The new New Romantics

…and other ’80s styles we’d never thought we’d see again


Shoulder pads, perms, sparkly jackets. It’s true, we weren’t expecting an ’80s revival, but for some reason all these trends seem a little more acceptable the second time round.

Puffy shoulders

Bebe makes bouffant sleeves look super-chic. Who knew it was possible?
Available at Bebe, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0614). Other locations: Dubai Festival City (04 232 9168), BurJuman (04 355 4007), Deira City Centre (04 295 6173). Dhs750.


Just like what Madonna wore in Desperately Seeking Susan.
Available at H&M. Dhs599.

Ankle boots

These blue suede studded beauties can be teamed with a short skirt or leggings. They also come in black.
Available at Kurt Geiger, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3883). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 339 9737), Marina Mall (04 399 7880), Wafi Mall (04 327 9324), Deira City Centre (04 294 3395), Dubai Festival City (04 232 8415). Dhs949.


Yes, it’s true. The bunchy ponytail holder is back, and in metallic to boot.
Available at Topshop, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9790). Dhs40 each.

Leather gloves

These Swarovski crystal-studded mitts could have been cut from Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket (except they’re made from lambskin).
Available at Louis Vuitton, The Dubai Mall (04 341 4462). Price available upon request.

Mini shorts

Studded, tweed and high-waisted, these shorts manage to incorporate a bevy of ’80s trends into one item.
Available at H&M, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8327). Other locations: Deira City Centre (04 295 7244), Ibn Battuta Mall (04 364 9819), Mall of the Emirates (04 341 5440), Arabian Center (04 284 5472). Dhs199.


This T-shirt is best worn slung to one shoulder, to expose a lacy black strap.
Available at H&M. Dhs79.

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