April 11, 2021

’80s-Inspired Outfits You Don’t Wanna Miss This Summer

’80s-Inspired Outfits You Don’t Wanna Miss This Summer

Shop the Look: Keep on Gleaming Metallic Mini Dress and Racy and Lacy Fishnet Tights

We are zipping back in time when shoulders were strong and hair was high. If you are craving style extras and need a pick-me-up, peruse our ’80s-inspired outfits to get you back on track with looks that offer some serious wow factor.

What did girls wear in the ’80s?

Even the most understated ’80s article was a conversation piece. As long as that conversation took place “phoning home” on a landline. Bangs that you could rest a teacup on and sneakers sporting neon hues were just a few popular looks. Acid wash jeans, graphic tees, and slouchy sweaters were casual must-haves often paired with leggings and denim jackets. Leotards were teamed with leg warmers and off-the-shoulder pullovers for an ’80s aerobic aesthetic. Dresses boasted frills, ruffles, and pleats that could be seen from space. The quintessential ’80s outfit was oversized and exaggerated in the very best way.

How to dress ’80s with normal clothes

Incorporating ‘80s-inspired outfits into your wardrobe is bound to make a statement. Pairing a relaxed tee, ruffle, or legging to a contemporary look will create balance to a modern day ensemble while paying homage to an era you love. We are gathering tunics, tees, denim, and more to complement our favorite ’80s-inspired outfits.

In-vested Oversized

Shop the Look: The Long Weekend Striped T-Shirt Dress

Free and comfy, this oversized t-shirt dress is just what you need to achieve an easy ’80s outfit. Complete with just enough slouch, this striped dress rests at the knee featuring a scoop neckline and short sleeve with a relaxed drop shoulder.

Add leggings that rest at the ankle and a zip-up moto vest to earn instant cool kid points. We are seeing hearts with these frameless, heart-shaped sunglasses.

Partner in Fine

Shop the Look: So It Seams Denim Jacket by Lee

Grab your cassette tapes and a fresh bottle of Aqua Net and set out in your trusty denim jacket. This medium blue number sports a collar and snaps up the front. Stone wash denim panels flank each side.

Throw on this white cotton Blondie graphic tee with burgundy bicycle shorts that boast a diagonal stripe elastic waist. Complete the look with ivory platform sneakers from Italian brand, Superga.

Our Link to the Extraterrestrial

Shop the Look: Off the Chain Necklace

Interlocking links covered in tiny aqua beads offer just enough extra to keep any ’80s lady doting. This necklace is double the statement with chunky tiered chains and loop and bead closure.

Stand strong in this glistening metallic mini dress with a bateau neckline, blouson sleeves and A-line skirt. Pair it with these fishnet tights and black ankle boots to show off your stems. Match your eye shadow to your statement necklace and you have a cute ’80s-inspired outfit.

Girl, You’re Golden

Shop the Look: Laid-back Lady Skinny Jeans

If you aren’t quite ready to commit to acid wash jeans, opt for these medium blue high-waisted skinny jeans for a dose of au current.

Pay tribute to pop culture with this bright yellow cotton Golden Girl’s illustrated t-shirt. Step out in these pointed color-block flats and gold star statement earrings.

Pretty In Pink

Shop the Look: Fluent in Fabulous Slingback Flat

Politely pointed with a slight heel, these faux crocodile embossed peach slingback flats are just what you need to channel your inner Princess Diana.

Speckled with black flecks and swatches of teal, yellow, orange, and rose, this surplice dress with blouson sleeves has all the ’80s wow while gently nodding to the now. Pair it with orange drop earrings and a black belt for structure.

Pour Some Style on Me

Shop the Look: Def Leppard Graphic Tee

Rock out in this Def Leppard vintage replica tee, cira 1987-1988. A cropped boxy fit evokes that ’80s ease that keeps you way too cool for school.

Take your look to the next level with these black star mesh leggings and vegan leather moto jacket. Complete your look with bright white sneakers by Keds.

Inspire your inner material girl with ’80s-inspired outfits that would make Madonna proud and shop daring ’80s dresses, statement making skirts, and totally tubular shoes. Learn more about these styles and others by chatting, calling, or booking a one-on-one consultation with our ModStylists! They have all the tools to dress you up in ’80s fashions. Shop these looks and more at ModCloth!

Georgia Templeton

About Georgia Templeton

A novice sewing hobbyist, Georgia is an old soul and avid coat collector. She enjoys learning new sewing techniques and reading about fashion history. From time to time she puts a pen to paper, writing fiction.


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