These Are The '80s Fashion Trends Stylists Say Will Be Everywhere in 2022
It's no secret fashion trends from the 1990s and early 2000s are having a moment like never before, but the alternative era isn't the only time period pushing for a renaissance. Amidst all the mom jeans and exaggerated flares, skort outfits, printed denim, and black dress pants, fashionistas are also making room in their wardrobes for iconic '80s fashion. Naturally, we're on the edge of our seats (re: glued to our phones) waiting to see which totally rad throwback threads fully come back around.
Part of the draw when it came to the return of '90s and early aughts clothing is that these trends all played into nostalgia. With our own fond memories of bucket hats and, um, butt fashion, we simply couldn't resist — and, naturally, the 1980s offers more of the same. Even if you didn't get a chance to live out the decade in real-time, you'll definitely want to get in on round two. Key elements of '80s fashion include color, playfulness, and comfort — all the things we're loving at the moment.
Just think about it: the '80s brought us fishnets and legwarmers, 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. The '80s gave us 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 challenging gendered dressing norms, while Lisa Bonet advertising a cool, eclectic style.
If you dig deep enough, there's an '80s aesthetic for every style preference. And 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, getting their opinion on which '80s trends we'll especially be seeing more of in the next few months — and, most importantly, how to wear these looks in 2022.
The '80s was a vibrant and glamorous decade, especially within the music industry. To fully recreate that iconic glam-rock aesthetic, Tobi head stylist Joanna Angeles says platform shoes, metallic staples, leather fabrics, 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 InStyle. "Forget less is more — with the '80s, more is definitely more, and making a statement is always the way to go."
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."
Oversized Blazers with Shoulder Pads
In an exclusive interview with InStyle, co-founder of JLUX, Christina Jaide revealed her number favorite style from the '80s to wear today is an oversized blazer with big shoulders.
"They're too good to move on from," Jaide declares over email. "If you are reaching for something oversized and you are sporting a smaller frame, give the look a try with a defined waistline. Adding a belt will ensure your shape is at the forefront of your look!"
Teresa Jaide, the other half of JLUX, says a bodysuit is a fashion trend from the '80s that's appropriate for any occasion, especially when worn as a sleek foundation piece.
"I would recommend going from a top to a bodysuit when sporting a look where you don't want to bulge while tucking it in — such as a classic button-down — or when you're baring your shoulders," she tells us. "Having the extra support ensures your look stays intact. Try pairing your bodysuit with wide-leg trousers or even a flowy skirt. The tightness of the bodysuit will help balance out your look."