Slip through the decades of fashion.
This year, it seems as though we’ve all been hit with major nostalgia as many of the fashion items and trends we’ve been coveting have already had their time in the past.
Toowong Shopping Centre, an iconic Brisbane shopping centre that has long been at the forefront of fashion, is about to celebrate its 30th birthday, so we’re counting down with 30 years of fashion flashbacks.
From the trends that inspire runway looks today to the accessories that should stay in the past, we decode the best and worst fashion trends from the ’80s, ’90s and Noughties.
An iconic decade for fashion, the ’80s featured many larger-than-life trends, from oversized power suits and sky-high shoulder pads to crazy neon-coloured parachute pants and mini bike shorts.
From Brooke Shields and Elle Macpherson to Madonna and Diana Ross, our ’80s style icons were strong independent women and this reflected in the clothes they wore. Leotards were high-cut, dresses were figure-hugging and short, and hair was bright, choppy and over-permed.
Although fashion hasn’t completely made its way back to the ’80s, it’s clear that designers like Olivier Rousteing and Jeremy Scott draw inspiration from ’80s silhouettes for their runway collections.
The fashion of the ’90s has crept back into our wardrobes without many of us even noticing. The outrageous trends and bright colours of the ’80s were traded in for grunge and minimalism and we sure have been dusting off some of those same looks this season for our fashion-forward looks. Think tees under slip dresses, high-waisted denim and chokers – sound familiar?
Chunky highlights, low-rise denim and tank top everything! The Noughties bent the rules on what was appropriate and what was just plain strange (I’m looking at you, Avril Lavigne, with your business tie and sk8r boi get-up). It’s safe to say there’s not much we’ve tried to resurrect from the early 2000s (yet). Our jeans are still sitting mid-to-high-rise and our colour palette remains tonal and monochrome with no bedazzling Von Dutch or Ed Hardy in sight. However, I think we will always have a soft spot for distressing our denim and wearing velour tracksuits (even if only in the comfort of our homes).