Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.
Warm up your crimpers, it's time to dig up your poofiest dress, brightest blue eye shadow, and skinniest tie for the '80s Prom at Varsity Theater tonight in Dinkytown.
Dance tunes by guest DJ/emcee Matt Perkins will provide the soundtrack to an evening were revelers can revive the big hair and excess that was the '80s. Surely after this night it won't be as cruel a summer as Bananarama might suggest.
Crowns for Prom King and Queen, and prizes for Best Dressed are up for grabs, but you better be dripping in some particularly garish '80s glory in order to be a contender. So, here are some party ideas to help you towards a victory, where all your champagne wishes and caviar dreams may come true like you hoped they would 30 years ago.
Gals, there are plenty of styles to choose from for an evening such as this, and obviously the more ruffles the better. Pink and shiny, or sleek and shoulder paddy, you decide. Or, if you prefer a more "Borderline" look, put on as much lace as you can, with leggings and a cut-off jean jacket for good measure.
Guys you could take the yuppie route and wear a brightly colored classic bow tie and vest, with wind-swept hair to suggest you were yachting earlier. Or, look to Duckie for hints and go for a bolo tie suit and some cool round-rim shades.
Headbands, gloves, multiple belts, a neck-brace a la Sixteen Candles, or a tag-along Cabbage Patch doll will give that extra oomph to your silhouette, for sure. The more bangles and chains, the better.
Forgot what it was like on an '80s dance floor? Just take some pointers from Breakin
', or check out a bit of the African Ant Eater dance from Can't Buy Me Love
. Either one, you'll surely impress.
And our last bit of advice: Don't hold back on the eye shadow, Aquanet, or bracelets because a half-hearted get-up will get half-hearted responses, and that's no way to party like it's 1985.
Tonight doors open at 8 p.m. for those 21 and up. Tickets are $5 for people in full costume, or $10 for lame-o guests with no costume. Tickets only available for purchase at the door.