From fluro colours to out-there patterns, the 80s was the era of opulence. Brands such as Versace and Gucci have stayed true to the aesthetic of the era – Italian Riviera vibes, anyone? – but you don’t need to pay top dollar to channel the style. So, here’s how to master 80s boldness for 2018.
HOW TO WEAR: 80s BOLDNESS
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 8 August 2018
The Italian job
OK, so just because you haven’t actually been flexing in Sicily this Euro-summer doesn’t mean you can’t dress like Don Corleone on his downtime. Reference the house of Versace and go for an ostentatious traditional baroque knit layered over an open-collar stripe shirt for your dad’s (or godfather’s, sorry) seal of approval.
On your bottom half, keep your look nice and breezy with a pair of white shorts to contrast the darker colours you’ve got going on up top. Finish off your ensemble with a pair of clear lens specs and suave dark-brown loafers worn with ankle socks.
It's never too early to get ready for spring/summer festival season, so you’re gonna need rave-ready garms to see you through the sun-filled days and long, hazy nights. Add a touch of 80s vibrance to your wardrobe and throw a patterned track jacket into your camping bag later this year.
To style it, mute the effect of your jacket by opting for a pair of slick grey slacks – checks are the way to go this season, so feel free to cop a work-appropriate pair to up your day-to-day steez. Go for a pair of OG Reeboks, a corresponding cross-body bag and retro shades to round off your look with a flourish.
So, make like your old man and crack out a jazzy printed short-sleeved shirt – wear it tucked into a pair of long denim shorts styled with a belt for a touch of old-school freshness. A baseball cap and a pair of bright kicks that reflect the print on your shirt are just what you need to do your dad’s style serious justice.