Neon Life: An 80s/90s Homecoming Dress Up Guide

By Jensen Wright, Katelyn Wachendorf, and Nate Tilley

With homecoming here, the excitement around the school is all of our dress up days. Wednesday’s theme happens to be our favorite era, the 80s & 90s. The 80s were a time of big hair, Ray Ban aviators, neon tights & Flashdance leg warmers. If you weren’t playing Pac-Man, you were probably watching Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The 90s were notorious for the break of dial-up internet, grunge rock music, & “Must-See” TV sitcoms. But by far the biggest phenomenon was the 80s & 90s fashion. If you’re looking for authentic ideas to pull off this up-coming Wednesday, we’ve got you covered.

80s fashion:

Styles for Girls

  • Off shoulder shirts or sweatshirt (big bold labels with bright colors)
  • Bright neon lights-not matching your shirt
  • Leg warmers (bright colors)
  • Converse
  • Jelly bracelets, neon earrings, glovelets, sunglasses, neon nail polish.


  • Crimping everything
  • Side pony-tail
  • Teased hair & big bangs


  • Lots of eye shadow-blues & oranges
  • Bright lipsticks- red & pink

80s women fashion


Styles for Guys

  • Baggy, ripped, acid washed jeans
  • Tight t-shirts
  • Denim & leather jackets
  • One earring


  • Mullet

80s dudes

90s Fashion:

Styles for Girls

  • Baby-dolly dresses (short sleeved & floral prints
  • Wear with combat boots or sneakers &/or jean jacket
  • Velvet dresses (maroon or black)
  • Crop tops & high waisted jeans
  • Tight fitting tees
  • Butterfly hair clips- other hair clips
  • Lots of plaid (button-ups, skirts, dresses)
  • Also wrap around waist
  • Overalls (leave one clasp undone)
  • Vests

90s fashion

Styles for Boys

  • Denim, band tees, & leather jackets
  • Grunge look
  • Loose fitting clothes
  • Cut-off, acid washed, or destroyed looking jeans
  • Holes & rips in your clothes
  • Leather jackets
  • Messy hair & greasy look
  • Band shirts (Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Nine Inch Nails, The Doors, etc.

1990s fashion