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It’s 2020 And We’re Still Obsessed With The ‘80s—Here’s How You Can Rock it Now!

40 years later and we still can’t get enough of the decade that was.

The 1980s was a decade of glorious excess—think boxy blazers and over the top shoulder pads that could only be best by the volume of one’s hair. Looking at fashion today, it would be unwise to say that the ‘80s is back, because has it ever left? If pop culture would dictate (see: Dua Lipa’s latest video for her single Physical), the decade has not, and seemingly will not, go away.


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40 years later, we find ourselves seemingly in a wrinkle in time yet again. Whether consciously or unknowingly, many of today’s biggest stars are contributing to the ‘80s revival. Though the look is less San Junipero but still with enough flair to turn heads, we still can’t help but feel culturally connected to the decade.


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If you’re too young to remember the nuances of the area, some of the standout trends that you’ll recognize these days include big shoulders, white jeans, underwear as outerwear, and oversized jewelry. 


As an homage to all that excess and style, here are some trends you might want to consider taking out for a spin—for your next Zoom meeting or maybe just some household chores.



POLKA DOTS

What makes this print so inherently ‘80s is its whimsical and slightly in-your-face appeal. Polka dots will continue to stay relevant because it’s actually not tough to style. Tame it down in a muted color scheme or a daintier silhouette like Janine Gutierrez for more wearability.


AEROBICS AESTHETICS

The immortal words of Olivia Newton John (OG Physical Queen) will be ringing in your ears all season long. If you find yourself in your sports bra throughout this ECQ, consider turning up the volume in some sprightly colored workout wear like these looks from Nike.


SLOUCHY SUITING

Did we mention oversized silhouettes? Forget stiff and structured because loose and oversized are key to achieving the ‘80s look down pat. Look to Kourtney Kardashian for inspo and consider this your next look for that online conference call.






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JEWEL TONES

The ‘80s threw some powerful shades into the wardrobes of women all over the world. The antithesis to the soft pastels of summer, take inspiration from Laureen Uy’s bright separates to bring some color to your quarantine fashion.


MICRO MINIS

Nothing says 1980s like leggy micro minis. Just like Camille Co make stepping out of your house worthwhile by dressing up because what’s the ‘80s like if not extra? Plus points for throwing on some ruffle and shoulder details.