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How to Wear Retro Without Looking Dated

Did someone say fanny pack?
How to Wear Retro Without Looking Dated
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Did someone say fanny pack?

At this year’s Manila Fashion Festival, Windell Mira threw it way back. It’s almost as if you could shout out the decade referenced by the clothing as the models sauntered down the runway. The acidic, almost neon colors? The '80s, maybe. A belt bag? That one’s definitely from the '80s. The '70s was also represented: fringe, tinted glasses, and the robe coats that bring to mind the costuming of the original Charlie’s Angels.

But despite being able to tick off all these retro boxes, Mira expertly managed to weave a contemporary aesthetic into the clothes by keeping them unfussy. The shapes are wearable, with a lot of figure-skimming dresses and circle skirts.

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An excellent example of Mira’s use of past and present is the burnt orange coat worn over an elastic waist dress. With its striking color, the coat is undoubtedly the star of this look. The ever so slightly voluminous shape cinched in by a belt is a classic silhouette. But, its impact is doubled by pairing it with a crisp white dress, made current by the mesh details on the chest and sleeves.

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Mira shows just how the details of the clothing can be used to great effect. In this case, the use of modern details such as oversized cuffs and mesh fabric tip the scales towards a more contemporary feel. The overall result is a collection that has obvious nods to the past, but still has both feet firmly planted in the now. 

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View the rest of the collection below! 

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