Method 1 Dressing 1980s Retro
1Shape your outfit. The 80s were defined by a unique blend of different styles that emphasized extravagance and materialism. Over-the-top clothing in bold (often neon) colors was the norm. Women’s fashion leaned toward oversized tops paired with leggings, tight pants, or a miniskirt.
- Pull out any and all leggings you might have, in any color. These could be worked in to almost any 80s style outfit you can come up with. 1950s fashion wikihow francais
- Get an oversized t-shirt, preferably in a neon color. Roll the sleeves up and cut the neck out so that it hangs off your shoulder. Wear a brightly-colored tank top under it.
2Mix and match styles and colors. Mixing bold, bright (usually neon) colors was very stylish in the 80s. Incorporating lace, designer logos and shoulder pads on top of the bright colors was even trendier. Everything in the 80s had to be big and loud, so start putting together outfit ideas that include bright colors, extravagant designs and anything with shoulder pads.
- Pair bright leggings with an oversized t-shirt in a contrasting color. Add one or two more colorful accessories, such as a belts or a pair of leg warmers.
- Add some lace! Wear lacy black tights under a brightly-colored miniskirt, or a loose, black lace top over a bright miniskirt and neon tights.
- Raid your parents' closet for anything with shoulder pads. If you can't find anything, create your own shoulder pads by stuffing socks into the shoulders of your top.
3Wear acid-washed denim. Acid-washed jeans were huge in the 80s and women opted for a slim-fitting, high-waisted fit. Acid-washed jean jackets were also staples in the 80s, worn by both men and women.
- Buy a denim jacket from a thrift shop, then cut the sleeves off and wash it so that the shoulders fray a little.
- Acid-wash an old pair of jeans to give them an authentic 80s feel. All you need is bleach, rubber bands, and your chosen jeans.
4Accessorize excessively with bright colors. Neon colored sunglasses in large sizes, lots of colored bangles on both arms and huge hoop earrings are great jewelry choices. Look for anything with lace, especially gloves and headbands, to add to your ensemble as additional accessories.
- Costume jewelry was also very popular. The chunkier, gaudier, and brighter, the better. The 80s celebrated excess!
Embellish with quirky details and 80s kitsch. For instance, try to track down a brightly colored fanny pack to wear with your outfit. "Members Only" jackets were very popular at the time, as well, and are relatively easy to find at thrift stores. Carry a boombox along with you for an instantly recognizable 80s flair.
6Experiment with 80s hair styles. There are several ways to approach 80s hair, but one thing all of the styles have in common is that they are big and hairsprayed. Perms were extremely common and curly hairstyles were very fashionable. Crimped hair was also popular – some stores still carry hair crimpers, if you want to try to look for one.
- Style your hair with a curling iron or a hair crimper, then tease it to your desired size and shape. Hairspray your hair and then tease it a little more.
- Flip your head upside down and tease the underside of your hair to get even more volume. Finish it off with a healthy blast of hairspray.
- Try a side ponytail. Curl, tease and hairspray your ponytail and secure it with several scrunchies in different colors.
- If you have bangs, tease them as high as you can get them and secure with hairspray.
7Create the 80s makeup look. Loud, heavy makeup and neon colors were popular makeup styles in the 80s. Lips were usually pale and eye makeup was bright and emphasized dark, thick eyelashes with lots of eyeliner.
- Apply eyeshadow with a heavy hand. Bright, neon colors work just as well as dark, gothic colors.
- Line your top and bottom eyelids with thick black eyeliner, along with your water line.
- Finish it off with several coats of mascara and a light, frosty shade of lipstick or lip gloss.
- For real life makeup and hairstyle references, look up pictures of icons like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Molly Ringwald and Siouxsie Sioux.
Method 2 Dressing 1970s Retro
1Shape your outfit. The 1970s had several style movements, with the most remembered being a continuation of the 1960s bohemian look, the glittery androgyny of glam rock and the decadent disco fashion. The most popular silhouette of the decade was that of a tight-fitting top and loose-fitting bottom.
- For something more subtle, try a tight-fitting concert t-shirt and hip hugger jeans with canvas sneakers or tennis shoes.
- For a boho look, pair a flowing, gauzy top with a long maxi skirt. Mix-and-match earthy tones with ethnic prints. Add a headband and delicate scarf for an instant 70s hippie look.
