COLUMN: ’80s fashion? It’s on its way back!

March 24, 2022

Popular ’80s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback in 2022 by Jane Sandwood

It is no secret that LGBTQ+ fashion is the most fabulous in the world. In fact, the fashion industry as we know it would not exist if it was not for the inspiration provided by the LGBTQ+ community. This year, one of the hottest trends is predicted to be a revival of the fashions of the era that brought us fishnet stockings, legwarmers, shoulder pads, and high-waisted bikinis: the 1980s. Let’s have a closer look at a few of the most popular trends expected to feature on the runways and streets of the world during the course of 2022.

Shoulder Pads are Back with a Bang

Shoulder pads are one of those fashion trends that you are either going to love or hate. This year shoulder pads are back with a bang, breathing new life into another popular trend of years gone by – the oversized blazer. These blazers go particularly well with ruched polo dresses, skinny jeans, even leather trousers, and can be worn by any gender. If you sport a particularly small frame, try to give your outfit a very defined waistline by choosing a cool belt to round off your appearance.

Are Tiny Bikinis Here to Stay?

Although the high-waisted bikinis that were all the rage during the ’80s have never quite left, they are predicted to be back in their original funky, retro form this year with everything from techno colours to animal print swimsuits adorning our beaches and swimming pools.  The ‘upside down’ bikini, which happens to be a favourite in the Kardashian/Jenner clan, is also expected to remain a popular choice.

Kendall Jenner

The barely-there two-piece, which may very well get an ’80s makeover of its own, shot to fame after Kendall Jenner uploaded photos of herself to Instagram back in 2020 while wearing a Xena Baroque halter bikini top and Naomi Baroque side tie bikini bottom.


While sequins may already hold a special place in the LGBTQ+ community, it is expected to make a mainstream comeback this year. During the ’80s, sequins were used liberally to add a bit of bling to, especially evening wear. In 2022, however, sequins will also feature more frequently in casual wear, embellishing everything from jeans and jackets to flowy shirts and shoes. With menswear also predicted to be more glam this year, we might very well find men from all walks of life wearing the occasional sequin garment.

The revival of ’80s fashion is promising to be one of the biggest trends this year. It is only a matter of time before the LGBTQ+ community takes these trends and make them even more fabulous than what they already are.