Decade Dress Up Ideas

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Decade Dress Up Ideas
Honour the 1950s in your favourite poodle skirt. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A retro costume can be a hit at any event, whether you're dressing up for Halloween or a costume party. Step back in time to find a costume that honours your favourite decade. Chances are you can find many of your costume items around the house -- or for next to nothing in a thrift shop. Remember that hair and make-up change with the times as well, so be prepared to give yourself a little makeover for your decade-inspired costume.

1950s Sock Hop

Honour a more wholesome time by dressing up in 1950s garb, like you're going to a sock hop or the nearby diner. Women can wear collared shirts paired with poodle skirts. White socks and saddle shoes complete the look. Wear your hair in a high ponytail with a ribbon tied around it, and keep your make-up soft and demure. Men can wear tight jeans paired with white T-shirts with the sleeves rolled up. Add some gel to your hair to grease it back to complete the look -- and don't be afraid to pull out the comb to keep your locks well coiffed throughout the night.

1960s Hippie

The 1960s was an era of peace and love, and choosing a hippie costume is easy to put together. Check out thrift stores for a pair of bell-bottomed jeans. If you can't find any, a pair of flare jeans will work just as well. Pair a tunic or flowy top with your jeans. Comfortable sandals work well for shoes. Wear your hair down -- if you have short hair, consider a long wig for an authentic hippie look.

1970s Disco

Enjoy the disco decade in a 1970s-themed costume. Women can wear mini dresses in sequins, solid colours or patterns. The shorter, the better. Choose a pair of knee-high boots or platform shoes to wear with your mini dress. Men can find a vintage leisure suit at thrift shops. Wear your suit with a collared shirt -- and don't be afraid to unbutton a few buttons to show off your chest. Strike a pose like John Travolta did in "Saturday Night Fever."

1980s Costumes

The 1980s was a decade marked by big hair for both men and women and bright colours. Women can go as working girls, wearing bold-coloured business suits with shoulder pads in the blazers and tennis shoes. Tease your hair, and don't forget the blue eyeshadow. Or, go as a 1980s party girl, wearing a denim skirt, neon T-shirt off the shoulder and plenty of bold costume jewellery. Men can rock the 1980s hair band look, wearing long wigs, torn jeans and T-shirts for that authentic rocker look.

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