Easy 80s Inspired Outfits You Need in 2022

Last Updated on 20/05/2022 by Rashi

After a year with loungewear as outfits, I get why we all are loving 2000s bling and 80s inspired bold trends. Trust me, you’re not the only one who obsess over cassettes and camera reels and everything 1980s. Designers felt the same way for pre-fall collections. Valentino, Balmain, and Chanel – all putting their own touch on prim ’80s style with shoulder pads, bright colors, brooches, and big hair.

You know what that means! 2022 trends are going to be very 1980s vibe!

And these are the outfits inspired by the 80s trends

Shoulder padded blazer

Before we go into the more maximalist side of trends inspired by the 80s, here is something to style outfits without much styling effort. And that too, being the hero of 80s fashion!

Try the IT GIRL combo of padded cropped blazer and ruched polo dress. If you prefer your fits less dramatic, go for 80s famous oversized padded blazers. To add more main character energy you can throw in tinted sunglasses (major 2022 spring/summer trend).

Black Lace

Lace was everywhere in the 1980s -fingerless gloves, frilly shirts, headbands, and even lace tights. The chic and sexy sheer lace outfits were a craze among teens and people in their twenties inspired by 80s pop stars.

If it looks too daunting to style sheer black lace pieces, you can just go for gloves, tights, scarves for instant drama in your outfits.

Plaids and monochromes

It’s been 30 years and Heathers iconic looks still stands as one of best inspos for preppy fashion. With classic boxy plaid blazers, pleated skirts, matching outfits, prissy socks and bows, I understand why its so loved. With that, I’m sure you know what to go for.

Do you know what gives this vibe and is super trendy right now? Pastel plaid tweed sets. Makes styling much easier and looks super chic too!

Check Out: How to style pastel outfit ideas

Fur Trimmings

Before clicking on this post, I hope you knew the 80s were filled with extravagant and maximalist pieces. Like for example, Fur. Clubs and events always had fur eveningwear and outerwear or at least fur details.

You can go for full faux fur pieces if you’re confident, but I recommend starting small with Instagram-famous fur trimming ribbed tops and long coats.

Stirrup Leggings

One of the most unique trends of the 1980s was stirrup leggings with aerobics becoming fashionable.

Instead of styling it with other workout clothes like leotards or the classic off-the-shoulder sweater, like back then, we’ll pair them with asymmetrical cut-out tops, oversized blazers (padded ofc), and ribbed pieces. If you know how to style leggings, you know how to style stirrup leggings.

Leg Warmers

Another unique trend of the 80s inspired by aerobics making its way to IG outfits are leg warmers.

It looks hard to style but let. me. show. you.

So, mini hemlines, crop cardigans, oversized sweaters, leather jackets, bucket hats, chunky boots, and tennis skirts. Note it down!

Leather to reminisce glam rock

Moto leather jacket may be too outdated right now but instead, you have- more versatile and more 80s, oversized leather blazer and relaxed leather pants. Not only can they be paired with whatever but they always add chicness to outfits.


I don’t think I have to share much about polos considering they are EVERYWHERE and styled with almost EVERYTHING. The polos of 2020-22 are more on the skin-fit side with ribbed structure, but it will still give off 80s vibes when outfits are styled with other 80s inspired pieces. You can pair a polo under sweater with plaid pleated skirt and thigh-high socks for a cute 1980s academic look.

Check out: More Light Academia outfit ideas inspired by 80s trends!


As a lover of fashionable fads of the 80s, you’d be glad to hear that velvet is returning in winter 2022!

This luxe-looking material went away for a bit but now it’ll be back with modern tailoring and a trendy look. Spring isn’t even here yet, so you have plenty of time to look for velvet clothes that suit your taste.


Even though they never really truly went away, sequins, the 80s inspired glam trend is back to add bling to your outfits. They were first picks for evening wear and special events but for 2022, expect them in casual pieces too. Kinda like a remix for bolder looks.


This one’s perfect if you’ve been inspired by the 80s bling but also want to stay sophisticated with your outfits. For 2022, you can style metallic crop tops, chunky boots, quilted bags, bucket hats, and mini skirts. Oh and don’t just stick with silver and gold!

Chunky Belts

One of the easiest ways to add 80s inspired chicness to outfits is to add a chunky and layered gold belt over your bottom. If you’re wearing jeans or something with belt loops, don’t put the belt through the loops.

IT Prints of the 80s

  • Polka dots: Not on outdated blouses but alt tights, modern fit midis and on sheer fabric.
  • Stripes
  • Leopard print: Yep time to revisit the sexy print.
  • Paisley
  • Color blocking