80s Party Costume Ideas: Flashdance

This iconic movie of the 80s is at least partly responsible for creating two of the most readily identifiable 80s fashion trends: over-sized sweatshirts and leg warmers. Read more about the movie, Flashdance, here.  To put together this very easy 80s costume, those two items are essential.

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The basic elements for this totally 80s costume idea are:

  • White tape across the balls of your feet (see first few seconds of the Maniac video)
  • Black leg warmers
  • Black work out leotard
  • Huge gray sweatshirt with neck cut so that it hangs over one shoulder
  • Jennifer Beals’ hair in the movie is the typical 80s frizzy, shoulder length permed do pulled back in barrettes just above and behind the ears.
  • The other really critical piece to the piece to the Flashdance look is the wetness. She had water or sweat flinging off her body and hair every time she was . . . well, a maniac on the floor. We recommend taking a spritzing bottle with you so that you can keep that freshly wet look throughout the party.

Finally, you’ll want to practice your running in place on the balls of your taped and leg-warmed feet. Again, watch the video for instruction and become your own maniac on the floor.

Author: Pia Sooney

Just a little obsessed with all things 80s, Pia still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she runs a web design business.

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