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Friday, 28 August 2015

AW15 trend: 80's style evening wear | Pleats and Bling!

What to wear for a night of dancing...

Fashion should be fun, right?
So when a rare night out comes along, why go for your usual look (whatever that may be)? When you can play around with the new trends, be creative and just enjoy yourself a little more!

I took inspiration from the (toe curlingly expensive) Balmain FW15 collection. 
I was daydreaming about having a spare few thousand pounds for a winter coat when I noticed that most of their evening wear was very {gulp} 80's inspired.

I know I have recently declared my unwillingness to try the re-cycled 80's party wear trend (HERE), BUT, a girl can change her mind can't she?


80's inspired party outfit for 2015

I found this pleated, one shoulder, angel sleeved top (it's actually supposed to be a dress but is barely bum-covering on me...yikes!) in a bag of clothes I was going to donate to the charity shop. 
It is very pretty and was calling out for a little TLC and a new lease of life. Sometimes an old item can seem fresh if I haven't seen it for a while. I just need to re-work it and wear it in a new way.

These black satin harem pants with the dropped crotch were also heading out of the door to a new home, but I needed to try and make something out of nothing today, so a little imagination was called for.

80's inspired party outfit for 2015

I did, initially,  try to go for a 'chic and slightly serious' look in my photographs, but as I tried to show off my giant pleated sleeve things got a little silly...especially when the breeze picked up and it started whipping around and tickling me!


One shoulder pleated top and metallic accessories.

Posing for photographs on a windy day.



Flying away!

I knew that I needed some serious Bling Bling with my 80's inspired outfit, so my chunky gold necklace and this enamel buckle belt came out to play.

These Zara metallic shoes are perfect for this look.
They have a nice low vamp, with a subtle amount of toe cleavage. I just love that in a shoe!

Back in the 1980's the shoes seemed to be all about the higher vamp, so this touch stopped my outfit looking too 'fancy dress'. I did not want to look like I had turned up at the wrong party!

My beaded clutch, gold coloured hoop earrings and some bangles finished things off nicely.
Oh, and of course, dark shades and red nails....it wouldn't be the 80's without!

Shoes: Zara (Mine were Charity shop/thrifted) but I like these.
Trousers: Topshop (similar)
Top {dress! hahaha} : Topshop (similar)
Clutch bag: Primark (others)
Necklace: M&S (similar)
Belt: Unknown (old and second hand)
Nails: Barry M


Metallic Zara heels

Red nails and a beaded clutch bag.

As I was getting ready to go, the Calvin Harris song "Acceptable in the 80's" song popped into my head..
The 1980's was, most definitely, the decade that style and taste forgot. 
I remember some of my friend's Mum's 'interesting' ensembles....don't even mention the mullets and the perms!
And, it's all coming back this Autumn/Winter 2015.
Are you ready?

The 80's is cool again, Well for evening/party/disco wear anyway....and I have to admit that the 80's crowd certainly knew how to party!

Will you be giving the 80's a re-spin or giving it a very wide berth?
Please share in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!

XXX
Samantha
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26 comments

  1. Absolutely fantastic. I love everything about this!

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    1. Thank you Gracey, it's good to hear from you again!
      XXX

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  2. This is so great!!! :)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com
    Fridays Fashions link up.

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    1. Thank you Jaymie, it was lots of fun to wear.
      My youngest girls wondered what the whole "one sleeve" thing was all about, they found it confusing!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. I Love how this look came together - you look Fab! I also love your cute hair. :) This is definitely a more stylish 80's inspired look, executed wonderfully.
    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!
    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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    1. Hi Jennie,
      Thank you! I see that your hair is cute and cropped too :-). Much easier to live with :-)
      I did think that my hair helped reduce the fancy-dress effect....a permed mullet would have been a step too far!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. such a pretty pleated top, love angel sleeves and love that you went for an 80's style your own way!
    You look cool and funky but also very elegant!
    And I agree: sometimes forgotten clothes seem suddenly appealing to me!
    besos

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Sometimes things just need a re-work and a bit of TLC.... I had neglected this duo for too long!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. This top (dress!) is just perfection! I love it! What do you mean by "a bag for charity?" Was the bag set aside for a while, or before you got rid of it, you gave everything a second glance? One time Samantha--well actually twice, but I got them both back, I gave away two blazers to a swap. The next time I visited the swap my two blazers were still there. I bought them back! I know now not to get rid of these two!! Lucky me. :D

    Everything about this outfit is so stylin'! Gorgeous!!

    Love,

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Hi Ann, Thank you so much!
      The "charity bag" is a bag of decent clothes....mine and the rest of the clan's...that I wash and press and set aside for a time when I can go and donate it to a charity shop (for them to sell on and make money). I only donate things I would buy myself, all the trash gets re-cycled. Sometimes I do have a re-rummage just to check nothing has made it's way into the bag by mistake... I just felt that I had been a little hasty with these and decided to give them another chance.
      I take it that a 'Swap' is similar?
      Sounds to me like you were meant to hang onto those blazers!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. This is a fun trend! You look great!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thank you Darcy!
      It was a lot of fun to "dress up" and dance...oh, and waft my enormous sleeve around too!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Great look, I love the styles of the 60s and 70s. #MahagonyClosetLinkup

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  8. Love how you've turned an 80's look into a modern one. Love how your top is one shoulder! Love the pleats! thanks so much for linking today with THT linkup which I'm co-hosting. Please can I remind you to follow our social media links too. It would help us a great deal. Many thanks.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I will check them out just now!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. You look so chic and sophisticated! Love!

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  10. I love the photos of you smiling with your misbehaving sleeve! Sometimes those impromtu moments are the best! Great look on you and well done on rescuing and reinventing two items. I don't think I want to revisit the 80's style wise. Ra ra skirts, white stilettos, big knotted t-shirts and dancing round the handbags can stay memories for me!

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    1. Hahaha...yes, I agree! I just wish the camera could pick up how windy it actually was....Blowing a Hoolie (good Scottish phrase). My sleeve was going crazy at times.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. Hi Samantha! I am a firm believer in if I wore it once, there is no WAY I am going to give it another go round. But, well...a girl can change her mind right? You look so amazing. Very elegant & I am so jealous. Lol! But seriously, I love this look on you. And your hair. Cute & color is amazing on you. Can't wait to see what other styles you come up with. Have a lovely week.

    Debra
    www.stylwisebydebra.com

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    1. He Debra....absolutely! It is our right to be a fickle as we like. :o)
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments...shucks...I went all shy for a minute!
      Thank you for posting your site address....I will pop over for a look just now..
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Glad you gave this dress a new spin as a top - it looks amazing!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice, everything deserves a second chance!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. Sam
    Love the top, the sleeve and how it flows looks great. I know I have my standard poses and just cant pull of a sexy look if my life depended on me! Love your poses, natural and fun!
    The 80s ..oh stirrup pants, big hair.. the list goes on.. not the best for fashion.
    But love your look!!
    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Hi Jess,
      Trying to be serious and sexy always make me laugh too!
      It just seems a bit silly....
      Oh, yes! I remember those stirrup leggings (complete with seams) yikes! They were awful...hahahaha
      XXX
      Samantha

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