The 80s were a golden era of individuality, marked by voluminous hairstyle, wild color patterns, and plenty of spandex. A number of eighties trends hold a special place in our hearts and occasionally resurface in playful and unexpected ways (fanny packs, acid wash denim, high top sneakers). One major platform for 80s fashion is the dawn of the theme party, where retro brights and bold styling have taken center stage once again. If you’re stressing out about what to wear to an 80’s theme party, have no fear! Check out these top five fun looks that harken back to a brighter time.
#1: Teenage Heartthrob
This youthful assortment of colors, metallics, and textures will keep your party look current and fresh. The simple tank top, gold nugget earrings, and acid wash denim cutoff shorts add a touch of modernity, and could easily be worn again. A pair of high-top Chuck Taylors also references past styles while remaining timeless—especially in such a delightful shade of blue. Toss in a heart shaped necklace, neon lipstick, and a neon detail clutch, and you’re ready to rock and roll.
#2: Barbie Glam
As an homage to the trendy feminine style of Barbie, this look fuses neon brights with metallic accessories. A pair of gold earrings matched perfectly with the gold clam shell clutch while neon hair ties, yellow pumps, and fluorescent nail polish make this outfit perfectly party-ready. A cropped top with its uneven hemline contrasts the refined girly nature of the voluminous chiffon skirt. Last but not least, a reliable bottle of hairspray will get your hairstyle exactly where it needs to be.
#3: Street Beat Queen
Part modern, part retro, this look contains a number of items that could easily be re-worn. Why spend money on a costume you may never wear again, when these perfectly put-together items accomplish the 80s vibe just as well? You may even have a number of these items already, such as the loose cropped sweater or brightly colored clutch. Pair with a chunky gold necklace, a pair of grunge-style boots, and a few complimentary brights, and you’re perfectly 80s!
#4: Fangirl Glam
If you lived through the 80s, you probably remember that loveable application of over-the-top animal prints, rainbow palettes, and cartoon critters made famous by Lisa Frank. This outfit pays homage to that delightfully kitschy trend, using a bright animal print clutch, pink pumps, a graphic tee, and neon skinny jeans. Matching pink bangles, a bright shade of lipstick, and horseshoe earrings help pull the look together.
#5: Dance Party USA
If you’re ready to dance the night away 80s style, there’s no better outfit. The lavender spandex dress, tights, and bright yellow pumps are made instantly 80s with the addition of some bright pink legwarmers. Add a matching pink clutch—complete with disco ball zipper pull—glitter nail polish, and some bright green studs. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to electric slide the night away.
We hope these outfits gave you some idea of how to rock your next 80s themed party. If there’s no such thing on your calendar, maybe it’s time you organized the retro theme party of the year!