Retro is back! Again! OK, so you hear this every season. But this time around, you don't have to fork out for '40s threads from some vintage shop. Just steal the '70s and '80s styles your mom wore when she was your age to look oh-so of-the-moment.


A printed scarf.

Wrap it around your head to camouflage a bad hair day, or just tie it on your handbag to spruce up a plain leather style.




A slouchy blazer.


With a simple tank (and maybe your dad's or boyfriend's tie) and trousers, you'll look every inch the sexy gender bender Diane Keaton perfected in Annie Hall.

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The romper.

The last time your mom wore it, chances are you were actually watching "Romper Room." So it may need a bit of an update to match the sexy short-short styles out today. But that's nothing a good tailor and a pair of scissors can't fix.

Wide-leg pants.


Team 'em with a striped top for a cute "Hey, Sailor!" look or a flowy off-the-shoulder version if you're feeling a little friskier.
Wedge heels.

Cool blues and kelly greens with raffia or wood heels are perfect for kicking around on weekend afternoons. Upgrade to a sparkly version when you go out at night to channel Studio 54 dancing queens.


Fit tip: If you and your mom have the same body type, look at old pics of her for styling inspiration. If not, have a friend take shots of you with a digital camera while you play dress up. It will help you get a realistic idea of what's worth modernizing for your shape and what you should help your mom sell on eBay.

Animal Fashions

    The shoes on the right graced a Fani catwalk, but the frilled lizard on the left rocked the look way before.

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    A feathery bodice on a Chanel dress highlights one's swanlike neck. And the feathers on this black swan do the same thing without the middleman.

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    Orange, looped-hem dress designed by fashion god Jean Paul Gaultier. Hungry garter snake designed by actual God.

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    Chanel's haute couture dress has a certain Bumble the Abominable Snowman aesthetic. Does looking like a creature from the "Rudolph" TV shows make it "colde" couture?

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    Mayhaps a squirrel fish inspired the panels on Georges Chakra's slinky evening gown.

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    Maurizio Galante's dress glides like butter down the runway, all the while reminding us of a bright jellyfish.

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    Male frigate birds inflate their bright red neck pouches to attract mates. Female humans wear this bright, pouch-like Valentino frock to ... well, we don't actually know why anyone would wear it. 'Cuz that is one unflattering silhouette.

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    The neckline details on this Alexis Mabille dress echo the winking feathers of a white peacock.

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    Who wore this wavy look better: The model in Jefferson de Assis's fashion show or a coral reef?

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    Perfect look for the out-and-proud Aries: designer Hu Sheguang's ram-looking headdress.

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