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Decoding the ‘80s Style

Don’t you forget about this colorful decade!
Decoding the ‘80s Style
IMAGE Zara
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Don’t you forget about this colorful decade!

The 1980s was probably the most colorful decade yet. It is the era mostly remembered for neon and sequins, colored legwarmers and spandex. Who wouldn’t remember this period that popularized shoulder pads and thigh high slits, right? Here's how you can get on the decade’s vibrant vibe without looking outdated. You only need to master these five retro details:

Shoulder pads

When it comes to shoulder pads, the bigger the better—at least back then. Give this trend a try, not by stuffing pads on your shoulders but by opting for low-key shoulder details.


Zara Top with mini shoulder frill details, P1295, SM Makati; Pull and Bear Faux leather jacket with details on shoulder, P1595, SM Megamall

White shoes

Wearing white heels then seemed a bit gaudy and not to mention a disaster waiting to happen. But now, it’s the most beloved shoe color. From heels to sneakers, a white pair of shoes can easily make your outfit seem like a thousand bucks.


River Island White tassel plimsolls; Topshop Peru low mules

Sequins

It seems like the ‘80s knew how to have fun. Popularizing sequined dresses and tops, it’s a glitzy show with reckless abandon. This time though, you don’t have to go all out on the shiny outfits. Incorporate just a little pizazz onto your plain white tee or patch up your trusty denim jacket.


Pull and Bear T-shirt with sequin heart, P895, SM Aura; Stradivarius Set of 5 sequin patches P495, Shangri-La Plaza

 Spandex

Who could ever forget the era of neon spandex? Upgrade this ‘80s style with none other than our favorite athleisure trend. Go monochrome with a pop of color as a nod to the 1980s.


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H&M Seamless sports tights, P1190, Glorietta; Bershka Print capri technical sports leggings with lines, P1395, SM Aura

Power suit

Power suits were one of the biggest trends back then. Girl bosses commanded the streets in suits that used to belong only in the men’s closet. Now, wear this trend like it’s the ‘80s by opting out of bulky silhouettes for a loose but tapered cut.


Zara Relaxed fit crepe trousers, P1995 and Double crepe blazer P2,995, Greenbelt; Zara Herringbone skinny trousers, P1495 and Herringbone blazer P2295, SM Megamall

Main image illustrated by Gab Gutierrez

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