Retrocon 2024

Rediscovering the Iconic '80s Splattered Paint Style


The world of fashion is full of different trends and styles that have been popularized over the years. In fact in 2023, as most fashion pieces have already been worn in the past, it is increasingly difficult to come up with new and unique clothing items. As a result, many fashion trends that have been popular in the past have witnessed a revival in modern society as a new generation are seeking to put their own spin on past trends. One style that has made a comeback in 2023 is splattered paint styles which had originally gained attention in the 1980s. In this sense, it is worth exploring why they have experienced a revival and how people are wearing them.

Firstly, during the 1980s splatter paint designs were everywhere to see on clothing items such as leotards, leggings, tops, skirts and dresses. In fact, it was not uncommon to glimpse many people pairing their leotards with shiny leggings to work out or to nightclubs. Nowadays, many people are opting to adorn unique patterns by wearing statement painted jeans to pay homage to the 80’s splattered paint fashion trend. These can be paired with a simple t-shirt, blouse, shirt or crop top to create a simple, casual yet stylish look. Furthermore, for those who prefer to wear dresses there are range of dresses on the market with paint splattered designs, from body-con to smock dresses that can suit people of all body types. Wearing a paint splattered dress is the perfect way to make a fashion statement with just one piece.

Moreover, in terms of colors, there are many color combinations out there to choose from according to your mood. Brush stroke marks and abstract splatter effects can be applied in any color with many people choosing pieces that combine all of the colors of the rainbow to truly create a unique outfit. Not only does wearing a lot of colors on your clothes draw attention to your style, but wearing brighter, bolder colors makes us feel more extroverted, alive, and engaged with the world thus having a positive effect overall. In this regard, don’t shy away from changing up the colors and the textures according to what statement you want to make.

On top of this, it is not just staple clothing items such as trousers, skirts, and dresses that the splattered paint design can be worn on. This design can be seen nowadays on a range of accessories such as purses and handbags to enhance your look. For example, many people who are opting to wear an outfit comprised of block colors, go for a paint splattered purse to inject some extra fun into their look. For those people who would like to try out the paint splattered purse or handbag, it is advisable that you pick one that has a white or light-colored background so that the colors will stand out and will not clash.

Of course, in the 1980s, celebrities like George Michael were known to test the boundaries in terms of fashion with paint splattered and eccentric designs. Nowadays, celebrities are also seeking new ways to incorporate paint splattered designs into their wardrobe. For example, actress Nicole Ari Parker was seen wearing a pair of colorful, splattered, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, showing us that the design can be worn on any kind of clothing item. Moreover, stars like Rihanna are proving that the design can be worn in a subtle way as she has previously worn a denim skirt with hints of white paint splatter on it.

Ultimately, although paint splattered designs were rife in the 1980s, they have certainly made a comeback in 2023. As paint splattered designs can be seen on all sorts of clothing items from jeans to shoes, it is certain that the design has been rediscovered in modern clothing and will continue to be sported on many pieces in the future.

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