Think sequin bombers and foil-like mini dresses in gold, pewter and lurex for the kind of after-hours dressing that has a yummy sense of danger. This trend makes for the perfect nod to the 1980s without looking overtly costumey. Choose one key piece and work into an existing wardrobe with simple black leather pants or an opulent splash of black velvet for truly luxurious texture play. Wear this look with a little attitude by day and smoky eyes up the ante for after dark.
If you’re not a fan of the show-stopping silhouettes and sparkle of ’80s dressing, a monochromatic approach to dressing will work perfectly for you. Look to colour-blocking with separates or for an entirely effortless option, invest in a piece that does the work for you. Mini dresses, jumpsuits and their shorter sister the playsuit work well here. If you’re figure-shy, invest in separates in both neutrals and keep the darker pieces for the areas you’d rather not shout about.
The New Body-Con
Body-con dressing was de rigeur during the ’80s and we love this trend when it’s given a modern update. This season, we opt for a new take with waist-cinch detailing that feels just as sultry but far less obvious. Black is perfect if you want to dip your toe in the trend and invest in a piece that will still work hard for you in future seasons. If you love a pop of colour, what better than something strong to evoke a sense of power dressing. Distressed denim works well as an anchor by day for chic, waist-cinching separates; by night sophisticate the look with a tuxedo pant or blazer for more refined events.
Nothing says ’80s like leopard print, and paired with multi-strap sandals that feel a little dominatrix or a tough-girl ankle boot, this print can feel effortlessly chic and as easy to wear. Keep tones subtle in natural stone, soot-black and chestnut for a more refined feel that works well as a new neutral. Hardware on accessories should be kept to a minimum here as should make-up: go for fresh-faced sheer skin and barely-there mascara. A simple oversized cuff is the perfect addition for day-to-night dressing and matte textures work well if you love a contrast. A flash of skin is also a great way to break up this print – stick to one area only to ensure the look still feels elegant and of the moment.
Off the fringe
Free-spirited fringing in bold colourways is an easy update – just ensure you opt for high-voltage hues. Electric blue and hot pink are the perfect choices to ensure you nod to the New Romantics rather than co-opt Native American styles. Leather fringing in white is a fresh update for SS17 on biker jackets. No additional detailing is needed with this trend so avoid busy prints or embellishments to keep the look from feeling too fussy. If you’re feeling bold, Ziggy Stardust-inspired make-up ensures you look party-ready.
Pretty in print
Abstract shapes, colour-pop hues and geometric embellishments are the key signatures of what make for a great retro print. Wearing this look can be overwhelming when adopted head-to-toe, so break with tradition and dilute busy prints with feminine additions of powder pink, nudes or a carefully positioned ruffle to make the look more wearable. For dressed-down days, a retro print shirt works well worn open as a jacket when teamed with second-skin jeans and a simple white tee.
Statement accessories have never been more appropriate than now as a way to work this trend. Layer status symbol necklaces for maximum appeal or opt for one stand-out, show-stopping piece. Pearl detailing, heavy-duty gold chains and heavy-weight chokers are all perfect ways to work the trend. If you prefer to show a little less skin, these happily work just as well over a shirt as they do on a bare décolleté – the perfect multi-purpose investment pieces that will see you though next season in style.
THE PUSSY BOW
Perpetually on-trend and workable in so many ways, season after season the pussy-bow blouse is a style which keeps on giving. Our favourite addition this season if you want an instant injection of the ’80s trend without investing in a one-season wonder. For true ’80s appeal, liquid foil-like textures are as easy to wear dressed down as they are for evening, making them incredible desk-to-dinner transition pieces. If you love a ladylike feel, a pencil skirt is a great partner, but for day we love a boyfriend jean, which dresses down even the most opulent of fabric choices.
We never tire of an excuse to add a little high-shine into our wardrobes, be it a statement accessory or a ready-to-wear piece worth investing in. High-shine prints in metallics can be a challenge to wear if you are used to less showy pieces. Silver is a great option as there is something to suit all skin tones, from molten metal grey to the most delicate of pale pewter. Keep accessories tonal here, grey, metallic or nudes work well as black will feel too heavy.
The power shoulder
What says ’80s more than a power shoulder? This is the new update – more feminine, more revealing and a lot less shoulder pad! Asymmetric tops provide the perfect reveal and conceal balance for a simplicity and ease of dressing not often associated with that decade. Denim, cotton and linen work perfectly by day, while for evening choose stiff silks, chiffon and velvet – the cool girl’s alternative to party dressing.
Fashion Director: Natalie Harper Howell • Photography: John Rowley • Fashion Assistant: Debora Lia • Hair & Make-up: Lisa Valencia @carolhayesmanagement using Bobby Brown • Model: Lauren Saliu @Profile Models London