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Stirrup lace leggings, oversized sweaters that expose one shoulder, kitschy tiger prints, graphic tees — they all enjoyed their heyday right alongside synthesizer music and Reaganomics. The clothes, however, were so good the first time around that they’ve been invited back for an encore performance.

Take a look around. All that’s missing from some of the ensembles you’ll see is a Rubik’s cube. The ’80s are bigger than ever and fashion insiders suspect a wounded economy is the cause.

"People are trying to put some fun into their lives right now," says Christie Moeller, local fashion stylist. "And with the ’80s trends, you don’t have to spend much money and you can still have a definite style."

Stores like Kira Plastinina, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters make a head-to-toe homage to Madonna’s "Lucky Star" video an affordable option for girls in their late teens to early 20s.

This is where verbatim interpretations such as fingerless gloves, mini socks with bright pumps and second skin pleather leggings come into play. For a look with contrast, think poofy party dresses matched with Converse sneakers.

If you associate ’80s trends with the same time you sported braces and consequently hesitate to recapture the era, rest assured. You will incorporate subtle nods to the ’80s rather than go full speed ahead.

For instance, a chunky knit sweater, ankle boots and a few big bangles decorating your wrists is a chic way to do an age-appropriate ’80s look. A blazer over a vintage tee works just as well. For a work ensemble, take a shapeless dress and cinch it, "Dynasty" style, with a wide belt.

Keep in mind style icons from the ’80s, too. "For Pat Benatar go to Metropark," says Moeller. "For Cyndi Lauper, go to Betsey Johnson." Debbie Harry, Salt ‘n’ Pepa and any character Molly Ringwald played during that time will also serve as fine inspirations.

Regardless of how you go about it, the overall tone of an ’80s look should be nothing short of fun. Take a look at some of the pieces that master the task brilliantly.

Model: Kaila Stivers for The Platinum Agency

Hair: Katie Lantz for Square Salon and Spa

Hair assistant: Laurie Kubiak for Square Salon and Spa

Makeup: Amanda Powell for Square Salon and Spa

Stylists: Xazmin Garza, Review-Journal and Melissa Moscotte

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