How to Dress Like an '80s Girl

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If you are going to an 1980s-themed party or just want to dress like an '80s girl, you will be surprised to know that it is not so much about items only found in the '80s, but rather how items still available today were worn back then. Knowing how to properly piece together your '80s girl ensemble is the first step to having a memorable costume.

How to Dress Like an '80s Girl
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Things You'll Need

  • Converse
  • Leggings
  • Mini skirt
  • Half shirts
  • Large button-down shirts
  • Mesh shirts
  • Colorful jewelry
  • Hair tie
  • Hair crimper
  • Comb
  • Colorful makeup
  • Spandex
  • Tube tops
  • Jean jacket
  • Fake eyelashes
Step 1

Pair leggings or bright spandex with a mini skirt, and wear bright, colorful Converse shoes. Wear a tube top, mesh shirt or a half shirt showing off your midriff covered by a jean jacket. For a more casual look, wear an oversized button-down shirt with a tube top underneath.

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Step 2

Comb your hair into a high sideways ponytail. For a wilder look, crimp your hair and fluff it up with your fingers or you can tease your hair with a comb.

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Step 3

Apply colorful eye shadow, more than you usually wear. With a bright color it is okay to exaggerate. Add blush to your cheeks and fake eyelashes to make your eyes really pop.

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Step 4

Accessorize your look of an '80s girl by not holding back. Wear bold earrings in odd shapes that dangle. Bangles can go on both wrists as well as beaded necklaces.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Have fun with your outfit. With so many variables you can't go wrong with your choices. If it doesn't feel right or you don't like the look, play around until you find a style that is suitable.
  • Use makeup that you regularly use. If you have an allergic reaction to a new kind of makeup that you bought for the purpose of this costume, test it out first to be sure you are not allergic.

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