashion trends we believe in, plus tips on how to wear them now, with the addition of where to buy these key pieces today…
Double breasted? Consider the two main jacket trends ticked.
H&M have become a secret earrings stash for us.
You're perhaps no stranger to the boilersuit, but one this baggy and belted with a thick waist-cincher? Well now, it could take a little time to transition. With a heel (any height will do), however, this can actually be one of the most flattering and comfortable ensembles we know of.
From sofa to slinky night out.
Yes, your mum probably has a pair of these at the back of her closet.
You know you can rely on Wolford for flattering low-denier hosiery that lasts.
Don't be afraid to do double denim with this and some skinnies in a clashing wash.
Surely puffball skirts provide a trick of the eye to make your legs look slimmer?
Tour merchandise has been finding a new footing among girls like Selena Gomez, but it's also the quickest and easiest way to tap into the 1980s trend in real life. Please choose something really niche—like Bruce Springsteen.
Wear with denim cut-offs to your next festival.
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The kind of heels that could smash through glass ceilings and be considered dangerous on planes, these stilettos should come with a warning. Buyers have reportedly been upping their requests for very high, spiked heels, so better refresh your memory on how to walk gracefully in them.
Now all you need is a lipstick to match…