DROPPING ACID

by Cara DeMichele + Catherine Spinley

 

While everyone has spent the past year paying fashion homage to the Nineties with their “vintage” Nirvana tees, Teva sandals, slip dresses and tiny sunglasses, we’ve noticed the beginning of an Eighties renaissance take hold: bold neons, Reebok Freestyle Hi sneakers and acid wash denim are taking over the streets of New York. 


Who are we to argue? We still play The Bangles, Heart and The Police on repeat (yes, we’ve turned into those people who are stuck in the music of their youth). We weren’t quite ready for the reboot until we saw some of the chicest women in stone and acid-washed denim but in updated, modern silhouettes. The Eighties nostalgia took hold immediately and we became evangelists to the trend. Can we convince you? Let’s at least give it a try. Here are three ways to work the Eighties Acid Wash Denim into your current aesthetic!

 

EIGHTIES + BOHO

Ulla Johnson is the queen of the New Bohemian so when she released the Storm Jean we could hardly contain ourselves. The utilitarian, cargo pant silhouette is low-key but the wash turns these beauties into a show-stopping piece. Pair it with a bohemian blouse (tucked in to show the tie detail) like this one, or this one or this one!

EIGHTIES +

ROCK-N-ROLL

The Eighties and rock-n-roll music is a classic combination like: peanut butter and jelly or a messy breakup and a Nora Ephron movie marathon! They just work together. Get the look with this acid washed denim mini skirt or straight leg jean (both on super sale, FYI) and a camisole. The look isn’t complete without accessories; a satin headband or crystal headband and embellished slide sandal update the look.

 
 

EIGHTIES + GIRLY

The Eighties were a pink paradise: Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, Pretty in Pink starring 80s wunderkind Molly Ringwald, your trusty jelly sandals or Caboodle. It was all pink all decade and it’s back. Drape yourself in this pink mini, and pump the feminine factor WAY up by adding this ruffled blouse (or Seinfeld Puffy Shirt, depending on your comedic preferences). Not enough pastel for you? Step into these pastel, block heel sandals and suddenly it’s 1985 again.

SOME OF OUR OTHER ACID WASH DENIM FAVORITES

 

CARA IS A CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND ILLUSTRATOR LIVING IN NYC. FOLLOW HER STORY HERE @CARAJANE WWW.CARADEMICHELE.COM

CATHERINE SPINLEY IS THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT THE SUNDAY ISSUE AS WELL AS A FREELANCE WRITER AND SOMETIMES-PHOTOGRAPHER. WHEN NOT STALKING OTHER PEOPLE’S DOGS OR YELLING AT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WALK UP THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ESCALATOR, SHE WORKS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY AND PRACTICES YOGA. YOU CAN READ ABOUT HER AT WOREPAINT.COM AND @SPINDERELLA1110.