Welcome to the age of rock stars, big hair, and tight pants . . . where you party all night, and sleep all day. 1980s, THE decade. Step back in time with us and use our five easy steps to moonwalk down memory lane.

Step 1: Shirt

Depending on where you are going, ditch your brand name gear and grab your 1981 Journey: Live in Houston shirt, jersey style with 3/4 inch black sleeves.

Concert tees are best - do your homework and make sure you get the right band ( e.g. Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, etc.).

Don't let yourself get caught in the cold without a leather and/or MEMBERS ONLY jacket.

Old sport coats, with the sleeves rolled up, with a plain white dress shirt can add just the right flavor to your party outfit.

Step 2: Pants

Khaki's are so faddish - if you're going to really stick it to the man, your legs better be dressed to mess.

If you wear jeans, acid wash (splotchy and bleached) is best. The tighter the better, have your mother sew them so that they taper on the bottom.
-Don't forget to fold up the bottoms, but fold the edge in first to create the right cuff and make them perfectly tight!

Leather pants, parachute pants, wrestler pants with neon designs and velcro, or spandex will make sure that your onlookers take you seriously.

Whatever pants you wear . . . if you're comfortable, then they aren't tight enough!

Step 3: Shoes

Toss in your Doc Marten's and jump in your loafers. There are many options that will work:

Penny loafers

High tops/sneakers


Old school Vans

Leather rock star boots

Step 4: Hair

Mullets rock!

Shout out and let everyone know that you're not afraid to do business in the front and a party in the back. If anything else fails in your ensemble, a mullet will make sure that you party like a rock star.
-Most likely your 80s kick will only be on weekends. Don't worry, mullets and other wigs are available in costume stores.

Other styles:

A Flock of Seagulls (like a reverse mullet, with the hair long in front).

Teased bangs.


Side Ponytails

Step 5: Accesssories

Ever see Top Gun? The sunglasses and other accessories are the final step to your transformation.

Aviator sunglasses.

Skinny ties with geometric shapes.

Chains and rubber bracelets.

Long socks.


Bandanas tied to the left leg.

Step 6: Conclusion

VIOLA!! You have transformed to an 80s BABE!



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    15 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The 80's makes me want to vomit. Huge plastic hoop earrings, square cars, green eye-shadow, panpipes, women with flat-top haircuts, hot pink, jade green, florescent clothing, gratuitous use of synthesizers, shoulder pads, perms, fringes, Malcolm Douglas, head/wrist/ankle bands, 90% of 80's music, Grease, Chernobyl, Madonna, Pintos, John Farnham, hair metal, crimped hair and pastel-anything are things to avoid.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i know i'm late... but you forgot to mention the synth-tar. now, THAT is a terrible demon born of the 80's.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Know what's really scary about all this? I still have all those clothes currently in my closet including the acid washed 501's, vans and at least two Swatches. I also have the same pair of 501's that I wore to my 1985 high school graduation. ugh, I feel old ;/

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I still have an acid washed TRENCHCOAT! I gave all my swatches to my old girlfriends. I gave my Skynyrd, Doors, Dylan, and Sid Vicious shirts to my kid. But I still rock the 501's, canvas Converse high tops, and suit jacket (pointy lapels) with t-shirt occasionally.... but usually it's overalls and Muckboots these days.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    if this is "boys only", why is the side-ponytail thing suggested? imagine the poor misled son of the 90's at his first 80's themed school dance wondering why everyone keeps calling him "material girl"...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Step 6 : You should write words properly secially if they are not words from your country !! ;) The right word is not VIOLA but VOILA (it is a french word) :)

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually...somewhere in the late 80s, Jason Bateman, as David Hogan in The Hogan Family, said VIOLA! instead of VOILÀ! so it's really kind of fitting that tshields said it that way :)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    lol I should write english properly as well.... (add a "p" in the word "s_ecially") :p )

    Where's the elbow patches on the blazer? Personally, I think if you are going to pick up an 80's babe, you need a bit of plaid.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I'd recommend a polo shirt with the collar flipped up under the blazer- while the tie is nice, the polo/blazer combo is pretty sweet too. Add some purple lip gloss for that Duran Duran look.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    It's funny because I just watched Breakfast Club in psychology. We were learning about "the signs of adolescence".