There is no better place to bring the drama than to the set of a Real Housewives reunion. But beyond spilling the details on all the action that occurred during and after each high-voltage season, reunions are also known for delivering some equally impactful style.
The ladies show up and show out in a slew of over-the-top, red-carpet-ready looks that, quite frankly, aren't for the faint of heart. Only the strongest styles survive, so it was no surprise that more than one Housewife has turned to the power glam era of the '80s for a little fashion inspiration. 2019 is all about throwback-inspired silhouettes with exaggerated shoulder pads, narrow waists, and asymmetrical cuts in sizzling hues that are perfect for throwing shade.
Ranging from in-your-face neons to more grounded earth tones, these dresses have shown up in Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and New York reunions — but luckily you can score your own version at a variety of price points.
Kyle Richards reached for this high octane Alex Perry one-shoulder gown with matching neon and PVC pumps by Brazilian label Schutz for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 9 reunion. Going matchy-matchy never looked so glam. Her 80's-era hair flip was the ideal hairdo for this ensemble.
For the Season 11 reunion of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nene Leakes kept is classic in this goddess-inspired black, one-arm, column dress by Lanvin. The elongated shoulder with slight volume is just the right amount of detail to balance out Nene's insanely amazing gold watch stilettos and golden strands.
Lisa Rinna was making power moves for the Beverly Hills Season 9 reunion in this neon sequins number by Alex Perry (notice a trend here?) and simple PVC and metallic strappy heels. Like Kyle, Lisa went all out in neon hues balanced with clear accents and a touch of metallic. Don't think we didn't spot her bold new hair hue either.
Bethenny Frankel's Balmain frock for the Season 11 Reunion of The Real Housewives of New York City is a fabulously fringed, multi-colored version of the trend pulled straight from the runway. Bethenny paired her sparkling, wide-shouldered shift with the sweetest bow-detailed tulle heels we ever did see.
Do you dare to copy this Real Housewife-loved dress trend? If so, you can shop some of our favorites selections of the '80s shoulder trend below.
ASOS DESIGN Shoulder Pad Mini Dress
NBD Your Time Is Up Dress
Alex Perry Sequin Dress
Dundas Open-Back Mini Dress
ASOS Shoulder Pad Mini Dress
Alexandre Vauthier Velvet Mini
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