Kmart Australia shoppers react on Facebook to release of 80s-style stirrup leggings

Kmart fans are going wild over a controversial detail in the store’s new leggings range.

Sharing on a popular Facebook group, a shopper sparked debate after posting a photo of a pants display from her local store.

A closer look at the image showed that the $17 leggings had stirrups at the bottom.

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More than 7,000 Kmart fans reacted to the post, stunned that ski pants – which were a popular fashion trend in the 80s – were making a comeback.

“But what in the actual 1980s Kmart?” the shopper wrote on the Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook page.

“Stirrups are back ladies and gents!”

This photo of Kmart’s new stirrup pants sparked a huge reaction. Credit: Kmart Hacks & Decor/Facebook

Many were excited to see ski pants back in store.

“I loved loved loved these when I was younger!” said one.

Added another: “Loved my stirrup pants back in the day! It all comes back around eventually.”

Write a third: “OMG, I can’t believe it … I’m going to grab a few pairs!”

Added one more: “What section are the leg warmers in to go with that?”

‘Hard no’

But not everyone was happy to see that the “dreadful” fashion trend had returned.

“Bugger that, once was enough,” one Kmart fan responded.

Said another: “Hard no.”

A third added: “Disturbing to say the least!”

Another social media user wrote: “Don’t tell me these are back!”

Said one more: “What!!! Why??? Nooooooo.”

Kmart's new Teddy jacket, left, is part of the store's new Autumn range.
Kmart’s new Teddy jacket, left, is part of the store’s new Autumn range. Credit: Supplied

New Kmart range

The new pants are just one of the additions to Kmart’s latest autumn range. Included in the new season fashion launches are the following “must-have” buys:

  • ‘The Teddy’: Described by Kmart as “a retro-inspired jacket that pays homage to decades past”. It features “soft sherpa fabric” that is just the thing to keep you snuggly warm on cooler days.
  • ‘The Shackle’: Kmart says this shirt-jacket hybrid is “one of the undisputed heroes of the season”. With relaxed, lightweight styling and endless layering opportunities, Kmart suggests “pairing it back with your favorite pair of jeans, a fitted skirt or a cozy knit.”
  • ‘The Scarf’: Scarf … or mobile blanket? Kmart says this warm accessory is “all about oversized designs, plush textures and pastel hues.”
  • ‘The Puffer’: it’s hard to resist the practicality and accessibility of a good puffer jacket. Kmart says this wardrobe staple is “Perfect for your morning caffeine fix or a weekend away down the coast. “
Kmart's new 'Shacket' is now in stores.
Kmart’s new ‘Shacket’ is now in stores. Credit: Kmart Hacks & Decor/Facebook


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