If you were a child, or even a teen, in the 80s, you probably remember some pretty crazy fashion styles. It’s hard to believe, but the 80s are making a big comeback. The only problem is how do you make 80s fashion feel more grownup? Is it possible to incorporate 80s fashion into your work wardrobe? The following tips will allow you to embrace 80s fashion without looking like an 80s reject.
Incorporate Belted Tops Into Your Wardrobe
The 80s was well known for the sweater dress, which often featured a thick black belt. While this look may be a bit casual for the office, many department stores are now carrying button up tops that feature belt loops and a black belt. This look is not only work friendly, but fashionable as well. Best of all, this look is great for curvy women because it creates a defined waistline, which can make you look thinner. What woman doesn’t want that?
Embrace the Layered Look
The 80s was all about layers. Long sleeved shirts topped with tee shirts and then a jean vest may have been hot when you were 10, but won’t make a good impression in the office. Instead, why not pair a button up shirt with a thin sweater and a blazer? Avoid tucking in the button up shirt to show more of the layers. Complete the look with a pair of jean trousers and black high heels. This is the perfect look for a casual Friday, especially if you’re allowed to where jeans. If so, switch the trousers for a pair of dark blue skinny jeans.
Add Bright Colors and Patterns to Your Wardrobe
Hot pink, neon green and even electric blue were colors that rocked the 80s. And, how can we forget leopard print and tiger stripes that featured these bright colors? While these colors and patterns may not seem work friendly, there are ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe. For example, hot pink silky blouses add punch of color to a black suit. You can also enjoy wild patterns by choosing patterned shirts to wear under sweaters or a closed blazer. Another way to incorporate bright colors and patterns is the use of accessories, purses and shoes. Don’t be afraid to embrace your wild side and grab a pair of shoes that feature a tastefully done leopard print.
Choose Accessories That Make a Big Statement
Accessories are a great way to incorporate a style into your wardrobe without getting too crazy. For example, bangle bracelets with a fun 80s inspired pattern can add a splash of color to your wardrobe. Purses are another way to embrace your 80s memories without being over the top. Lastly, consider tastefully done patterned stockings. A perfect example are the twiggy London tights, which feature wild patterns that are still sophisticated enough for work.
Look for Small Details
Lastly, look for small details that are a throwback to the 80s. Many current styles are adding small touches that were popular in the 80s. It may be zippers on a sweater or small chains on a pair of slacks. Either way, these little details add the perfect touch to a wardrobe that is suitable for work. Take the time to look at your favorite clothing stores. Chances are you’ll find more 80s inspired pieces than you thought imaginable.