They say history always repeats itself, and the world of fashion is no different. It seems like every 20–30 years, the same “old” trends become new again. So is it any surprise that some of the hottest ’80s fashion trends are making a comeback this year? And the best part: a lot of them look better than ever!
While the decade hasn’t influenced our wardrobes in years, the past few months we’ve come to the realization that today’s hottest make-up and fashion trends are straight out of the 1980s. It’s a stark departure from the minimalism that has been the holy grail of fashion for the past decade or so.
But the icons of today proudly wear lycra and structured shoulders — a throwback to all those shoulder pads. The ’80s are back with a bang. We see those power shoulders, bold hair and makeup looks on the runways and can’t help but wonder if some of these trends should really be brought back to daylight.
But who knows, some of this year’s must-haves might still be sitting in your (or your mom’s) closet. The question is, would you wear them now? Maybe we can convince you.
Party Like It’s 1985
Ida Petersson, from Browns Fashion explains that, “Designers are injecting some fun into their collections for Spring 2018, and I couldn’t think of anything better than an abundance of sequins. Creating a party mood is almost a way of giving the finger to all the madness that happened in 2017 and a nod to a fantastic era where everything for a few years was just fabulous. This season’s mantra seems to be the glitzier the better.”
This year, fashion is giving us a grand opportunity for self-expression with it-pieces that serve as immediate mood-enhancers. But that doesn’t mean that you can just throw on an outfit from 30 years ago and look great. To rock this year’s trends, you need to know which styles are back, how to use their vintage appeal and how to combine them with more modern aesthetics.
Check out these ’80s Fashion Trends That Are Celebrating Their Comeback In 2018.
Lace accessories were huge in the ’80s (just look at virtually any photo of Madonna from the era). Ultra romantic, super feminine and classic — lace came back to stay. Fashion bloggers and fashionistas are stepping it up a notch, showing off beautiful lace dresses with incredible silhouettes, combined with leather jackets and casual sneakers. Whether you’re aiming for the dramatic in a tight black dress or prefer neutral colors and a sweeter ensemble, don’t be afraid to add some serious lace to your look.
2.) Velvet Dresses
Velvet had its biggest moment during the ’80s. Princess Diana showed off her beauty in stunning velvet dresses more than once, and every time she did the whole world would turn their heads. Today, velvet is celebrating a big revival, with both soft and crushed materials being used for dresses, shoes and even handbags. We are smitten!
3.) Fanny Packs
The fanny pack is back and before you ask: YES, you need one! Runway models are rocking the hands-free belt bag and street style in the big cities isn’t falling behind. Functional fashion is the new little black dress and we are head over heels in love with the stylish transformation this former no-go has gone through.
They are no longer an instant indicator of tourists. The fanny pack may be the most practical and equally controversial of all ’80s fashion trends that are celebrating their comeback this year.
4.) Patchwork Denim
Watch any ’80s movie and you’ll realize that denim was all the rage thirty years ago. This year, the trend is taking a bold turn. We see jeans with embroidered floral patterns and huge colorful patches all over famous fashion blogs and magazines.
The reason this is one of our favorite ’80s fashion trends? It’s literally yelling DIY! Iron-on patches are the easiest and cheapest upgrade you could ever give your favorite black or blue denim jacket and jeans. Awesome patches can easily be found on Amazon, eBay or at local flea markets and will help you create unique, jaw-droppingly cool statement pieces.
5.) Ruffle Blouses
Like the much-discussed shoulder pads, ruffles were literally big in the ’80s. Blouses often had ruffles down the front and all the way around, giving the fashionista a wild pirate look. Luckily, much has changed since then and ruffle blouses have come a long way. The evolution has taken away the extreme and given ruffle blouses a more subtle look than they had in the ’80s.
6.) Cropped Jeans
We just found out that cropped jeans with the perfect tight cuff were actually called “pegged” jeans back in the ’80s — who would have thought? Today, jeans with a traditional cuff are super fashionable. Some newer styles of cropped jeans have more rough and uneven hemlines, and you’ll find plenty of destructed varieties. Cropped jeans are a must-have in 2018 and we will be seeing this influential fashion trend become a spring staple.
7.) Bomber Jackets
Bomber jackets are the perfect outerwear in 2018. An inspiration from hip-hop underground culture, we’ve actually seen bomber jackets resurface in different styles and colors many times over the years. Bomber jackets give every outfit a military touch — perfect to combine with high waist jeans and simple cropped sweatshirts or boho-chic dresses and skirts. If you can pick only one of the ’80s fashion trends making a comeback this year, make it this one!
8.) Off-The-Shoulder Dresses
Hit up a trendy bar on any night of the week and you’ll notice that style-conscious ladies love sexy, off-the-shoulder blouses. And it’s not the first time thisstyle is turning heads. We are super happy that off-the-shoulder looks are not just for fancy events anymore. They make great outfits for day or night. And many off-the-shoulder looks incorporate another ’80s staple we already covered — ruffles.
9.) Denim Jackets
We already mentioned patchwork denim above. But jean jackets in general (particularly the acid-washed variety) were a hugely popular look in the ’80s and today is no different. Flowy, over-sized denim jackets are not just for hipsters. Combined with black pants and a simple shirt, this is a classic look that’s showing up everywhere. Jean jackets can be worn with pretty much anything (they’re great for making your favorite dresses more casual) and every girl should really own at least one.
10.) Big Sleeves
If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that nothing was small in the ’80s. And so it’s not a surprise that XXL sleeves were a thing. And the big-sleeve look is back in 2018. Something we can support for sure if it makes us look like a young Madonna.
So, embrace your ’80s-inspired self, because big shoulders, bright colors and a whole lot of statement styles are taking over the runways, clubs and streets once again.
Want to expand your style beyond these ’80s fashion trends? Check out spring’s hottest fashion trends.