Pop stars and actresses were responsible for starting the craze. Olivia Newton-John started a headband fad after the release of here raunchy Physical video in 1981, and the song quickly became an aerobics anthem. Here in Great Britain, no home was without a Jane Fonda workout video in the living room.
However, contrary to popular belief, not everyone was wearing neon. Take a look back at the old workout videos and you'll see a whole range of colours and styles being worn. Some leotards were shiny, some had stripes and others were pastel. Zebra and leopard print and splatter paint designs were also worn by some. There were often (but not always) accompanied by a big belt around the waist, leggings, legwarmers and a headband. The aternative to the leotard was a sports bra and dance shorts.
Creating an 80s Style Aerobics Costume
You'll be pleased to know that there are no strict rules. I would suggest that the most important items are legwarmers and a headband if you want that 1980s look. You'll see many pictures on the web of young people trying to imitate the era by wearing bright neon colours. However, check out genuine photos and video footage from the 80s and you'll see that neon wasn't the only choice. Pastel pink and grey were a popular combination, as was purple and pink. Jane Fonda sometimes wore neon yellow or turquoise, but she also wore a red and white or red and black stripy leotard with plain black tights and plain, non-neon leggings. More often than not she wore a big belt around her waist, too, although she never went for the headband.
|Jane Fonda Workout Video (1988)|
|Leopard Print Leotard from £5.99|
|Leopard Print Leggings|
|Jane Fonda Workout Video (1982)|
|Pamela Mann Footless Tights|
In this old 80s video cover Jane is wearing a pink and white striped leotard with a white belt and pastel pink legwarmers. Once again, trying to find a similar leotard has proved to be impossible, although the accessories are easily available. However, this yellow and black bodysuit would look very 80s with a big belt and leg warmers.
|Striped Jane Fonda Style Leotard|
|Big 80s Style Belt (choice of colours)|
|Neon Yellow Belt|
|Paint Splatter Leggings|
|Grafitti/Leopard Print Leggings|
Sports Bras and Crop Tops
|Zebra Print Sports Bra by Pizzazz|
Create A Low-Cost Flashdance Costume
I've hand-picked the following items which would be ideal for an 80s fitness outfit. Firstly, one of the easiest ways to create an eighties look is to simply purchase a plain leotard and add some accessories. Just about any bright colour goes well with black, and it's also less see-through, too.
|Plain, Stretchy Leotard (choice of colours) £4.90|
|Long sleeve, loose fit crop top|
More 80s inspired leotards/bodysuits
|Neon Animal Print Leotard|
|Neon Pink Cheetah Print Bodysuit|
You can find more 80s Fitness Clothing Ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com. You may also want to read the post 80s Workout and Dance Clothes on this blog for more inspiration.