Back to the 80’s

Having just got back from a trip to the UK, I have to warn everyone who wore leg-warmers and blue eyeliner throughout the 80’s, that these trends (and more) are back this season and next!  Embrace your inner Madonna, Olivia Newton John or Pat Benatar!



Luckily though, it’s not quite a full revival, rather a cleaning up of 80’s excess and a simpler silhouette.  There are jelly shoes, washed out slashed jeans, asymmetrical looks, lashings of neon, graphic prints, extravagant shoulder detail, plaited head bands, extra large hoop earrings and over-sized everything from sweatshirts to jeans to blazers.

For those of us who grew up in the 80’s and witnessed our mother’s ventures into big hair, perms, pink lipstick, shoulder pads, flash dance get-ups and scrunchies, fear not!  There is no need to go completely back in time, because 80’s fashion is definitely more refined this time round.


Skip the shoulder pads and go for over-sized jackets over a mini or body-con dresses.  Team ballet pumps with leggings (stirruped are big news!) and an over-sized tee or bubble dress.  Venture into light or acid washed jeans, but keep the look modern with skinnies and strappy, jewelled heels.  Dolman sleeves (where the shoulder actually starts in the middle of your arm), are a very big look.  Pair them with peg legs and ballet slippers.

Over-accessorising is suddenly fresh after the minimalism of the past few years.  Think chains, neon, cuffs and hoops.  Mesh vests worn over neon or brightly coloured tanks are also big news.  Finally, the jumpsuit and romper are still firmly in current and future trends, so get out there and find one that suits your body – they can be very flattering!  Really!

The trick is to keep your look pared down, and to steer clear of bubble fringes, banana clips and mismatched earrings at all costs!

Check out this vide for more 80’s inspired trends

The best of the 80’s inspired styles (below) available from Friends with Jenny (😉



Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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