As a counterpart to last week’s post on the return of ’80s Afropop, we were planning a follow-up post this week on ’80s musicians (and present-day acts) with a tribal sound. And then I found myself with an armful of clothes at the cash register of Forever 21 this weekend unable to believe my good luck. We’re postponing our tribal music/style post one week to focus on its tribal counterpart in the current fashion world–in case any readers want to high-tail it to Forever 21 stat to revel in all things ’80s, tribal and affordable!
The ’80s have been back for awhile, especially in the clothing realm. But if you have a hankering for ’80s Southwestern style, ’80s-style tribal fashion or ’80s geometric patterns and you’re on a budget, this is your season for reasonably-priced finds.
DISCLAIMER: I’VE NOT BEEN PAID TO ENDORSE FOREVER 21. I’m simply a petite woman who has trouble finding ’80s fashion that fits, and due to my recent good fortune at Forever 21, I feel the need to share the news of my finds with my ’80s-enthusiast readers!
We’ll return next week with our ’80s tribal post as planned. But for now, enjoy some new fashion items reminiscent of the ’80s. They definitely prove that an ’80s tribal revival is in the works:
If Danny Elfman composed the score to a new Tim Burton film entitled The Nightmare Before Valentine’s Day, perhaps one of the characters would wear a frock in this pattern:
The pattern is reminiscent of designer ’80s tribal fabric featuring zig-zags and primitive shapes (and there were plenty of designs to choose from back then)! Pair the shorts with a beaded bracelet, also from Forever 21, to fully participate in this ’80s tribal revolution and to make your bold choice of shorts even bolder, removing it from “Does she know that pattern is outdated?” territory and firmly placing it on the ’80s revival front:
Now let’s switch the focus to Native American tribes. This dress by Forever 21 gives ’80s Southwestern style (and possibly a dash of Aztec patterning) a modern update:
Pair with a gold-toned cuff, also from Forever 21, to live this motif to its fullest and to clarify your “’80s update” intentions:
We’ll end with some fun ’80s geometry on fabric, also courtesy of Forever 21:
Perhaps now that ’80s tribal fashion is “back,” we can add it to our vintage wardrobe of styles that are en vogue from this day forward… Here’s hoping!