2Wear jeans with flared, bell bottom, or wide legs. Hip huggers and high-waisted jeans were also popular in the 70s. These styles sometimes come back into current fashion, so it’s entirely possible that you can find a new pair. You can also look for more authentic versions at thrift shops, probably with much cheaper price tags.
- Jeans in the 70s often came decorated with embroidery, embellishments, and studs, so keep an eye out for those details.
3Accessorize with simple pieces made of natural materials. Thrift shops will be gold mines for these items. Look for jewelry made of wood, shells, stones, feathers, Indian beads and leather. Mix and match the pieces. Add a big, floppy hat and large sunglasses as final touches.
- Moccasin boots and Birkenstocks were the most popular shoes for the bohemian look. You could also try leather sandals or clogs.
- Fringe adorned everything – incorporate it in any way that you can.
4Try out the glam rock look. Glam rock clothing was flamboyant, brightly colored and made of fabrics like satin, velvet and spandex. Androgynous looks for both sexes were embraced and shiny fabrics in bright colors defined the era.
- Go for anything sequined, bedazzled, gemmed, tight-fitting and outrageously accentuated. Glittery items and otherworldly costumes are also ways to look glam.
- Accessorize with feather boas, giant sunglasses, and anything with leather and studs. Leather jackets, ascots, velvet coats and silk scarves all work great here.
- Wear shiny, glittery, sequined or neon-colored tights with your ensemble.
5Go disco. Disco fashion was defined by glamour, eccentricity and decadence. Sequins and tight-fitting clothing could be found in every discotheque. Disco fashions were created with ease of movement in mind and included wrap-around skirts, leotards, tube tops, and dancewear-inspired dresses made of form-fitting fabrics like spandex.
- Wear a sequined tube top with tight pants or short shorts. Spandex pieces in neon colors and anything that would glitter under dancefloor lights work perfectly.
- Pair a colorful leotard with a wrap-around skirt from a dancewear shop. Add anything else that is eye-catching and sparkly.
- Accessorize with huge, glittery costume jewelry pieces and knee high boots or very high heeled shoes (platforms if you can find them).
6Experiment with 1970s hairstyles. The main hairstyles of the 70s were feathered, shaggy or long with a center part. Try creating the wispy feathered hairstyle and spraying it with golden spray-on hair color (like the ones you see around Halloween) to get the frosted look so popular in the 70s.
- If you have layers in your hair, spray it with dry shampoo to get volume and texture, then add a texturizing pomade to define your layers. Keep it a little messy.
- For those with long hair, simply part it down the middle and let it hang loose and free. Add a little product to make it shine.
7Create the 70s makeup look. Shimmer eye shadows were popular in every style and glitter trends in makeup were worn by both men and women. For glam or disco looks you can’t go wrong with brightly colored, highly glossed lips and “cat” eyeliner.
- Apply eyeshadow that is heavy, frosted, shimmery or glittery. Use plenty of black eyeliner and black mascara. If you want to go all-out, wear long false lashes.
- For the bohemian look, wear pale peach or pink lipstick, as they preferred a natural look.
- For real life 70s hair and makeup references, look up pictures of icons like Farrah Fawcett, Debbie Harry, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Bebe Buell, Shelley Duvall, David Bowie and Joni Mitchell.
Method 3 Dressing 1960s Retro
1Shape your outfit. The 60s decade was a time of major social and cultural change, and the trends of the 1960s reflected that. People were embracing a bohemian lifestyle and the Hippie Movement was born.
- To get the look that the hippies created, start thinking about theatrical costumes, recycled clothing, ethnic fashions, Indian prints, bright colors and mismatched patterns.
- Check out your nearest resale shop to look for vintage clothes and other items that you can repurpose, just like hippies did.
2Wear bell-bottom jeans and tie-dyed tops. Paisley prints and psychedelic prints are also great choices. You can’t go wrong by pairing those two elements together.
- Jeans came in all colors of the rainbow and often featured embroidery or appliqued designs. Keep an eye out for those details or add them yourself.
- Look for blouses with long and flowy "bubble" sleeves. Gauzy fabrics work great, too.
- Wear a simple chiffon baby-doll dress with spaghetti-straps for a feminine look.
