Frankie Says Relax…and Go Bold


It’s time to pull out those wide shouldered jackets and big costume jewelry because the ’80s are back and brighter than ever! Just as we’ve finally washed the last remnants of volumizing mousse out of our hair, it’s time to go back to the year that brought us Duran Duran and Molly Ringwald.

I hope this trend lasts a while because I am a huge fan of the ’80s. The music was awesome. The Rubik’s Cube was an exciting form of entertainment. And, there were only 40 presidents to remember for a test. Life was simpler.

Oh, and did I mention the fashion? I can’t help but admire and cringe at the same time when I watch reruns of Cheers or The Cosby Show. Everything was big and bold. Everything made a statement.

That’s why I’m excited to see the same trends we saw in the ’80s come back to the runways. Top designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Versace, Balmain, Marios Schwab and Jil Sander, are all jumping in on the trend and putting modern spins on ’80s classics.

Designers are choosing to emphasize the shoulder more on both jackets and dresses. Whether rounded or dramatically angled, shoulders are the main focus in a lot of new styles.

      Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 RTW Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 RTW

There has also been a lot of bright, neon colors on in the Fall 2009 runway shows. And, it doesn’t just stop at clothing. Designers are choosing bolder jewelry as well. 

      Versace Fall 2009 RTW Jil Sander Fall 2009 RTW

Designers are even taking inspiration from the heavy metal bands that came out of the ’80s.

Balmain Fall 2009 RTW Balmain Fall 2009 RTW

In street fashion, vintage ’80s t-shirts paired with skinny jeans and Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses have become quite popular.

Here are some 80s inspired pieces for less. My favorite is the Atari t-shirt.

The 80s

The 80s by sophie1632 featuring Forever21

There’s no question that 2009 is the new 1985. So get out that hair spray and put on some Cyndi Lauper, ’cause the ’80s are back!

What are some of your favorite ’80s inspired trends? Be sure to comment and let us know!

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One Response to “Frankie Says Relax…and Go Bold”

  1. Retail Mnagement Says:

    The 80’s fashion was the best and there it is still on the fasahion industry!
    80’s will never fall out!

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