The ’80s Fashion Trends Stylists Can’t Get Enough Of
It’s no secret that fashion trends from the 1980s are having a moment like never before. Just think about it: The ’80s brought us fishnets and leg warmers, served up electric colorways and the naked dress, made a case for leggings-as-pants, and inserted shoulder pads into any blazer and blouse that designers would allow.
Plus, it wasn’t just the clothing that became historic: the women who made these looks their own are the same ones we draw inspiration from today. Case in point: Princess Diana’s revenge dress and signature turtlenecks-under-sweaters moments, as well as Madonna’s corsets and tulle and layered jewelry. Demi Moore and Molly Ringwald challenged gendered dressing norms, while Lisa Bonet advertised a cool, eclectic style.
If you dig deep enough, there’s an ’80s aesthetic for every style preference. While we’d absolutely advise looking to the archived celebrity looks of the time for inspiration, we also went ahead and reached out to a few fashion experts to get their opinion on which ’80s styles are trending and how to wear these looks today.
meet the expert
- Joanna Angeles is the Tobi head stylist.
- Christina Jaide is the co-founder of JLUX.
- Teresa Jaide is the other half of JLUX.
Leather Jacket + Platform Shoes + Metal Accents
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The ’80s were a vibrant and glamorous decade, especially within the music industry. To fully recreate that iconic glam-rock aesthetic, Angeles says platform shoes, metallic staples, leather fabrics — or better yet, faux leather — and lots of glittery accents are key. “To take it to the next level, incorporate lace, statement belts, gloves, power suits, and oversized boxy blazers,” Angeles tells us. “Forget less is more — with the ’80s, more is definitely more, and making a statement is always the way to go.”
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For girls’ night out or happy hour (or just because), Angeles says the ’80s trend she’d gravitate towards would be a mini skirt decked out in sequins. “Pair with bold colored pointed toe pumps, a tucked-in, flowy white button-up, and chunky gold jewelry for an extra touch of glam.”
Companies are shuffling people around more than they were a year ago. Here’s how to know what your reassignment really means.
- Companies have been moving employees around internally more frequently, per LinkedIn data.
- Some people may be moved because of promotions, others because their jobs have been cut.
- Experts say a reassignment is often a good sign and may mean a company wants to keep you.
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Shuffling employees between projects, teams, and managers is becoming more common these days.
“Reassigning is definitely a huge part of the dynamic right now,” Andy Challenger, a senior vice president at the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a recent story in The Wall Street Journal that suggested organizations might be reassigning workers instead of conducting layoffs in a workplace trend called “quiet cutting.”
A recent report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that companies announced 42% fewer job cuts in July than in June and 8% fewer cuts than July last year.
Challenger told Insider that over the past few years, companies focused on reassigning workers internally because it was hard to find replacements amid the labor shortage. Now, companies are reassigning tasks or positions so they don’t have to hire new employees or lay off current employees while still being able to meet demand, Challenger said.
“The labor market is cooling, but I think because they’ve built up that ability to reassign people now they’re able to use that maybe in ways they haven’t always been able to, where in the past they would’ve just cut jobs,” Challenger said.
Research from LinkedIn analyzing global member data across 19 industries showed that internal mobility rates increased between February 2022 and February this year in many industries. In LinkedIn’s report, internal mobility included both promotions and lateral moves within a company.
18 ‘70s Fashion Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style
You don’t have to have been born before the new millennium to know that the 1970s marked a major moment in fashion. From business attire like wrap dresses and suiting separates to bell bottoms and jumpsuits, iconic ‘70s outfits span the full spectrum — from downhome Daisy Dukes to disco fever.
During this era, fashion and beauty trends were, in a word, fabulous. Free-flowing capes and kaftans were just as ubiquitous as crop tops and clogs. Style icons also ran the gamut from Gloria Steinem to Diana Ross — which is probably why ’70s outfits are routinely among the most popular costumes for Halloween: There’s something for everyone.
Ahead, get inspired by 18 photos of celebrities from the 1970s and see how they sported the most recognizable trends of their time. Even better, several of these styles are back on-trend and shoppable today, so you can flaunt your ‘70s outfit interpretations any day of the year.
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While most trends come and go, flared jeans will never fall out of fashion. Perhaps the most enduring style from the 1970s, this cut of denim is perfectly situated somewhere between a bell bottom and a bootcut, as seen above on Farrah Fawcett. If you’re looking for a simple ‘70s outfit for Halloween, start with a great pair of flares and build up from there.
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Though the moniker may stem from the Dukes of Hazzard character, the up-to-there shorts have rock-star roots too. Blondie singer Debbie Harry was known to wear the style, so yes: That makes them a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.