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Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink

By Lori Ferraro

Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink 80s Costume IdeaIf I could have emulated one movie characters style while I was in high school it totally would have been Molly Ringwald’s Andie from one of my favorite 80’s flicks, Pretty in Pink.

Andie may have been cash poor but what she lacked in funds she made up for with her cool creativity and granny-chic style.

No cookie cutter mall outfits for this girl. While the mean rich girls were

 

shopping at Contempo Casuals, Andie was busy at the thrift stores and the sewing machine, putting together romantic new wave-y, heavily accessorized original creations.

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Think lots of pearls, paisley, drapey-flowey fabrics, cameo pins, scarves and hats, vintage cardigans, vintage dresses and little round glasses.

I could not have pulled off this look to save my life. But I kinda tried. And I kinda failed.

Lori as a wannabe Andie

Here is what you’ll need to truly be pretty in pink on Halloween night:

  • Long skirt in light pink, cream or floral
  • Vest – crocheted or lace are ideal
  • Button down shirt with giant jeweled pin at the top
  • Pearls, plastic stacked bracelets
  • One giant dangle earring and one mismatched small earring
  • Round granny glasses
  • Bowler hat with flowery scarf tied around the brim
  • Socks with a garish 80’s floral pattern
  • Lace up ankle boots

If you have strawberry-red hair that’s the icing on the pink cake. If not a little red bobbed wig could work, or just tuck your hair up into that hat.

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And if you are my hero, you will sit down at a sewing machine and make yourself the Andie-Prom-Dress while playing New Order in the background. Then you will go to your Halloween party, but before you leave you will declare, “I just want to show them that they didn’t break me.”

Andie's Pretty in Pink prom dress

And if you can nab yourself a Duckie for a date you are my ultimate hero.

Amy Poehler as Pretty in Pink's Andie Walsh and John Krasinski as Duckie Dale (photo credit: Red Carpet Roxy)
Amy Poehler as Pretty in Pink's Andie Walsh & John Krasinski as Duckie Dale
(Photo credit: Red Carpet Roxy)

Lori Ferraro is the author of the website Drawn to the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her five-year-old son. Her blog www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.

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