It looks like designers have finally remembered the famous 'decade that fashion forgot', and they're insisting on dragging it back into the light. All those leggings, shoulder pads and neon palettes can only mean one thing: the 80s are back. If you've still got an attic full of treasured Dynasty-style suits and a seriously shiny ruffled prom dress, you're in luck; if not, follow these top tips for channelling this retro vibe into 2013 fashion.
Get the statement pieces
From acid-wash jeans to colourful printed leggings, there are a range of recognisable items in the shops right now that owe a lot to the '80s. For full commitment to the look, add some contrasting or clashing leg warmers, or work the gym wear as day wear trend with neonlycra crop tops. A quick look at SS13's catwalks is enough to establish that the bomber jacket is making a committed comeback, with variations available in everything from denim to oriental prints to solve all your outerwear needs. Finish the look with some fingerless lace gloves for true '80s pop star style.
Master the make up
Smudgy eyeliner, blue or purple eye shadow, bright blush and pink lipstick are a trademark look of the decade that's resurfacing on plenty of catwalks as well as on high street trend-setters. Alternatively, copy Annie Lennox's Eurythmics look circa 1983 with androgynous cropped hair, pale foundation, defined cheekbones and some dramatic heavy eye makeup. Taking inspiration from your favourite contemporary musician is the easiest way to get a suitably authentic look, adding your own twists to keep things individual.
Accessorise in style
Eighties fashion embraces bright colours and bold statements, so avoid anything tame - strictly no pastels allowed. If a wardrobe packed with neon and denim seems a little too much, you can use '80s accessories to reference the trend in a subtler way. Bright high-top trainers are a particular favourite of the decade, but chunky gold jewellery and accessories also hark back to the golden age of Tina Turner. Even bum bags have been seen back on the runway, albeit in a sleeker, leather design, giving you an easy way to nod to the decade without a complete outfit overhaul.
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