BY SHANIA WILSON

11 May 2020


Nothing quite sparks nostalgia like raiding your parents wardrobe to discover eccentric neon crop tops from the 80’s or 1970 pastel blue bellbottom trousers. Incorporating retro pieces into our 2020 wardrobes has become so popular that sellers have started businesses on selling sites such as Depop or Ebay just from selling their decade old garments.

This list compiles items from each decade that you can still make work today:

1950’s: Midi Skirts

Universally flattering, the midi skirt boasts versatility – it’s equally acceptable in the workplace and on the weekend. Patterned and floral midi skirts sitting just above the ankle were popularised in the 1950’s but the trend continued for decades to come. Midi skirts are often dominating high street shops but it’s also likely that you’ll be able to find one second hand from a charity or vintage shop.

To incorporate into your everyday look, opt for a midi skirt in a block colour for ultimate outfit flexibility. Pair your midi skirt with a bodysuit or cable knit jumper tucked into the waistband and top the outfit off with a pair of chunky boots or a low heel.

1960’s: Mini Skirts 

On the contrary, the mini is another breed of skirt that has withheld the test of time.

Sitting just above the knee, the mini skirt gives the illusion of ever-extending legs and is a clear summer wardrobe staple. To channel your inner Jackie Kennedy, pair a mini skirt with block heels or strappy sandals in the summer time. 

1970’s: Flare Trousers

Whether it’s a pair of wide leg jeans or bellbottom trousers, flares suit everybody and anybody for almost any occasion.

In the office, a bold wide leg suit trouser will be appropriate. In the summer months, opt for a wide leg denim jean or flowy white bellbottom trouser. 

1980’s: Denim

Dubbed as the chameleon of fashion, a denim item is assured to continue to recycle it’s durability again and again throughout the everchanging landscape of trends.

The 1980’s showcased oversized denim jackets and light wash baggy jeans paired with backcombed hair. Whilst you might want to leave the hair in the 80’s where it belongs, you can carry the denim trends into the modern day.

To bring 1980’s denim into 2020, combo a pair of oversized denim jeans with a basic white t-shirt and white trainers – perfect for a Sunday morning coffee run. A majority of retro shops will stock vintage Levi’s jeans which will give extra authenticity to your look.

1990’s: Plaid

 The film Clueless comes to mind with the mention of the 1990’s and a plaid pattern, but Alicia Silverstone wasn’t the only one to sport the tartan print. Spotted on stars such as Kate Moss and Jennifer Aniston, the 90’s fashion scene involved a lot of plaid.

To wear in this decade, invest in a quality plaid blazer that will see you through your professional life and will also double as a Cher Horowitz costume for Halloween. Win, win.

2000’s: Chunky Belts

 There aren’t a lot of nice things that one can say about 2000’s fashion – low rise jeans and velour tracksuits seem less appealing now than they did back then. Although on a positive note, the chunky belt was popularised in the early 2000’s. Whether it’s to cinch in your waist or used purely as an accessory, a thicker belt is something that we can still wear today.

A chunky belt pairs nicely with the 1950’s-esque midi skirt and a thin jumper for those spring days that bring a gentle breeze.