Dirty Dancing
Fancy Dress Costume

As far as 80s dance movies go, Dirty Dancing would be my absolute favourite. Actually, even as far as 80s movies in general go, this would still be in my top 5.

Mmmnn! Patrick Swayze's character, Johnny, was so hot! Who didn't love that raw chemistry and anticipation of a teenage crush on an older, sexy guy?

As suggested by Summer in the Dance Wear comments though, it will be interesting to see how we come up with costume ideas for a movie made in the 80s, about an era in the 60s.

Johnny & Baby photo from Dirty Dancing

This would actually be a good "couple's costume" with the two of you dressing up as Johnny and Baby. No doubt if you go to a fancy dress party as a couple, people will get who you are trying to portray more quickly, than if you were to dress as just one of the characters.

Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing

Baby and Johnny: How do you call your lover boy?


- Black singlet, also known as a wife beater or trucker's singlet. In Oz, you would probably use the Bonds brand.

- Black Dress Pants: The nicer the cut and higher the waist, the better.

- Black Dress Shoes.

Baby Frances Houseman:

- White long sleeve top, rolled up above the arms, and tied in front of the mid riff. You should be able to get away with a men's white long sleeve business shirt.

- Fitted denim shorts, rolled up above the knees. Hot tip: Buy a pair of fitted jeans. Cut them above the knee, and roll up. You can get these cheap at the local charity clothing store, and to make it even more authentic, they will have the older, high waisted jeans, too.

- White sand shoes.

How do you call your lover boy?

Johnny and Baby: The Final Dance Scene

Wait. First of all, if you haven't already done so, get some goosebumps and inspiration happening, and watch the final dance scene. Love it!

The final dance scene from Dirty Dancing.


- Black dress shirt, unbuttoned down to the chest and rolled short sleeves. (Bonus points if it's fitted)

- Black shiny belt

- Dress shoes

- Black leather jacket, if it's cold


- Light pink dress. Ideally with a sleeveless top part, and full swishy skirt, just below the knee.

- Silver, strappy heels

The dress below, is an example of how you may have to get a bit creative.


80s Tees have over 20 Dirty Dancing T Shirts for sale, including cult classics such as "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!" and "I carried a watermelon." with a picture of Baby holding a watermelon.

Look through all of the Dirty Dancing tees, here!

You know, I didn't realise, or even think that people would even think about it.. but there are couples out there practising the whole steps to the final dance scene in Dirty Dancing... and I think it's.. well.. brilliant!! (I am super jealous, cos there is no way my hubby would ever dream of doing such a thing!)

It seems mostly popular as the wedding dance. Not sure what you think, but I loved it!

Anyhoo, if you do a search on good 'ol youtube, you'll find them.

Here's a pretty good one that I found.

Wasn't it just fantastic? I lurrved it! *sigh*

The photo below is a wonderful Dirty Dancing costume of a couple dressed as Baby and Johnny, for Halloween. Fantastic! This photo was shared by the Dirty Dancing page on Facebook.

Johnny and Baby Costume for Halloween

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