My Retro Dilemma

So I am doing the photography for an event this Friday night. The event is 80’s themed and I honestly have nothing 80’s, not one damned thing. If I had it my way I’d go totally punk or I’d go Madonna circa Lucky Star…you know with all the black lace, gloves and lots of hair. Sadly I don’t have the money to put that together.

The only 80’s stuff I’ve ever owned were when I was 10 or younger so none of it fits me, obviously. I’m tempted to just buy leggings and a big t-shirt to cut a hole out of the top of it. However buying a big t-shirt when you are plus size is challenging. I also don’t want to spend much money on an outfit I probably won’t wear again.

I did see a sort of 80’s style skirt or one that could pass for that at Old Navy but I have yet to go out of my way to see about getting it. Given that I will be doing the photography the entire night I also need something comfortable, which means I will be wearing my chucks (they pass for several decades thank you) instead of jelly shoes.

Any ideas? Maybe I could just go Ally Sheedy via The Breakfast Club.



  1. Alissa

    April 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Do you have an old sweat shirt that you can cut the collar off of and the sleeves like flash dance? You can just wear a wife beater underneath and some jeans! Then just crimp your hair or wear a side ponytail!

    1. Robin

      April 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

      @Alissa: I’m not sure I do have an old sweatshirt, that’s loose and comfy at least. grrr…

  2. Grant

    April 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Skinhead punk should be easy since you can get some items from an Army Navy surplus store, put a few rips in the clothing, and add a few band names in marker. That’s how I handled the 80’s.

    1. Robin

      April 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

      @Grant: that would be easy, maybe my husband and I can go as Sid & Nancy.

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