If you're interested in being a little unusual, Cyndi Lauper Halloween costumes are a good way to channel your inner rocker and unique style. It's a 1980s costume with its own special flair - Cyndi's and yours!
Looks of Cyndi Lauper Halloween Costumes
Cyndi Lauper is most famous for her funky, punkish, sexy look on the cover of her album She's So Unusual. She wears what looks like a 1950s reddish-pink sundress with a tight bodice and frilly, layered skirts over fishnet tights. Her hair is long, orange and frizzy on one side, and cut short and spiky on the other. She's bedecked in all sorts of jewelry, from plastic to sparkles, and she's just generally the picture of cool.
Cyndi Lauper has always been someone with her own style who's unafraid to wear whatever she likes. Her sensibility tends toward the punk, but often with a mix of vintage. At the height of her fame, Cyndi Lauper never wore the same thing twice. What distinguished her was her hair, her ecletic mix of jewelry, along with her fearlessness. Cyndi Lauper was very comfortable in her skin and that came across in her clothes.
So this opens you up to many possibilities when dressing up as the pop star. You can mix a 1950s style outfit, such as a majorette, with fishnets, bangles and the punk hair. Skirts can be longer or shorter, as you like, although Cyndi Lauper usually preferred knee-length skirts with a 1950s vibe - especially a net crinoline and scarf tied around the waist. The main thing is the hair, you don't have to shave your head on one side, but some sort of wild orange wig is definitely required.
Putting it Together
To really do a Cyndi Lauper Halloween costume right, you should do as she did and gather the pieces from thrift and vintage stores. For the most basic costume of tight-fitting top and layered skirts, this is very easy. It's even easier when you remember that nothing needs to match. You probably want to opt for colors that flatter you, but feel free to go a bit nuts. This is especially the case with the layers, where a blue and purple-netted petticoat is perfect under a red skirt.
In many ways, a Cyndi Lauper Halloween costume is very easy to create. You only need to find a 1950s dress of almost any look so long as the top is tight and the skirt full and then accessorize with an eye towards the punkish. Cheap plastic bangles, big sparkly earrings and lots of sparkly makeup gives you a true Cyndi Lauper look.
Choosing a Hairstyle
This can be the most challenging aspect of a Cyndi Lauper costume, because her hair was so iconic. The style made famous in the early 1980s was the asymmetrical orange hair, which is not a wig readily available in costume shops. If you want to have this hair, you'll have to find a red or orange wig and cut one side into the distinctive spikes.
Fortunately, Cyndi Lauper has had and continues to have a number of styles, so almost any bright, bold punk look will do. In recent years, she's opted for a very vibrant blonde, short cut that's only punk in color. But a quick search through various pictures of her will show that she's never been one to get into a rut with hair and so you can play accordingly.
While it's ultimately easier to buy a wig, you may find you prefer to play with your own hair to achieve a Cyndi Lauper look. If you or someone you know is a stylist, you might be able to trick a punk look without having to do any radical cutting. And you can buy hair color that sprays on and washes right out.
Again, it's about showing off the fearless pop punk within, so whatever you do, own it!