I was in my teens in the 80s. Some of you may have seen my post Livin' In The 80s where I shared (so generous of me, I know) some of my 80s outfits. Oh, yeah. I was the epitome of high 80s coolness. *cough*
Anyway, I actually got to relive that era last weekend.
I think pretty much as soon as I opened the invitation (a CD which was printed with all the info as well as the birthday boy's face on the bodies of U2's Bono, Indiana Jones, Michael Jackson and Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes - and included a bunch of 80s songs to get you in the mood) I pretty much knew I wanted to dress like Madonna.
Why? Am I a huge fan you ask? No, not really. I think I just liked the idea of lace and jewellery and big hair. I chose Madonna's Like a Virgin days as my inspiration, and I thought I'd share what I bought - you know, in case you have to do this yourself some day. Natch.
You're welcome. ;)
Firstly, I searched the Internet for inspiration, and funnily enough, it didn't come from Madonna herself, but from Audrina Partridge - one of the stars of the now kaput show The Hills - who dressed up like Madonna herself. Here's Audrina in Madonna mode.
Now, I knew straight away I couldn't do the boots. I don't own a pair of white boots (surprisingly), and quite frankly, I wasn't prepared to buy a pair just for the occasion. (They're not really me.) I also knew I couldn't do the lace camisole/teddy type thingy Audrina's wearing over her black bra. Hey - I'm not 20, you know. Besides...I'd just feel too...exposed or something doing that.
Oh, and I couldn't do the toned, slightly tanned arms either. Ah, well....
In any case, I came up with my own thing that I think worked just fine.
Here's me in Madonna mode:
|Eat your heart out, Madonna|
Dammit. Should have gone with the spray tan.
Here's how I found everything.
Finding a top was tricky, so I actually found a short dress that I turned up slightly so it sat under my tulle skirt nicely, and gave the bodice effect I was looking for. The hardest thing to source - believe it or not - were the black three-quarter length leggings. Wrong time of year, I guess. After searching through about 4 or 5 stores, I finally found a pair.
Let me tell you where I sourced everything from, starting from the top:
1. Lace headband - from Dotti (a store I had never entered in to before today)
2. Black bow with lace - eQUIP (fashion jewellery store)
3. Silver hoop earrings - eQUIP
4. Necklace - Dotti
5. Bracelet set - Forever New
6. Dress - Dotti
7. Tulle skirt - Costume Direct - online costume shop
8. Black lace gloves - One of those 'two dollar' shops
9. Black three-quarter length leggings - Sussan
10. White ankle socks with lace - Costume Direct
11. White sandals - Mine. I bought them from Esprit a while back and they were the closest match I had.
Having naturally wavy hair, I just washed it, popped in some product and it got that wavy, 80s-permed look.
Hubby had hoped to go as Ronald Reagan, but finding a mask was near impossible! Or, by the time we found one, it was too late to order, so he went as Indiana Jones instead. We ordered him a hat and whip from the same costume store. He wore his own brown boots, beige pants, white shirt and brown leather jacket. Easy.
The party was so much fun. Everyone dressed up. Here are some pics:
|Cyndi Lauper, Strawberry Shortcake (our host) & Boy George|
|The birthday boy as a Ghostbuster|
|Hubby & I arrive|
|Jane Jetson and her Ghostbuster hubby|
|My friend, Jen & her hubby as Trekkies|
|George Michael arrives with his very 80s chic wife|
(shoulda seen the bow on her bum!)
There was a Rubik's cube (very imaginative), Greg Norman, a Miami Vice outfit (white suit with bright coloured top and all) and a guy who looked just like Adam Ant. There was also a girl dressed as Michael Jackson, complete with red jacket, white surgical mask and baby in arms (a doll). Brilliant! The hosts had a dance floor erected over their pool and the DJ was great. He played all the classics - many of which were faves of the attendees, because the hosts asked us to all give our favourite 80s song when we sent through our RSVP. (I chose Rock the Casbah by The Clash!) They had lasers, a smoke machine and bubble machine giving that feeling we were at an 80s disco (complete with Kiss, Michael Jackson and Madonna posters on the 'walls'). Woot! I danced the night away.
Another great thing they did was hire an old fashioned photo booth. On arrival, everyone chose a tag out of a container and had to wear it around their wrist. On the tag was someone's name and you had to find that person and have your photo taken with them in the photo booth. I also got some pics with Hubby and with my friend, Jen. We got to keep half of the four pics taken, and the other two went in to an album for the birthday boy to remember his big day by (which I saw just yesterday - it was fabulous).
Quite frankly, even if he didn't have the album, I doubt he'll forget his big night any time soon - completely memorable. For me too. I felt 'young' again. Sigh. ;)
If you were heading to an 80s party - what would you wear? What fashions spring to mind when you think of that period?