80's Workout

We just had a totally awesome 80's workout night with our Young Women.  Leg warmers, bright blue eye shadow, big hair, and a cheesy workout video.  I felt like I was back in my high school gym/dance class.  I am not sure if I should cry or laugh out loud. 

They were instructed to come dressed in 80's workout attire.  For those of you less fortunate ones, who didn't get to the experience the 80's first hand, here is a look at what you might have worn:

Leotard and Tights
Leotards and tights were staples for '80s women's workout clothes; leotards covered the torso and sometimes the arms, while women sometimes wore leggings or tights underneath to cover the legs.  Find a leotard with outrageous colors like neon purples and fuchsias, and highlight these colors or patterns with a pair of tights, leggings or bike shorts. If you can't find a leotard, wear a colorful one-piece bathing suit over the tights or leggings for a similar effect.

Over Sized Shirts
Over sized crew-neck sweatshirts or sweaters were often worn over the leotard and tights and fell off one shoulder. Achieve this look by cutting the elastic neck off a vintage sweatshirt or sweater; put the resulting garment on, and pull it down to expose one of your shoulders. If you think you will become overheated, cut the sleeves to a desirable length. You can also wear an over sized T-shirt over the leotard if you can't find a sweater or sweatshirt.

Leg Warmers
Leg warmers are another key component for pulling an '80s workout outfit together. These are sleeve-like garments have an opening to expose the feet; wear them bunched around the ankles. Purchase leg warmers in many dance clothing supply stores, or you can cut the feet off a pair of large socks for convenience and affordability.
Sweatbands were another '80s workout staple, so wear a colorful one around your forehead; place one or two sweatbands around your wrists as well. Pull your hair back into a side ponytail if you have long hair, and tie it up with a colorful scrunchy. Wear a thin belt around your waist, and carry a pair of small hand weights if you have them.
If you have the resources, search for a pair of colorful  '80s athletic shoes; look for high-tops as these were popular workout shoes of the time period. Another authentic option is a pair of plain canvas tennis shoes. If you are unable to find these kinds of items, simply wear a pair of athletic sneakers to complete your look.

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