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 release in 1987
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 had a sweet, wholesome look to go alongside her sweet wholesome
image. Think suspenders, rolled up jeans, multiple Swatch watches and
This fun 80s look that doesn’t have to exist only in your dreams – you
can easily transform yourself into the ultimate pop princess this
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A blazer with giant shoulder pads, any color
- Plain white t-shirt
- Form fitting knee length shorts with a little skirt over it
- Capezio shoes or little white Keds
- Scrunched up socks
- A black bowler hat
Hair 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
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.
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.