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Big and Bold – 80s is Back

We styled five looks with vintage and contemporary pieces from Designer Revival to celebrate the comeback of the 1980s.
Big and Bold – 80s is Back

The 1980s was the decade of optimism, opulence, and excess. The fashion reflected this mood perfectly.

Here are five looks styled with original 1980s pieces and contemporary fashion, everything pulled from the collection of Designer Revival consignment store in New York.

1. Skirt Suit

Shoulder pads represented the power in the new 1980s working woman. With a growth in the economy, these businesswomen could afford expensive designer suits.

The 80s suit was sharply-tailored, with wide padded shoulders, a knee-length skirt, cinched waist, and often made of glitzy fabrics in jewel colors like the purple Guy Laroche set in the photo.

Skirt suit Guy Laroche, boots Dear Frances.

2. Neon Colors

Nothing says the 1980s like a combination of neon colors, shoulder pads, and a chain belt. Like everything about the eighties fashion, colors, too, were loud and bold. 1980s fashion played with many references, especially with the 1940s. Big shoulders are one of the things both decades share. Ironically, the neon-colored contemporary halter-neck dress by Jason Wu tones the shoulder-padded shirt down.

Vintage shirt Guy Laroche, dress Jason Wu, chain belt Chanel.

3. Print Mix

1980s prints were loud and busy: animal prints, tropical flowers, and mash-up scarf prints made popular by Gianni Versace. Add some sequins into your print mix to go over the top the 1980s way. The shorts with a New York-themed print are also by Gianni Versace, one of the most iconic 1980s designers.

Sequin leggings Moschino, vintage shorts late 1980s–early 1990s Versace, vintage top Yves Saint Laurent, vintage trench coat 1980s Yves Saint Laurent.

4. Mini Skirts

Born in the 1960s, back in style in the 1980s, and paired nicely with leggings, another 1980s item. 1980s boots were often slouchy and came in bright, showy colors; like these contemporary silver boots by Stuart Weitzman.

Metal mesh top Gianni Versace couture from 1983/84, skirt by Miu Miu, boots Stuart Weitzman.

5. Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket was the jacket of the 1980s. Initially a staple piece of military pilots and high school football players, the bomber landed into the fashion scene because of popular films like The Hunter and Top Gun.

Bomber jacket R13, leggings Isabel Marant for H&M, patent boots vintage Sonia Rykiel from the 1980s.

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