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We all know that fashion is cyclical. Most trends, even those we thought had taken their last breath, tend to return in one form or another. If we want to or not. See the recent resurgence of opera gloves, vests, and even dad hats. So it’s no wonder that stirrup trousers, the often despised fashion basics of the mid-80s, are celebrating a big comeback.

The distinctive straps were first spotted on the Balenciaga and Marni catwalks in fall 2016. Street style stars of course quickly picked up on the trend. See below for the final proof.

Stirrup pants on the street; Images: Imaxtree, Getty

While the thought of wearing stirrup pants may make you wince, it’s time to give them a second chance. Today’s versions are slimmer and decidedly fancier. As a kind of leggings version 2.0, they play well with the massive athleisure trend. But they also appear in office-suitable styles that are inspired by trousers. And unlike in the 80s, when stirrups were only worn in shoes, fashion girls choose to wear the straps outside as well.

Are you ready to try stirrup pants? There are now 17 couples here to shop.

  • Self portrait 25 inch knitted stirrup pants, $ 340 on selfie

  • Nanuschka Darby Eco-Cady stirrup pants in gray, $ 295 at Nanushka

  • Tom Ford Beige cashmere blend ribbed stirrup leggings, $ 756 at Net-a-Porter

  • Amina Muaddi x Wolford Vegan leather high-rise stirrup leggings, $ 324 at Moda Operandi

  • mango Basic Fuseau Leggings, $ 39.99 at Mango

  • Dsquared2 High waist leggings with underwire, $ 357 at Farfetch

  • HM Wool gaiters with stirrups, $ 59.99 at H&M

  • mango Fuseau Legging with Sewing, $ 39.99 at Mango

  • Zara Floral stirrup leggings, $ 19.99 at Zara

  • Simon Miller Evan Seamless Stirrup Leggings, $ 170 at Shopbop

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