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The '80s Called They Want Their Style Back

Statement everything for fall.

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Saying that we love the '80s feels like we're reading off a trite slogan tee or humming the lyrics of a Relient K song, but nothing could be closer to the truth. Even as we moved steadily onto the new millenium of crop tops and bubblegum pop, there's always been a collective culture nostalgia for the decade of The Breakfast Club and blindingly neon aerobic attire. However, as much as film and TV laud these side-ponytail-and-leg-warmer-saturated years (just look at GLOW and Stranger Things), fashion has been working on its own timetable. 

We've seen a resurgence of '90s normcore in recent years, interspersed with throwbacks from the '60s and the '70s, but it's been a while since anything has touched the dusty, ruched fabric and the statement shoulders that would be the bread and butter of a Total-Eclipse-of-the-Heart-themed prom. However, the FW17 collections don't lie, after years of being relegated to on-set wardrobes and Halloween costumes, the '80s are poised for a comeback. We saw some hints of this on the runways, where voluminous pleating, power silhouettes and party-ready metallics were order of the day. And we're happy to report that on the high street you'll find your share of '80s inspired pieces, too.

Check out which '80s trends are influencing this season's collections, as well as some styling tips for rocking them in 2017:

Statement Jackets


The '80s were all about bold sartorial moves (and knowing all the steps to the Thriller dance), so it makes sense that the jackets from the era are some of the craziest fashion's ever seen. We're not just talking statement shoulders à la Grace Jones, but exuberant bombers, mismatched fabrics and denim styles more distressed than us leaving the beach at the end of summer. Complete the look with an asymmetrical mini skirt and throw on a pair of cool-girl combat boots before strutting out the door. Just, please, no MC Hammer pants.
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Zara Vintage Denim Jacket - $70
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Elvi Textured Striped Bomber - $46
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Zara Bomber Jacket with Fringe - $70
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Zara Jacket with Shoulder Pads - $80
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Neon Brights


If you're not sure what the classic '80s color palette is, just watch the opening credits of Saved By The Bell for a sensory overload of neon and fluorescent shades, all incorporated into crazy patterns. To style these colors for everyday, we recommend pairing them with a classic jean without too many bells or whistles for a casual vibe, or going for a power-clashing statement if you dare – just be sure to follow our guide to a high-fashion clash to avoid looking like Screech reincarnated.
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Zara Open Neck Printed Shirt - $36
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Eloquii Studio Off The Shoulder Printed Top - $77
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Ultrachic Neon Print Top - $101
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&Other Stories Coral Reef Flounce Top - $55
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Prom Dress Detailing


Ever look back on pictures of your parents' high school prom and cringe at all the ruched dresses and puffy sleeves – or, if your parents were spared the indignity of this particular trend, Rachel Green's robin-egg-blue catastrophe of a gown? Don't freak out: we're not about to be the generation to repeat these fashion faux-pas, but we have seen a more elegant version of the ruched fabric trend coming back into vogue. Worn right, these looks can be the perfect mixture of vintage and high fashion. Just make sure the pieces are well-fitted (the slightest hint of extraneous volume and it's back to prom we go), keep your accessories minimal, and add pair of high-fashion sock boots to streamline the look.
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Zara Top and Skirt with Gathered Details - $80
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Zara Skirt with Gathered Sides - $80
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&Other Stories Floral Frills Print Dress - $125
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Eloquii Puff Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress - $120
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One-Shoulder Tops


From Jennifer Beals' off-the-shoulder sweater in Flashdance to Sigourney Weaver's shimmery red number in Ghostbusters, there's no silhouette edgier than the nonchalant, I'm-too-busy-dancing-to-bother-with-sleeves look that the '80s perfected – and Saint Laurent recently indulged in. The beauty of the asymmetric top is the numerous styles you can choose from: ruffle it up for a classy occasion, or grab that colorful bodysuit with cut-outs for your aerobics class. Keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, and just remember to rock a pair of eye-catching, dangly earrings to compliment your bare shoulder. 
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Forever 21 Plus Size Velvet Flounce Dress - $20
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&Other Stories One Shoulder Bodysuit - $55
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Eloquii Cascade One Shoulder Top - $65
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Nasty Gal Island In The Sun One Shoulder Body Suit - $24
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Fanny packs


Yes, we know that fanny packs have been back for a while now (shout-out to Kendall and Bella for making these Dad-accessories high-fashion), but these neon belt-bags were popping both at the club and on family vacations during the '80s. The key to rocking a fanny pack? If you're intending to wear it as a multi-tasking belt, make sure that it actually flatters the silhouette of your outfit – or give yours a contemporary feel, as inspired by the fashion set, by slinging it over your shoulder instead. 
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ASOS x MTV Fanny Pack - $29
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Urban Outfitters Mokuyobi Vinyl Belt Bag - $30
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Urban Outfitters Fydelity Belt Bag - $15
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Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse Belt Bag - $1,050
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