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Get the look… 80s pop princess Comments Off on Get the look… 80s pop princess

Posted on January 24, 2014 by admin


It may be the decade that style forgot, but an 80s theme is one type of party that never goes out of style. While most everyday 80s fashion revolved around leggings, shoulder pads and bad perms, the pop stars of the decade were known for their more iconic looks.

Looking for tips to complete your 80s look? We’ve got loads of hair and make-up tips to make sure you achieve that unique 80s pop princess look.

Get the look… 80s make-up

Back in the 80s, subtle make-up was practically non-existent. Dark eyebrows, bright, neon eye shadows, bold lipstick and lots of blusher was the only way to go. Check out this totally rad 80s make-up tutorial from Kandee Johnson.

Neon eye-shadow

You can really get creative with your eye-makeup, especially as you don’t need to worry about blending or matching colours together. Neon colours work especially well to create a striking 80s look.

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The 80s was all about massive hair, so toss those hair straighteners aside and prepare to add plenty of volume! This is a brilliant look that can quickly be achieved back back-combing your hair and using lots of hairspray.

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It’s all about accessorising your 80s look. These neon crayons will help you to achieve your striking 80s eye make-up. If you’re looking for ways to retro your outfit, then neon leg-warmers and brightly fluorescent beads are a great way to accessorise your costume.


Alternative looks

Of course, you can’t talk about 80s style without talking about Madonna – a pop princess who’s unique style and inventive outfits have made her an 80s legend.

Rather than opting for bright colours, opt for some striking black eyeliner, false eyelashes and bold red lipstick.

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If you’re going for the complete 80s Madonna look, then try putting your hair up into a French pleat, with plenty of volume on top. Don’t forget to accessorise with plenty of chains, necklaces and bangles!

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80s Fancy Dress Made Easy Comments Off on 80s Fancy Dress Made Easy

Posted on April 22, 2011 by admin

The 80s was an iconic decade, and although not that long ago it’s still an era that’s shrouded in nostalgia. It was a time when music, film and fashion took centre stage, and if you’re thinking of throwing a fancy dress party it can be the perfect backdrop. Finding suitable fancy dress costumes needn’t be that difficult either, allowing you to step back in time without the hassle.

When you think 80s fancy dress, what springs to mind? Probably things like Madonna, Top Gun, Michael Jackson, rappers, rockers, power dressing and divas. There are plenty of options to take your fancy whether you want to set a sub-theme or not, with iconic music and film stars always being popular.

Neon Pink Mesh Top

It’ll be easy to whip something together, particularly as you may already have something from the decade hiding in an old wardrobe somewhere, and with a few tweaks and added accessories you’ll easily craft the outfit that you’re looking for. The high street is also laden with 80s fashion with everything from neon leg warmers and tutus to tailored power suits and leather gloves being available, so finding options to suit needn’t be that difficult.

Or, why not make it easier still? Come to us and you’ll be able to find a great selection of 80s costumes, as well as all the accessories you’ll need to complete the look. It’s quick, easy and will give you the perfect outfit in no time, so if you really want to be a hit at that party make sure to come to us and see what you can find.

Get Backcombing Ladies! The 80s Are Back! Comments Off on Get Backcombing Ladies! The 80s Are Back!

Posted on April 12, 2011 by admin

Whether you were born in the 80s, lived through them, or only know what My Little Pony is thanks to the abomination re-branding of the last few years (they’re not the same!), 80s fancy dress is still one of the most exciting, ridiculous, thoroughly ingenious fancy dress themes for any party… ever!

So, the guys have Freddie Mercury, He-Man, Top Gun and The Village People to draw inspiration from. Time to buckle-up ladies!

Typical 80s Girl

Ra-ra skirts, neon bangles, big hair, fishnet tights, mesh tops! The original 80s girl was a crimp-haired, florescent spectre! Our range of complete 80s ladies fancy dress outfits includes individual cheap components available from our accessory section to complete the look from head to toe.

80s Female Rubiks Cube Costume


Is there a better female 80s icon than She-Ra? Oh wait, what about Wonder Woman? Or Dale from Flash Gordon? Take your pick ladies!

Wacky 80s costumes

Maybe you’d like your homage to the 80s to be a little more conceptual… Rubik’s Cube costume perhaps? Or maybe you were just nuts about Twister and would love nothing more than to ask various partygoers to spin the needle!

