Jackie Sanders ’14
Choosing your outfit for Trinity’s infamous 80’s dance is always a fun opportunity to wear something you usually wouldn’t. Whether you use the clothes you already have or go and buy something new at Savers, the possibilities are endless. After interviewing many Trinity girls all over campus, I’ve narrowed down the outfit themes to four main categories.
Dressing in 80’s workout attire is always a classic choice for this particular themed party. Choosing bright and shiny clothes, preferably stretch ones, is also the easiest for girls who don’t want to buy something new. Start this look out with either spandex leggings or shorts– the brighter the better. Brightly colored gym shorts or sweatpants work as well. Choose another bright color for the t-shirt or sweatshirt. If the neckline is tight, cut the top so one shoulder is exposed. If you want to go all out, buy a leotard from American Apparel or dance supply store. Top off the outfit with a scrunchie and side ponytail, or a stretchy headband. Leg warmers over leggings are a great way to add to the outfit and stay warm in the cold October weather. To achieve perfect jazzercising potential, find a neon windbreaker from a thrift store nearby such as the Salvation Army or Savers. On your feet, wear bright sneakers!
If you’re feeling more girly than sporty, dress as a tribute to pop idol Madonna. This look is all about finding a good balance between girly and edgy. Find a tutu or puffy skirt and pair it with anything lace or leather on top. Layer lots of pearls around your neck and cut fishnet stockings to wear on your hands. Don’t forget to tease your hair and make it as crazy as possible. This look is perfect for anyone who wants to stand out from the Trinity students decked out in neon workout apparel. Find skirts or tops for this outfit at stores such as Forever 21 and H&M, both located about 15 minutes away from campus in the Westfarms Mall.
If you’re feeling like Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, a great theme for you is 80’s prom. Scour the racks at nearby thrift stores for an old dress. Puffy sleeves, sequins, lace, bright colors and layers are all great additions to the perfect prom dress.
This look is fabulous because you’re guaranteed to have a unique outfit and you’ll stand out in the perfect way. If your mom or older sister has an old prom dress at home, tell them to send it to you! Finish off the outfit with tons of chunky jewelry and long layering necklaces. Don’t forget the clip-on earrings, and, of course, the prom up-do! Adding the perfect hairstyle is crucial to topping off this look. For shoes, wear bright Converse or Keds, or find a pair of sparkly jelly flats!
If you don’t see yourself fitting in with any of these outfits, don’t worry! The last theme is the style of an AC/DC biker chick, which requires edgy clothing and fierce make up. Pair a jean vest with a frayed graphic tee, preferably a band or one with a retro logo. These can be found at thrift stores nearby, but also in the t-shirt section of Walmart or Target. Wear high waisted jean shorts and either black boots or Converse. Try to incorporate as many frayed edges, studs, and exposed pockets as possible. These details will add to your edgy look and can also individualize your ensemble.
Whatever you wear, make sure you feel comfortable and you’re warm enough. Nothing is worse than freezing outside the Field House waiting for your friends to walk in. If you don’t feel like dressing up alone, get a group of girls together to all match. See you there!