flashdance 1983

Get the Look: Jennifer Beals in Flashdance (1983)

Learn how to dress like Alex Owens from the classic dance movie Flashdance (1983) in the year 2018.

If you have not already seen this movie about a young woman who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and works part time as a welder to pay the bills, then spoiler alert. At the end when she gets to her audition for the fancy dance school and does well it’s just so inspiring.

Casual Flashdance Look Book

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Flashdance 1983 casual outfit

These ASOS CARPENTER Jeans with Button Front Detail in Mid Wash ($56) look like the ones they wore in the 80’s. Cut up an oversized grey t-shirt or buy this Custom Off Shoulder T-Shirt ($18.99). Perk up your natural curl, if you have any, using Curls™ Cream Brule Whipped Curl Cream – 8oz ($9.89), which they sell at Target. Layer simple gold bracelets such as the Boho Diamond Bar Gold Bracelet ($74), Tiny Infinity Bracelet ($81) or even the Trendsetter Stainless Steel Butterflies Bracelet ($85).

Activewear Flashdance Look Book

flashdance 1983

flashdance 1983 look book

You will be ready for dance practice in an American Apparel 50/50 Loose Crop Tank in Black ($16). Wear it with the Missguided Black Super High Leg Mix & Match Bikini Bottoms ($14). Or try a one piece such as the American Apparel Cotton Spandex Tank Bodysuit in Black ($26). Keep your legs at an ideal temperature using the American Apparel Long Legwarmers in Black ($16). Now all you need is someone to pour a bucket of water over you from the rafters while you lean backwards in a chair.

Flashdance Sexy Tuxedo Look Book

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flashdance 1983 sexy tuxedo

During the dinner scene where Alex seduces her old boss from the steel mill, she wears most of a men’s tuxedo. Tuxedo bibs are not as common anymore for some reason. But you could cut up a cheap men’s tuxedo shirt such as the H&M Tuxedo Shirt Slim Fit (On sale for $24.99). Pair it with a Hugo Boss Silk Bow Tie (On sale for $36). For the suit wear a River Island Tailored Tux Blazer ($119), plus the BCBGMAXAZRIA Marlena High-Waist Tuxedo Pants (On sale for $148.50).

Watch Flashdance (1983) online. And check out the soundtrack, which includes “What a Feeling” by Irene Cara, and “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Learn how to get the look from Overboard (1987) or the Chromeo “Juice” music video (2017).

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.