Go barefoot! Hippies frequently went barefoot, but sandals and flip-flops were also popular. If you have boots or clogs, those will also work perfectly.
Put flowers in your hair. You could have fun with fresh flowers, but fake ones will work. Daisies were especially popular and they were often worn instead of jewelry. Weave the flowers flowers into your hair and secure them with bobby pins. Try a simple braid adorned with flowers or weave them into a wreath to wear on your head like a crown.
5Add some loose, flowing accessories made from natural materials. Gypsy scarves, flower headbands, and leather moccasins are all great options. Peace sign pendants, beaded jewelry, large rings, and chain belts will also work. You could also try stacked silver bangles, woven leather bracelets, and hooped earrings.
- Thrift stores will be gold mines for these items.
6Experiment with 1960s hairstyles. There was a wide variety of hairstyles in the 1960s, the most iconic being the very long, natural looking style that the hippies wore. Part it down the middle and allow it to hang loose and free.
- If you don’t have long hair, check out wigs at your local costume shop. The beehive hairstyle was also very stylish.
7Create the 60s makeup look. The hippies usually went for a natural look and wore very little makeup. They did use face paint, however, especially for special events and festivals. Paint images of daisies, rainbows, and peace signs on your cheeks or forehead. Add some face glitter for a little sparkle.
- For those that did wear makeup, it was variable. However a pale mouth, large false eye lashes and exaggerated eye makeup will be instantly recognizable.
- For real life references of 60s makeup and hairstyles, look up pictures of icons like Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgewick, Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull.
Method 4 Dressing 1950s Retro
1Shape your outfit. Dresses were the most popular clothing items for women in the 1950s. Soft shapes, defined waists, vibrant colors, and bold statements are all highly characteristic of women’s fashion during that decade. At the time, women and girls covered their legs so you could wear vintage seamed stockings in skin colour with suspenders to hold them up. 
- A big emphasis was placed on looking glamorous, well-dressed and perfectly groomed every day.
2Wear a dress made of colorful printed fabric. Make sure the skirt goes falls slightly past your knee. Polka dots, gingham, florals, stripes, plaids and novelty themes (like science and western themes) are all great choices for the printed fabric.
- Halter sundresses, full skirts, and Peter Pan collars (flat collars that feature rounded ends that meet in the middle) are variations on the simple dress theme.
- Poodle skirts were a fleeting fad at the time, but now are iconic for many people when thinking of 50s fashion. Check your local costume shop for a big fluffy one.
- The pencil skirt was a fitted skirt that fell just below the knee. Pair one with a collared, button down dress shirt or a fitted sweater for another iconic 50s look.
3Accessorize with faux fur, gloves and large cat-eye shaped sunglasses. Fur was extremely popular in the 1950s so try local resale shops for dresses and coats with faux fur-lined collars. Don a pair of white or cream colored gloves for the ultimate ladylike look of that time.
- Wear saddle shoes with socks for the poodle style. Otherwise, pair your dress with simple, tasteful heels.
4Experiment with 1950s hairstyles. For short hair, curl it tightly with a curling iron to get the iconic poodle cut look. For longer hair, make a big bouncy ponytail or create the ultra-glamorous (and time consuming) curled and pinned hairstyle.
- Regardless of the hairstyle you choose, definitely make sure you set it with plenty of hairspray before heading out.
5Create the 50s makeup look. Wear bright pink, orange or red lipsticks that coordinate with your outfit. Apply minimal eyeshadow and lots of mascara for a glamorous eye look.
- Cherry red nail polish was the most fashionable nail color at that time.
- For real life 50s makeup and hairstyle references, look up pictures of icons like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Donna Reed, Elizabeth Taylor and Betty Page.
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- Raid your mom’s closet and hit your local thrift stores to score awesome and authentic retro pieces at affordable prices.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and eras!
- Unless you’re creating a Halloween costume, be choosy and moderate with your retro pieces. Shoulder pads and hugely teased bangs will (hopefully) not be making a comeback as everyday fashion statements.
- Incorporating retro details and embellishments with a modern outfit can make a really trendy statement that doesn’t look overly vintage or outdated.
- Just have fun with it! Retro fashion is intended to be a fun throwback that highlights the most memorable looks of an era – enjoy it!
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