Blog: Crossroads Style

October 1st, 2019 by Jennifer Beile The Five 80’s Trends You’ll be Seeing this Fall & How to Style Them

Trends cycling back into fashion from the ’80s is not new. This year, we’ve seen the resurgence of kitten heels, bike shorts, neon colors, and chunky sneakers. But this fall, more trends that we (rightfully) bid adieu to more than two decades ago will be cycling back into style. The key to pulling off these bold ’80s trends without looking like you’re dressed in your Halloween costume is subtle. The art of being subtle while trying to style neon colors, bows, lace, exaggerated sleeve,s and shoulder details seems almost impossible. The solution is to focus on one aspect of a trend you’re interested in and build an outfit around it, not completely of it. Then, keep the rest of the outfit understated.

Acid Wash Denim

One of the many current denim trends is the rise of acid wash jeans. This faded wash is not just being resigned to bottoms, but jackets, dresses, and jumpsuits too.
Woman wearing the 80's acid wash trend as a jacket and jeans.

Prairie Dresses

Ruffles, lace, and puffy sleeve details are all components that make up the sweet, nostalgic prairie dress that is pretty and flattering for all body types. They can be styled in a variety of ways, from rocker chic to free-spirited boho.
Woman wearing a patterned prairie dress with white ankle booties.

Strong Shoulders

Shoulder pads are back! They may not be as big as they were in the ’80s, but the strong detail will give you the confidence that you deserve. Throw a strong-shouldered blazer atop your outfit for a smart casual look.
Blogger wearing brown 80's style blazer with designer purse.

Scarf Prints

Traditional scarf motifs have been expanded from strictly scarves to blouses, skirts, dresses, and even accenting accessories and jackets. Pair these bold pieces with otherwise minimalist outfits to make a statement this season.
Woman wearing classic 80's style scarf print dress

Classic Prep

My Instagram feed is full of influencers and style gurus knotting their sweaters over their shoulders, layering a collared button-down under a simple knit sweater, and pairing trousers with loafers. All of these are a nod to the classic prep school chic of the ’80s.
Blogger wearing classic 80's style prep with sweater tied around the neck.


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