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24 September 2014
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Pepsi & Shirley

Best to pull off this look with a friend as no one is likely to remember one half of Pepsi & Shirley. The girls started their careers as Wham!'s backing singers. At the outset, it was Shirley and Dee C. Lee but Dee ran off to marry Paul Weller and was replaced by Pepsi (so called because she was bubbly, apparently and not because of some multi-million soft drink tie-in).

The puffball skirt was all the rage in the '80s, and was essentially a skirt that had been doubled over at the hem to give a puffball appearance. (Invented by Christian LaCroix fact fans). It was a look also favoured occasionally by Bananarama who customised it for a more street-tough effect with leg-ins and Dr. Martens. Here though Peps and Shirl carry off the carefree, girls-next door look with knee high socks and ankle boots - a look that would eventually attract Shirl's future hubby, Spandau and Eastenders favourite, Martin Kemp). Most high street shops should still stock a version of the puffball or its cousin, the Ra-Ra skirt. Failing that, if you’re handy with a needle, how about customising an old ballgown of mum’s that’s gathering dust in the attic? Remember though, like the real Pepsi and Shirley, you’re expected to be bright, effervescent and ultimately superfluous to requirements so don’t feel bad if, after putting in a sterling social performance at the party, people tend to ignore you. (Things went rapidly downhill after 1987 debut single, Heartache you see.)

A great party look but expect to spend much of the time telling guests: "We were in Wham! The backing singers? You must remember!".
Oh that's pretty dear. Do you think the shop has one in my size?

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David Bowie
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Lopsided haircuts for the boys and shocking eye makeup for the girls.
Michael Jackson
Shamone! How to achieve this look without cutting of your nose.
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MC Hammer
This man certainly had a distinctive look. Whether you want to copy it is up to you!
Pepsi & Shirley
Puffball skirts, pettycoats and knee-high socks.
Shakin Stevens
Comb up that quiff, put on the crepe-souled shoes and don a pink jacket.
Whether you wanna be Dave Hill or Noddy Holder, you'll look crazee like this.
Spandau Ballet
To cut a long story short, this smoothie style has got to be gold.
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Spice Girls
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Even if you don't want to adopt the Wham! look, the pictures are worth a laugh.

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