Dressing 80s with normal clothes is easier than you think and requires just a few style steps.
And if you know how to match and pair, even the everyday clothes in your wardrobe can make you look like an 80s fashion queen.
So, whether you’re going to a themed party or want to embrace your inner Janet Jackson, this is how to create an 80s look with regular clothes.
1. Cycling Shorts and Oversized Jacket
Popularised by the late Princess Di, cycling shorts have had a trend rebirth in recent years.
However, to recreate that 80s fashion look, you’ll have to choose eye-catching colors, like neon peach or mint green.
Throw on a baggy jumper or sweatshirt over the top for a maximum 80s effect.
To add more sophistication and make this 80s look even more retro, dress up the shorts with a blazer or oversized shirt in a streetwear style.
Another great option – to recreate that 80s fitness look – is to pair your open-chest top with leggings and leg warmers.
2. Blue Jeans and Rider Leather Jacket
As a must-have in any fashionista’s wardrobe, rider leather jackets are timeless and stylish.
The rider leather jacket confers a superb 80s classic style when paired with jeans.
3. Wide-leg Pants and Chunky Knitwear
Chunky jumpers and sweatshirts are the perfect nods to a tremendous 80s fashion style.
In the 80s, leggings were a great accompaniment to chunky knitwear pieces.
Complete your 80s oversized knitwear look with a pair of clumpy Doc Martens and a fringed leather handbag in matching color.
4. Blazer with Oversized Shoulder Pads
We can’t talk about the 1980s fashion without mentioning oversized blazers, a characteristic look of that decade.
In particular, blazers with shoulder pads with the right clothes and colors are ideal for creating a timeless look.
Go for a blazer in an androgynous style with large shoulder pads for a polish or a loose-fitting look; both are trendy right now.
The structural cut adds sophistication to the overall outfit, while the shoulder pads assemble a polished silhouette.
If you’re not into padded suits, you can replace them with oversized blazers with structured shoulders.
Either way, you must pair the look with a casual pair of jeans and a classic white tee.
5. Tight-Flared Pants and Decollete Tops
Bare decollete tops were all the rage in the 80s daywear.
Ideally, you’ll match your off-the-shoulder top with skin-tight jeans.
The most recognizable 80s style off-the-shoulder tops feature asymmetric cuts to add length to the neck and put a twist on the overall style.
No matter how you feel about 80s fashion, you can’t deny its impact on current fashion trends and styles.
Every modern stylistic trend has hints and throwbacks to this iconic fashion era.
Though we may no longer be reaching for the neon pink lipstick en masse, many 80’s fashion looks are timeless staples to modern looks.
Moreover, all 80s trends and styles discussed in this article have stood the test of time and are easy to wear, albeit a little modernized.
Finally, recreating 1980s looks and trends has never been more accessible, thanks to online clothing stores like Depop and Vinted.
There’s no need to rummage through local charity shops or online vintage stores to create a perfect 80s look.
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Alice Hartwell is a fashion and style professional from Brighton, United Kingdom, driven by an obsession for anything beauty and aesthetics, from fashion runways to red carpet events and style awards. Harnessing writing as a tool, Alice turns her passion into visual storytelling and memorable moments featured in notable fashion and beauty publications, demonstrating the transformative power of style in creating confidence, self-love, and self-expression.