Paint Splatter Fashion

Along with many other 80s fashion trends that are making a big comeback, paint splatter prints have re-entered the world of fashion. We remember the mid-80s Esprit jeans that featured paint splatter patterns. What could have been cooler? Now, the look goes slightly more upmarket with dresses by Yves Saint Laurent, DVF and Dolce & Gabbana. See the ought’s interpretation of this very 80s fashion trend below.

Natalie Portman in a black & white splatter dress vs. a vintage 80s version

Check out some new versions of the paint splatter look.

Diane Von Furstenberg               Handmade 80s Style Fashion on Etsy               Yves Saint Laurent

To appreciate fully the old school version (80s) of paint splatter fashion, here are some vintage 80s examples.

Paint splatter swimsuit               Paint splatter dress               Paint splatter jeans               Paint splatter blouse

vintage 80s paint splatter pants

Whether you buy new or go vintage, pair your paint splatter duds with some gladiator sandals and some stacked bracelets and you’ll be Rockin’ the Casbah, like totally.

UPDATE: April 11, 2011 — Since first reporting on the reemergence of paint splatter fashions in the Summer of 2009, we continue to see this very 80s look. A recent trip to the beach yielded several examples. We saw girls that had created their own paint splatter fashion moment on white Nike running shorts. It worked. We also saw this paint splatter tunic (below) in a boutique in Seaside, Florida. If you’ve ever wanted to go Pollack on your Spring/Summer wardrobe, now is the time.

Paint splatter tunic

Author: Alli Denning

As the Owner / Editor of Like Totally 80s, Alli is just a little obsessed with all things 80s (well, not ALL things, but most). Alli still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she can be found at denning e-solutions, LLC, her web design business.

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