How to wear the ’80s trend this season

Updated on February 14 2017

The fashion world’s obsession with ’70s style just might be blowing over, at least for now — and this season is all about going big and bold, 1980s–style. On the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, we saw trends inspired by the ’80s dominating garments from designers such as Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant and Givenchy, all working to deliver their own interpretations on the larger-than-life look and feel of the decade.

From high-shine metallics to neon colours, and from one-shoulder dresses to over-the-top ruffles, bold style choices are your best friend this season, so express yourself freely. To help you get into the spirit of the 80s, here are a few style suggestions to incorporate this upbeat and colourful trend into your everyday wardrobe.

Shiny metallics

The 1980s were all about unapologetic extravagance, so opt for metallics with super-shine factors that will make you look as fierce as ever. If you’re worried that it’s too over-the-top for you, just add a sleek black blazer and you’ll be good to go.

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Where to buy: DKNY single button blazer (HK$3,885) / Christopher Kane long-sleeved metallic sweater (HK$3,051) / Givenchy Love denim mini skirt (HK$7,207) / Saint Laurent rock suede ankle boots (HK$4,787) / Edie Parker ‘Oscar Jewelie’ clutch (HK$15,377).

One-shoulder top + statement earrings
Pump up the sexiness by choosing a top or dress that features asymmetric shoulders – a silhouette that was especially popular in the ’80s. Whether you end up with a sequinned party dress or an elegant ruffled piece, pair it with a pair of statement earrings that dangles brilliantly as you walk.

Where to buy: Fendi one-shoulder peplum-hem cotton top (HK$$9,200) / Nina Ricci high-rise striped wool and silk-blend trousers (HK$5,514) / Dolce & Gabbana ‘Sanda’ crystal-embellished satin bag (HK$32,500) / Fendi ‘Wave’ foldable-heel leather and suede mules (HK$7,100) / Lanvin ‘Chain Lumiere’ crystal honeycomb-chain drop earrings (HK$5,500).

Bright neon
Neon everything was a hit in the ’80s, but if you’re not careful you can look like you’re off to a costume party. Play it safe and choose a dress or skirt in eye-catching hues, but don’t be afraid to mix and match different ones for that extra wow factor.

Where to buy: Loewe peak-lapel leather-tie denim jacket (HK$6,126) / Daizt Shely pleated trim skirt (HK$,493) / Fendi By The Way straw and leather bag (HK$19,000) / adidas by Stella McCartney Adizero XT low-top trainers (HK$1,005).