Adam Ant created one of the most memorable and iconic style’s of the 80s when he dressed as a dandy highwayman in the video for his hit song Stand And Deliver. Indeed, Adam took new romanticism to a different level back in the 80s with both his clothing and music. The Adam Ant costumes featured here can be used to his dandy highwayman style.
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If you’ve been invited to a retro or 80s themed party then you will be, of course, instantly recognisable in an Adam Ant outfit. The one featured at the top of this page includes a rather fetching jacket with gold detailing, shirt, trousers, belt and a headband. Please note, as with many fancy dress costumes, some accessories need to be bought separately – the wig and boots are not included.
So to complete the look you’ll also need the Adam Ant wig. For a highwayman look you’ll also need an adult-sized Dick Turpin style tricorn hat. If you’re planning on asking anyone to “stand and deliver!” then you’ll also need an 18th century style pistol gun.
Cheapest Adam Ant Costume
Priced at £24.48, this outfit by Fun Shack is excellent value and includes the jacket, trousers, shirt, belt and headband. It also comes in three sizes; medium, large or extra large. However, customer feedback suggests you should order a size up, as the it is on the small side.
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You may prefer this deluxe costume which has a better quality hussar style jacket with a frilly sash. Obviously, it’s a little more expensive, but really looks the part.
Adam Ant Make-Up
So what about the make-up? You’ll need either red or white face paint, depending on which look you’re going for. To save on costs you could try delving into your girlfriend’s or Mum’s make-up bag. All you need are a couple of red stripes on each side of your face which you can achieve with lipstick (you can do your lips as well if you’re brave enough!) and maybe some eyeliner, too.
In the Stand And Deliver video Adam wore only the white stripe across his nose and cheeks, so avoid the red stripes if this is the look you’re creating.
So, that leaves us with the boots. For fancy dress purposes then you could wear just a normal pair of boots you may have lying around. However, if you want to look authentic then you should opt for boot covers.
A search for Pirate Boots brings up some cost-effective and interesting options. The cheapest option is to buy faux gold buckles which you can simply attach to a normal pair of shoes or boots. This is a great idea and will save a lot time and money trying to find a real pair of boots
Your Adam Ant costume is complete. Have fun!
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