Debbie Gibson Costume Ideas


Debbie Gibson was an icon in the 1980s for her music and style. Whether you are attending a Halloween party or some sort of 1980s-themed celebration, modeling your outfit after Debbie Gibson is a creative costume option. Throughout her many music videos and photo appearances during the 1980s and 1990s, you are sure to find the right look after which to model your Debbie Gibson costume.


  • Fashion from the 1980s were the staple of Debbie Gibson's wardrobe. For your costume, look for oversized button down shirts with high shoulder pads, cropped jackets in denim or vinyl, skirts with tulle petticoats or high-waist acid wash jeans. Add pizazz to these garments by hot gluing or embroidering floral or star designs with sequins, buttons and rhinestones. Bright colors, such as pink or yellow, are options for clothing, as are clothes with prints such as large polka dots or horizontal stripes.

Hairstyle and Accessories

  • To complete your Debbie Gibson costume, the right hairstyle will be the key. Her signature blond locks were often seen with teased-out bangs and a high side ponytail. Another hair look for Gibson was a shoulder-length straight bob topped with a round-rimmed black hat, such as from the "Out of the Blue" music video. For jewelry and accessories, look for dangling earrings, bangle bracelets or even funky suspenders. High-top sneakers are a footwear option that works well with a Debbie Gibson costume, such as those seen in her "Shake Your Love" video.


  • Your Debbie Gibson costume does not have to be so literal. Instead of designing a costume based on how she looks, you can make a costume based on an interpretation of one of her songs. For example, you could have a costume that is all blue to symbolize "Out of the Blue" or you could dress as a jester and carry a drum to be "Foolish Beat." These days, Debbie is known as an actress more than a singer, so you could also create a costume based on one of her acting roles. For example, the made for SyFy movie "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid" in which Gibson starred alongside fellow pop icon Tiffany could be inspiration for a costume.

Finding Materials

  • Debbie Gibson's iconic 1980s fashion, while emblematic of the time, has gone out of date. This is good news for the budget-friendly costume shopper, as it is possible to find clothing that will complete your look for a low price. Thrift stores and garage sales will be your best bet for finding clothing to complete your look. You can also try vintage stores for accessories like hats, shoes and jewelry, though the price tag will be a bit higher at these locations. You can also try modifying clothes you already own by adding rhinestones or puffed paint.

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