How to Create a Punky Brewster Costume


Punky Brewster, the iconic 1980s character from the television show of the same name, is known for her eclectic wardrobe, featuring mismatched shoes, striped socks and a bright vest over a long-sleeved shirt or sweater. Pull off the look yourself with a trip to your closet or a nearby thrift store to find the bold embellishments favored by Punky herself. An assortment of pins for the vest and brightly colored hair clips holding up the Punky-style pigtails round out the look.

How to Create a Punky Brewster Costume
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Things You'll Need

  • Mismatched colorful high-top sneakers
  • Mismatched colorful shoelaces
  • Bandanna
  • Loose-fitting, worn jeans
  • Yellow belt
  • Color-block sweater or long-sleeved T-shirt or polo shirt
  • Orange or pink vest
  • Jacket pins, including a heart-shaped pin
  • Barrettes or hairbands with smiling suns or flowers
  • Whistle on a lariat
Step 1

Remove plain white laces from the mismatched sneakers, replacing them with colorful shoelaces. Use a different color lace for each shoe.

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Step 2

Put on a pair of loose-fitting, wide-legged jeans with holes beginning to form in one or both knees. Hold the jeans up with a yellow belt, ideally one that is a bit too long and dangles in the front when tightened. Roll up one or both pant legs up to the calf. Tie a bandanna around the thigh of one leg.

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Step 3

Wear two different striped socks, each striped in bold colors. Put the mismatched shoes on over the socks.

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Step 4

Put on an outdated long-sleeved sweater, T-shirt or polo shirt decorated in color blocks; three or more colors are typical for a Punky Brewster style. Many shirts from the 1980s and early 1990s fit the style.

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Step 5

Decorate an orange or pink vest with several pins, including a large heart. Put the vest on over the shirt or sweater, then place the whistle lariat around your neck.

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Step 6

Pull your hair into pigtails, holding each pigtail in place with barrettes or hairbands decorated with a bright yellow smiling sun or flower.

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