Cyndi Lauper was a mainstay of the 80’s – pioneer of both the music and
the style of the decade.
Her outrageous and fun personality carried into her outrageous and fun
look – Madonna may have been the sexy bad girl but Cyndi was the one
you’d want to have a slumber party with, complete with pillow fights,
dance parties and prank calls.
Her 1983 debut album, She’s So Unusual sent her flying into
superstardom with a string of hits including “Time
After Time” “She Bop” “All
Through the Night” and her anthem “Girls
Just Want to Have Fun.”
Cyndi was into the girl power thing before the Spice Girls were even born!
To me, her style was all snap-crackle-and-POP.
Corsets, crinoline, fishnets, wild make up and wild hair, all came
together to create Cyndi’s fantastic/unusual style.
You can recreate Cyndi’s signature style easily - between a trip to the
thrift store and a cheapie accessories store you can find everything you
need to have people saying, “She’s so unusual” on Halloween night.
What you’ll need:
Corset (a Halloween party store or a sexy-mall store like Fredrick’s of
Hollywood can hook you up, lace you up or button you up...)
Giant crinoline skirt (again, the party store, or from your old wedding
dress/wedding consignment shop)
- Pointy, shiny high heels or lace up flat 80’s style booties
- Beads, pearls, bracelets, repeat...beads, pearls, bracelets, repeat – more is
- Giant 80’s earrings (better if they’re mismatched)
- Cat-eye sunglasses
Make up can be outrageous – think orange and blue, from the bottom of your
lids to the top of your brows. Lips are shiny and red/orange, curled up
in that Cyndi-style-pout.
Hair should be pulled/pinned over to one side, teased to the highest
degree and sprayed firecracker red.
It truly doesn’t get more fun, or more 80’s than this costume idea – you
can’t take it too far or do too much. So put on that corset and grab a
gang of girls, and get out there and have some fun.
Check out this great Cyndi Lauper costume:
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.