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Love the '80s? You're in Luck

For awhile now, runways have reflected the "me" decade. That's right - it's time to embrace some of those '80s trends most of us have avoided since, well, the 1980s. But trends from the decade are making inroads with a decidedly modern twist. Take ankle booties, that fall staple, for the past couple of seasons. They first surfaced on '80s icons like Madonna, and the trend is still going strong. The same goes for leggings, which are still big. Try leggings with a structured tunic that has shoulder pads for an '80s look that's cool today. Another wearable trend is menswear - suits and ties are big on the red carpet, and they can be appropriate looks for the office as well. They offer that structure that's so flattering on any figure, too. Why not pair a masculine suit with a frilly, Working Girl-style blouse with a bow?


We're not talking those dowdy polyester things from back in the day. Today's tops have more lush fabrics and understated girly details, like bows and floral prints. Other prints and colors coming back include polka dots, metallics and, yes...neon. But don't drag out that off-the-shoulder sweatshirt yet. Bright touches to otherwise monotonous ensembles are on trend - think bright bangles, bags and scarves. Do dig out that denim jacket - it's back, sans hair band patches, of course. Pair a jean jacket with that tunic and leggings or wear it with fall pants and a crisp white blouse. Lighter washes - think acid wash - is back in for jeans, too. Think big when it comes to hairstyles. Animal-inspired clips and accessories like feathers are hot, and you can even start crimping again if you so desire. Just remember the styling cream - the frizz of the '80s isn't so hot.