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The Get It Right 80s Vintage Guide

Love it or hate it, the 1980s trend has been around for many seasons now and despite the current 90s resurge, it shows no signs of dying out any time soon.

Of course, you can pick up some eighties inspired fashion from a high street chain or designer label, but why not go all out authentic (and budget friendly) by buying original 1980s vintage?

There is, however, a whole array of eighties vintage to choose from, whether you are shopping online or visiting your local vintage shops. So how can you be sure to get it just right? In this guide we explore the eighties trends you should be following and how to wear them at their best...

Acid Wash Denim

Acid wash denim is still an absolute winner. We've seen some glorious mini dresses, skirts, shorts and mom jeans, all of which can be found in their original vintage form. And if you're any good at sewing (unlike me!) then find some vintage acid wash jeans and make your own denim shorts? Don't forget jackets too, keep them cropped and fitted or completely oversized for a look that's bang on trend.


Available in both long and short sleeves, the batwing has made a few appearances in recent years, so if you're lucky you might already own one. This time it's all about the colour, pattern and detail. Stripes, polka dots and jewel colours are most definitely a thumbs up. Material can be thick and knitted or fine and silky. The ever flattering batwing can also be used in the multi layer look, it's perfectly versatile.

Bold Colour

This trend is bound to build momentum as the summer months approach, so get buying now. For 2020, deep yellows and vivid oranges are going to be huge. Clashing is encouraged so get creative. There are no rules, we're talking orange dress, cerise heels and lime accessories if you are brave enough! Don't forget the St. Tropez!


Say goodbye to political doom and gloom, and hello to glitz and glamour. Sequins make an appearance on many looks -sweaters, jumpsuits, blazers and one shoulder dresses to name a few. You can find lots of sequinned eighties vintage gems, we particularly love 80s vintage sequin tops from Frank Usher and alike. They look great with skinny jeans and heels for a really easy but striking evening look.

Polka Dots

Think Grease, Fame and Barbie. Polka dots are a cute and easy to find print that can be mixed, matched and worn in any colour combo. Often found on dresses and skirts, but also on some snappy little blouses and jackets. 80s polka dots are even more tongue in cheek than the first time round in the 40s and 50s. For extra punch, try oversize dots and for sleek summer tailoring go for tiny ditsy spot print.

One Shoulder

A one shoulder dress will blast you into the outer fashion stratosphere and beyond. Seen all over the very best red carpets, this look has just the right balance of sex appeal, glamour and class. For fun holiday wear try a micro mini one shoulder dress or a printed one shoulder play suit. For the pinnacle of evening wear chic, go for an all out floor length gown in simple shimmering fabric.


Jumpsuits have become just as popular as dresses again, and were huge in the 1980s. In particular, the utility style boiler suit is a huge trend right now. For the summer months, go for a sweet and pretty short playsuit (loads of prints available) The best thing about jumpsuits is how wearable and versatile they are, for both smart, party and casual wear. No decent vintage boutique will be without a few these all-in-one gems so get searching...


If you don't own one already then you need to get shopping! The perfect item to give your outfit that tailored or boyfriend edge. A masculine shape is preferable, tartans and checks are edgier and big buttons are a must! Dark colours will be more versatile but don't be afraid to try bright yellows, electric blues or ruby reds! And the bigger the shoulders, the more 80s inspired the look!

So there we have it, our distinct guide to wearing eighties trends the right way. These rebirths can go horribly wrong but with a little guidance you can make them work in your favour. And remember, the best thing about buying vintage is the reassurance that you'll be the only girl wearing that outfit. And we all know how great that feels...

Until next time

Emma x



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