The humble suit is and always will be considered a fashion staple. The perfect ensemble for work and play, it’s versatile and the jacket, skirt and pants can be mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe. This season and straight from the catwalks at fashion week, the suit has been revamped yet again. Now the latest on trend look are suits 80’s style!
Blazers are longline with shoulder pads, which is typical of the era’s powerful square silhouette – minus the perm. Buttons are big, bold and military style, while jackets have thick, big buckle matching belts to wrap around your waist. Some jackets have asymmetrically cut hems, which is a flattering style for all body shapes and gives the visual illusion of length too. Great for us shorties!
Skirts are still diverse. Either ra-ra style and flirty, pencil cut and classy, or the standard fitted minis. Pants are slim fit and kept long so the point of your heel toe just peeps out. Some pants are also cut bootleg and wide, but kept fitted through the thigh. Similar to the matching blazers, some pant hems are also cut asymmetrically with a split for extra rock edginess. For a casual vibe, ditch the heels and pair with some super comfy, chunky white trainers.
For a personal touch and some bling, add a vintage brooch or pin to your lapel. For suits that don’t come with matching belts, get creative and wear your own. The thicker and more ornate, the better. Keep your top underneath very simple and fitted, think a plain tee or even better a bodysuit – don’t forget this is the 80’s!
If you’re feeling game and want to take this look up a notch for the party scene or nightclub, wear your suit longline jacket as a dress! This trend is huge, classic and wearable given the 80’s jackets come to mid-thigh. A-listers everywhere are rocking this current trend at premieres and events. Cinch in the waist with your belt, add strappy heels or over the knee boots and you’ll be styled straight off the runway.
Kimberley Skye is an Aussie fashion stylist based in Sydney. She specializes in all things eco-friendly, sustainable, vintage, animal cruelty free and ethical. A graduate of the Australian Style Institute, she uses her life-long thrifting skills and passion for fashion, to replicate runway looks for less, whilst aiming to inspire change in the way we look at fashion. Blogging exclusively for DAAMN! she is Brand Ambassador for various charities and a Member of Ethical Influencers. To keep up to date on all her latest styles, op shopping tips and tricks - follow her on Instagram @_shopportunity, her Facebook page & be styled by her on the DAAMN! app.