Celebrities Keep Trying to Tell Us the '80s Are Back

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Ashley Benson. Photo: TheImageDirect

Maybe it's because we've become accustomed to living stylistically in the early aughts and '90s over the past, I don't know, decade, but it suddenly feels like we opened our eyes one morning and every celebrity was dressing, instead, like they were in the '80s. Case in point: The leather two-piece set has been spotted on everyone from Irina Shayk to Kylie Jenner to Heidi Klum in the past three weeks, and now Ashley Benson is joining their ranks in an enviable all-black ensemble that would make Claude Montana drop his phone.

On a walk through Manhattan this week, Benson wore a J Brand x Halpern Balloon Sleeve Antonia Trench and Stella McCartney Hailey High-Rise Faux Leather Pants with a classic pair of hi-top Converse sneakers and a Mehry Mu bag (lamentably sold out everywhere). The leather power suit was a classic '80s move, worn by fast-moving women in the workplace, and Converse were equally iconic in streetwear circles. Benson's combination of these offers a modern reimagining of essentials from a generation on its way back in.

While leather seems to be the time machine of choice for the most envelope-pushing, fashion-conscious dressers of Hollywood, the '80s are creeping steadily back into the casual, everyday wardrobes of celebrities in more subtle ways, too. With season four of The Crown delivering a massive dose of Princess Diana inspo to the population — oversized athletic socks are already officially back — we only expect this trend to grow exponentially.

Shop the best '80s-inspired leather pieces to get ahead of (behind?) the trend below.

Get the look:

J Brand x Halpern Balloon Sleeve Antonia Trench

Shop now: $959 (Originally $1,598); jbrandjeans.com

Stella McCartney Hailey High-Rise Faux Leather Pants

Shop now: $925; mytheresa.com

Topshop Smocked Faux Leather Dress

Shop now: $135; nordstrom.com

Ganni Puff Sleeve Leather Dress

Shop now: $875; nordstrom.com

Saks Potts Genuine Shearling Collar Leather Coat

Shop now: $1,400; nordstrom.com

Cupcakes and Cashmere Fallon Puff Sleeve Faux Leather Jacket

Shop now: $140; nordstrom.com

Eloquii Faux Leather Puff Sleeve Peplum Top

Shop now: $55 (Originally $80); nordstrom.com

1822 Denim High Waist Coated Skinny Jeans

Shop now: $49; nordstrom.com

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Faux Leather Trousers

Shop now: $99; nordstrom.com

Reiman Birger Christensen Marionette Leather Pants

Shop now: $420; nordstrom.com

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