STYLE

There are some ‘80s style statements we’re okay leaving in the past: bad highlights, fingerless lace gloves, and layered socks…Yikes. But the decade was undeniably rich with some seriously fabulous fashion—the kind of fashion that doesn’t take itself too seriously and was made for having a good time. Styled through a 2018 lens, these fun pieces are just what your wardrobe needs as the social spring season approaches. Here, five ‘80s-era statements we’re loving right now and how to pull them off in a modern way.

 

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Power Puff Sleeves

Strong puffed sleeves were all the rage in the ‘80s, showing up on business attire and wedding gowns alike. Strip away the decade’s frosted lipstick, hairspray-heavy bangs, and acid-wash jeans, and these ultra-feminine sleeves (diminished in volume but not spirit) are ready for the here and now. Just style them with pared down pieces to let the detail really take center stage.

 

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Hair Band Jeans

Bum-hugging, all-but-destroyed denim in light washes are so ‘80s—and so 2018. While you may not want to wear them with fringed leather jackets and T-shirts with shoulder pads, you can and should embrace them for your weekend and going-out wardrobes. We especially love them with a bodysuit and sneakers for a concert- and club-friendly look that’s as comfortable as it is sexy.

 

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Hoop Earrings & Tough Boots

Want to try on the ‘80s trend without making such a major statement? Accessories are your friend here, ladies. Scrunchies and hair bows are one way to go about it, but we’re especially partial to big hoop earrings and tough stiletto ankle boots for a slightly more sophisticated look. Wear them together with your favorite white T-shirt and jeans, or pick one to amp up any item in your closet. A flirty dress and ankle boots is a fun combination you should try this spring.

 

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Embellished Denim Jackets

Nod to the material girls with a denim jacket finished with pearls, studs, or lace-up sleeves. Unlike your basic denim trucker, these embellished jackets turn the outfit volume up to eleven. Style them with equally edgy jeans and boots for a boy-meets-girl look that’s undeniably cool. Just resist the urge to flip up your collar and hold onto the corners in your social media selfies. Glamour photo shoots are probably best left in the past.

 

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Big Bold Color

The ‘80s were all about big bold color—paired with even more color. Mix and match bright solid pieces in strong silhouettes for the ultimate ‘80s nod, or stick with one colorful statement piece like a yellow double-breasted blazer, red paper-bag waist pants, or a teal silk blouse. Clip on earrings and matching eye shadow not required. Baller attitude mandatory.