Whether its the internet or the tendency to change our minds, the past few years has seen more erratic comings and goings of fashion trends in a short time. From the brief reign of the preppy ’40s and ’50s, to the influence of the ’70s, and the more recent rise of the ’90s, the one style that seems to stick around is the nostalgic era of the ’80s.

As technology was becoming increasingly advanced (for the time anyway), and the world’s best-known pop-artists rose to fame, fashion in the 1980’s threw out the old rules, and essentially became a style free-for-all. So ugly it was cool – colour, acid wash jeans and oversized shoulder pads – the influence of drugs and music became apparent.

Now, thanks to the influence of the internet and social media, more of us are adopting the look. The old-rule book is out, and causal styling is in. Keep reading below for twists on four key-trends.


The 1980’s was the decade that saw the rise of leisurewear as a viable form of attire outside of the house. Fitness became a focus and the style of hip-hop became more recognised. These days, the fashion community is embracing sportswear with more formal pieces of clothing, pairing tracksuits with blazer and sneakers with chinos.

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One of the most recognisable trends of the ’80s would have to be the shoulder pads. Tailoring was well and truly in full force during the decade, although its not the slim silhouette you’re probably used to, rather oversized, and relaxed. To style the trend? “You can layer a knit underneath. It looks good with jeans or just a pair of plain tailored trousers. You can whack a football scarf over it, finish with basic sneakers or heavy soled plain shoes. Basically, don’t overthink it,” suggests Simon Chilvers, men’s style director at MatchesFashion.


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The short-sleeve shirt was once reserved to taxi drivers and your strange uncle, but these days, the flamboyant ’80s trend is back and is open for everyone. Inspired by TV shows like Narcos and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, it was the Prada renditions that ultimately revived the style. Keep the ’80s look authentic and experiment with colours and patterns with jeans and sportswear.

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The options for jeans are literally endless and whilst the slim-denim era seems to have had its time, people are now preferring the baggier options of ’80s denim.

“Acid and bleach washes are the best way to tap into the ’80s trend,” says Andrew Brines, buyer at designer menswear e-tailer Oki-Ni. Both which helpfully tie in with club menswear’s current predilection for distressed denim. “Just avoid anything too punk,” he adds.

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