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It's big and it's back, jumpsuits and crimped hair, oooh..... fashion! Love it or loathe it, 1980s style is back and it's got more attitude than ever. FRANCESCA CRAGGS recalls the decade that taste forgot.


GROWING up in the 1980s was no mean feat. Especially when it came to fashion.

Those old enough to have lived through this style-eccentric decade will no doubt have photographic evidence of their 1980s crimes of fashion. Mine remain firmly under lock and key.

Crimped hair, electric blue jumpsuits, boob tubes, hideous lace leggings and coloured stilettos were all fashion favourites of the era. And whatever happened to coloured hair mascara? The bad news is that the 1980s is back with a vengeance. The good news however, is it's actually more wearable than you think. And with high-street collections practically bursting at their lycra-clad seams, the choice is bigger and better than ever.

Hayley Lowther, style advisor at Topshop, Newcastle, says music and celebrities have had a major impact on the current '80s revival.

"There is a massive comeback with synth and Electro pop right now. Style icons such as Rhianna and Lady Gaga have re-created the '80s look and brought it up to date," she said.

So how do you wear it without looking like you're on your way to a bad taste party? Hayley says: "Oversized loose shapes are key, as are skin tight body con silhouettes. It's a very highimpact look that needs to be styled right in order to work well. Suit jackets smarten up the look. These are worn loose and slouchy. We've also seen the return of the cropped top, which can look classy when worn with high-waisted shorts and skirts.

" Acid wash denim, wet- look Spandex and Miami Vice inspired motifs such as palm trees, parrots and flamingos are hot for spring/ summer 2009. Choose one or two key items. Don't wear the trend from head to toe or you will end up looking like a 1980' s throwback." For a one- to- one personal style experience with Hayley contact tel: ( 0191) 233 1715 or e- mail newcastle. style@ topshop. com Fashion, styling and words: Francesca Craggs. Pictures: Dave Charlton. Model: Jade Gibson. Hair: by Martin Slavin, make-up by Alexis Gray, both of Savannah Salon & Spa, Nelson St, Newcastle, tel: (0191) 230 1919.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2009
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