When we talk about fashion, there are only few good things that should be resurrected from the 80’s. Everything else is just plain ridiculous. For those who were born in that era, I’m pretty sure you would agree with me. How can you not forget the teased hair filled with ozone-depleting ‘Aqua Net’, big shoulder pads, denim jackets, mommy jeans (have you seen Katie Holmes sporting this look lately?) and rubber shoes, Spandex, aerobic dancer look, blinding neon stuffs one can find in her closet plus a whole lot more. And oh, don’t get me started with men’s fashion.
I have subjective judgment on what these 'few good things' should be revived. And when I say revive, doesn't have to be worn as it was in that era. With few tweaks, you can make these 80's pieces look hot and not dated.
Carrie Underwood Photo courtesy of Instyle.com
Shades. EP - Neon Shutter Shade Sunglasses (shop.80spurple.com), Cami, Skinnies & Pumps. Neon Seamless Camis and Color Skinny Jeans and Neon Pumps by Wet Seal.
Left to Right: Rachel Roy Off-the-shoulder tunic dress, Off the shoulder dress in the style of Mischa Barton (goddiva.co.uk), Body Amr Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress (stylefinder.com), Development Silk charmeuse camisole, Giambattista Valli: Top Off Shoulder Bow Front and silk jersey top (brownsfashion.com).
Jodhpur Leggings, Regular white leggings, Supersoft Zip Leggings (pink), Leopard print leggings, foil leggings, Circle sequin leggings, Tartan Print tights, Stripey tights and Aqua Blue tights all from Topshop (topshop.com).
From Left to Right: Hamish Morrow Melton mini skirt (net-a-porter.com), Hitch mini skirt by All Saints , Topshop - Voile Tiered mini and Jodhpur mini both from Topshop, Leather mini skirt from Lipsy, Belted Baggy mini from Topshop, Wool mini from Oli, Mini with button details from Topshop and Couture Couture Cotton mini skirt.
From Left to Right: Topshop Plastic Square Bangles, Wood Bangles (vivre.com), Alexis Bittar Small Square Bangle Bracelet (shop.nordstrom.com), Miss Selfridge - Engraved Bangles Set (missselfridge.com), Square Wood/Croc Bangle Bracelet (vivre.com), Neon Color Bangle (Rampage.com), Mother of pearl encrusted bangle and wooden bangle set; Thread Multi Colured Bangle all from Topshop, Green Edie's Striped Square Bangles (emitations.com), CC Skye Pair of Lucite Gold Spike Bangles (bunnyhug.co.uk), Thin Crown Bangle in Green at Shoptwigs.com and French Connection Chequerboard Bangle at ASOS.
From Left to Right: Converse All Star® Chuck Taylor®: Core OX (Pink), Ox Seasonal (Turquoise), Seasonal Ox (Blue Turquoise), Acoustic Watercolor Ox (Blue/Green), Synth Pop Rainbow Hearts Ox (White/Pink), Ditzy Floral Ox (Lavender/Dark Denim/Light Blue), Converse Women's Chuck Taylor Ox, Lo Top Pink, Lo Top Women Multicolor Design, Double Tongue Women's Shoes, Grunge Womens Shoes, Buffalo Check Womens Shoes, Red™ Ox (Canvas -Red),Plaid Ox (Pink/white) and All Star® Mosaic Slip (Pink/Orange).
---------------------------------------------------On September 6, there is going to be a corporate function that will be held at SMX. To date, there are only ideas in my head but I haven’t actually tried looking around to realize all these. I don't want to be 'that' someone who brought back bad memories from this era. So I have come up with some looks that I might try.
From Left to Right:
Blue Dress by Preen Halter neck dress with pleating from Browns Fashion, Gold Metal Clutch Bag (myprestigium.com), Gold Stilettos (instyle.com)
Grecian Pink Dress by Versace, Tisserand Black Belt (adorevintage.com), Black Satin Clutch (vivre.com), High Heel Gladiator Buckles by Delicacy (Guess)
Kelly Green Halter Top (giannascloset.com), Lambertson Truex Zebra Clutch (blommingdales.com), Linea Paolo 'Brayden' T-Strap Sandal (nordstrom.com)
Yellow Tube Dress by H&M, Tan flat prong belt from Dorothy Perkins, Yellow Quilted Chain Bag from Chanel, Marni Strappy Neon Sandals (stylefinder.com)Everything looks glamourous! Sigh... If only I were Eva Longoria who can have 10 outfit changes in just one event. Anyhow, the real challenge is to rock one of these ensembles and make sure it's in a budget. It doesn't have to be the real thing ;) I just need to sharpen my shopping skills to cop one of these four looks. I will posting my 80's outfit soon after the event. Let's see if I'd stick to my own ideas.