How to Make a Female '80s Yuppie Costume

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How to Make a Female '80s Yuppie Costume
This look is perfect for work and the gym. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The original yuppies, or young urban professionals, were baby-boomers rebelling against their parents' frugal tastes and sensibilities. They had twin ambitions of being filthy rich and physically perfect. With those lofty goals in mind, the female yuppie of the '80s made the unfortunate fashion choice to pair power suits with running shoes; finished work for the day, she could head straight to aerobics class before stopping off to grab some sushi to go. In crafting your own '80s-inspired yuppie costume, think big -- as in big shoulder pads, big glasses, big eyebrows and most importantly, big hair.

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Things you need

  • Curling Iron
  • Comb
  • Hairspray and mousse
  • Eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick
  • Power suit
  • Pantyhose
  • White sneakers
  • Big plastic-framed glasses
  • Earrings, large and dangly
  • Sony Walkman

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    Tease or curl your hair to make it as puffy as possible, and then style it neatly. We're not talking Cyndi Lauper here, more like the cast of "Dynasty." Remember, your career girl is heading to the office, not the club. Don't forget the mousse and hairspray; maintaining a style like this requires serious backup.

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    Pencil in some extra brow; go ahead, don't be stingy, it's the '80s. Unless you're fortunate enough to have that natural Brook Shields' look, use dark eyeliner to fill them in. Be careful not to go right across; you don't want a unibrow.

    Apply your make-up generously. Nothing says '80s like a heap of blue make-up around your eyes. Wear a moderate amount of blush and some frosted pink lipstick to complete this overly made-up look.

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    Don a power suit, preferably one with shoulder pads and an oversized jacket. If your suit doesn't have shoulder pads (which let's hope it doesn't if you wear it this century), try sticking in some face clothes to substitute. For the purpose of this costume, a skirt is preferable to trousers. The skirt can be any length above the knee, but try to find one the same material and colour as your big-shouldered, ill-fitting jacket.

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    Wear running shoes, preferably vintage '80s white Reeboks if you can get your hands on a pair. Don't forget pantyhose; the look of suit and sneakers isn't complete without a pair of nude-coloured hose.

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    Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Big glasses with plastic frames were all the rage during that decade of excess. Also, don't forget big earrings to balance out that big hair. Matching the earrings to your glasses would be a nice touch. Finally, what working girl in the '80s could survive without her Sony Walkman? For those of you who weren't around in that groundbreaking decade, they're like MP3 players, only bigger.

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