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.
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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.
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.
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."
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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