The 80s Trends That Are Back In Style Today

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Athletic Attire, Then
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The 1980s are remembered as one of the most questionable (but daring!) decades in fashion history. From shoulder pads and oversized blazers to ruffles and the doorknocker earrings, it seems like everything was big in the 80s. And don't even get us started on the beauty trends of the 80s. Even though some of the looks should never resurface (ahem–hair crimpers, bless your hearts), many fashion trends are actually back in style today. Whether you're surprised, excited, or horrified, 80s fashion has made its way to the 21st century. Luckily, most of the trends that have found their way back to the racks are toned-down versions of the originals. It might feel like everything is coming full circle when you spot your daughter in a velvet dress that looks just like the one you wore to junior prom. Or you'll be happy to learn that those Keds you wore ragged have gotten a modern makeover. How many of these 80s looks did you have in your closet, and would you wear them now?

Oversized Blazers with Shoulder Pads, Then

Oversized Blazers with Shoulder Pads, Then
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In the 80s, the shoulder pads were substantial and the colors were loud. Often, blazers were boxy and big.

Oversized Blazers with Shoulder Pads, Now

Oversized Blazers with Shoulder Pads, Now
Anthropologie

Now, blazers can be structured on the shoulders without appearing ready for battle. An oversized blazer in black, taupe, or a neutral plaid can be paired with countless outfits any time of year.

Buy It: $118; anthropologie.com

Patchwork Denim, Then

Patchwork Denim, Then
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The 1980s were quite a time for denim. Jean jackets were all the rage, acid-wash became a thing, and you could even buy denim with patchwork details (or add some yourself).

Patchwork Denim, Now

Patchwork Denim, Now
Anthropologie

Jeans with embroidered floral patterns and patches are back in, especially for fall. This style is laidback with a boho feel.

Buy It: $150; anthropologie.com

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Then

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Then
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Although Ray-Ban introduced the Wayfarer style in 1956, the shades had resurgence in popularity in the 1980s, which was largely contributed to their appearance in The Blues Brothers, among other movies.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Now

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Now
Ray-Ban

The wayfarer style has remained trendy over the years and is still one of Ray-Ban's most popular pair of sunglasses.

Buy It: $153; ray-ban.com

Monochrome Power Suits, Then

Monochrome Power Suits, Then
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Women haven't been wearing pantsuits for very long on the timeline of fashion history, and the 1980s was the age of the "power suit" for working women.

Monochrome Power Suits, Now

Monochrome Power Suits, Now
J.Crew

Women's suits have certainly gotten more modern as far as the fit, but monochrome styles still work, even in the brightest colors. Keep putting the power in those suits, ladies.

Buy It: $288; jcrew.com

Velvet Dresses, Then

Velvet Dresses, Then
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Velvet had a huge moment during the 80s, and even Princess Diana rocked the velvet-dress trend to multiple events.

Velvet Dresses, Now

Velvet Dresses, Now
Nordstrom

Velvet might be having an even bigger moment now than it did in the 80s. From handbags, to blouses, to dresses, to shoes, you can find just about anything in soft or crushed velvet right now.

Buy It: $99; nordstrom.com

Cropped Jeans, Then

Cropped Jeans, Then
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In the 1980s, cropped jeans with a cuff were actually called "pegged" jeans, but only when you achieved the perfect tight cuff.

Cropped Jeans, Now

Cropped Jeans, Now
Neiman Marcus

Although jeans with a traditional cuff are still in fashion, many emerging styles of cropped jeans have more rough and uneven hemlines.

Buy It: $128; neimanmarcus.com

Fanny Packs, Then

Fanny Packs, Then
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The fanny pack was originally worn around the waist with the bag situated in the back, hence the name. Even though fanny packs were popular in the 80s, they weren't considered fashionable and were worn for practical purposes.

Fanny Packs, Now

Fanny Packs, Now
Nordstrom

Because of on-the-go generations and music festivals, fanny packs have seen a very fashionable comeback. Luckily, fanny packs brought a new, less gross-sounding name into the millennial—they're now going by "belt bags." Under the Instagram-fueled "belt bag" guise, we're tempted to get behind this trend.

