Simpler times, those 80’s. Actually, wait. No. More complex times. The high school hierarchy was tantamount to an Indian caste system, everyone was meaner because they were on cocaine, and it seems like bullies were a bigger threat than al-Qaeda is today.

So, more complex times, I guess. But it’s hard not to long for the era represented in movies of our childhood. We can’t relive those days, but we can still dress like the 80’s. Recently, Nike made the announcement that they’re releasing Marty McFly’s Nikes from Back to the Future 2. They might not have power laces, but it’s insane to think that these won’t be the hottest shoes since #23 laced up.

Are we nostalgic yet? Technically, those “80’s” shoes were from the future, but since we’re talking McFly, let’s look back at some 80’s fashions we’d like to bring back while we’re bringing back 80’s shoes that were actually supposed to be from this era. I’ve got a headache.

And in case you missed it, here's the Nike ad for Marty's shoes...

9. Hockey Jersey

Hockey jerseys: when sweatpants aren’t apathetic enough. Nowadays, the only champion of the hockey jersey is (shudder) Kevin Smith. It used to be that wearing one meant you didn’t give a damn in a cool way. Now it seems to mean you just don’t give a damn.

Icons: Cameron (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

8. Canadian Tuxedo

Here’s an instance of Back to the Future displaying a fashion that actually is from the 80’s. Denim. Denim wherever you can cram it into your outfit. The more the better. You won’t look ridiculous. You’ll look like a sleek urban cowboy, only instead of rustling steer, you’ll rustle up women and jealous stares.

Icons: Marty McFly (Back to the Future) Audrey Griswold (European Vacation)

7. Shoulder Pads For Girls

Linebackers ARE sexy. So it’s no wonder that women took the initiative to give themselves wide, angular shoulders that made them look like walking V’s. Of course, congestion in narrow hallways reached an all-time high, so the style was dropped as quickly as it was embraced. However, with today’s hallways bigger than ever, let the women broaden their shoulders.

Icons: Every Heather (Heathers), Working Girls (Working Girl)

6. Suspenders

Gravity was a lot more intense in the 1980’s, so extra precautions had to be taken to ensure that pants remained at waist level. Belts were often inadequate, so film characters would don suspenders, which offered promise in the war against sagging pants. In the 90’s, suspenders would be known as nerd attire, but if you said that to Gordon Gekko in his heyday, he would buy out your whole family and liquidate them.

Icons: Gordon Gekko (Wall Street), Dez (Desperately Seeking Susan)

5. Letter Jackets

In the 1980’s, bullies were a very real and dangerous threat to high school students, so the letter jacket served as a very helpful notification that, “Hey! This guy is a brain-dead asshole!” Nerds could steer clear and live to fight another day. I guess Ed Hardy and Affliction shirts serve the same purpose today, but what about when it’s cold out?

Icons: Ogre (Revenge of the Nerds), Andy Clark (The Breakfast Club)

4. Vests. Just…Vests.

As an adult in 2011, I’m constantly running around with warm arms and a cold torso, so the proliferation of vests in the 1980’s really speaks to me. I’m pretty sure that these garments simply served as a transferrable location on which characters could stick all their new wave pins, but I still want in. Nowadays, the only people that wear vests are valet guys and Christian rockers. I want to take them back.

Icons: Ted “Theodore” Logan (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

3. Blazers As Far As the Eye Can See

I don’t know what blazers were about in the 80’s, but I know that if you didn’t wear one, people would look at you like you were walking around without skin. I long for this look to return, if only because it would allow me to put on a t-shirt and jeans, cover it up with a blazer and look “stylish.” Because anything that makes me look like Ducky is something that I want.

Icons: Ducky (Pretty in Pink), Every Character (Heathers, Miami Vice, Less than Zero, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Fame, You Get The Idea)

2. Flat Tops

Technically, this counts as 80’s nostalgia for a 1950’s fashion, but it reappeared in the 80’s, so we’re all good. I really don’t think flat tops are really a good look for anyone, but I’m absolutely mesmerized by the notion of paying $7 for my next haircut.

The fact that this haircut seemed to be as popular with women as it did with men was not cool at all. That aspect doesn’t need to come back.

Icons: Ivan Drago (Rocky IV), Christopher “Kid” Reid (House Party), Red Sonja (Red Sonja) , May Day (A View to a Kill)

1. Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ok. This makes a nice end to the list because these sunglasses have actually come back in a big way over the past two years or so, and, remarkably, their return has not been that obnoxious. Save for the fluorescent ones worn by teenagers who are also trying to bring back tank tops. That’s more obnoxious than herpes.

While most of the entries on this list are horribly ugly, perhaps we can agree that the Wayfarers were the one takeaway that wasn’t so bad?

Ten years of fashion and the big triumph is a pair of non-descript sunglasses. Way to go, 80’s.

Icons: Susan (Desperately Seeking Susan), Joel Goodson (Risky Business), Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice)