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Do you know many grown women that have their own costume boxes? Don't judge me, I just like playing, lol. So first, I need to finish my costume for Halloween, the lame-ass sister from Troll 2 in her Garfield Aries nightshirt and spiral-permed hair, which will be so indie no one will get it, but I will know, you guys. I will know. I'm working on having her impromptu dance routine down, too. It's the little touches that make a costume truly great. Hahaha. And if you've never seen the worst movie ever made, no really it is, you HAVE to see Troll 2. Mostly because there's not a single troll in it, and the little boy has to pee on their food to keep them from becoming vegetables. NO, REALLY. Lol.

Costume #2 is for a birthday part the week after Halloween that requires the Mr. and I to dress in our best high school gear from the 80s as the birthday boy is turning 40 and wants to relive his youth. Now, I'm only 23, so I have no idea how to dress. *cough* [I'm not really 23. I remember the 80s quite well.] But here's the big problem:

80s?!?! WHICH PART? Early punk? Early Valley Girl with pastels and popped collars? Splatter-painted jeans? Jumpsuits and heels with ankle socks? My Depeche Mode period with shaved head and trench coat and yellow plaid PEGGED jeans? (Yes, that was hot. In the way that wasn't.) Madonna? Poison? Michael Jackson? Hip Hop? WHAT LOOK, ZOMG.

I think a must is shoulder pads, regardless. And really shiny lips and way too much makeup. And crimped hair. Part of me wants to go as a Robert Palmer girl from the Addicted To Love video and carry a Guitar Hero guitar (lol.) So here's where you come in: there's a poll under the cut to help me narrow this down. Please comment if you have any other suggestions, in case I've forgotten something like DYNASTY. Or Carol Seaver! OH MY GOD FACTS OF LIFE/BLAIR!!!! I NEED COUNTESS WILLHEMINA MAKEUP, ahahahahaha. <3

Poll #1473748 I Love the 80s!

This is my favorite look from the 80s, Stoney:

early punk of the decade, which was old punk, if we're being accurate.
Country-Western shirts, mother of pearl snaps, prairie skirts and boots. Feather in the hair.
last days of disco, spandex suit that shows more that you should show, frizzy hair.
Computer nerd/DEVO look. Complete with stacked helmet, a la DEVO. (Crack that whip!)
Beach bunny, white and turquoise stripes, bandeau tops, shark tooth necklace.

Pfft, those were lame. THESE are my favorite 80s looks, Stoney!

Two words: Jake. Ryan.
Two words: Prom. Queen.
One word: Sam. In that pink number she wore to the dance and chickened out asking out Jake Ryan.
Pfft. The off the shoulder black sweatshirt and skirt combo from the bus ride.
What the hell with 16 Candles, Stoney? Speaking of, the geeky girl with the appliqué dress on the sweatshirt. WE ALL WORE THOSE.

ENOUGH JOHN HUGHES. Wait, there's no such thing.

Why not the ugly dress Molly makes for prom out of a pink taffeta? Seriously, that was the ugliest thing ever. But she had that pink Karma Ghia, which rocked.
Retro 50s, a la 80s style. Meaning, a punk edge to it.
Bright colors, acrylic accessories, leggings, off the shoulder top.
B Boy, YEAH! Parachute pants, Michael Jackson jacket, cardboard for break dancing. Electric Boogaloo!
MADONNA. Any. Esp. the look you wore for years with the short hair, the stripe tee, the Papa Don't Preach look. Come on, that's still hot.

We've barely scratched the surface.

One word: SPANDEX. Black, tight, cut outs, panty hose. Robert Palmer girl, yo.
No, no, bright yellow spandex like Whitney Houston when she had those extensions and dated the butleer on Silver Spoons. (That just happened. I just wrote that from memory. BOOYAH.)
Carol Seaver, aka, how you really dressed, stop fronting. Big clothes, pegged jeans, puffy sneakers, frizzy hair, massive glasses. (sad face)
80 Rocker chick: huge hair (Rave 4 required) ripped acid wash jeans, tee shirt with a tiger on it. And that's ripped, too.
Anything Jackie Collins wore in Dynasty.
Two words: ROBERT PLANT. Hello, The Cure? Smeared lipstick, black on the outside, because black is how I feel on the inside?
FRESH PRINCE! (wait, that was 90s. Never mind.) COSBY SHOW. Anything Denise Huxtable wore.

[eta] Oh that you could edit polls! Robert SMITH, not plant. Also: 80s prep, as in Endless Love with broken in jeans, add-a-bead necklaces, and chambray shirts, velvet blazers with wooden buttons! Or Bon Jovi chick look: shapeless white mock-turtleneck tucked in to pegged/tapers acid-wash jeans that had those two triangle flaps that folded over where your belt would go, black, scrunched flat ankle boots. HAWT. Conch-shell belts over your prairie skirt! Frankie Says t-shirts! THE LOOKS ARE ENDLESS.


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Oct. 20th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
OMG I need 80s costume help, too. My friend's birthday party is going to be at a Legwarmers concert. I need to dress up. I don't know what to do!

Actually, I think I'm just going to end up wearing my engineer boots, skinny jeans, and my Cure or Replacements t-shirt. Maybe blowdry my hair so it all falls over one eye. What do you think?

My votes in the poll are clearly biased. Hello? I actually own Cure t-shirts, engineer boots, and way too much eye makeup. Haha, desperately wishing I was old enough to be cool in the 80s...
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Rat that hair and over spray it! If you're doing the boots and Cure T, you should try and find a red plaid skit or shirt and tie that around your waist. In the late 80s that was a favorite "sneaking out of the house to run around down town with my droogs" look I loved. And leggings. Ooooh, stirrup pants! LOL.
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Oct. 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)

Wow, that list seriously brought me back. I cringe to think of how many of those outfits I owned and strutted around proudly in. Yikes.

Two words: ROBERT PLANT. Hello, The Cure? Smeared lipstick, black on the outside, because black is how I feel on the inside?

Haha, Robert SMITH. But the image of Robert Plant with black eyeliner and crazy hair made me laugh.
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think I had a version of almost everything I mentioned up there (or I dreamed/longed for it.)

AHAHAHAHAHAH, WHY CAN'T YOU CORRECT POLLS?! LOL. Robert Plant as Robert Smith would be kuh-ray-zee!!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
If I were wearing what I wore in the 80s it would be striped Dove shorts and jelly sandals with socks. OR my stirrup pants. Plus my KITT t-shirt. HATERS TO THE LEFT.
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
JELLY SANDALS!!!!! HEE. Oh my gosh, did y'all have "units" up there? Some girl made up a fashion line in home ec and it was all anyone wore in 8th and 9th grade in my town. Tubes of fabric that you could twist, layer, etc. LOL.

I am SUPER JELLIS of your KITT t-shirt, that is crazy awesome!!
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Oct. 20th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
You left out the earnest preppy look, with popped collars (on three polo shirts all worn at once), woven ribbon barrettes, chinos with little whales on them...maybe Bluchers or Topsiders...maybe even penny loafers.

I had an 80s party once, and I wore THE BEST THRIFT STORE FIND EVAR, OMG!!!!!Eleven!!! A Live Aid Concert sweatshirt, with all the bands listed. Good times.
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I realized that when I posted - chambray shirt all worn out, too. East Coast prep, a la Ally SHeedy in half the movie she did. CHINOS WITH WHALES. Or palm trees! hahahahaha, awesome.

Oh my god, I hope you still have that sweatshirt, I would totes wear that. I think I need to go to the thrift store and just window shop all day and see what I can find. man, I want to bring costume changes!!
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Oct. 20th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I am sad Chambray shirts and white KEDS are not this list. My prep scholl boyfriends are crying. Likely on their boyfriend's shoulder. *LOL* Any how I think you and the mister should be Claire and Bender from the Breakfast Club.

Also Troll 2 is some of the funniest shit ever.Like you can't even understand why the movie was made. Right up there with Leprachaun in the Hood.
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I mentioned in a comment that I am sad I missed those, too! How is it possible?? also, my favorite outfit EVER was this long, paisley skirt that I would wear with a beige ruffled-collar top and a matching paisley BOW AT MY NECK. So sexy!
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Oct. 20th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
The Nick Rhodes School of Eye Makeup! Anything 80s REQUIRES that!

