Bad memories of 80s fashion? Now’s your chance to get it right, says Niamh Hopkins
It might not be a coincidence that 2009 sees a big return to 80s fashion, the decade that last saw us knee-deep in recession. First spawned on the catwalks and now taking over the high street are a kaleidoscope of neon brights, tie-dye patterns and chain-strap mini handbags in ‘colour block’ shades resembling those of a Rubik’s Cube — another 80s legend. Ankle socks, lace-up brogues and jumpsuits are all back in style!
It’s time to recycle your old wardrobe and dig out that faded denim jacket or ruffled mini skirt, some of the items adorning shops this season, along with fingerless gloves, oversized clutches and big shoulder pads.
Structured blazers signify a return to power-dressing for women which, when worn with tons of blusher and statement earrings, show you mean business and might just land you that job!
White blazers are particularly big news this summer, once we’re careful not to overdo it and end up looking like an extra from Miami Vice. Modern champions include Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Kate Moss, who get the 80s/Noughties balance spot on.
Other 80s trends being revisited are acid-washed jeans and ripped, pale denim with off-the-shoulder T-shirts. ‘Jeggings’ — a clever spin on the skinny jean and legging — should be approached with caution for anyone not 100% happy with the silhouette of their pins.
Many girls will remember shoe-horning themselves into leggings and skipants as chubby teenagers. Ugh, the memories!
This time around, however, we can get it right, ignoring slapwrist bracelets, jellied shoes and poodle perms. We have come a long way in the style stakes on Irish shores and know how to team leggings with longer tops, tone down neons with muted nudes and wear clothes with confidence instead of letting them ‘wear’ us.
With the benefit of hindsight, hopefully we can make the 80s fashion work for us, second time around, and with not a camel toe in sight!