It’s 2019, the 80’s have been revived and in a true celebration of power-dressing women, shoulder pads and structured tailoring are making a comeback into our wardrobes. When it comes to bold shoulders and 80’s style two-pieces, going big or going home really are the only options, with oversized shoulders being one of the key looks this season. 80’s fashion has always had a timeless element and after being spotted on the spring/summer 2019 catwalks at London Fashion Week and beyond, some of this season’s hottest looks are taking inspiration from 80’s style clothing. As a fairly controversial trend that not only showcases a strong, stylish aesthetic but can also be depicted as a demonstration of gender equality, shoulder pads can sometimes be hard to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe – but with wearable pieces coming through for this fashion year, an 80’s style power suit is your next wardrobe staple.
Adopting that signature ‘borrowed from dad’ fit with a sharply sculpted top half, 80’s style tailoring takes oversized to the next level, with Balenciaga jumping straight on the trend wagon for their spring/summer 2019 show and Celine showing the blazer’s versatility by throwing it over a delicate cocktail dress, there are endless possibilities when it comes to wearing your 80’s style blazer. So, in celebration of 80’s fashion, we show you how to style yours.
Dressed up street style
Teaming an oversized blazer with ripped jeans and a pair of pointed ankle boots instantly makes for a sophisticated, chic outfit that translates as effortless street style, no matter what the occasion. Whether you’re dressing down skinny leather and pointed stilettos with a slogan tee and oversized jacket or are opting to throw your blazer over a chunky knit, straight leg light denim and a mid-heeled ankle boot, there’s no denying the great thing about this 80’s style garment is its versatility.
Dressed down glamour
Whether your 80’s style blazer is checked, black, white or even pink, having one as a staple in your wardrobe gives you the opportunity to be a little experimental with your style. Whilst great for throwing on to instantly dress up jeans and a hoody, for a more directional vibe, add another dimension to glamorous style by wearing over the top of a dress and heels. From midi to maxi, an elegant dress that elongates the figure can be stylishly thrown off by an 80’s style blazer – its boyish cut and masculine shoulders taking a feminine party piece and breaking all of the rules in one. Keep it chic and simple on foot with barely-there heels and a Perspex clutch. Evening chic with a fashion-forward twist.
There is rarely a look more timeless than a matching set, and the blazer and skirt co-ord is one of the things we love most about 80’s fashion. From vintage checked mini-skirts and matching blazers to tailored suits in block colours, there’s something extremely sophisticated, not to mention effortlessly stylish about totally matching your outfit. Co-ords are perfect for any occasion, from being spotted as street style at London Fashion Week to gracing the red carpets at the Oscars, dressing them up or down in an instant, is simple. Pair tailored trousers with a matching, buttoned blazer and those Balenciaga trainers for out of office cool or team a pencil skirt and blazer set with a roll-necked bodysuit and sock boots for stand out style, fresh off the catwalk.
Half on half off
Nothing says power dressing more than draping an oversized jacket over shoulders for an evening of dinner and drinks with friends. Teamed with slicked hair and oversized sunglasses, this fierce but beautiful aesthetic has gone from damsel in distress to stylish boss woman as fashion has evolved. For sophisticated 80’s style, team a black midi dress and oversized earrings with heeled boots and a draped, oversized blazer. For a fun twist and pop of colour that’s true to 80’s fashion, add a brightly coloured bum bag.
It’s no secret that the athleisure trend has slowly turned timeless, with sports brands bringing out everyday street style in a big way. From velour tracksuits through to formal joggers and statement chunky trainers, athleisure is still ruling the runway – so why not combine two key trends? With the 1980s being the era of experimental 80’s style, there’s no reason why you can’t take an 80’s style oversized blazer and throw it on over your activewear for a super dressed down yet on-trend aesthetic, available to channel whenever you please. For a look fresh from the catwalk, go retro with your styling, think branded hoodies and oversized grey joggers paired with chunky trainers or, to really mix things up, a pointed court shoe.
For a truly minimal look, 80’s style, button your oversized blazer and wear alone. With bare legs and minimal jewellery, you’ll really let the structure of the jacket do the talking, with padded shoulders leading the way as you impress with directional style. The footwear choice is all yours, choose black heeled ankle boots for dinner with a different or wear simple, barely-there heeled sandals to keep fuss to a minimum. Timeless 80’s style brought to the modern-day wardrobe.
Oversized 80’s style blazers we are loving at the minute:
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