Streetwear in 2021 is going to look a lot like 1981

Bring your own walkman.

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This pandemic has made everyone nostalgic, and brands, of course, are taking advantage of that.

Stores are conveniently priming childhood favorites for sale, especially with a market of depressed '80s and '90s babies looking for retail therapy.

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From neon ski wear designs to the comeback of acid wash jeans, here’s what we’ve seen from brands so far...

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Rapha’s Futuro capsule is a nod to the late '80s and '90s, when pro cyclers were flooded with sponsorship deals.

The campaign was shot in the style of football (soccer) cards, which were hugely popular and traded in Europe at the time.


Nike is known for constantly revamping old styles. And in 2021, the company's Jordan Brand is set to release its “Retro” collection, featuring new iterations of the Air Jordan 1, 3, 4, 9, and 13.

The classic '80s and '90s silhouettes will be updated in popular colors like pastel blue, yellow, orange, and gray.

Guess has now brought back it’s 80’s and 90’s jeans (yes, acid wash included) through its “Certified Vintage Program.” Retro logo sweaters are also available.


Possibly the last year someone wore acid wash jeans.


Jacquemus threw it back to the ’90s with its FW20 “L’année '97” campaign. Retro styles like slip dresses and bike shorts were highlighted alongside Nokia phones and gaming consoles.

Citing a queen of the era, Palace dropped a Whitney Houston collection full of classic '90's streetwear. Americana styles like varsity jackets, baseball caps, and emblazoned sweatshirts all pay tribute to the star and the decade’s fashion.


MISBHV and Reebok teamed up on an '80s-inspired sportswear collection, full of metallic bike shorts and leotards. The time capsule was unveiled in a video of models taking an aerobics class.

Inspired by extreme skiing back in the '80s, The North Face’s “Snow Rogue” Collection includes puffer jackets, graphic tees, and fleece pants, all in bold pink and yellow colors. Fleece bucket hats and beanies match the theme perfectly.

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Adidas has released a number of vintage styles this year, but one of the most popular is the Continental sneaker. The brand dropped multiple iterations of the retro shoes, which were inspired by '80s fitness.

We're hoping decade fashion is here to stay. Please don't buy acid wash jeans, though.

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