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80s Since the alarming array of fluoro and shiny
spandex which emerged several years ago, the
80s trend has since subdued into a darker, more
contemporary look. Puffy sleeves, leggings, oversized
t-shirts and loads of costume jewellery are the key
features. “How 80s was worn back in the day is different
to how 80s is worn now,” says Renee Moncrieff, from
Off The Wall. “There are little things you can do, like
pushing your sleeves up if they’re too big or maybe
even popping a few safety pins in the seams to take it
in a bit. That can make all the difference.”
90s and vintage in the same sentence? Oh yes.
According to Liz, from Awoke on a Whale Heart,
the decade when we wore crop tops, knee-high
socks and tortoiseshell sunglasses is returning to the
fashion fore. “TV shows like Blossom and Saved By
The Bell kind of epitomise the look,” she says. “It’s a
lot more simple than all of the flamboyant 80s stuff
people are wearing at the moment. But I think that’s
what people are starting to head back to.”
Classic The simple aesthetic conjured at Céline and
Stella McCartney has heralded a recent return to
timeless minimalism. Be on the lookout for blouses,
blazers, cashmere cardigans, beige trenches and
man-style trousers. These are the pieces worth
spending money on, because so long as the quality is
good, you’re likely to wear them for a lifetime.
Leather Our infatuation with all things ‘cow’ won’t be
put out to pasture anytime soon. Leather skirts were
huge in the late 80s and aren’t that difficult to find in
op-shops. The key is to avoid drab, below-the knee
varieties and stick with a mini (unless you are prepared
to have it altered). The ultimate find is a quality leather
jacket: there are plenty around, but it can be difficult
to find one that is a good fit, (ie. 80s, but not too 80s).
Bonus if it doesn’t smell like the inside of a pub.
Double-denim The fashion equivalent of a double-
coated Tim Tam; this trend looks rich and generally
works best for thin people. Most can get away with
it, if you stick to different hues of blue on your top
and bottom half. Nice denim shirts can be hard
to find in op-shops, so it’s best to try a vintage
boutique or market first.
Bicycles Sorry, ugly bikes don’t pass as a fashion
accessory. You need one of the older varieties; a handy
step-through style with the cute moustache handle
bars. Throw a wooden basket on the front for extra
street-cred. Fully restored bikes like these can sell
upwards of $600 on eBay. A cheaper option is to haunt
garage sales and the for-sale ads in your local paper.
Mad Men Sleek bobs, pencil skirts, pearls and red
lipstick. God bless this TV show for bringing back
traditional, lady-like glamour. “It’s about appreciation
of the past and that idea of the domestic goddess,”
says Liz, from Awoke on a Whale Heart. Probably the
best vintage pick for this trend is a structured 50s
frock with a full skirt and teensy waist.
For men “With girls there are heaps of style icons
but it’s harder to pinpoint vintage looks for guys,”
says Liz. However, one chap stands out from the
sartorial pack: “The Cosmo Kramer look creeps in a
bit.” Think oversized jackets, multi-coloured shirts,
pants just a few inches too short and swigging
cartons of milk from your neighbour’s refrigerator.
The key vintage items and looks to hunt for this season...
For Liz Power (of Awoke on a Whale Heart),
vintage takes in everything from 80s TV
fashions to classic dresses... even bikes.
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