When it comes to fashion, the adage “what goes around, comes around” couldn’t be more accurate. We have good news if you enjoy adding a touch of nostalgia to your outfits: several old styles are making a comeback and are quite simple to work into your regular wardrobe.
The secret here, according to Bridge Your Style founder Brigid Stasen, is to combine the new and the ancient. Keeping your style contemporary and fresh can be achieved by combining your retro pieces with the newest trends of the season. For this reason, whether you prefer the wacky ’60s and ’70s or the brash, colorful, and audacious ’80s
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6 Retro Fashion Trends Everyone’s Wearing Now
1. Flared Pants
Flared pants are making a comeback, contrasting the dominance of skinny-leg jeans. Michelle Barrett, founder of Capsule Closet Stylist, suggests balancing the bold silhouette with a simple, cotton T-shirt or a tailored button-down, tucked in with chunky sandals or platforms. For a leg-lengthening effect, Ayah Kajouk recommends nude footwear and adding a statement necklace or modern geometric earrings for a contemporary touch.
2. Cargo Pants
Cargo pants are back in style with a modern twist. Jessica Camerata, the style blogger behind An Indigo Day, advises pairing them with elevated pieces like an oversized blazer and low strappy heeled sandals for a chic look. Opt for fitted cargo pants and pair them with sleek leather sandals and a basic tank for a more refined style, according to Michelle Barrett.
3. Power Suits
Statement pantsuits from the ’80s are back, offering sophistication for both professional and casual occasions. Yenia Hernández Fonseca recommends modernizing the look with casual ballerina flats or elegant pointy-toe heels. Mixing and matching the suiting separates is also trendy—Fonseca suggests pairing a tailored blazer with high-waisted straight-leg jeans for a laid-back look. To balance a broad-shouldered blazer, Anna Grace Du Noyer recommends streamlined, fitted bottoms like leather leggings or a pencil skirt.
Metallics, a prominent ’80s trend, are having a major moment. Michelle Barrett suggests incorporating silver or gold accessories for a touch of personality without going overboard. A silver or gold clutch, belt, or pair of pumps can instantly elevate your ensemble. Keep the rest of the outfit minimalistic to let the metallic accessories shine.
Adding a pop of color to your outfit is easy with headscarves, a component of ’60s mod and bohemian looks. Brigid Stasen recommends pairing headscarves with oversized sunglasses for an ultra-chic combination. This casual yet stylish look is perfect for beach days, picnics, and vacation sightseeing.
6. Mom Jeans
Mom jeans, a throwback trend from the late ’80s and early ’90s, remain popular for their flattering high-waisted, straight-legged silhouette. Beth Blakely suggests pairing them with a classy silk blouse, a structured tote, and loafers or ballet flats for a relaxed yet sophisticated modern look. For casual occasions, try them with a structured blazer and low-top sneakers, or go for an effortlessly stylish twist with a fitted turtleneck sweater and booties. Adjusting the fit with a tailor ensures a flawless look and comfortable feel.