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How to Make Your Own 80s Costumes

Updated April 17, 2017

Movies, music videos and fashion from the 1980s can inspire a wide variety of costumes for Halloween or an 80s theme party. Though you might need to purchase a few items from a thrift shop to make your dream 80s costume, you'll still save money by assembling an outfit yourself rather than buying a ready-made costume. Have fun putting together your 80s ensemble and take plenty of pictures to document the look.

Raid your own closet and your friends' closets and gather all the necessary elements for an 80s outfit. Look for bright neon colours and funky patterns.

Wear ripped or faded jeans or leggings and leg warmers on the bottom.

Wear a baggy, off-the-shoulder top over the jeans or leggings.

Style your hair into a classic 80s hairdo such as a high or off-centred ponytail. Add a large, brightly coloured scrunchie to complete the look.

Accessorise with sweatbands or large bangles on your wrists, and large dangling earrings.

Add bold make-up to complete the look.

Wear a pair of clean khaki trousers, pulled up high on your waist.

Wear a plain, unflattering brown or grey shirt to imitate Cameron's austerity. Or look for a shirt decorated with the Greek Caduceus symbol like the shirt Cameron wears in the movie.

Wear a black belt and a pair of thin black suspenders.

Complete the look with a pair of loafers.

Revisit the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to study the character Cameron Frye. Remember a few of his lines to recite when you're in costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeans or leggings
  • Leg warmers
  • Baggy shirt
  • Sweatbands
  • Bangles
  • Scrunchie
  • Make-up
  • Khaki trousers
  • T-shirt
  • Loafers
  • Belt
  • Suspenders
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Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.