How Do I Dress in '80s Wear?

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Dressing in '80s wear means looking at both fashion and pop culture. Explore '80s wear with the help of a costume professional in this free video.

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My name is Carol Hughes. I've owned Custom Costumes of Rochester for 25 years now. Today, I'm going to demonstrate some basics of costuming to you. Well, the 80s generally were big shoulders and they had a lot of the 20s look. However, there was also the rock star girl and she would have, they kind of wore their underwear on the outside and so you might take a crinoline and put a wild stripe zebra top with it or a bustier, ribbons in your hair, bows in your hair. Leggings were very big in the 80s also. Okay, how do I dress like a man from the 80s? Well you'd start with a suit of course. We have shown here a linen suit with a black T-shirt. If you wanted to add an ascot or scarf I suppose you could do that. Often they were casual so they pushed up the sleeves. Sometimes they rolled them up. They wore no hats. Oh, to find stuff like that, you'd have to go to a secondhand shop, possibly antique stores and of course, costume shops. My name is Carol Hughes and that's how you dress in 80s wear.


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