80s Throwback: The Secret Behind this Sudden Fashion Resurgence

In recent years, 70’s and 90’s fashion have experienced mainstream success. From high-profile runways to everyday street wear, people embrace these eras because of the simple yet distinctive look that comes from each article of clothing. However, there’s a gradual paradigm shift in terms of people’s preferred fashion inspiration, an idea that dates back to the 1980s.

Last summer, menswear runway shows featured a bevvy of 80’s fashion throwbacks. It featured wide-leg pants, similar to those worn by hip-hop icon MC Hammer. There were also bold, fashion-forward statement clothes like flight suits and extra large pinstripes. Of course the 80s wouldn’t be complete without those signature puffy hairstyles on both men and women, but the decade’s sudden regression fits the bill and even actually looked fashionable in the modern times.

Clearly, fashion is neither limited to clothes alone nor is it the sole basis for an unexpected 80s resurgence. As a matter of fact, other pop culture avenues have a hand when it comes to reviving this well-loved time. Arcade video games have sort of become iconic during this period, that’s why different gaming developers constantly revive thematic variants even with the advent of modern technology. From Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight on the PlayStation 4 to Gala Bingo’s 1980 Club online, these platforms got inspiration and reaped their respective rewards by going outside the norms of conformity.

This 80s fashion throwback in the 21st century wouldn’t be complete without movies and music. For one, critically acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater just released an 80s follow-up to his cult classic ‘Dazed and Confused’. His much-talked-about party movie Everybody Wants Some!! opened SXSW last March and took the crowd on a short time travel ride when retro fashions, classic punk-rock anthems, and over-the-top house parties were at their peak. Also, 80’s hard rock band Guns N’ Roses recently headlined Coachella and is in the midst of a packed North American tour. GNR’s second wind, in a way, came from the momentum of original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan’s long-awaited reunion.

Altogether, these things represent what fashion is all about: taking calculated risks. So whether or not people buy into this style throwback, one can’t help but appreciate how this era continues to set trends that define a generation and create a new one.

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Contributed Post Courtesy of: Leo Davis - A relic some would say. Leo still wishes he was in the 70s, and certainly dresses like it. When not fantasizing about days gone by, he loves listening to music and walking his dogs.