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Purple Shell Suit: Iconic 80’s Fashion Back in Vogue

August 18, 2020

Want to stay in vogue yet comfortable? The iconic purple shell suit of the 80’s is again back in style. Be bold, stand out and rule the streets with this timeless piece!

Left, Purple shell suit with turquoise detail. Right, contrasting white and turquoise shell suit

Left, Purple shell suit with turquoise detail. Right, contrasting white and turquoise shell suit

Be stylish with these stunning purple shell suits

The ‘80s fashion is known for its flashy, bold and eclectic taste. Alongside oversized blazers, ripped tights and leather, shoulder pads, and oversized shirts, the shell suit jacket was a huge trend. This late-80’s clothing is well known for its dodgy tracksuit made of strikingly bright- or neon-colored shiny shell type material. If you are clueless about how it looks, just think about the flashy, glittery suit of Austin Powers’ archnemesis Dr. Evil.


Quite surprisingly, retro era is again back in full swing with the purple shell suit now headlining the fashion world. And whether you like it or not, the vintage vibe is making a huge comeback this 2020 – a year made truly unique by quarantines and covered PPEs.


Inspired by the fashion icons of the eighties, the likes of Joan Collins, Prince, and Grace Jones, this ultra-comfy jacket and trouser ensemble gives you style and comfort. Don’t be surprised to see someone walking down the street in a purple shell suit. This bizarre wardrobe piece is among the few fashion items that will give you a sense of nostalgia. After all, it’s not every day that you’ll see someone walking down the street wearing them. But seeing this trend this year is just ironic.

The re-emergence of shell suits

In the age of colored leather, textured dresses, skirts and shorts, elasticated trousers are making a grand reentrance. Major brands and fashion houses are all coming up with jacket and trouser inspired designs. The purple shell suit fashion piece is expected to grace the runways this spring season. Expect to see silhouette in lively colors and patterns. Fashion apps, boutiques and thrift shops are all giving some styling recommendations with shell suits.


This re-emerging purple shell suit fashion trend is indeed gaining much following. According to a fashion search app, word search for shell suit, parachute pants, combat trousers, and shell tracksuit has spiked. It just means that more are embracing this “new old” trouser. The growing fondness for, and surge of, shell suit fancy dress is attributed to the recent collections from Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Gucci. Recently, fashion icons Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid appeared in public wearing flashy, neon shell suits. This further ignited the newfound popularity of shell suit jacket.


But why is there is so much clamor for this new trend? Well, that’s not entirely surprising considering the comfort and style of the purple shell suit. With its athletic and sporty cut, a shell suit jacket is best for everyone. Whether you’re a student or a mom or office lass, you’ll surely find this two-piece ensemble perfect for your wardrobe. Usually, vintage shell suits are made of synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester or a combination of both. These materials make it lightweight and versatile. You can use it on your everyday workout or errands but some even use it for parties and events.

570px-Purple, Turquoise and black shell suit 80s

Purple, Turquoise and black shell suit 80s

An equal-opportunity ensemble

It is not only women who are starting to love the purple shell suit. Men are also falling in love with the comfort that this apparel offers. The jacket and trouser duo suits your needs. Men can use a shell suit jacket as an everyday wear or as a fancy dress. While it is commonly worn as a combo, the jacket can be coupled with your daily wardrobe pieces, like shirt and khakis. They come in a wide range of colors and designs. Aside from the two-color styles, there are elasticated trousers and jackets with unique color combinations.


There are a lot of online and offline retail shops where you can find an assortment of purple shell suit that will blend your personal preference. Popular online retail sites like Amazon and eBay has a tremendous selection to choose from.


Without a doubt, this uncanny fashion piece is gaining much attention lately proving its forever relevance and timelessness.


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