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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Side Ponytail in the 80s

Girl with side ponytail and 80s off one shoulder shirt

Let's face it, you couldn't go anyplace in the 80s without spotting a young lady with a side ponytail. Despite the fact that they weren't adored by everybody, the individuals who loved this style wore it with great confidence. They were worn with those very loose-fitting eighties garments that made this period genuinely one of a kind. Curiously large shirts, plastic bangles and over-sizes earrings made you ultra trendy, toss in a side ponytail and you were totally 80s.

Cyndi Lauper 80s Hair

As this photo of Cyndi Lauper illustrates, there was a fine line between having a proper side ponytail and wearing your hair to one side - the latter was also a popular 80s hair style, with both men and women.

In the 1980's, big pop stars like Debbie Gibson, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper wore a side pony tail, and that implied it was alright for you to have one. These were the most sizzling stars around, and if they had a specific haircut, so did a huge number of their fans everywhere throughout the world.

Girl with side ponytail on the cover of Just Seventeen Jan 1986
Just Seventeen Cover Jan 1986
This ponytail is just weird, and it looks like it was created in the dark!

80s hairstyle 14
Now that's what I call an 80s side ponytail!
There was nothing subtle about a side ponytail in the 80s. Many girls looked like they had literally walked into a field and ripped off a ponies tail and stuck it onto the side of their head! Only confident females wore them, and you certainly didn't want to mess with a girl who had one.

I remember that some were even worn with a headband, and some ladies also crimped their hair - crimping was another big fashion pastime in the 1980s.

Rainbow Brite cartoon character
Rainbow Brite
But there seemed to be a strong fashion connection with ponies and rainbows during the 80s. Remember the My Little Pony toys? There was also Rainbow Brite which was introduced by Hallmark Cards in 1983. You may remember the cartoon series which quickly followed in 1984 and the 1985 movie Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. Yes, even this cartoon character had a side ponytail.

Girl with side ponytail and 80s clothes
Fishnet Top with Beads at Amazon UK
I hope this image will give you some inspiration on what to wear with a side ponytail, should you be invited to an 80s themed event. The fishnet/mesh top worn over a black bra or crop top is a look created by Madonna in 1983.


These photos show Madonna in 1985. Note the religious rosemary beads necklaces.

You may also be interested in;

80s Hair Styles at Simplyeighties.com

Crimped and Spiral Perm Hair in the 80s



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Women's I Love the 80s Costume

Off-the-shoulder 1980s T-shirt for Women
Off-Shoulder 80s T-shirt (UK)

For this post, I'm going to show you how to quickly put together two "I Loveheart The 80s" costumes, the first of which this lovely lady is wearing above. Firstly, you can buy that off-the-shoulder T-shirt Amazon (see the links above). However, I can also recommend trying ebay where there are dozens of top suppliers selling a variety of off-shoulder 80s Tees.

I Loveheart the 80's off-shoulder T-shirt for ladies
I Loveheart the 80's logo black tee at ebay
Please note that I have not linked directly to individual products on ebay as they are only sold for a limited period. However, I have linked to a whole section featuring off-shoulder "I love the 80s" shirts and, hopefully, the design above should appear within those pages.


Below are tees I found at Amazon.com and .co.uk.

I Love The 80s Shirt, Black, Adult -I Love the 80s T-Shirt Costume - StandardI Love the 80's Disco T-Shirt, Black/Multi, L/XLAifer Women's Sexy Lips Print Off Shoulder Short

Ladies I Love 80s T-shirt Womens Pop StarI Love The 80s Retro Pop Star TI LOVE THE 80s Ladies Drawstring Top (16)I LOVE THE 80s Ladies T-Shirt & Accessories


80s T-shirts Theme Ideas at Simplyeighties.com (UK)

Popular 80s T-shirts at Simplyeighties.com (UK)

80s T-shirt Ideas at SimplyEighties.com (US)

80s T-shirt Ideas at 80sFashion.Clothing (US)

Ready-To-Go Costumes

Creating your own costume is a lot of fun and, as you will see, you can choose from a wide variety of accessories. However, for those of you looking for a quick and easy solution, then you'll be pleased to know that there are ready-made options available. The following items are available at Amazon UK, with the first two being the most popular and best-rated. We sell many of these through links on our website at simplyeighties.com.

