The 80s workout craze reached its peak during 1983, with sales of leg warmers and leotards going through the roof.
To create an 80s workout look wear a lycra leotard with a big belt around the waist, leggings or tights with scrunched up leg warmers. A headband and sweat bands are optional. There are no strict rules about the colours, but pastel or neon pink, purple, turquoise and silver were popular, and for fancy dress purposes these colours look very 80s. Animal print and striped leotards can also be used.
As this image from 1983 shows, Shoulder Pads and power dressing for women were a major part of 1983 fashion.
This knitting pattern panphlet from 1983 shows us that leg warmers were still popular, although I can't remember many girls wearing them with bobbles on!
|Two Tiered Ra Ra Skirt|
On this Smash Hits cover from 1983, we see Tracie Young with Paul Weller from The Style Council. I remember a lot of stylish girls wearing hats at this time, and more will feature further down this post. Weller has stuck to his mod revival style.
|Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox - Smash Hits March 1983|
In this cover photo from a Woolworth Smash Hits Christmas Special (1983) we see two 80s fashion icons together - Annie Lennox with Culture Club frontman Boy George. Annie's hair is slightly longer here and the make-up is almost as bold as George's. A magazine front cover doesn't get any more 80s than this.
I still remember the day when Boy George first appeared on Top of the Pops. He became the talk of the school playground, with fierce arguments breaking out over which gender he really was. My Dad was pretty bemused, too. In his typically blunt manner, he asked me "What the hell is that?".
|1983 book - Culture Club - Boy George in his own words.|
|Thompson Twins on the cover of Smash Hits - April 1983|
|Fame Annual 1983 - back cover|
Yes, even Barbie joined in with the 80s dance and fitness craze by donning a leotard, leg warmers and a headband.
|1980s Swatch Watch|
|Vasily Maxi Swatch Watch|
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