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80's Fancy Dress... Help!!

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ArchiesMamaBird Mon 06-Feb-17 13:51:09

Me and DH have been invited to a 30th birthday party in March. Fancy dress. "Oh yay!" I thought, "I love fancy dress!" So there I am googling neon leg warmers and tutu's, when DH informs me that the theme is actually 1987. Yep, just 1987 hmm

Now I've had a google, and the only thing I have found is that Dirty Dancing was released in '87. But I'm thinking that everybody will be going as that.

So clever people of Mumsnet, does anyone have any ideas? We'd preferably like something that we can go as together, but this is not a necessity.

Destinysdaughter Mon 06-Feb-17 14:09:45

No one wore neon leg warmers and tutus in the eighties!

Think style icons such as Madonna or Annie Lennox, tho the early eighties had much better fashion than the latter part.

Destinysdaughter Mon 06-Feb-17 14:11:39

Here's some inspiration for you!

ArchiesMamaBird Mon 06-Feb-17 14:16:21

I didn't even think to google 1987 fashion! Thanks Destinys I'll go and have a look

averylongtimeago Mon 06-Feb-17 14:22:09

Omg did I actually wear that stuff? <<old gimmer>>

FromIbizaToTheNorfolkBroads Mon 06-Feb-17 14:38:29

Here's a list of 1987's No.1 singles which might provide some inspiration ( eg. Bon Jovi, George Michael, Belinda Carlisle, Madonna)

CoffeeAndEnnui Mon 06-Feb-17 14:42:10

The Lost Boys and The Princess Bride both came out in 1987. You're welcomewink

Floisme Mon 06-Feb-17 14:44:31

What a shame, early 80s fashion was brilliant; late 80s was pretty shit.

However I believe the The Simpsons were born in '87 so I would go as Marge.

Gaaaah Mon 06-Feb-17 14:47:03

Films? Three men and a baby, lethal weapon, predator, Robocop, fatal attraction.

Floisme Mon 06-Feb-17 14:47:28

And obviously your husband can be Homer.

FromIbizaToTheNorfolkBroads Mon 06-Feb-17 14:48:30

A few other ideas from googling :

Margaret Thatcher (elected for 3rd term in office)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Sylvester McCoy became the 7th Dr Who
Fireman Sam debuts on the BBC
Hilda Ogden made last appearance in Coronation Street

MabelTheCow Mon 06-Feb-17 14:50:22

Simpsons started and there was the massive 1987 hurricane.

TroysMammy Mon 06-Feb-17 14:53:30

Had a look for you, Full Metal Jacket, Personal Services about Cynthia Payne and the sex parties. First Acid House raves in the UK reported. Hilda Ogden made her last appearance in Coronation St. Kylie released I should be so Lucky. Margaret Thatcher visited Moscow.

Destinysdaughter Mon 06-Feb-17 14:54:25

Here's some bad hairdos to consider...

Only1scoop Mon 06-Feb-17 14:55:56

Dp went in Wham Club Tropicana outfit and I went in full kids from Fame ensemble when we did an 80's thing.

TheLivingAsheth Mon 06-Feb-17 14:56:49

I was going to say Kylie! Her clothes in that video (I Should Be So Lucky) are pure 1987.

If I remember correctly in 1987 I was mostly wearing jeans with massive white T-shirts with bright pictures on, like pineapples, or hideous looking cocktails, and "neon" writing. Either that or striped tops and sailor hats, for some reason. I was 12, to be fair.

ArchiesMamaBird Mon 06-Feb-17 15:05:14

These are all brilliant! Thank you everyone, I'll show your ideas to DH later and we can have some fun choosing our outfits grin

Destinysdaughter Mon 06-Feb-17 15:12:44

Cher in 1987!!!!!

TheLivingAsheth Mon 06-Feb-17 15:14:07

Scott and Charlene's wedding aired in Australia in 1987 (not til 1988 here though according to Wikipedia) if you can find suitably attractive outfits. grin

CoffeeAndEnnui Mon 06-Feb-17 15:47:58

Oh my god, Cher! Moonstruck!!!

NewPantsforaNewYear Mon 06-Feb-17 16:31:23

Please go as Cher!

SarahGoodwin33 Mon 06-Feb-17 16:34:19

I went as Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction in a white night gown with my wrists bandaged and holding a carving knife, bloomin scared myself!
it was winter time so I wore leggings AND tights underneath and a thermal vest!

NewPantsforaNewYear Mon 06-Feb-17 16:37:49

Bananarama looking pretty inspirational.

m0therofdragons Mon 06-Feb-17 17:07:21

I recently went to an 80s night as a carebear - I was born in the 80s so it's what I remember. Someone else there was Bananaman grin

Aworldofmyown Mon 06-Feb-17 17:15:45

I bought a fab 80's dress from here

Once you decide your 'look' this is a great place to find stuff!! My dress was purple and black patterned, shiny, with bat wings and shoulder pads!!! It looked fab.

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