80s Fancy Dress Party Costume Ideas


One of the best decades the world has seen, we’re talking about the glory days of the 1980s. It was an iconic 10 years in the world, with a lot of good and bad, but mostly good, some great memories and good times which we all look back on and remember fondly. There was the music, great TV, blockbuster films and a whole lot more. The 80’s theme for parties is one which is popular, and you’re likely to go to one at least once in your life, but what should you wear to one of these shindigs? Here’s a look at some 80s fancy dress party costumes to give you an idea of what to wear.

Choose Life T-shirt

Go Simple With A Retro T Shirt

One of the most simple ways you can get into the 80’s spirit is by getting an 80’s style T Shirt. This is the most low maintenance and probably cheapest way of looking the part at any 80’s themed party. Fashion was big in the 1980s, and all you have to do is pick a particular event or situation which fits in with the 80s. We have a whole load of retro t shirts for you to pick from, inspired by tv, film, music and general life in the 80s.

If you were a fan of Wham! and music, then our Frankie Say Relax T Shirt and Choose Life T Shirt are two of the best products you can get for such an occasion. Wearing these you’ll be instantly recognisible and everyone will know the exact look you’re trying to pull off. Better still, it’s just a tee, and will work with jeans or team it with other fancy dress from the era.

Ghostbusters Outfit

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! A big film was Ghostbusters, and it’s a legend of a film. They may be making a reboot, but it will not beat the original. The original Ghostbusters was released in 1984 and starred Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd who set up business as a ghost removal service. Some of the most epic Ghostbusters outfits we’ve seen even come with mock proton pack. Just remember not to cross the streams 😉


Scouser Costume

Calm down, calm down…We’re talking about a fully blown Scouser costume. These are hilarious, and comprise of a shell suit, big curly perm hair and a tash. It’s a pretty easy to pull off the stereotypical Liverpool look, and it’s one which does not take too much explaining which is always a good thing when it comes to fancy dress.

Michael Jackson Thriller Outfit

One of the most iconic music videos of all time, Thriller was a hit in the 80’s for Michael Jackson. The jacket he wore is legendary, and if you wear this it will bring back childhood memories for everyone at the party. Check out for some inspiration, team it with some red trousers and even a wig. There was also the scene where he was a werewolf, wearing a bomber jacket, so if you want to go the whole hog you can attempt to pull that off.

Top Gun Theme

I feel the need, the need for speed! You can be my wingman anytime. Top Gun is one of the most loved films still to this day, and it’s one where you can use as a theme for an 80’s party. Whether you’re Maverick, Iceman or want to be another one of the characters from Top Gun. Dress up in the flight gear, or why not in an all white captain costume for the extra dapper look.

Whatever you choose for your 80s retro party costume, make it a good one and you’ll have a blast! :)