I’m stuck in the 80s but I don’t plan to change my style

IN her red leather mini rah-rah dress, Deborah Hirzel is a woman stuck in a fashion time warp.

When it comes to glamming up, she refuses to bin the outfits she bought back in the Eighties.

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Deborah Hirzel is stuck in the 80s but she doesn’t plan to change her style

Her wardrobe is full of the same dresses, jackets and trousers she has owned for four decades.

The 52-year-old, who works as a model, says each item is a throwback to the fun she had in her carefree younger days.

And Deborah insists she won’t be ditching her sassy style any time soon.

Telly fashion expert Trinny Woodall recently suggested some women still dress as they did in decades past as that was when they felt most sexually confident.

And mum-of-three Deborah, who lives in York with husband Felix, 59, an engineer, agrees.

She pairs her jacket with sunglasses she has had for the same length of time, 30-plus years

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She pairs her jacket with sunglasses she has had for the same length of time, 30-plus years

She says: “My clothes make me feel super-confident, sexy, and take me back to an amazing time of parties, clubbing . . . and an explosion of fashion.

“I met my husband back then and we were travelling round California having the time of our lives and going to rock concerts.

“It was the era when I realised one dress could change your life — and I recognised my womanly curves.”

The leather mini-dress Felix bought her in 1988 is an all-time favourite.

THAT MINI DRESS CHANGED MY LIFE

She says: “Felix got me that dress from a shop in San Francisco. He paid £250 for it, which was a lot of money for us.

“But when I tried it on, it changed my life. Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Kylie Minogue and Princess Diana had all been photographed wearing rah-rah skirts. It was one of the decade’s most memorable looks.

“I was 19 but the style and colour took me from being a teenager to a glamorous, on-trend Eighties fashionista. I was young, full of energy and felt sexy.

“Since then, I have worn it so many times — even to my 50th birthday party — because it made me feel so amazing.”

The leather mini-dress Felix bought her in 1988 is an all-time favourite

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The leather mini-dress Felix bought her in 1988 is an all-time favouriteCredit: DEBORAHHIRZELMODEL

With a size-ten figure she has kept throughout her adult life, Deborah refuses to follow new trends.

She says: “Revealing boob-and-bottom clothes worn by Kim ­Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are a big no-no for me because they leave little to the imagination.

“So are dresses with super-wide collars or voluminous skirts, which remind me of ill-fitting school uniforms.

“I don’t believe in changing a look that works for me because fashion dictates it. I would never stop wearing these styles because of my age, either.

Cyndi Lauper has been photographed wearing rah-rah skirts

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Cyndi Lauper has been photographed wearing rah-rah skirts

“Today’s offerings can be confusing and lack style and direction. I don’t like bland colours and they don’t suit me.

“T-shirt dresses look like sacks on me and palazzo pants, with their wide legs, make me look frumpy.”

Another wardrobe favourite is the brown leather jacket Deborah bought for herself.

She pairs it with sunglasses she has had for the same length of time, 30-plus years.

Another wardrobe favourite is the brown leather jacket Deborah bought for herself

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Another wardrobe favourite is the brown leather jacket Deborah bought for herselfCredit: DEBORAHHIRZELMODEL

Deborah says: “The jacket is a style and colour everyone associates with the Eighties because it’s thick and bulky.

“I still wear it in the same style — with jeans during the day and over dresses at night. I team it with my RayBans from the same decade.”

Two more staples are Deborah’s black leather trousers and pink blazer. She says: “They bring out the rebel in me. I’ve worn them through every decade.

“My pink blazer has oversized shoulders and whenever I put it on for a lunch with the girls, I feel instantly brighter. It gives me a power-dressing edge.

Nobody has criticised my looks so far. They are just shocked I can still fit into clothes from so long ago.

I DON’T PLAN TO CHANGE

“I keep my outfits hanging in special bags so moths don’t get in.

“But I have had to get zips repaired now and then. I store my leather items flat to stop the material getting hanger marks. My vintage pieces are worth between £2,500 and £3,000 altogether because I have kept them in good condition.

“The red dress is the most expensive in my wardrobe and although I hate throwing anything away, it’s usually worn-out shoes.

“My Eighties style is timeless, glamorous and sexy — and I don’t plan to change it.”

Ditch rah-rahs for pencil skirts

FASHION Editor Clemmie Fieldsend says: “Deborah says she feels like an Eighties ‘rebel’ when she slips back into her punk-inspired black leather trousers. She should embrace that.

“Leather trousers are huge this season but Deborah could mix it up by swapping skin-tight styles for a straight cut with a drawstring waist, showing off her figure while giving the look a modern update.

“Deborah’s throwback looks give her confidence, which some current trends won’t. But modernised Eighties trends are still sexy.

“For example, if you are a fan of Princess Diana but less keen on frilled collars and billowing frocks, plump for Di’s signature puffed sleeves.

“Go as extreme as you like – or as little. Keep your sexy side on show in tops with a deep, square neckline to show off your decolletage. And if you don’t like the muted colour palettes popular with celebrities like the Kardashians, remember there’s a whole colour wheel to choose from – and you can still be on-trend.

“Spring-summer ’21 catwalks saw designer brands including Balenciaga and Valentino embracing luminous neon pinks, oranges and electric blues. Hello, Eighties!

“These bold, bright hues are available on the high street in Deborah’s favourite wide-shouldered blazers, with power-dressing set to be a big trend this summer.

“As for the rah-rah skirt, we have all fallen under its spell at some point. But the exaggerated hem has had its day, so opt for a pencil shape instead.

“It is super-sexy and still synonymous with the Eighties.”

Get that Eighties look…

WHILE Deborah’s Eighties staples are not always on-trend, this season she is in luck.

Kristen Stewart is getting us all excited as she plays Princess Diana in the upcoming biopic Spencer.

And Channel 4’s hard-hitting drama It’s A Sin showcases everything from logo sweatshirts to frilly collars and bold bows.

So relax . . . CLEMMIE FIELDSEND has found the best high-street buys for a modern twist on those unforgettable looks.

Modernised Eighties trends are still sexy

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Modernised Eighties trends are still sexy
  • Puffer, £29.99, pullandbear.com – buy now
Sleeveless jumper are part of these unforgettable looks

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Sleeveless jumper are part of these unforgettable looks
  • Sleeveless jumper, £15.99, newlook.co.uk – buy now
Bold bows are coming and you can get this from Claires for just £6

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Bold bows are coming and you can get this from Claires for just £6
  • Bow hair clip, £6, claires.com – buy now
Wide-legged culotte jeans are trendy this season too

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Wide-legged culotte jeans are trendy this season too
  • Denim culottes, £27.99, zara.com – buy now
Princess Diana’s signature puffed sleeves are a favourite now

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Princess Diana’s signature puffed sleeves are a favourite now
  • Collar top, £14.99, hm.com – buy now
Polka-dot blouses were a must in the Eighties

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Polka-dot blouses were a must in the Eighties
  • Polka-dot blouse, £38, riverisland.com – buy now
These chunky trainers are very 80s

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These chunky trainers are very 80s
  • Chunky trainers, £30, prettylittlething.com – buy now
You can get these comfortable leggings for just £10 from Tesco

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You can get these comfortable leggings for just £10 from Tesco
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