I saw a girl waiting for the bus the other day, tunic-length striped shirt over leggings, all finished off with slouch boots, and wow. I think I had that outfit 20+ years ago.
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, Nick Rhoades was too pretty for me to look at, I loved Duran DUran.

Holy crap, if she had a bad perm, pushed to one side, I think that was me in a time warp.
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Oct. 20th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I was very unhelpful in this poll. I chose everything 7 year old me saw her cousins wearing and SWORE she was going to wear as soon as she was 15... but by then grunge was in and such is life.
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot, Vinnie. JEEEEEZ. hahahaha. I need a Furious 5 outfit, I think. I mean, I know I'll be the only one among the suburbanites that will be in attendance.
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Oct. 20th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
To many awesome things to choose from! *laugh*
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
You can't go wrong with stirrup pants, a big sweater and a GIGANTIC belt. Courduroy stirrup pants.
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aw man, junior/high school flashbacks something fierce: lavender purple fleece stirrup pants with white jelly boots and turquoise legwarmers, an oversized white tee that had pink bears all over it wearing various punk accoutrement, a wide stretchy yellow belt that hooked in the front with those double D-rings, an (unintentionally) asymmetrical bad perm with teased bangs, a crap ton of bracelets, and dangly plastic earrings. Or the poofy acidwash jeans, pegged, with ankle boots and a button-up tucked in (and fully buttoned up). Or a black and white striped sweater with overalls (one strap hanging down, natch). Bright blue mascara and pink lipstick no matter what. Good times. :)

My 80s party costume from a few years ago (and note, that is not a wig): http://www.flickr.com/photos/shoshie/sets/72157600829627092/
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
One, you are gorgeous. Two, you NAILED THE LOOK. Nailed it.

Oh those BELTS! And the bad perms that didn't line up right, then forced that way to be kewl! Loved it.

And let's throw in an aqua double knit shaker sweater - cardigan, and oversized. And covered in pills because it's got acrylic in it. Oh, and it has to have a few giant buttons, too. SEXY!
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Oct. 20th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
This may be the best poll ever.

I am, however, sad to see an absence of representation of PrinceFunk, including paisley, tapestry, strings of pearls, granny boots, and foofy shirts a la Raspberry Beret.

(Here via the SparkleSaga, of course. Nice to meet you.)
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)

I have left SO MANY things out, it is filling me with utter woe. My favorite outfit that I wore back when I was 14, and went to the Salt lake City temple, and declared a "hobo" by my devoutly Mormon uncle:

Red/black plaid men's trousers, belted twice and pegged. Bowling shoes. White tuxedo button down, tucked in super tight. Four or so pearl necklaces, varying length. Charcoal grey fedora. WHY DIDN'T I HAVE BOYFRIENDS? Lol.
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Oct. 20th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
WHO'S THAT GIRL! Go complete with your very own puma, cause I'll bet you could rock that look, yo.

Me, I'm dressing as Sue Sylvester from Glee because I believe that I should be able to terrorize children in the comfort of a fashionable tracksuit. That's how Sue "C's" it, and so do I.
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Sue Sylvester! Ohhh that is so awesome.
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Oct. 20th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
See, I'm leaning towards the Flashdance ripped sweatshirt and leg warmers. I got so good at taking my bra off with my shirt still on. Yikes! I'm totally dating myself.

This picture was taken in 1985 I think. Dig the Nick Rhodes hair
http://www.facebook.com/michelle.wrightcaudill#/photo.php?pid=553647&op=6&o=global&view=global&subj=528437876&id=821059732 ooh and my Friend John's awesome Def Leppard shirt. We were too cool.
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
OMG. I was about 13 when Flashdance came out, and I remember that bra trick as being THE thing to practice at slumber parties....

Actual use? Ten years later.
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Beal from Flashdance!
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
the options are endless...

i just have to throw out my favorite thing to hate, but that i feel totally exlemplifies the 80. total epitomy:

double socks. one pair, say, black, the other yellow. with one pair bulled higher so that both pairs could be shown off.

this showed up when i was 10, so 87. i know it didn't get "big" until 92 or so, but it STARTED in the 80s, and was SOOOOOOOOOOOOo stupid and WHY that it could be perfect.

in another area altogether, people are telling me jelly shoes are "back". WHERE? i LOVES jelly shoes!
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