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People of S&B, I need your help on 80s style!

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BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 19:43:48

I would never normally frequent this board, I have no style (except my own!) or beauty!! grin I'm sort of embarrassed to be posting here tbh. blush
I have been invited to the birthday party of a vv dear friend of mine. For various reasons we haven't spent any time together really for about 4 years, and I am incredibly excited about being able to go.
It's an 80s night at a club, and I really want to get into the swing of things and join in with the dressing up, but I have several things I can't get my head around.
1)I would like to go 80s, but still keep elements of my own style, which is crusty/punk/hippy.
2)I can't do anything with my hair, I have nearly skinhead type sides and dreadlocks in the middle, so it is totally un-stylable.
3) I have a limited budget
4) I only have a week!

So not to drip feed, I have looked online, but all I can find is full on Cyndi Lauper type looks, and that is really not going to work!

Any ideas?
Was thinking New Romantic look, but everything I have found that would work is so expensive!

Please help me find a look/anything that would work.
I wouldn't normally care this much, but everyone else will be v dressed up for the theme, and she's such a good mate, I really want to join in, but not lose "me" IYSWIM? blush

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:03:20

Meant to add I am aware there were punks and hippies in the 80s, it's just I wanted a more recognisable style, but still sort of alternative. Which is why I was thinking New Romantic, but my brain has totally collapsed, and I was hoping some style aficionados would have some great ideas/sources of 80s type things.

MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:04:57

The proper 80s goth look is a thing of wonder. MIght that work, maybe with a wig?

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:22:38

Ah full on goth, I hadn't thought of that, which is stupid, because I was one ffs, though in the 90s! grin
Soooo 80s goth,
long black skirt, dms, what on top?
I have a long black dress, no dms, but I do have army boots. Seems a bit, well, tame by my standards IYKWIM?
Frilly shirt? Too far/not right?
Would make up (I love dramatic make up btw) make it more dramatic?

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:25:01

Black dress is one of those sort of "body con" ones that were popular, but I cut a thigh slit in the skirt, would work with something over it, as it's very fitted.

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:26:29

Velvet things?

JackandDiane Sat 30-Apr-16 20:27:43

you are overthinking this WAY too much.

Siolence Sat 30-Apr-16 20:29:52

Ripped fishnet tights or hooped stripes ones, purple and black!

Lots of Indian cotton gypsyy tops iirc. Goths were more hippy and loose, it was 80s Rock chicks who were in skin tight velvet and Lycra.

MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:31:08

this dress would get you a long way, I think.

Army boots good. Expected no less. Leather jacket you have I suppose?

It's all in the makeup though really isn't it, if you have the skills for that and the attitude then your there and A.N.other black clothing will do. Surely?

MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:32:01

yy. other thinking. put Sister of Mercy on and it'll all come back.

MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:32:15

sisters ffs

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:34:33

Jack probably, but I haven't been on a "proper" night out for years, and I know for a fact that the people I'm going with will be incredibly dressed, and I really want to join in!
They wouldn't care if I turned up in a bin bag, but I want to give it a sense of occasion, whch I never get the chance to do.

Plus I like dressing up in the drama sense, I don't do heels or dresses,so finding a fun outfit gives it a "special" feel. smile

member Sat 30-Apr-16 20:34:54

From the description of your hair, I'm thinking Boy Georgeish - bandana tied round/ribbony things, bold make up

MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:35:04

this would me minimal make up. No?

Seem to have lost the ability to type in above postshmm

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:41:12

Loads of replies while typing! Thanks everyone!
MrsLettuce that dress is cool, hadn't thought of somethinf like that. That make up is bloody stunning, will definitely do something like that!

Siolence I'm pretty sure I have fishnets stashed somewhere, that's a good idea!

And yy to Sisters of Mercy! grin

member Sat 30-Apr-16 20:43:19

Or the Haysi Fantayzee woman

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:44:14

member Boy George....YES! Will definitely nick his make up, I think a friend of mine might have a hat similar to his.

Keep it coming, I knew I was right to post here for ideas, you have given me loads already!

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:45:30

shock member that's a great look!! Love it!

Cocolepew Sat 30-Apr-16 20:45:49

Why would Cyndi Lauper look not work? She had shaved colourful hair.

Cocolepew Sat 30-Apr-16 20:47:19


MrsLettuce Sat 30-Apr-16 20:48:42

That dress would need pulling up onto the shoulders but is a very 80's shape. I think goth was more baggy than tight back then, could be wrong. But, yeah, as I said with the right make up and goth soul you'll be fine in whatever clothes.

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:52:08

Cocole unfair of me to lay it on Cyndi Lauper, first name I came up with, sorry! blush
What I meant was, a lot of what I came up with was full on neon leg warmers, silly skirts and stuff, that's just not me!
Wanted alternative but still recognisably 80s looks IYSWIM?

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:55:53

Both those pics are great, bottom one more me, but I love the look of the top one as well, might combine a bit of both.
V dramatic make up, heavy brows, army boots, floaty skirt, will try and find a black gypsy top I think.


Cocolepew Sat 30-Apr-16 20:56:04

Its ok, I'll let you off grin

BadDoGooder Sat 30-Apr-16 20:59:20

Although theres a huge part of me that thinks I might go dressed as the woman in members picture, my mates would love it!
I could get away with it, but I'm not up for fighting idiots off all night tbh.

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