80s Fancy Dresses for Roller Disco

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80s Fancy Dresses for Roller Disco
Host an '80s-inspired party at your local roller skating rink. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Neon colours, bold bright graphics and glitter are synonymous with 1980s attire. According to Skateland.com, the Belgian inventor Joseph Merlin introduced the first patented roller skate in 1760. James Plimpton of Massachusetts followed the concept and, in 1863, invented the turning roller skate. Roller disco continued its popularity throughout the USA, including fashion and music as times changed. The 1980s disco music and fashion influenced roller skating rinks by introducing roller disco. Today skaters continue to enjoy '80s parties and events.


Form-fitting dress styles incorporated Lycra/Spandex blends to create a variety of roller disco styles. Dress hems, often cut on the bias, showcased sharp-angled trianglelike finishes with stretch border trims. A popular dress silhouette cut with a baggy style upper body with a form fitting hip, featured accessories such as wide belts. Today the off-the-shoulder silhouette, as well as the one-shoulder dress, are borrowed styles made popular during the '80s, like the off-the-shoulder fleece dress style worn in the film "Flashdance." Shoulder pads, which dominated the '80s power dress silhouette, contoured the upper bodice of the roller disco dress.


Mesh, crinoline and lace, used to make the fancy tutu, were worn over a form-fitting body suit as well as with a tanklike style and biker shorts. The two-piece ensemble transformed into the fancy dress style with the tutu. The pop icon Madonna also influenced the overskirt worn over form-fitting shorts.

Fringe and Trims

Colourful strips of fabric stitched onto borders and the edges of armholes, sleeves and bottom hems finished dress styles. Most of the trims included stretch to ensure comfort and ease during roller disco dance-inspired movements. Other trims, like stretch sequin taping, also were used to finish garments.

Neon Colors and Graphics

Pink, green, purple and royal blue are a few colours transformed with neon and fluorescent dyed fabrics. These colours were part of the fancy dress ensemble, including accessories such as socks, fingerless gloves, plastic-style visor hats and headbands. Bold lettering and words with abstract art in coloured glitter as well as silver and gold finished the roller disco dress. Punk fashion influenced these graphics with abstract patterns and prints as well as colour combinations.

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