Every girl and woman born in the seventies or later wanted to try on the Madonna inspired look at one point or another. Since it’s that popular, it wouldn’t be surprising if it becomes mainstream again – so you best be prepared.
To achieve Madonna’s look from the Like a Virgin and Celebrate era, you need to form the bases of several iconic items. Think cut off leggings and Capri pants, sexy little tops, lots of lace, fishnets, and denim jackets with the sleeves rolled up and collar popped. You will also need a pair of lace gloves. You will be able to find these in a thrift shop, or better yet, order a pair online. You can search for “Madonna lace gloves” or just browse through the accessories sections from the websites that carry stuff for Fancy Dress parties or the ones dedicated to eighties fashion items. You will probably need to cut off the fingers of them, though.
On-line is fine, but you shouldn’t forget about the joy of treasure hunting in antique and thrift shops. These are some of the best places to find accessories and cheap jewelry to finish up your Madonna inspired look. You can get all sorts of necklaces and bracelets at these places, so be creative! Include some rosaries, large crucifixes and loads and loads of fake pearls. Remember, this is not the time to be timid, so go completely overboard with it if you can – let that inner Material Girl shine.
Madonna’s eighties fashion look would not be complete without lots and lots of bracelets. You do need a lot of those, but they come really cheap. You can get those big packs of the thin, metallic silver colored ones for a couple of bucks, and you should wear them in dozens. Also try to work some rubber bracelets in the mix as well.
As for earrings, you have two options. One are the really big, plastic ones – you know the ones they call bicycle weals. Apart from hoop earrings, you can also go with the mismatched left and right earring approach. One of your earrings can be smaller, while you can wear a big old cross hanging from the other ear. Remember, just be creative.
You should definitely wear a big belt buckle. Madonna used to love these back in the day. One of her most famous appearances included a big belt buckle with words “Boy Toy” on it, and you can also go with spikes, studs, and bright colored belts as well.
As for shoes, that part is easy – you can really wear whatever you want. Madonna never really seemed to pay too much attention to these – remember, she is first and foremost a dancer, so all her shoes seemed to be utilitarian and comfortable. Just remember to wear cute, colorful socks with them.
Your hair should be blond OK, you knew that, but apart from the color, you can’t go wrong with big, curly, teased out hair – and don’t forget to include a big lace bow on top of that.