This fashion revival might be even better than the original.
High shine fabrics, nipped-in waists balanced by larger-than-life puffy sleeves, and leggings, leggings, leggings in everything from classic, multi-colored Spandex to velvet and even a pair of lace leggings that we’re certain Madonna herself would have coveted back in ‘86—we’re here for all of it! Yes, people, the ‘80s are back, and this fashion revival might be even better than the original.
Rita Ora, ’80s Fashion Icon Madonna, Selena Gomez
For Spring 2017 designers at Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Saint Laurent, Moschino, and Isabel Marant took all the best of ‘80s fashion, like pops of color, puffed sleeves, and flirty hemlines, and revamped them for the modern girl. And modern girls have fully embraced this fashion nod to the decade of big hair (and even bigger shoulder pads), ripped jeans, and neon. We’ve already spotted several celebs decked in ‘80s-inspired gear on the red carpet, including a puffball mini skirt from Selena Gomez that we’re dying to hang up in our own closet, as well as dozens of street style stars.
Saint Laurent Spring 2017, Isabel Marant Spring 2017, Marc Jacobs Spring 2017
Want to try the trend? The ‘80s was all about excess—extra puffy, extra accessorized, extra colorful, extra embellished, you get the picture. Instead of taking this trend too literally (you don’t want it to look costume-y), opt for one or two key pieces that are inspired by the decade–a puffball mini skirt, culottes, or stirrup leggings, for example. Cut the neck off of an old sweatshirt for a shoulder-baring, Flashdance-inspired look like the ones we saw at Prabal Gurung and Rodarte, or rock an oversized jean jacket or blazer (you might find one in the men’s department). Accessorize with a big, bright hair bow, a la Madonna, a wide belt to create a super cinched waist, or big, geometric jewelry. Shiny fabrics, lots of bright colors, shoulder pads, and just about anything lace will also get the job done.
Boat Neck Sweatshirt, forever21.com, Lace and Mesh Midi Skirt, torrid.com, Shoulder Pad Cropped Tee,