Trend Report: The 80s Are Back!!


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First, there was the announcement of the reboot of the 1980’s series “Dynasty”. Then, Anthony Vaccarello headed back to the future with his second collection for St. Laurent that is like totally rad—meaning radical if you are not a child of the 80s. Dig out your mousse and find your Rubik’s Cube, The 80’s are back.

80’s fashion was known for its bold colors and sharp silhouettes. Fashion Reverie has tips how to look chic in 80s style trends without looking like you’re going to a costume party where 80’s is the theme.

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Shoulder pads

Women started wearing jackets with heavy shoulder padding during the 1940s. Facing fabric shortages due to WW II rationing, women altered the suits left behind by enlisted men.  It’s an extremely flattering look on most women, provided you don’t naturally have large shoulders. The danger with shoulder pads is when they get popular, manufacturers start putting them in EVERYTHING! In the 1980’s people saw slips and camisoles that had shoulder pads sewn to ribbon straps.  2017 tip: Don’t double up on shoulder padding; folks will think you have a hunch back or are suffering from post-menopausal osteopororsis!!

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Denim jackets

Denim Jeans were all over the places at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and had a starring role during New York Fashion Week: The Shows in Feb 2017. Denim jackets are making a comeback in a big way. It’s a fun easy look.

Still, there are only a few things to keep in mind.  Denim jackets are very casual look so they are strictly for day or very informal evening looks. They also tend to be pocket heavy; be careful of your silhouette. Stay away from acid wash to avoid people staring or throwing rocks at you.

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Kendall Jenner with fanny pack image courtesy of

Fanny Packs

It’s true. Fanny packs are back. But they aren’t called fanny packs, anymore. High-end designers are referring to them as ‘belt bags.’ To keep from looking like a soccer or suburban mom, pick a structured bag—the traditional floppy fanny packs look sloppy—in a nice leather—leather makes everything look more chic. A bold embellishment like a tassel or a large buckle will add a sophisticated touch.

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Wide belts

If you place a wide belt directly under your bust line, you’ll emphasize your chest. You’ll also make your curves stand out more and highlight your waist. Most wide belts are worn higher above the hip on your waist. This can help slim large midsections by breaking up your torso. Big belts are also a great way to break up a monochromatic look.

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Patent leather skirts

Matte is out; and for fall 2017, the glossier the better. Patent leather skirts will be everywhere this fall. You can balance the intensity of this look by pairing it with a cozy sweater or casual top.  A pair of medium heeled boots will keep you from going too sexy for day.

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Off-the-shoulder dresses or single shoulders dresses

When wearing off the shoulder looks don’t forget your SPF! Bare skin can equal sunburns. When trying on a single shoulder look make sure you move around circling your arms. If the armhole rides too high they can become extremely uncomfortable very quickly

Single shoulder looks are often accompanied by lavish embellishments on the covered shoulder but still leave you the space to rock a pair of funky earrings. Bare shoulders allow you to really let your jewelry and other accessories take center stage.


Oscar De Le Renta earrings courtesy of Neiman Marcus, and Stella McCartney earrings courtesy of Matches Fashion, respectively.

Ear Candy and Statement Earrings

With your bare shoulders, your giant colorful geometric earrings take center stage. Make sure the statement earrings are not to big so they are uncomfortably heavy or restrict movement. Make sure the colors are compatible with your outfit and skip the matching necklace.

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Metallic Fabrics

Metallic fabrics, despite their obvious look-at-me factor, are great basics. They can play off of almost any color and they look as good with your sophisticated heels as they do adorning your coolest pair of sneakers.  Be careful wearing extremely reflective fabrics near the face as they create shadows and highlight flaws particularly if you don’t love your neck.  The shinier the fabric the simpler you won’t your overall outfit to be lest you drift into Ladies of the night territory.

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