The 80s are making a fashion comeback: run!

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Brace yourselves, folks: the 80s are making a comeback. Yes, again.

Seriously, it's like Groundhog Day, isn't it? Every single year now, fashion designers seem to decide to revive the 80s, and to be brutally honest, the 80s were bad enough the first time round, why would we want to relive them over and over again, through acid-wash jeans and neon stilettos? Why?! Why can't fashion designers decide to revive a different fashion era for a change? (Fashion Police suggestion: the 40s.)

Such is to be our fate, though, and this summer it would appear that the 80s revival is worse than ever, with acid wash being touted as the only denim to be seen in, and Topshop even going so far as to start selling Kylie and Jason t-shirts. What's next, we ask: scrunchies and shell suits?

So, what do you think? Clearly the fashion world isn't about to give up on the 80s without a damn good fight, but will you be fighting back, or are you ready to just give in and accept acid wash and neon into your life?

(Model shot and t-shirt: Topshop; denim skirt, Miss Selfridge; shoes, Faith)

25 Comments

  • February 4, 2009

    Am

    God. No. I hated acid wash denim in the 80s I’m not about to start wearing it now!

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  • February 4, 2009

    Veronika

    I actually like the t-shirt:D But acid wash? that’s something that should just go away, permanently!

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  • February 4, 2009

    Aanjo

    (Aanjo suggestion: the 60s)
    (:a cardboard box)
    (:going in the nude)
    (:setting yourself on fire)
    Yeah… no acid wash please.

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  • February 4, 2009

    Madeline

    That ‘outfit’ on the left sure is fugly! I kinda like the t-shirt, though. I was born in the early ’90, so acid hasn’t yet hurt my eye-balls. I do expect that to happen if this stupid trend goes on.

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  • February 4, 2009

    gokarm

    It’s always the ugly trends of the 80’s they revive. Why not the pork-pie hats a ‘la Duckie Dale? I dunno. Acid Wash isn’t the problem, it’s that it’s always worn with cheap or cheap looking tops and shoes. It’s only a fabric pattern, after all. But those crazy skirts from the 80’s…just stay away!

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  • February 4, 2009

    Heather

    I was at the mall yesterday and everywhere I looked, everywhere, was NEON! GAK! And the giant floppy shirts, sigh. I was at the perfect age in the 80’s to want desperately to be in style and very quickly ran the opposite direction and deliberately wore the opposite because I couldn’t take it anymore..

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  • February 4, 2009

    Kelly

    I take the shoes, discard the rest.

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  • February 4, 2009

    Bubbles

    I’ll take the neon [wait … let me look in my closet … I think I still have some left from the 80’s], but the acid wash has to go.

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  • February 4, 2009

    olivia

    No,no,no,no,no,no,no,no!!!!!!!!!!!! Didn’t like it the first time around.

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  • February 4, 2009

    Evelyn

    I looked exactly like that back then. And I’ll never go back!

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    • July 16, 2013

      Claudia

      And me! I even had jeans blazers with enormous shoulder pads and pleated, set-in sleeves. *And* wide elastiv belts. *And* I wore that together. Phew!

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  • February 4, 2009

    Karlie

    Been there, done that. Never again.

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  • February 4, 2009

    chocoholic

    My rule: If you remember these styles from the first time around then wearing them again is a no no.
    If you weren’t born yet, well I guess you can wear it, but really you should be learning from the mistakes of previous generations.

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  • February 5, 2009

    SB

    When I saw the skinny jean making its appearance last year, I knew we were in for trouble; it was a sure sign that the fashion of the 80’s would live again. But my, they are back with a vengeance, aren’t they!

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  • February 5, 2009

    tido

    acid wash was horrible the first time round. A lot of the 80’s revival stuff as been quite creative, this is just lazy – those acid wash horrors have probably been sitting in a warehouse for years.

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  • February 6, 2009

    Trish

    I’m all for neon shoes.
    (Live a little people)
    but acid wash?
    scrunchies?
    spandex?
    mesh t shirts?
    I’m only 16 and i know
    we should just let those trends die!
    (and im totally agreeing whole heartedly with the 40’s.
    Dita Von Teese has it right)

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  • February 6, 2009

    Kate

    Nevarrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (battlecry)

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  • February 6, 2009

    Anna

    neon isn’t so bad…the jeans, yuck…everything else 80s (exept the neon) is gross….

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  • February 8, 2009

    Daniielle

    My mum was a bit of a fashionista in the 80’s and loves this, but i honestly hate this
    try taking like Hotpants and Pencil Skirts and updating them as much as you can

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  • March 8, 2009

    shulace

    Fugly,fugly, fugly!!!!

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  • May 29, 2009

    Emma

    the eighties were amazing! except for plastic jewellery and neon/slogan tshirts..everything else..acidwash,leather,big hair..its all so lovely

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  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    Sorry, but I actually really like this style! Maybe that’s because I wasn’t around to see the 80’s.

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  • June 16, 2009

    Meagan

    What people don’t seem to realize is that when a style repeats itself it will generally come back more moderized for today’s world.AND most of us arent taking the whole 80’s theme in full force; it’s more like modern hair and makeup and a few choice pieces.

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  • July 11, 2009

    sue

    I’ve had it up to here with 80s fashion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • July 26, 2009

    Monica

    OMG!
    I HATE neon, acid wash, and the style all together! I’m still caught up in the fishnet tights, converse, and loose shirts.
    I happen to like my style, and I’m not changing it for this!

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