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How to Wear 1980’s-Style Skirts


Due to popular request on my article about Vintage-Inspired 1980’s skirts, I’ve put together some outfits to show you how to wear 1980s style skirts! Because the skirts themselves can be rather busy and voluminous, it’s best to keep the look as simple and polished as possible!

How to Wear Bubble Skirts

How to wear a bubble skirt

Product Information: Cardigan – Bubble Skirt – Tank Top – Kirra for PacSun. Bleeding Love Necklace – Grindstore. Red Patent Pumps – Dorothy Perkins.

I love this bubble skirt – it’s adorable! I would pair this skirt with a navy cardigan and a white tank top, before adding pops of red to bring color to the outfit. The skirt definitely stands out on its own, so the look is otherwise pretty simple. This would be a great outfit for a party or get together, but if you switched out the heels for flats, it would also be a great, eye-catching look for going to class!

How to wear Tiered Skirts

How to wear tiered skirts

Product Information: Lace Cami – Aeropostale. Satin Trim Dotted Skirt – Forever 21. Denim Jacket – American Eagle Outfitters. Kathy Beaded Earrings – Forever 21. Bauble Bracelet – New Look.

How cute would this outfit be to wear on a date to the movies? The whole look is comfortable, but still very cute at the same time. I chose to pair the black and white tiered skirt with purple and black accents throughout the outfit. Then I added a cute denim jacket on top, just in case it’s chilly out! You could also put on some leggings and a cardigan instead or switch up the color scheme to make this your own.

How to Wear Long Skirts

How to wear long skirts

Product Information: Straight Lace Skirt РNordstrom. Embroidered Tank РAmerican Eagle Outfitters. Black Sweater РH&M. Precious High Shoe РTopshop. Opaque Stone Bangle РTopshop. Heart Pendant Necklace РAntica Murrina at Forzieri.

I know, the loathed long skirt! I have a confession: I actually really love skirts that hit just around the knee cap! (And I am definitely not suggesting anyone wear anything mid-calf length!)

I would wear this outfit out to dinner with my family or somewhere just a little more formal, but still fun. You could definitely switch out the sweater for a brighter colored cardigan and then add heels and jewelry to match! Either way, high heels will lengthen your leg (especially if you are on the petite side, like me) and balance out how long the skirt is.

What Do You Think?

What do you think of these outfit suggestions? Everyone’s different, so let me know in the comments!

Posted on on October 10, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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18 Responses to “How to Wear 1980’s-Style Skirts”

  1. 1
    October 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I am in love with that second outfit! That’s something I would definitely wear and it has inspired me to put together something similiar using some pieces in my own wardrobe.

  2. 2
    October 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Personally, I can see myself wearing all of these outfits- you have great taste. I especially like the one with the bubble skirt and how the buttons on the cardigan tie in with the bow on the skirt.

  3. 3
    October 10th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I love this post! The second outfit is by far my favorite! I wore something pretty similar last night to the movies. So cute! The first outfit is adorable too. I’m still not a fan of the longer skirt on the third outfit but I’d love the outfit if the skirt were shorter! Great post. It’s really nice to see a post that doesn’t feature skinny jeans in every look.

  4. 4
    October 10th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Why is the long skirt “loathed?” What’s wrong with wearing a mid-calf length skirt? My favorite skirts have been at least mid-calf length, usually longer. They’re much less trouble than short skirts, more interesting, and more fun to wear. =\

  5. 5
    October 10th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    There’s something so eternally romantic and girly about your first outfit (the bubble skirt) that makes me want to have it on right now. But the long skirt outfit is something I adore because I can pull it off at work and go straight to a date with it on.

  6. 6
    October 10th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Allizhon – in my original 1980s skirt post, quite a few commenters disliked long skirts! I actually really love them too. :)

    Glad you guys are loving the outfits!

  7. 7
    October 10th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’m in love with your outfits! Especially the first and the second one. The first reminds me of Blair Waldorf a lot.

  8. 8
    October 10th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I am not feeling the 80’s skirt trend. While I embrace other fashions from the decade, I personally feel these skirts look childish. Cute on little girls and great for theme parties, but I’m not too keen on them for daily wear. I really liked all the shoes you picked for your outfits!

  9. 9
    October 10th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I love love love the second outfit. I just bought a skirt that looks like that one. Now you gave me some great ideas to wear it, Thank You. Again I don’t like long skirts, on me, but the outfit is just too cute. I love the shoes and jewelry.

    Great post


  10. 10
    October 10th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Why can’t I find the tank that is in outfit #3 on
    Help! It’s what I’ve been looking for!

  11. 11
    October 11th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I love knee-length skirts! They are my favorite length of skirt to wear. I’m not comfortable showing too much skin, so anything much shorter than that is a no-go for me unless it’s paired with tights :)

  12. 12
    October 11th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I absolutely love all these outfits! The second is my favorite–it’s supercute. Great post!

  13. 13
    October 11th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Amy – AE is phasing out their “fall” stuff right now (I know, right!?) and it may be in the clearance section of the website!

  14. 14
    October 11th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Haha! I actually own the Aero cami featured with the tiered skirt, and now I am dying to own that skirt because they are just adorable together! I would add a cute grey cardi, instead of the denim jacket, but that’s just because, for no reason in particular, I’ve never liked wearing denim jackets…they don’t suit me, somehow. Still, wonderful, fun look; love the purple with the black and white rather than the more typical pink.

  15. 15
    October 11th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I really like the first outfit but I’ve never ordered from overseas. How does it difer?

  16. 16
    October 12th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    No not there either, or aerie. Thank-you for reminding me about the clearance though! Great Post!

  17. 17
    September 7th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    i LOVE that purple outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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