This year, the only way to nail modern retro design is with an 80s vibe.
The era of graphic shapes, bold colours and excess drama has well and truly taken over 2017, from our TV shows (Stranger Things) to the runways we love obsessing over (Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, we’re looking at you).
Even better, now that everyone’s discovered how Instagram-able an80s look is,it’s trickled down into the high street and turned into a revival even us mere mortals can start experimenting with.
Yup, this 80s-fashion flashback is set to stick around for a while, so here are a few top tips on how you can play around with it in your wardrobe.
#1: power dressing silhouettes
Power dressing in the 80s was all about sharp lines and exaggerated shoulder pads. For 2017, that strong, bold silhouette has been given a slightly softer edge.
Yup, this season a flared sleeve is the only drama your wardrobe needs, especially if you go for a style similar to this over-the-top ASOS shirt.
#2: crop top ensembles
Back in the day, crop tops were worn with super short miniskirts, leggings and lots of ruffles (we’ve got Madonna to thank for that).
Today’s 80s inspired fashion is still all about baring yourmidriff, but pair your crop top with high-waisted culottes or wide-legged trousers for a more sophisticated, androgynous look.
#3: temporary corkscrew curls
Perms may have reigned supreme in the 80s, but although we love thosetheatricalcurls we’re not sure it’s a look we’d want to rock 24/7.
For a do that nods to the drama of a perm without the commitment, turn to Mark Hill’s Pick and Mix curling wand (it comes with a super small barrel perfect for forming tight ringlets). It’ll create big, bouncy corkscrew curls that you can easily brush outthe next morning.
#4: statement earrings
Looking for a modern replacement for classic 80s doorknocker earrings? Then the statement tasselearrings that are currently all over Instagram are definitely for you.
We like these stunners from Accessorize, butso long as yours are bright and bold (preferably in gold as well) you’ve got this trend totally under control. Wear with big hair, an even biggerpout and all the rock-star attitude you can muster.
Today’s hottest stars are all experimenting with bold eyeshadows that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 80s, so don’tbe afraid to make a statement with your makeup either.
Orange is the colour of the year, apparently, with Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner both rocking a burnt sienna smokey eye on the red carpet. Try using a similar shade as an eyeliner for your next night out, it’s more flattering than you think.
How do you plan to embrace an 80s-inspired modern retro look with your wardrobe this year? Leave a comment and let us know.