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Remember when retro meant the 1950s? Well, time marches on, and now the 80s are far enough in the rearview mirror to inspire nostalgia. Good thing, too. That era produced some epic icons, and with them trends that deserve a second life. Is your recipient a true ’80s superfan? Take this quiz and find out!
Then crank up Madonna’s Lucky Star, slip into your Flashdance cut sweatshirt, and shop our gift guide of awesome 80s goodies.
Remember when you and your bestie had so many “Madonna” rubber bracelets up your arm, you couldn’t count them? Well they’re baaack, in fun neon—and, believe it or not, the kids love them. Great for your tween niece.
The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World took our beloved Lisa Bonet (aka Denise Huxtable) off to college. This cozy, authentic-looking sweatshirt celebrates her alma mater (fun fact: Marisa Tomei got her start on this show, as Denise’s college buddy!).
A tiny tee with a sense of humor—and history. This proud-and-loud tribute to the ’80s perfectly achieves that nonchalant off-the-shoulder drape.
When Jennifer Beals (aka Alex Owens, in Flashdance) first wowed us with her cut-neck sweatshirt, one of the major 80s trends was born. What goes around comes around—it’s time to rock it again!
It’s hip to be square with a totally nerdy-cool old-school digital watch. With as much charm and mystery as a rotary phone, this makes an awesome gift for the stylin’ twentysomething.
Video killed the radio star! I Want my MTV! This super-faded authentic-looking tee says it all. (You know you want one for yourself, so grab a couple—it makes a great gift.)
Add some old-school style on the way out the door. This ski jacket from Ellen DeGeneres’ line, tops you off with a slimming chevron print. It’s a totally flattering, wearable ’80s trend. Expect compliments.
Into instant gratification? Try a classic Polaroid camera! Perfect for parties or to pass around the brunch table. And a great bonding agent when the family gathers for the holidays. So much old-fashioned fun!
Sure Alexa has her benefits, but as L.L. Cool J once said, I can’t live without my radio! SO much more fun at parties and picnics! (Aren’t you glad you didn’t toss those CD’s once you uploaded them?).
Stay warm while looking totally rad with electric neon leg warmers. Wear with chunky sneakers for a long lean line at the gym.
For more style inspiration check out Andrea Linett’s style blog, I Want to Be Her.
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