Ideas for Funky '80s Costumes

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Ideas for Funky '80s Costumes
Heavy make-up added to the flair of the '80s. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The decade of the '80s, known for big hair and tight clothes, can be brought back in costume-party form through those old memorable, funky fashions. Look through you or your parent's old wardrobe for clothing or scour the vintage stores for one-of-a-kind pieces from the era, such as leg warmers or rock-and-roll T-shirts. Once you get your outfit together, you can step out in '80s style, with attitude to match the costume.

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Madonna Look-Alike

Show off your "Material Girl" status and dress to resemble Madonna. She was known for her wild behaviour and distinctive style. Your outfit will consist of a black tank-top or bustier to wear under a white lace shirt. Cut the sleeves off the shirt and crop it so that it hits right around your belly button. You can also widen the neck hole so that it falls gently off one shoulder. Pair the tops with a black mini skirt and black leggings. Madonna occasionally ripped her leggings around the calf, knee or thigh area. Tuck the leggings into black combat boots and lace them up as high as they will reach. Apply a thick coating of cobalt blue and deep blue eye shadow to your eye lids and layer on the eyeliner and mascara. Finish off the look with ruby-red lipstick and a large ribbon wrapped around your head and tied into a bow on top.

Funky '80s Girl

Go with the trendy side of the '80s by donning a cropped top made of sweatshirt material. Make sure it has short sleeves, a wide neck hole and is cropped to the height of your belly button. Pair the top with ripped, skinny jeans. Wear the outfit with black combat boots and tuck the jeans into the boots, or pair the outfit with a neon shade of leg warmers over the ankle of the jeans and wear brightly coloured canvas sneakers. The funky '80s girl also wore lots of bangle bracelets and layers of make-up.

Michael Jackson

Transform into the "King of Pop" by imitating his style. Michael Jackson had a signature look in the '80s which included a red leather jacket that he kept rolled up to his elbows, one white or glitter glove and black short trousers. He wore white socks with black shoes and moon-walked through his dance routines. The moonwalking may take time to master but his clothing choices are easy to imitate. Complete the look with a long black wig tucked under a black fedora, and pull a few strands down to frame the sides of your face.

Funky '80s Break-Dancer

Skip the imitation and create your own funky '80s style by dressing like the breakdancers of the decade. Purchase a two-piece tracksuit from a vintage store in a bright colour such as orange, lime green or purple. Slick your hair into a beanie hat and wear wrist bands in your favourite colour on both wrists. Break-dancers typically wore tennis shoes on their feet and could be spotted wearing ski goggles for a fashion statement. Add detail to your costume by carrying a large boombox or get with a group of people for a break-dance team.

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