5 Ways to Incorporate 80s Style Fashion Into Your Wardrobe


Style Guide

While 1980s fashion is strongly associated with excess, you don’t need to be extra from head to toe in order to rock this style trend.

We’ve recently seen the rise of ’80s inspired style on runways and city streets alike. Some of these trends are subtle throwbacks, like logo tees, fanny packs and scrunchies.

Now, bolder ’80s styles are rising to prominence again, so you’ll want to know how to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe without going overboard.

Here are five simple ways to rock this retro style trend.

Mutton Sleeves

One of the most persistent trends of the last few seasons is exaggerated sleeves. While there are many different types of voluminous sleeve styles, this trend gets an ’80s twist in the form of mutton sleeves.

Accentuated dresses and blouses are a staple of ’80s style, so combining one of these pieces into your wardrobe will make for instant throwback vibes.

If you think pairing loud retro prints with a mutton sleeve is making this style trend too loud for you, tone down the prints and just rock the silhouette.

’80s Style Specs

For an easy injection of this style trend into your wardrobe, ’80s inspired eyewear is the way to go.

’80s sunglasses aren’t limited to bright Wayfarers or reflective aviator lenses. Plastic rimmed sunnies in just about any colour will add a fun retro element to your look and amplify any ensemble.

Print & Colour Clashing

For those unafraid of clashing print and colour, exploring this style trend is going to be a (very fun) walk in the park. Bright block colours paired with animal or graphic prints make for instant 80s vibes, regardless of silhouette.

Loose Printed Shirts

This unisex 80s style has been a major menswear street style trend of late. Oversized, boldly printed t-shirts ooze retro cool and are super easy to mix with your favourite staples. Choosing plant motif prints is the way to go, whereas a full-on Hawaiian shirt looks a little more costume than cool.

Cold Shoulder

Looking for a glam twist to the ’80s style trend? If in doubt for a night out, go for a one-shoulder mini. For major retro points, opt for an angular or voluminous shoulder. Leather-look finishes and animal prints will amp up the ’80s factor, too.


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