Tons of ladies visit us every day looking for the best 80s costumes on the web. You can be assured of quality, creativity, well-described sizing information and the biggest range of ridiculous, fun, sexy, unlikely, brilliant fancy dress costumes around!

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Making the Most of your Eighties Fancy Dress Comments Off on Making the Most of your Eighties Fancy Dress

Posted on July 12, 2010 by admin

If there’s one thing that’s going to impress at any eighties fancy dress party, it’s getting the perfect outfit to emulate the decade. You want to get the ultimate look to really create a stir, and you always need to make the most of your 80’s costume if you really want to impress.

By making the most of it, I mean don’t be afraid to take it to the next level. Anyone can slap on a tutu or a wig, but to really hit the right note your eighties fancy dress needs to go so much further than that. Try emulating a specific star or style of the decade, and get all the accessories that you can to perfectly recreate the look.

Grill Specs Pink and White Assorted Sun GlassesThis was a decade that was all about having fun, so make sure it shines through in your costume. You want to go all out to ensure that you’ve captured the essence of the decade perfectly, and if you put in extra effort it’s bound to be noticed.

But, to really make the most of your 1980’s fancy dress costumes, you need to know where you can find the perfect costume. It’s only by having a fantastic selection of outfits to choose from that you can be sure you’ve made the right decision, and that’s why you need to come to us here at Fancy Dress Ball.

We have an exceptional range of 80’s costumes for you to choose from that will always go down well at any party, and with plenty of accessories you can’t fail to look the part. So, come to us today and let us kit you out for the perfect 80’s party.

Give Your 80s Fancy Dress Party A Gothic Theme Comments Off on Give Your 80s Fancy Dress Party A Gothic Theme

Posted on June 09, 2010 by admin

Whilst the 80s for many was a decade of bright colours and flamboyant attitudes, this is perhaps a little stereotypical. In fact, the 1980s was a little more complicated. There was, for example, a thriving alternative scene, and gothic fashion really began to come into its own.

With this in mind a gothic themed eighties fancy dress party is a great theme for anyone who wants to throw a truly unique party, which still retains that element of nostalgia. So, how do you incorporate a gothic theme into a 1980s fancy dress party?

Well one way is to give your 80s fancy dress party some 80s horror credentials – as the 80s was perhaps the decade that was most synonymous with video nasties and zombies – with this in mind you and your guests could take some inspiration from 80s zombie classics such as the Evil Dead.

Cream Make-Up BlackIf you want your 1980s fancy dress party to be authentically gothic, however, then you just have to take some inspiration from some 80s gothic icons.

For the ladies, you could look to 80s gothic songstress Siouxsie Sioux, for inspiration and opt for plenty of eye make-up and an oversize t-shirts.

For the guys, The Cure’s Robert Smith is a perfect gothic template, and that Cure Look is easily replicated with some big hair, and plenty of eye make-up!

If you’re a guest rather than hosting a gothic 80s fancy dress part, then choosing gothic 80s outfits is a great way to make an impression, and it is more than likely you’ll be the coolest in the room!

Characters from the 1980s Comments Off on Characters from the 1980s

Posted on April 13, 2010 by admin

Another way in which the 80s was defined was through its influential television programmes, and the iconic films of the era. Amongst those instantly recognisable are Ghostbusters or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – both of which we at Fancy Dress Ball provide fancy dress costumes for.

Whilst there are many 80s costumes based on music legends, such as Freddie Mercury and Madonna, the popularity of these can often mean costume clashes with other guests at fancy dress parties. For a more unique and unusual approach, why not dress up as a famous video game character, or even a member of The Village People? Fancy Dress Ball can provide customers with a particular video game passion an authentic Mario or Luigi costume, as featured from the Super Mario Brothers and Dinkey Kong games.

Amongst just some of the film-inspired 80s costumes we have available feature famous characters from Beetlejuice, Top Gun and even Robocop.

However, if you were more of a TV enthusiast in the 80s era, why not dress up as someone from your favourite TV show? Featuring in our selection of 80s costumes from the television include Dangermouse, Bananas in Pyjamas and Jess the Cat from Postman Pat.

Dressing up as something – or someone – that you were once, or still passionate about gives you the opportunity to discuss your unique costume choice with other party guests. A guaranteed effective conversation starter, a fancy dress costume provided by Fancy Dress Ball can make the difference between a costume falling flat or wowing the crowd.

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