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The 1980s was a period where women embraced having a bold fashion style: they played with their silhouettes by opting for oversized clothing and they worked shoulder padding like never before. And now, we sense that the trends from this stylish decade are making a comeback, because we've spotted lots of supersized suits making an appearance on the runways, and on the streets.
So, we've decided to team up with designer and high street outlet McArthurGlen Designer Outlets to share some of our favourite 'Supersized Suits'-inspired pieces we spotted when we toured the Ashford centre, in Kent.
The Exaggerated Shoulders
M&S, Was £29.50, Now £14.50 at McArthurGlen
Channel the '80s by rocking an outfit with strong shoulders to create the illusion of a bold silhouette. For a modern twist on the trend, look for shirts or blazers with frill detailing near the shoulders.
The Masculine Trouser
Tommy Hilfiger, Was £125, Now £88 at McArthurGlen
Wide leg, boxy trousers will replace tight-fitted ones this Summer. Opt for a pair that's high-waisted to draw in your waist and give you an hourglass figure.
Gap, Was £29.99, Now £14.99 at McArthurGlen
Lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen are perfect for Summer, and are suitable for both work and evening dressing.
Jaeger, Was £299, Now £199 at McArthurGlen
For true 1980s sensibility, play dress up with tops and jackets that feature a cropped bottom or sleeve.
Ted Baker, Was £189, Now £119 at McArthurGlen
While brightly-coloured outfits were popular during the mid-1980s, muted colours such as white, grey and brown took centre stage during the early 1980s. Work this chic colour palette into your wardrobe by choosing a few key crisp white pieces and accessories.
Radley, Was £189, Now £106.25 at McArthurGlen
Make like a fashionista and punctuate your outfit with an oversized handbag. Draw inspiration from celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss, and opt for one with short handles and a big body.
See what went down at the McArthurGlen Style Studio in association with Grazia at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford above, and don't forget to attend the next event at the centre in Bridgend on the 27th May. There, you can expect to see all of the new season style pieces, meet Grazia stylist Lily Russo who will be doing one-to-one styling sessions (and pick up a copy of the mag!), have a pampering manicure and sip on some refreshments. Plus, you can bag yourself 10% off your shopping trip if you visit the truck and quote "Lightweight Layers". #fashionreimagined
Plus, don't forget that you can shop the 'Supersized Suits' selection at McArthurGlen Designer Outlets now. Discover more at the Ashford Designer Outlet, which can be found at Junction 10 on the M20, and that has over 80 designer and high street brands including Ted Baker and Jack Wills, with up to 60% off all year round. Stocks and prices may vary depending on location.