This Saturday, Americas Backyard (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) is throwing one hell of a Totally ΄80s Party, which means its time for you to bust out the spandex, crop your hair into a mullet, and play dress-up. But how do you make sure your super original Punky Brewster costume isnt a dupe, dude? Well, refer to our handy list of lesser-known-but-equally-cool suggestions to ensure youre not just another clone:
The rocker: You need a unique take, so ditch the tight jeans and sleeveless metal shirt in favor of a cravat and a sequined jump suit. Bonus points for a jheri curl.
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The hep cat: Everyone forgets ska was big in the ΄80s. A black tuxedo vest, Specials T-shirt, fedora, and checkered shoes will have you skankin to the beat.
The jock: The secret to pulling this one off is ultra-short shorts, very hairy legs, and athletic socks up to your knees. Jorts (jean shorts) will do, as will gym shorts, but showing some thigh is a must, fellas.
The after school special: This ones easy get a pink dress, a cardigan, and a bottle of caffeine pills, and walk around saying you just need a little more time to study, before collapsing on the dance floor.
Admission costs $20 and includes two drinks and a complimentary buffet. Proceeds benefit the Young Professions for the Covenant House and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other noble charities. Visit www.ypfch.org to preorder for just $15, or call 954-568-7916.
Sat., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., 2008