10 Items That Will Add Classic ’80s Style to Your Wardrobe


From movie and TV reboots, to the fashion runways, to street style, it’s pretty clear we’re in an age of nostalgia. Maybe it’s due to the fractured times we’re living through, but the 1980s, especially, are looking pretty good these days. It was, after all, the decade of Mars Blackmon, time traveling DeLoreans, New Wave music, and a whole lot of bright neon and pastels. Luckily, thanks in no small part to the current nostalgia wave, many elements of ‘80s style are right on trend. From smaller, simpler elements like faded Levi’s 501s and colorful bold print shirts, to full on looks like linen blazers with T-shirts and popped collar preppy style straight out of Pretty in Pink. So if you’ve got an ‘80s itch you’re looking to scratch, we’ve got 10 modern ’80s-inspired looks below. Whether you’re looking for a hint of Reagan-era style, or whether you want the full-blown Don Johnson.

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1 Cream Oversized Unstructured Suit Jacket

Auralee mrporter.com


Miami Vice kicked off some of the most popular trends of the ’80s. None more iconic than the oversized, unstructured light colored blazer and T-shirt.   

2 Combed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

James Perse mrporter.com


Of course, just like Don Johnson, you’re going to want to pair that unstructured blazer with a light pastel colored T-shirt. 

3 Men’s 501 Original Fit Stretch Jeans

Levi’s macys.com


Basically the official jeans of the 1980s were faded Levi’s 501s. You can pair them with the blazer/tee combo, or pretty much anything else in your closet for a solid ’80s vibe.  

4 Felix printed shirt

Jacquemus farfetch.com


Nothing says ’80s (not to mention 2019) like a bright colored print shirt. Captures a bit of that Do the Right Thing vibe. 

5 Embroidered logo polo shirt

Lacoste farfetch.com


Preppies came on big in the ’80s, and a major part of the preppy uniform was the Lacoste alligator polo.  Looks just as good today as it did back then. 

6 Rowing Blazers x Lands’ End Rugby #2

Rowing Blazers rowingblazers.com


Luckily this era’s version of prep is far more inclusive. But just like it was in the ‘80s, a killer rugby shirt is still required wearing. 

7 Checkerboard Slip-On

Vans vans.com


Capture a bit of that ’80s California surf/skate aesthetic with a classic pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons. 

8 Tapered Pleated Linen Trousers

Thom Sweeney mrporter.com


One thing the ‘80s had in spades was pants with pleats. And after years of slim flat front, pleats are back in a big way. Add a bit of New Wave style with these pleated linen trousers from Thom Sweeney.

9 ‘1460’ Boot

Dr. Martens nordstrom.com


Pretty much an ’80s hall-of-famer, the Doc Marten 8-hole is still one of the most stylish boots you can wear. Pair it with those faded Levi’s 501 for the ultimate ’80s look. 

10 Harry’s Navy Pinstriped Super 120s Wool Suit

Kingsman mrporter.com


What would ‘80s style be without a Patrick Bateman-esque pinstipe DB suit. You know, minus the bloody murder. 

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Source : Esquire