Trend Alert | 80s and 90s ‘Vintage’

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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Short Shorts. Blumarine and Balmain Spring 2010


In addition to the previous fashion trends highlighted:

- Stripes
Wild & Exotic Prints
Safari | Nudes & Neutrals
Bold Brights & Neons

Here is a wrap up  of the rest of Spring/ Summer 2010′s most catching trends. 


1. Very Very Short Shorts

Also known very affectionately by Caribbean-ers as ‘pum pum’ shorts. Yep, all up in there. Needless to say this is best reserved for the younger age bracket, regardless of how ‘toned’ your legs are. Short skirts/ minis are also an option. 

The key to wearing this look is to contrast the super-sexy by pairing with boots/ booties and some top with long sleeves. 

Tip: Resist the urge to go TOO short. Try to make a suggestion rather than be explicit, noone needs to see your assets.

Body suits are also big. Must be inspired by all the entertainers in leotards, and should also only be worn by them. 

2. All Denim Everything

Head to toe denim ala the Denim Tuxedo. And not just any denim, this one is both distressed AND bleached, either simple bleach or acid wash. If you dare, pair with a simple white tee, and keep everything else as simple as possible. Again, a very fresh, hippy, young look. 

For anyone over 30-ish, a great way to still get into this trend is by donning denim ‘peek-a-boo’ style. A denim shirt, vest or even jacket perhaps, under an oversized blazer or leather jacket, is a very subtle yet fashion forward way to channel the 90s without looking like you just dig into your closet and dusted off all of your 90s gear. 


The 80s style has been making its way back into the fashion world for a while, but it seems like it’s back in a big way this year, which officially makes the disco decade ‘vintage’. Strong shoulders and oversized clothing are the main contenders. 

3. Masculine Elements

Strong shoulders on blazers (oversized or not)  works this trend well. Pay very special attention to your proportions though, if you are already ‘top heavy’ or carry most of your weight on the upper half of your body (a healthy bust size or a very prominent mid section) this may not be the most flattering option for you. 

Striped textiles, military inspired jackets and oxford shoes also fall in this trend. Pair with shorts or leggings to balance this overly masculine look. Simple, delicate jewelry, like a hairband or locket pendants also help balance this look. 

4. Oversized & Extreme proportions

The super wide tee that’s also shorter in the front and longer in the back. Quite a few of the tees fall into the belly baring category. Remember those? 

Also referred to as the ‘fishtail shirt’, tunics and dresses are also featured here, where the back length can be anywhere as long as just a few inches longer than the front to past the back of the knees. The key is to keep this as the only statement, as it’s enough as is.

Clogs are also big this spring/ summer season. Bring on the noise.

Tip: If they aren’t already rubberized, professionally resoling this type of footwear with a thin rubber sole often makes for a less noisy lifestyle, as well as one that is less jarring on your knee joints. Shock absorbers almost. Again, if you are over a certain age, preservation is key. 

6. Jumpsuit Shorts

Love it or hate it, jumpsuit shorts and sportswear inspired clothing are here. These are best worn with casual, comfortable sandals/ shoes respectively, for a laid back ‘n fab look, and are best worn for casual occasions or a night in.

Whatever you do, resist the urge to wear either with super high stilettos.


I think this more or less covers the Spring/ Summer Fashion trends posts. If you missed any, see below.

As you see there is a lot to choose from. The downside, however, is that there is also a lot of margin for major fashion error. 

Consider your body type and your age bracket before choosing to step out in one of these getups, and pair pieces smartly. For example, balance:

- Volume with sleek. 

- Exposed skin in one area with coverup in the others.

- Masculine with feminine.

Keep in mind that feminine has less to do with ‘pink’, and more to do proper fit and delicate details.

- Brights with muted tones

and you should be okay.

Minimalista Chick

When in doubt, your best bet is always to stay ‘simple’ and utilize accessories, nails and/ or shoes to the fullest, to get ‘on trend’.

Go Brave.



Trend Alert | Shocking “Brights”
Trend Alert | The Safari Trend
Trend Alert | Exotic Prints
Spring/ Summer Getups 2010 | Stripes and Cut outs 
Trend Spotlight: Animal Print 
Not-your-eighties Leggings   

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