Glamour Eighties Style – how to get the Eighties look!

Eighties fancy dress shows are always popular and hugely fun!  We constantly have people asking for eighties fashion – when I show it to them they are usually aghast and proclaim things like “I can’t believe people wore that!” and “OMG that is the ugliest thing ever!”

Now I grew up partying in the eighties so let me assure you, at the time we thought massive hair, bold coloured make up, synthetic fabrics, shoulder pads and plastic accessories were the height of fashion – that is, when we weren’t ripping up our clothes, going all Mad Max, or then changing completely for the cotton “I’ve been to Bali” look.

The Eighties was all about excess and the “look” changed constantly and quickly – that was what made it such a fun decade to be fashion conscious in, really no rules went and strict rules applied, all at the same time.

What is really funny now is that some of the trends that the younger generation now associates with the eighties, fluro tutu’s come to mind here, were not really around, not that I saw.  Fluro colours were, but not head to toe fluro outfits generally.   That’s cool though, it’s all fun and we have heaps of options for those who just wanna have fun (equals wear fluro)!  Options now for Eighties fancy dress include lots of fluro such as fluro gloves, pantyhose, tutus, leg warmers and even make-up!

Purple dotted bubble dress - Eighties fancy dress
Purple satin dotted bubbled skirt dress with poodle perm wig and lace gloves
80's red satin ra ra dress
Red satin and lace ra ra dress with pearl details, poodle perm wig

Here are some more examples of real eighties, authentic vintage fashion:

80's white draped dress80's silver ruffle dress80's pink satin tuxedo80's rara80's cotton onesie

Note lots of synthetic fabric!  I think the only remotely natural fabric is the green boiler suit, replete with coloured zips at strategic spots! Everything else is in a shiny, satin, synthetic!  Also, lots of strong colour.

Now, it is getting harder to buy authentic 80’s vintage fashion – it is quite in demand at the moment, especially designer pieces.  Fortunately for Eighties fancy dress shows, there are now heaps of imitation items around as all us Generation X’s have had kids who want to recreate the look (although I can’t figure out why still!).  So, I’ve put together a few outfits from modern items, just to give some inspiration – bear in mind this isn’t exactly how we would have really dressed, it is more what we saw in the music videos that had just debuted……..but oh how we wanted these clothes!

80's pink tutu
Lace top, elastic belt, hot pink tutu, leggings and fluro green leg warmers
80's fluro copy
Fluro yellow net top, beads, orange tulle tutu, pink leggings, hot pink mesh armwear
80's fluro punk
Pink mullet wig, fluro necklaces, black lace singlet top, elastic waist belt, blue leather bodice top, hot pink mesh armwear, dotted ra ra skirt, lots of bangles!
80's fluro skirt
Fluro lace singlet top, studded hip belts, pink wig, pink net skirt, green leg warmers

So it is basically about layers and don’t be shy with colours!  Lots of bangles, lots of beads, and of course those accessories!  Below are some easy options available for purchase – you can throw these on over a couple of singlet tops and leggings, crimp and tease that hair, slap on some over-bright make up and you’re good to go!

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