Curious about how to dress for an 80s theme party, get-together, or special event this season? From runways to sidewalks of major cities around the world, people will continue to enjoy celebrating this distinctive period in fashion. If you have already forgotten exactly what made 80s apparel so extraordinary, we will offer a quick refresher course that women can use, full of bright colors and bold statement items. For a hint of personal style inspiration, conjure images of your favorite fashionable ladies of the period — the infamous Madonna, Cyndi Lauper or Annie Lennox.
Check out our list of ideas on how to dress for an 80s party —
Get out the hairspray and tease. Remember that when it comes to rocking 80s hair — a girl should either “go big or go home.” Between men and women — this period was all about lush waves, funky frizz, side ponytails, bodacious bangs, wicked wigs and also asymmetrical styles. Of course, nowadays donning one of the same hairstyles would probably cause people to point and stare, but you have to admire the hair fads popularized by top fashion icons years ago.
Dig out a glamorous corset or dress. During the 80s, the glam look was a dominant fashion trend around the world. To achieve the look, consider wearing a prom dress with a fitted top and puffy sleeves, or a feminine corset that you layer underneath a jacket. If you no longer own an 80s prom dress — check out a resource like Goodwill in your city or town. Silk, lace and satin corsets are typically obtainable from lingerie retailers.
Opt for a bold blazer or sexy sweatshirt. Featuring massive shoulder pads, blazers suitable for the boardroom were immensely popular for women during this period. Another option is going comfy casual, by wearing an oversized sweatshirt with an exposed shoulder. If you have a sweatshirt you are OK with altering, cut enough fabric from around the collar area, where the shirt can show a bit of skin by exposing one shoulder. Depending on the appearance of the sweatshirt, contrast the look by wearing a tank top in a totally different color. As an example — if your sweatshirt is fuchsia complement it with a tank top in solid black.
Pair tops with leggings or tights. We can all easily recall how celebrities like Madonna would wear an ensemble that included a short denim jacket, a tulle skirt and leggings or lace tights. For an 80s theme party, on top of your leg wear sport a pair of brightly hued leg warmers. If leggings or tights are not on the list of desirable additions to your wardrobe, simply wear leg warmers alone with your favorite sexy stilettos.
Go overboard with accessories. Jelly bracelets, glittering rhinestones, gold and silver anything, religious jewelry, thick headbands, silk hair scarves, jumbo scrunchies, lace gloves and lengthy strands of pearls were all must-have accessories during the 80s. In terms of this period — bigger, bolder and brighter typically reigned supreme, when it came to measuring the success of a woman’s ensemble.
Beauty Tip – Follow the same rules when it comes to applying makeup by going a bit beyond the norm. Remember that along with heavy eyeliner — color is definitely your best friend during the 80s.
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