Rewind back to the 1980’s, no matter how absurd and outlandish the style, we all had that “MUST HAVE” garment. Fast forward to 2013 when reminiscing about the good old times, emphasis on old, we sometimes shake our head in disbelief and say “what was I thinking / wearing!?”. The 80’s were all about “excess” and “brands”. You HAD to flaunt it; otherwise you were just the odd one out. Every trend, every look and every piece of clothing had to be grand. This rule applied to both men and women. Here’s a look at the top five mens styles of the 1980’s that can be easily modernized and wearable today.
1. Colorful Pants
First thought that comes to mind when viewing photos of pants from the 80’s….? “headache” is what comes to my mind. The 1980’s were all about bright, bold, colorful patterns. The bolder the better! Today designers are incorporating these vivid bright hues into everyday wearable chinos. In my opinion bright colors look great on pants, just make sure your pants don’t fit like they are from the 80’s. Clothing stores like French Connection offer an array of boldly colored slim fitting trousers that will definitely catch people’s attention, in a good way!
This look is available at Fab.com
2. Classic Blue Denim
White tees and ripped-up blue jeans. Mimicking that Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” look, the 80’s were all about denim on denim. A great rule to pairing denim on denim is to make sure that the washes contrast from one another. Have a great light washed denim jacket or vest, pair it with some dark washed jeans. Levis, the king of denim has some great go to pieces that you can easily incorporate into your denim look.
This look is available at Levis.com
3. The Yuppie Look
The word YUP stood for Young Urban Professionals. This look was characterized by a classic polo shirt with the collar facing upwards, worn with jeans and a sweatshirt that hung from their backs. If you want to put some prep in your step, an easy way to make this timeless style look like it belongs in 2013, DO NOT leave your collar facing upwards! Ralph Lauren, the master of upscale prep has designed some great summertime looks for those of us who want to keep our dressed-up cool.
These looks available at ralphlauren.com
4. Ray Bans
Whoever called fashion trends of the 80’s absurd and shady weren’t thinking of Ray-Bans! Help made popular by actor Tom Cruise, in movies like Top Gun and Risky Business, Ray-Bans are still popular today. Keeping with its classic wayfarer and aviator style, Ray-Bans have now introduced two more distinct styles, Clubmaster, and Jackie Ohh. If you are looking for a timeless piece to look cool in the summer heat, Ray-Bans are your go to shade.
These looks available at ray-ban.com
5. Raver Pants
Some style trends are best left in the 80’s. R.I.P. Raver pants, which were also known as “phat pants” a favorite among high school kids in the 1980s. They signified the “cool dude” look. Raver pants had the most hideous color combinations that ran along the length of your leg, completely covering your shoes, tapering widely at the bottom. Sometimes we just need to pull the cord and put a trend out of it’s misery. R.I.P. – RAVER PANTS 1980-1989
Fads come and go. With the 80’s behind us we are now looking into the future of modernization. Weather knowing it or not, we still incorporate past decades into our wardrobe. The best way to take something from the 80’s and bring it into 2013, is by changing the fit and styling of your garments. Laterz!