Retro '80s Costumes for Kids

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Retro '80s Costumes for Kids
Have fun creating an '80s outfit. (annees 80 image by yannik LABBE from

The 1980s was a decade that lends itself to costumes for Halloween or costume parties. That's when aerobics exercise was all the rage, Madonna was the hottest female star, and the preppy look prevailed. Children who want to dress up in a costume from the '80s have several possibilities, and it won't be too difficult to find the pieces you need.

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Aerobics Instructor

An aerobics instructor is a classic costume idea for the '80s. Get a pair of brightly coloured leggings and put them on underneath some gym shorts of another colour. You don't need to worry about matching colours. Then pull on some leg warmers and a tank top or oversized T-shirt. Pull your hair into a ponytail and add a headband and your costume is all set.


The '80s prepster is a great costume for guys. Wear beige trousers with a bright polo shirt. Tie a pastel pullover over your shoulders and put on a pair of large-framed glasses to finish the look. You can also go in a nerdy direction by wearing a white dress shirt and tie instead of the polo shirt and sweater.


Madonna is a fun costume idea for girls. Start with a tutu-inspired skirt with black and white layers. Put on some leggings with legwarmers, then sneakers. Wear a tank top with a lace pullover and bright beaded necklaces. Pull your hair into a messy ponytail and add a bow. To top off the look, don black or white lace gloves.

Tennis Player

The tennis player is a popular costume idea for guys. The costume is classic and never loses its '80s feel. Put on a pair of short shorts, then pull on a pair of knee- high socks, the white ones with red stripes at the top. Wear a white polo shirt with a white sweater tied over the shoulders. Put on a white headband and some sunglasses. Carry a tennis racket to finish the look.

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