Debbie Gibson Costume Idea

Debbie Gibson 80s Costume IdeaBy Lori Ferraro

Debbie Gibson was the pop princess of the 80s.

Before Brittney and Christina came along we had Debbie. Our decade was a little more subtle, a little more wholesome and our youth was well, a little more ELECTRIC.

How cute was Debbie? She’s so sweet she kinda makes my teeth hurt!

In 1987 her debut album, Out of the Blue, produced such hits as “Only in My Dreams” “Shake Your Love” “Out of the Blue” and one of my favorite dramatic break up songs ever, “Foolish Beat.”

Many a bus ride to school was spent in the waaay back with my Sony Walkman blasting this song, my black eyeliner running while bawling to this tale of teenage heartache.

Debbie Gibson's "Out of the Blue" album released in 1987
Debbie Gibson’s Out of the Blue album release in 1987

Debbie Gibson's "Electric Youth" album released in 1989
Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth album release in 1989

“Foolish Beat” set a record for Debbie Gibson – at 17 she was the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a Billboard number one single. She’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records for this. She also had a perfume (Electric Youth, naturally) and starred as Eponine on Broadway in Les Mis, which further makes me say WHAT CAN’T YOU DO, DEBBIE GIBSON?!?

Debbie Gibson 80s Costume Idea

Debbie had a sweet, wholesome look to go alongside her sweet wholesome image. Think suspenders, rolled up jeans, multiple Swatch watches, and a hat.

Debbie Gibson's 80s concert outfitThis fun 80s look that doesn’t have to exist only in your dreams – you can easily transform yourself into the ultimate pop princess this Halloween.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A blazer with giant shoulder pads, any color
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Suspenders
  • Form fitting knee length shorts with a little skirt over it
  • Capezio shoes or little white Keds
  • Scrunched up socks
  • A black bowler hat

Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth PerfumeHair can be one of two ways, straight with bangs peeking out from under that hat or a crimped, side ponytail will also do. Make up is easy, some black eyeliner and pretty pink lips. Oh, and a spritz of that Electric Youth really completes the look nicely if you want to smell like Debbie as well.

Accessorize your look with some stacked bracelets/watches and big geometric earrings. And why not add a giant pin to your hat or blazer lapel? Bonus points if you have a big gold one with comedy and tragedy theatre masks like I did back in the day.

So there you go, a fun easy-breezy sweet looking (and smelling) Debbie Gibson costume for your pleasure.

Please excuse me, while writing this I’ve had “Foolish Beat” on a loop and now need to take some time for myself.

Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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