The 80s and 90s were undoubtedly a time of sartorial greatness. You only have to look at the references on catwalks today to realize that these eras may be gone, but they’re far from forgotten. Here we take a look at some of the most memorable 80s and 90s trends that never died, and are as fashionable today as they were some 30 years ago. Guess it’s true what they say, style never goes out of fashion.
If you grew up in the 80s then chances are that you owned a pair of mirrored sunglasses – and you probably thought you were pretty trendy too. And why wouldn’t you? Michael J. Fox wore a pair of mirrored aviators in one of the biggest films of the decade, Back To The Future. And the style of glasses are right on trend again – look no further than the Emporio Armani SS16 men’s show where models sported a whole range of mirrored shades.
While denim as a fabric has never really gone out of fashion there has been ebbs and flows to its style barometer. Once just the uniform of the cast of Beverley Hills 90210 or cowboys, stonewashed denim, and double denim ensembles which surged in popularity in the 80s and early 90s are once again wholly acceptable in fashion circles, and championed by the likes of Rihanna And if you’re really committed? Triple denim.
The early 90s were categorized by the grunge trend. From Johnny Depp to Nirvana to Kate Moss the uniform was generally a battered leather jacket, checked shirt, jeans and boots and plenty of black eyeliner for all. The grunge look was synonymous with music, and while many of the bands of the time are no longer riding high in the charts, the grunge wardrobe will no doubt be a favourite for generations of youth to come.
Though the Wayfarers style of sunglasses was first popular in the 50s and 60s, it was in the 80s that they hit their peak. With the style of sunglasses appearing on Tom Cruise in Risky Business, in the cult movie The Breakfast Club and on huge stars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Depeche Mode, their popularity was cemented. The style fell out of favour in the 90s and early 00s but due to a vintage revival in the late 00s once again found a home at the forefront of fashion – and they’re still a symbol of cool now.
Accessorised with chunky gold chains and worn by the likes of Run DMC in the 80s, and given a Britpop edge by Damon Albarn and co. in the 90s, the humble tracksuit hasn’t always been at the forefront of fashion. Today, though, that has all changed as tracksuits are popping up on catwalks the world over and hold as much appeal for women as they do men. Sportswear is going nowhere fast, and with that in mind keep your eyes peeled for a very special urban-inspired line coming soon from Emporio Armani…Watch this space
A mainstay of the 90s Bripop scene bucket hats are once again having a moment, being championed by street wear enthusiasts and hip hop stars on this side of 2000. There was a smattering of the hats on SS16 men’s runways, Rihanna, Pharrell and Jay-Z have been photographed in them recently and Schoolboy Q - who is rarely spotted without one – even rapped about bucket hats on the track ‘Gees’.