While strolling down the high street, I notice the many fashion displays in store windows. A mannequin is wearing all black clothes with spikes,studs and platforms. . Another is wearing an oversized T-shirt with ankle-length leggings. A long necklace complements the shirt, along with a large ring. To some customers, it may appear that current trends belong with earlier decades. But in fact, the reality is that many styles have just come back in fashion.
In the 1980s, bright colors and excessive amounts of jewelry were popular trends amongst both celebrities and ordinary citizens. Although known as “the time that fashion forgot,” stated by The Fashion Police, it seems to be the other way around: society cannot forget about the 1980’s.
For one, neon coloured leggings have made a significant comeback; worn with baggy sweatshirts and oversized T-shirts, shoppers are finding these loud, leggings back in their shopping bags. A trend that I am starting to warm to are the all dancing leg warmers, the trend is hideous but worn with a pair of leggings or a mini skirt I can’t help but want to get involved. See the 80’s with its acid wash jeans and grunge style, remind us nowadays that dressing can be fun. As you can tell its one of my more favourite decades.
After falling out of style in the late 70s, high-waisted skirts and shorts made a noticeable reappearance in the past year. These skirts are worn just above the hip and fall several inches below mid thigh. The outfit is frequently completed with a ruffled top that extends all the way to the neckline. The patterns found on many of these skirts and dresses are floral prints, inspired by styles from the 70s and 80s.
Long necklaces, studded necklaces and beaded neckwear are also a particular trend of the past that has experienced resurgence. In the 1980s, exaggerated amounts of jewelry were worn. Today, the layered necklace look has reappeared, though it is not as extreme. Big hoop earrings and rings that extend across multiple fingers have also returned.
Hairstyles such as the bob — originally from the 80s — have been reinstated in the fashion magazines. Celebrities such as Rihanna and Paris Hilton have helped repopularize this look.
Platform shoes were everywhere in the late Twentieth Century and now they have made a comeback. From flatforms to platforms…..you name it. Another comeback favourite has to be the pointy stiletto, worn with skin-tight jeans, women throughout the country have adopted this comeback trend. It makes anything look slick and sophisticated, if you haven’t tried I suggest whilst the sales are still on grab yourself a pair! Whilst you are there grab me a pair too (Still not recovered from my shoeaholichsim just yet).
For the past decade, stylists have been looking for that new and fresh look that the fashion world crave. They searched for the perfect trend that they hoped would start a whole new fashion era. In reality, this was as simple as pulling out a magazine from the 1980s to mark the beginning of this comeback generation.
So what is your favourite style decade, that has made a major comeback?