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The 80s Fashion Trends Our Editors Agree Are Welcomed In 2023

The 80s Fashion Trends Our Editors Agree Are Welcomed In 2023

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he 80s was the OG of style. If we recreated every trend from that era, it would prove inexhaustible. That’s how much impact the 80s made in the fashion world. Have you looked back at the most iconic styles of the past and considered whether they should make a comeback in the present? We’re officially revisiting the bold and colorful world of 80s fashion, a decade that was all about making a statement with your wardrobe.

From shoulder pads and power suits to neon spandex and leg warmers, the 80s were a time of excess and exaggeration in fashion. While some of these trends may seem a little over-the-top by today’s standards, there are still a few that our editors think deserve a second chance.

Here are a few 80s women’s fashion trends our editors are unapologetically rocking this 2023…

#1. Acid wash jeans

 
 
 
 
 
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These distressed jeans were all the rave in the 80s, and are notorious for adding a cool, edgy touch to any outfit. Today, we can style them with crop tops or bodysuits alongside sneakers, pumps, or slip-on.

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#2. Leg warmers

 
 
 
 
 
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These cozy accessories were popularized by dancers and fitness gurus in the 80s. Fast forward to 2023, and it’s worn by anyone looking to add a pop of chicness to their look with warmth in perspective.

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#3. Oversized blazers

 
 
 
 
 
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This piece is a classic 80s women’s fashion must-have. It has become every fashion girl’s closet staple in recent years, and from the look of things, it’s here to stay. Embrace the power shoulder and pair an oversized blazer with a high-waisted pleated skirt for a look that’s both classy and voguish.

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#4. Ripped t-shirts

 
 
 
 
 
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DIY fashion was a huge thing in the 80s, and what better way to channel that rebellious spirit the 80s was famous for than with a ripped t-shirt? Wear it with high-waisted jeans and sneakers for a casual, cool look.

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#5. Spandex

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you opt for leggings, cycling shorts, or a full-on bodysuit, spandex is a must-have for any 80s-inspired outfit. A bodysuit can be worn with jeans or pantsuits, and midi or maxi skirts.

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#6. Crop tops

 
 
 
 
 
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This timeless trend was an 80s women’s fashion favorite and is still going strong today. Complete the look with oversize jeans or a mini skirt. A crop top is a versatile and stylish addition to any wardrobe.

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#7. Fanny packs

 
 
 
 
 
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Fanny packs are convenient accessories that kept the 80s style going. Wear it around your waist or cross-body for a hands-free, on-trend look.

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#8. Denim overalls

 
 
 
 
 
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You could wear a full-length pair, a short romper style, or a culotte version. Denim overalls are a classic 80s staple that never goes out of style.

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#9. Power suits

 
 
 
 
 
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Go big or go home was the anthem of this era. When in the mood to make a statement with your wardrobe, a power suit leaves nothing to chance. Opt for bold takes like royal blue, green, red, purple, print, or plaids, and pair them with heels for a look that commands attention.

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#10. Statement sleeves

 
 
 
 
 
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From puff and bishop sleeves to oversized shoulders, the 80s sleeves were built differently. Embrace this trend by opting for a top with exaggerated sleeves, and pair it with sleek, modern pieces like palazzo pants.

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#11. Neon hues

 
 
 
 
 
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There was no 80s women’s fashion without bold, bright colors, and neon colors. It was at the top of the list. Elevate your look with a neon top or pair of neon shoes to stand out from the crowd.

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#12. Scrunchies

 
 
 
 
 
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These beloved hair accessories made a comeback a few years ago, and are as utilitarian as ever. Choose a bold color or print to add some personality to your permed or curled mane.

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13. High-waisted jeans

 
 
 
 
 
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Denim is eternal. Whether you choose to slay in a pair of skinny jeans or a wide hem style, high-waisted jeans are a need if you’re curating your 80s women’s fashion closet.

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#14. Mini skirts

 
 
 
 
 
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Almost every day was leg day in the 80s, and a bright color mini skirt paired with thigh-high boots is always a great idea.

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#15. Leather jackets

 
 
 
 
 
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Show off in a classic biker jacket or oversized, aviator-style options. Owning a dope leather jacket is a game-changer. Style it with a mini dress and boots for a tough, edgy vibe, or with acid-wash jeans and a graphic t-shirt for a more laid-back vibe. Consider monochrome coordinations for added finesse.

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The 80s women’s fashion was reminiscent of bold fashion choices and self-expression. While some of these trends may seem over the top, we believe they can be incorporated into modern looks in an oh-so-stylish way. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner 80s fashionista and give these trends a try this 2023.


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