80s Breakdancer Costume Idea

80s breakdancing costumeGrab your boombox, throw on your kicks, adjust your wristbands and layout your cardboard. It’s time to get your break on. Fashion is as much a part of a breaker’s identity as are their moves. The key is to keep it “fresh,” functional, and uniform. You’ll need:

Clothes (fitted is best):

  • Nylon track suits or
  • Jeans with hooded sweatshirt (bubble vest optional)

Shoes (shown with pics below):

  • Adidas shell toes with fat laces
  • Classic Pumas track shoes w/ FAT laces
  • Classic Converse (Chuck Taylors)


  • Winter hat: aka beenie or skully
  • Kangol (like a beret – only with nylon track suit)


  • Wrist bands / head (sweat) bands
  • Ski goggles
  • Fingerless leather gloves
  • White gloves (like a mime users – poppers used these)


  • Boombox blasting some sick beats
  • Oversized piece of cardboard
  • Bring a friend or two that matches your look and now you have not only a great look, but a real crew.
Breakdancing shoes: Adidas Shell Toes
Breakdancing shoes: Puma Suede
Breakdancing shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors

A big thanks goes out to site reader, Christian, for his help with the best details to make this costume as authentic as possible. Thanks!! Needing some inspiration for those fly moves of yours? Check out this classic breakdancing video clip for some pointers. It is battle scene from “beat Street.” http://youtu.be/NpdLz0WFbQM

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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  1. The breakdancer costume is an great Idea I wore this costume for a totally 80s costume party contest and I got 1st place in the contest.

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