80s Workout Costumes

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80s Workout Costumes
Workout costumes are an iconic image of the '80s aerobics craze. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Workout costumes of the 1980s are one of the easiest options for an '80s party. The aerobics craze reached its apex during the penultimate decade of the 20th century, leaving a legacy of workout videos by mainstream celebrities, such as Jane Fonda, as well as the -- now iconic -- workout apparel. Even if you or your relatives and friends don't have any workout clothes in the attic, you can imitate the '80s fashion by choosing the right clothes and accessories.

Main Costume

Any tracksuits featuring bright colours, especially if they are shiny, can be the core of a men's '80s workout costume. Shorts and sleeveless shirts will make you look like you jumped out of an aerobics videotape. Women must wear tights, again in bright colours, and a sweatshirt, with the sleeves rolled up past the elbow. Leotards are also appropriate for females, accompanied with a tight belt around the waist.

Shoes and Accessories

Sneakers must be white. In addition, for men wearing shorts, long socks, either at knee level, or loosely worn, are essential. Women must not omit knit leg warmers, which are probably the most important part of their costume. Both genders must also wear terrycloth headbands or wristbands. Don't worry about the accessories' colours; the fashions of the '80s allowed multiple bright colours on an aerobics outfit.


Hairstyle will play a major role in the costume's success. Big, curly hair or side ponytails can give you the look of a genuine aerobics enthusiast. Men with long hair can let it loose, while those with short hair can try mousse or hairspray to re-create popular styles of that decade. Moreover, men can grow a moustache, to resemble actor Tom Selleck, or musician John Oates.

'80s Extras

Hand weights are an useful extra feature, but since you want to stress your 1980s look, you can wear colourful slap bracelets, or even sunglasses, because male aerobics trainers occasionally wore them on videos. A portable cassette player with its original headphones is a major addition for your workout costume, especially if it was manufactured during the '80s with the technology and design of that era.

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