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80s Costume Idea: Duckie Dale from Pretty in Pink

By Lori Ferraro

OF COURSE one of my favorite 80s movies is Pretty in Pink!

What an epic love triangle – both Blaine and Duckie vying for the love of our dear, sweet girl-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-Traxx (see what I did there?) Andie.

Pretty in Pink cast


I was Team Duckie all the way. He was a total dreamboat to me. I loved Duckie from head to toe - from his pompadour hair down to his trademark dirty white shoes.

Duckie Dale's shoes

I dreamt of someday meeting a boy who would love and admire me daily as Duckie did Andie. Say what you want about the Duckman, he LOVED Andie. He would die for her!

Duckie had some serious 80’s fashion sense going on. Again, it’s a matter of taste but if I could have dated a guy in high school who rocked a bolo tie, John Lennon glasses and an old-man-straw-hat, in my mind I would have won the boyfriend lottery.

Duckie Dale 80s costume idea

Here are some staples that you will need to create as Duckie would say, a “truly volcanic ensemble.”

If you don’t have these goodies hanging in your closet, a quick trip to the thrift store can easily solve that:

  • A blazer, preferably cream or mustard yellow. Even better if the fabric resembles an old sofa. Embellish with patches and little 80’s band pins.
  • Round glasses – bonus points for ones with sunglasses that flip up.
  • A paisley button up shirt, or something flowery or plaid.
  • Suspenders are cute...
  • Black pants, rolled up at the bottom.
  • White, pointy-toed Duckman shoes!
  • Hip little-old-man hat.
  • Bolo tie (A MUST!)

80s costume idea: Pretty in Pink's Duckie Dale

So bust out the beer, scotch, juice boxes, whatever...and be my teenage dream for Halloween.

I’m off like a dirty shirt.

Check out these great Duckie costumes...

Duckie Dale costume (photo credit: little fille)
Photo credit: Little Fille
  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)
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