How to Create an '80s Costume for Women

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Create an '80s style costume for women by cutting a shirt off the shoulder and wearing leg warmers, like in the movie Flashdance. Get other 1980s costume ideas for women with tips from a fashion specialist in this free video on style advice.

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Hi, my name is Rachel, and I'm a freelance fashion journalist, and the owner of street fashion site, and today, we're going to talk about how to create an 80's costume, so the focus is going to be on, you've got a party coming up tonight. What do you have at home, that you can put together, in an 80's costume with? So let's start getting our inspiration from the famous movie Flashdance, and we all know that one, ah me, ah me. Ok, anyhow, it's a dance film, so what we're going to start with, is an iconic look from that movie, which is the kind of dance shirt that's cut off the shoulder. It's a real sexy kind of look. The shirt kind of hangs off the shoulder a little bit, so what you're going to do for this, is you can take any t-shirt you have at home. Take it and cut just outside the natural neckline. Don't cut too far out to the shoulders, because then it will just fall right off your body, like a big tube, but yeah, cut off the natural neckline. Let it hang over the shoulder a little bit, so going along that whole Flashdance look. Leg warmers. Now, you can get these at most places, like Target. They're still kind of popular with this 80's look coming back. If you don't have leg warmers, maybe take some tall sport socks. Cut off the toes. Slouch them a little bit, so people can't tell their socks so much, and that paired with the t-shirt, will give you a very classic 80's look. Now, so that's your Flashdance look. Say you want to do kind of the career woman, 80's career woman look. You can get yourself an 80's shirt, but if you don't have one, shoulder pads. Shoulder pads are where it's at, and they're going to create that powerful shouldered, 80's woman look, that you want to achieve, so taking any kind of business jacket you have, and if you have any kind of little pads, you can stick in the shoulders. That will create that kind of 80's silhouette, you want to achieve. Finally, if you have nothing else, concert t-shirts of the era. New Kids On The Block is late 80's, but if you want to just go to a Goodwill, and look for things like Billy Idol. Look for Madonna, look for Cyndi Lauper, look for Boy George, kind of the big musicians of the era. Take one of those. Put it over some leggings. Pull it to the side, or even belt it, with a wide 80's belt,and you'll get that 80's costume, you're looking for, so that's how to pull together an 80's costume quick.


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