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80s fashion: what’s left of that iconic wardrobe?

80s fashion, that is, the style that best represents this decade of excess and appearance, accompanied by a truly unique aesthetic. These are the years of hedonism and life lived to the fullest, of wealth and yes, even of ostentation. They leave behind legends and myths, but also a stunning wardrobe (including swimsuits), still absolutely contemporary.

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«What will remain of these Eighties» is the refrain of one of Raf’s most famous songs who, in 1989, questioned what his generation was experiencing in that period, both on a social and personal level. Today, we ask the question again, but in a different way fashion.

Five garments protagonists of the Eighties that we still love very much

Only a few years ago we would have been horrified to think of taking some of our mothers’ items out of our trunks: those jackets with exaggerated shoulders and those fit such details seemed truly outdated. But, as we all know, in the fabulous world of fashion everything disappears and everything comes back. Here a special one Top 5capable of combining the fashion of the past with that of the presentjust like the one we dedicated to the decade of the Seventies.

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We took a look at the wardrobe of that decade and took inspiration from photos of the time to draw up the Top 5 garments and accessories that have passed (with flying colors) the test of time. We bet that many of us still wear them today…

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1. The power dress (and the legendary shoulder pads)

Ambition, success, charisma: the jacket-trousers or jacket-skirt suit of the fabulous Eighties represents all of this. Iconic films such as A career woman of 1988 starring Melanie Griffith, then they consecrated it as the perfect suit to represent energy and power (hence the name power dress) of women.

New York 1985. A guest at the BodyMap fashion show wearing an outfit designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

New York, 1985. A guest at the BodyMap fashion show wearing an outfit designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Why do we still like it today? It’s an 80s fashion classic, but it’s seen an incredible rise in recent years. It works in the super-accessorized version, with blazer and waistcoat, but also in the modern reinterpretations, with jacket cropped and original details.

Gigi Hadid in New York City wears a modern cut black suit.

Gigi Hadid in New York City wears a modern cut black suit.

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Lauren Burns wears a total white three-piece suit in Sydney.

Lauren Burns wears a three-piece suit in Sydney total white.

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2. I leggings and clothing sporty

Jane Fonda it is the perfect representation ofathleisure who, with his outfits active, has conquered the streets of cities around the world. Thanks to his leotard of high-cut lycra, ai leggings colored and with the matching leg warmers we could consider it as the progenitor of that lifestyle wellnessso fashionable nowadays.

1982 Jane Fonda in workout uniform.

1982, Jane Fonda in uniform workout.

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Why do we still like it today? The sporty look, even outside the gym, makes us feel dynamic and free in our movements. For shopping, for a walk in the park, for a shopping trip: leggings, sweatshirt or crop top they are always a good idea!

Alessandra Ambrosio in Los Angeles is often spotted with sporty looks.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Los Angeles is often spotted with sporty looks.

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Caylee Cowan in Los Angeles shows off a leggings and top outfit around the city.

Caylee Cowan in Los Angeles rocks a leggings and top outfit out and about in the city.

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3. Sequins, sequins it’s still sequins

All the glamour of the Eighties comes back to life in the clothes sparkling which seem to come straight out of an episode of Dynasty. AND Joan Collinsaka Alexis, is still the perfect icon today fashion capable of best representing the eccentric and luxurious style of that decade.

1983 Joan Collins in a promotional shot of the famous soap opera Dynasty.

1983, Joan Collins in a promotional shot of the famous soap opera Dynasty.

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Why do we still like it today? Because it enlightens us and makes us special. Today, then, the trends see the protagonists sequins even during the day. The secret? Treat them like a normal fabric and combine them with a white T-shirt or men’s blazer: style contrasts that work.

The sequined slip dress is worn during the day with a T-shirt and tennis shoes.

The slip dress of sequins is worn during the day, with a T-shirt and tennis shoes.

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Sequin blazer perfect combo.

Sequins + blazer: perfect combo.

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4. The sweater (strictly on the shoulders)

A basic to carry with us but to wear in a very specific way, as taught by trend of this spring-summer 2024. If previously you kept the light sweater in your bag in case of a drop in temperatures, today you place it on your shoulders, just like they did in the Eighties. A fully upper-class aesthetic old money revival.

A street style shot at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris in the 1980s.

A street style shot at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris in the 1980s.

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Why do we still like it today? It’s a trick styling easy to copy which makes this strategic (and useful) garment an accessory to show off to complete our look and make it preppy.

Mandy Bork is in Berlin

Mandy Bork is in Berlin

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Alexa Chung in London

Alexa Chung in London

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5. The denim jacket

A true cult in the era of the sandwich makers. His oversized fit it is casual but at the same time well defined: nothing is ever left to chance. In those years, as is still happening today, customizations won, just as in the case of the model worn by Madonna in 1986. Yes to contrasting fabric inserts, to patches and the legendary pins.

1986 Madonna in New York wears a boxy-cut denim jacket.

1986, Madonna in New York wearing a cut denim jacket boxy.

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Why do we still like it today? It has become part of the great classics. If a time to his silhouette squared, drier cuts were preferred, today it is precisely his boxy allure to make a difference. Also perfect for one size larger.

Decorative studs how to make your denim jacket special.

Decorative studs: how to make your denim jacket special.

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It can be worn with everything from the most elegant suits to the most casual everyday ones.  A real master key.

It can be worn with everything, from the most elegant to the most casual suits, for every day. A true passepartout.

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Source: Vanity Fair

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