My Mum Wore These 9 Trends in the '80s, and Now I Do Too

Lauren Eggertsen


My mum and her friend wearing Laura Ashley dresses to a wedding in 1984.

Not too long ago, Urban Outfitters came out with its collaboration with the iconic '80s brand, Laura Ashley. I'll be completely honest, it wasn't until I showed the pieces to my mum and aunt that I realised just how iconic the brand was—especially to my mum and her stylish group of friends. Immediately my mum showed me the photo above of her and one of her best friends wearing Laura Ashley dresses to a wedding in 1984. How did I respond? By looking up Laura Ashley dresses on Etsy and ordering one for myself, of course. 

The F/W 18 runways proved the '80s are back, and if the return of the decade is anything like the '90s have been this past year, the resurgence of trends from this time are only just starting to gain steam. While the runways are definitely a place I get forward-thinking inspiration from, I decided when it came to the '80s fashion trend, I was going to go back to the queen of fashion during her time—my mother. She and my aunt were called "the Vogue sisters" back in high school, so I guess I have to give them a little credit. 



My mum and aunt rocking matching perms and wild jumpsuits. 

I asked my mum to list off all the trends from the '80s that she thought I might still be into today. Some of the styles that made her list quickly got cut from mine including sweatbands, coloured plastic beads, and a few others I'd rather not mention. But as for the rest of her selects, I'd say they are pretty spot-on. Ahead, shop out nine of the '80s fashion trends my mum wore back in the day—the ones that are still somehow cool in 2018. 

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