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1980s Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted on 3rd April 2016
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1980s Fancy Dress Costumes

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As we moved into the nineties we looked back at the eighties with a bit of embarrassment  but now 1980s fancy dress costumes are back in demand because people are looking at the 80s in a very different way! Even a just few years ago the 80s were a bit of a laughing stock and people tried to forget them. Now everything about the 80s has become fashionable again. You only have to open a magazine to realise that today's fashion and music is heavily influenced by everything that was cool in the 80s. This has lead to a massive rise in the number of 80s costume parties being hosted, and this in turn has meant that more people than ever are in need of 80s fancy dress costumes.
 
And with this revival in the popularity of the 80s decade there has been a similar expansion in the number of 80s costumes available, but what about the times you don’t want to go to an 80s fancy dress party dressed as a character from a television series or from a movie, what are your remaining options? Well, you could opt for a WWE wrestling costume, although back in the day it was actually called the Worldwide Wresting Federation or WWF (oops!), or would be too outrageous you could attend dressed in an 80s music star costume, or if the thought of copying someone else’s style doesn’t “float your boat”, how about dressing up in the style of the 80s without reference to any specific person.
 
If you’re not following anyone else’s style and you’re creating your own 80s costume, you’ll need to make sure that your final outfit looks authentic. Fortunately, this is not that difficult to achieve as the 80s were a time of bold and outrageous fashions, some of which are seeing their own revival today! So searching online costume shops as well as some of the cheap fashion outlets it should be relatively simple to throw together an 80s fancy dress costume.
 
For girls and women, one of the easiest looks to achieve is something like an 80s pop-star. Imagine the classic 80s Madonna look, with lots of neon coloured bangles, necklaces, fishnets, neon scarves, leggings and ripped denim. There are still lots of images and videos around that will give you lots of ideas when creating your own 80s outfit and should you be of a certain age, you may already know what the look is!
 
For the guys, you could either go for the 80s heavy metal look with big hair and tight, faded ripped jeans and to go with the big hair, think spandex, leather and buckles which can most probably be found in the Punk costume accessories. Alternatively, you could consider the new romantics look. Look out some pictures of people like Simon Le Bon or Adam Ant for inspiration. Recreate the style with floaty pirate shirts, tight trousers and face makeup. For the simplest look, why not get a slogan t-shirt, pair of skinny denims and an inflatable mobile phone just look confident and be bold!
 
 
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