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The "Radical" Return of 80's Fashion

Fashion, something everlasting from old to new we have seen it all. What will we see next?

Claire Garwood

January 18, 2024

Gen Z has a history of reimagining the trends of past eras.

First, we were influenced by the 90's- the era's hallmark "Mom Jeans" and crop tops form the base of our style.

Next, two radically different eras helped us to personalize our signature look: the Regency and the Early 2000s.

During COVID-19, we became entranced with the square necklines, high waistlines, and use of textures that defined the Regency Era, or at least Bridgerton’s interpretation of it.

More obviously, we have embraced the Y2K (or early 2000s) style, as the era's oddly named bucket hats and baguette bags have resurfaced in our modern looks.

Now, we can also see the incorporation of classic 80s emblems into the Gen-Z look (and predict that more will be included soon)

The lockdown led to us embracing 80's athleisure outfits (and fanny packs). Emphasis on comfort and causality has continued, as we return to school in workout pants and sweats.

When we are 'forced' to dress up, we turn to oversized styles, especially Blazers, which is unsurprisingly another 80s element that has resurfaced.

80’s emphasis on bold color has also returned again thanks to the Barbie Movie, which has once again highlighted bright neons, with men's and women's sections featuring rich hues ever since the film's debut last summer.

Beyond clothes, the 80s can be seen in our colorfully complex eye makeup looks (brought back by Gen-Z cultural cornerstone Euphoria), and big hair as men are getting perms and women seek large curled blowouts (occasionally accompanied by coquette bows, a paired-down version of the bows of the 80s).

Whether it be for better or for worse, Gen-Z seems to have fallen in love with the aesthetics of the 80s, and the trends of the era will soon be seen here at Forsyth Central and other high schools across the nation.

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