How to Modernize 1980s Style

August 31st, 2009

Modern 1980s Style
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You can embrace 1980s style without pulling out your off the shoulder tops and shoulderpads.  Even better, you can pull off the retro look in style.  The key is to nod to the past without copying it verbatim.  We’ve crafted an outfit that combines a few key 1980s trends (bright color, sweatshirt tops, and body-conscious skirts) without making it look like you’re partying like it’s 1989.  Here’s how to get the modern 1980s look:

1. Start with a fitted base layer: a sweatshirt top and a banded skirt.  Both the sweatshirt top and the body-hugging skirt nod to 1980s trends (oversized sweatshirts, bandage dresses).  Added bonus points for the cartoon dinosaur top, which adds a bit of humor to the otherwise edgy outfit.
2.  Add a shot of bright color with a loosely fitted jacket.  The contrast of the oversized jacket with the fitted base makes the silhouette more visually interesting.
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of cage-inspired booties.  We love the edginess of the uber-strappy ankle boots.

How would you wear 1980s style?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  September 1st, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Hah! I’m wearing a black and white zebra striped strapless dress with a neon yellow cardi over it TODAY. How’s that for updated 80s? ;)

  • 2. Trisha  |  September 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Wow! Great minds think alike, Sal!

  • 3. GeorgieNYC  |  September 3rd, 2009 at 11:55 am

    ha, love that skirt. how 80’s are studs? we found some quite cool ones here…..!

  • 4. Scoutabout  |  September 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Sorry - I just can’t get back into the 80’s look. It came around once for me and that was enough.

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