Buy It: $56; nordstrom.com

Sequins and Shine, Then

Sequins and Shine, Then
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In the 80s, there were enough sparkles and shimmery fabrics to go around.

Sequins and Shine, Now

Sequins and Shine, Now
Nordstrom

Sparkly looks of the 80s lost their shine during the grungy 90s, but if celebrities' red carpet looks are any indication, sequins are back (and hopefully here to stay).

Buy It: $198; nordstrom.com

Ruffle Blouses, Then

Ruffle Blouses, Then
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Much like shoulder pads, ruffles were big (in size and popularity) in the 80s. Blouses often had ruffles down the front that made them look like they belonged on a pirate instead.

Ruffle Blouses, Now

Ruffle Blouses, Now
Free People

Southern women have always loved ruffles, so it's convenient that they're back in style, although in a more subtle way than in the 80s.

Buy It: $78; freepeople.com

Off-The-Shoulder Dresses, Then

Off-The-Shoulder Dresses, Then
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Off-the-shoulder looks were everywhere in the 80s, and Princess Diana wore a few influential off-the-shoulder gowns to various events.

Off-The-Shoulder Dresses, Now

Off-The-Shoulder Dresses, Now
Nordstrom

Off-the-shoulder looks are no longer just for fancy events. Off-the-shoulder dresses and tops are trendy for day or night, and many off-the-shoulder looks incorporate another 80s staple—ruffles.

Buy It: $198; nordstrom.com

Big Sleeves, Then

Big Sleeves, Then
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Was anything actually small in the 80s? The sleeves sure weren't.

Big Sleeves, Now

Big Sleeves, Now
Nordstrom

Brace yourselves, ladies: Puffy sleeves are back. For now, sleeves with the grandeur of the 80s sleeve are only prancing down couture runways, but ready-to-wear, more subdued versions are hitting shelves.

Buy It: $80; nordstrom.com

Lace, Then

Lace, Then
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Madonna's look at the first MTV Video Music Awards put lace on the map in a way the fashion world had never seen.

Lace, Now

Lace, Now
Nordstrom

In the South, classic lace is never out of style. No offense to Madonna, but we're very glad that fingerless lace gloves haven't come back.

Buy It: $89; nordstrom.com

Bomber Jackets, Then

Bomber Jackets, Then
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Bomber jackets came off of military pilots and high school football players and into the fashion scene in the 80s partially because of popular films like The Hunter and Top Gun.

Bomber Jackets, Now

Bomber Jackets, Now
Lulu's

Modern bomber jackets are dressier and made with lighter fabrics for more versatile wear.

Buy It: $52; lulus.com

Athletic Attire, Then

Athletic Attire, Then
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In 1982, Jane Fonda released her first aerobics home workout video, and the concept of exercise (and the fashion involved) changed forever.

Athletic Attire, Now

Athletic Attire, Now
Dick's Sporting Goods

Athletic attire now is much more advanced as far as weather and sweat protection go, but legging styles that became popular in the 80s are in, especially high-waist looks. Thank goodness leg warmers stayed in the 80s, and leotards are only for dancers and gymnasts again.

Buy It: $50; dickssportinggoods.com

Keds, Then

Keds, Then
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Every girl in school was wearing Keds, and that white canvas had to be spot-free.

Keds, Now

Keds, Now
Keds

The Keds brand has branched out from the original stark white look and now sells platform, high-top, and patterned sneakers in multiple multiple fabrics, colors, and patterns.

Buy It: $59.95; keds.com

Denim Jackets, Then

Denim Jackets, Then
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Denim played a big role in 80s fashion, and jackets were no exception.

Denim Jackets, Now

Denim Jackets, Now
Old Navy

Denim jackets are perfect for chilly Southern days and nights when you just need something over your shoulders, and they go with just about anything, so this is a trend we're happy to have back.

Buy It: $44.99; oldnavy.com

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