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How to Pull Off an '80s Look in 2018

Yong Davalos puts a modern spin on a mega era.
How to Pull Off an '80s Look in 2018 Yong Davalos puts a modern spin on a mega era.

If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, then let Yong Davalos’ collection for this season’s Manila Fashion Festival remind you that the '80s is back. The era of big silhouettes and bold colors isn’t back without a modern update, though. And this collection espouses just that—how the modern woman can incorporate such a powerful era into her current wardrobe. This designer's suggestion? Pack on the prints but slim down the silhouettes.

Let’s magnify one key look: The orange bodysuit worn with a high-impact houndstooth blazer, plus matching head scarf and calf-high boots.

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It’s an outfit so cleverly put together that it almost seemed easy to design. However, if you analyze each piece, this look is an ingenious amalgamation of references to different fashion eras. The head piece harks back to the good old milkshake from the '50s. The boots are something Nancy Sinatra would love to get her hands on in the swinging '60s. And of course, the almost-oversized blazer is definitely borrowed from the '80s.

If you think such an outfit is too tricky to pull off, don’t be discouraged! Think about it, all you need are three key pieces in the same textile—it could be a solid color or a print—and match those with one more piece for a punchy accent (like the orange bodysuit). Don’t forget an accessory that’s equally arresting! Et voilà, you have bold power dressing that’s very now.

As a whole, Yong Davalos’ collection reintroduces styles from the '80s by reinventing pieces through details from this day and age. Sequined dresses are a little more revealing while accentuating the female figure. For example, one serpentina dress with pleated tulle could be a revamped '80s prom dress that Molly Ringwald would approve of. Metallic fabrics also get a modern update via co-ords worn with leather cross-body bags (some are slung at the waist which is very au courant). Finally, power dressing from yesteryears doesn’t look as stiff—blazers and trousers are slim but played up with bright colors and prints, because after all, it isn’t the '80s if it isn’t loud!

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See the full collection below:

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