80's Mall Rat Costume

ShoppingFashion / Style

  • Author Nikki Hernandez
  • Published February 24, 2011
  • Word count 388

Even if people will only be strutting at the mall, looking for stuff to buy, they still make sure that they look good. That is no different back in the 80’s. Their sense of fashion and the way their clothing flared were the only difference.

To give you an idea of what an 80’s mallrat wears, check out these suggestions for a mallrat costume. Here, I listed two.

First is the sexy look. You need a sweatshirt with a loose neckline so that it will hang off one shoulder. If you must, cut the sides of the neck to make it looser. Choose a brightly colored tank top to wear inside it. You can choose to wear contrasting colors since unmatched colors back in the 80’s didn’t matter. As long as you are big and loud, you are good.

Wear a wide belt over the sweatshirt to show off your figure. Pair this ensemble with leggings. To look classier, get a tight skirt and wear the leggings underneath. Finish the look with lacy socks and high heels.

Second is the laid back look. This look wishes only to hang around with friends and eat cotton candies rather than be flirty and get wolf whistles.

To start off, find an oversized shirt with colorful prints or a simple button down shirt with shoulder pads. You could tie the ends of the button down shirt, cowgirl style and fold the sleeves. Do the same with the oversized shirt. Pair your top with stone-washed high waist jeans that shows only a bit of your tummy. Complete the look by wearing dress flats or high top sneakers with bright socks.

The accessories to wear for both are fairly the same. Wear several colorful plastic bangles on each wrist, several long necklaces and plastic hoop earrings.

Your hair must be in the 80’s style. To do it, perm it, and do some backcombing to make it big. Wear a headband and let your frizzy hair fall back. Also, make sure you get the make-up right; be heavy on the colored eyeliners such as teal and purple, the popular electric blue eye shadow, and bright glossy lipstick.

Choose either one of these mall rat costumes, the outcome would be the same fashionable 80’s ensemble. Also, most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

Running out of ideas of what to wear on an 80's inspired costume party? Check out these websites for helpful tips: http://www.80scostumeideas.org/ and http://80scasuals.org/

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