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The roller disco clothes of the early 1980s are just like the candy their bright hues and shiny exteriors imitate — they’re tempting but should be kept to small doses. “The ‘80s were so decadent and over the top — bright pants, a bright top with your bright bracelets and your bright flats. We’re trying to do it a little more flattering, a little more mixing and matching,” says Stacy Bendet, founder of Alice + Olivia. “We’re trying to do it not so ostentatious.”

In the next breath, though, Miss Bendet says she does a “huge” legging business and plans a lot of sequin-covered clothing for the fall.

How to get it right:

Focus on finding the shape.

“The inspiration I’ve taken from the ‘80s is the general silhouette,” Miss Bendet says. “A high-waisted pant — you can be completely elongated by it. Skinny jeans can be sexy.”

Use of color to get the right shape can help, too. Try black leg warmers tucked into black or brown boots and worn with a black sweater dress and black leggings, she says.

A pair of Dolphin shorts can go a long way.

The thing about the roller disco look is that while it is flashy and even sometimes skimpy, it always looks neat and not too revealing. There is an athletic practicality to it, too.

If you have short shorts, consider a top that is either looser, perhaps a blousoned halter, or a bodysuit, which, although it’s tight, provides a lot of coverage.

If you want to be more subtle, a T-shirt and flouncy miniskirt can give off the ‘80s vibe, especially if it’s in an upbeat color.

If you remember the 1980s look from the first time around, act your age.

Macy’s fashion director Russell Orlando describes the modern version of the ‘80s look — camisole-strap bodysuits with a front cinch detail, tie-back halter tops — that his store is mimicking as “East Coast preppy meets Venice Beach.”

The preppy details are all the pink-and-green color combinations and slim polo shirts, styled with the collar up, of course. Somehow roller skates bridged the style between the boardwalk and the tennis courts at the club

Mr. Orlando adds: “You’d like to dress like that even if you didn’t have skates on.”

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