Rewind to 1980
By Khiara Elliot
It’s time to raid your mum’s wardrobe or your local op shop, because 80s fashion has been named one of the biggest trends of 2017.
Thanks to designers like Jeremy Scott and Balmain, 80s motifs such as padded shoulders and bold colouring have made their return to the runways of New York and Paris fashion weeks.
The Jeremy Scott show, inspired by New York in the 80s was full of patent leather, checkered patterns, sequins and cat-eye sunglasses.
Before you reach for the teasing comb, hair spray and blue eye shadow, know this: the 80s trend will be seen in statement pieces, not entire outfits.
Padded and oversized shoulders, as well as big and bulky blazers will be the biggest nod to the 80s seen this year. Balmain is selling a double-breasted, shoulder padded blazer for $2540, but you can pick up a very similar style at prettylittlething.com for $50.
The miniskirt of the 80s will be making its comeback too. Miniskirts may not be the most weather-appropriate choice as we come into the cooler months, so take advantage of the sun while you can. Style your statement mini with more casual pieces like slogan tees and trench coats to take you from day to night.
Also making a huge return will be the oh-so-eighties power suit. Karl Largerfield and Chanel brought the women’s power suit back with a 2017 twist for their Haute Couture Spring Summer show earlier this year.
The strong, tailored fit of the suit exudes dominance. Pair with a pastel colour to keep it feminine. Complete the look with an over-the-jacket belt to cinch the waist and define your form.
Smaller trends to invest in pay homage to the grunge of the decade. Embroidered denim that looks almost customised will be seen throughout the next few months.
Don’t have $1504 for the Marc Jacobs embellished denim bomber? Invest in a plain denim jacket and sew or iron some patches on yourself! You can find thousands of music, animal, vintage, floral, beverage, religion and basically anything-and-everything-you-can-think-of inspired patches on Etsy, and all for less than $10!
Although you can find an endless supply of 80s-inspired fashion online, we at CBD News recommend visiting your local thrift store. Chances are you’re going to find 10 pre-loved items for the price of a single brand new one online.
In fact, our Lifestyle and Fashion editor found an oversized, embroidered denim jacket for an easy $7 at her closest Salvation Army store!