Sadly, none of these items are available at the US store, as yet. I have also checked ebay and other costume stores, but to no avail. However, there are plenty of T-shirts and accessories available, so scroll down for details of these.
I Love the 80s Ladies Tutu Top PartyI Love 80s Ladies Fancy Dress Outfit CompleteLADIES NEON 80S TSHIRT FANCY DRESS WITH TUTUI LOVE THE 80s Ladies Outfit (Vest) (12)I LOVE THE 80s Ladies T-Shirt & AccessoriesLadies I Love 80s T-shirt Tutu Skirt ShortI LOVE THE 80s Ladies Outfit - FancyI LOVE THE 80s Ladies Outfit (T-Shirt) (16)

Accessories
Pink 80s Hair Bow on a Head Band
Pink 80s Hair Bow on a headband (UK)

80s Girl - pink hair bow with neon orange earrings and bangles
Pink Hair Bow (US)
This pink hair bow is attached to on an easy-to-wear, elasticated headband, and can be placed onto a wig or your own hair. It's perfect for adding the finishing touch to many 80s costumes. As you can see, earrings and bangles are also essential for creating a more authentic and complete eighties look, and don't be afraid to use clashing colours which were all the rage at the time.

Neon Orange Heart Drop Earrings
See All Neon 80s Earrings (UK)

There are many 80s style earrings available in different shapes and colours including teardrop, hoop, heart-shaped and geometric. One of my favourite designs is the heartdrop shape above.

Neon Pink Bracelets for 80s costume
The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the model is also wearing bangles, too.


multi-coloured neon beaded bracelets for 80s fancy dress
Neon Beaded Multi-coloured Bracelets (set of four)
Neon Bracelets and Belts

This set of beaded bracelets in four different colours is a good buy and just perfect for adding to an 80s costume.

These accessory sets are very convenient for adding the finishing touch to your costume.
A-Express® Neon UV Legwarmer Gloves Beads Gummies ForNEON PARTY 80S EARRINGS 4 PACK NEON NECKLACEREDSTAR FANCY DRESS® Neon 1980s Party Outfit -Neon Pink Retro 80's Head & Wrist Sweatband

Dreamdanceworks 80s Fancy Costume Set - TUTU &Neon Purple Lightning Bolt EarringsForum Women's Neon Earrings and Necklace Set, Multi,Lot Of 12 Assorted Neon Beaded Necklaces

Leggings

You could just wear some plain leggings that you already own and add colourful accessories such as leg warmers and even a tutu or ra-ra skirt.

80s Leggings at Amazon.com (US)

80s Leggings at Amazon.co.uk (UK)

Here are some examples of the most popular items at both store. Shiny (Wet-look), cropped (capri), paint splatter, pastel, neon and geometric shapes such as triangles are perfectly 80s.

HDE Women's Shiny Leggings Metallic Wet Look Stretch Pants Clubwear (Hot Pink, XX-Large)Lush Moda Seamless Capri Length Basic Cropped Leggings - Variety of Colors - Black OSToBeInStyle Women's Footless Elastic Leggings - One Size - Neon GreenExtreme 80's Splatter Leggings Small Women's

Neon Black 80's Triangles Leggings (Medium)ToBeInStyle Women's Footless Elastic Leggings - One Size - Neon GreenHDE Women's Shiny Leggings Metallic Wet Look Stretch Pants Clubwear (Hot Pink, XX-Large)Lush Moda Seamless Capri Length Basic Cropped Leggings - Variety of Colors - Black OS


For a range of very quirky 80s designs I recommend Redbubble.com (they ship worldwide) where you can support independent artists. Here are a couple of examples;



View all 80s Leggings at Redbubble.com this link will display some non-80s leggings, but browse through them and you'll discover some exceptional designs.

80s Leggings Ideas at simplyeighties.com

If you're in the US, there is an awesome range of 80s Leggings ideas at 80sFashion.clothing

Leg Warmers

Stirrup Leg Warmers by Roch Valley Dancewear
Stirrup Leg Warmers by Roch Valley Dancewear
Leg warmers are the key to giving your outfit a real 80s feel. There are many pages of styles to choose from at Amazon and your biggest headache will be deciding which ones to choose. For an easy option go with pastel or neon pink. Stripes were also a popular choice back in the day. For a dance style (as worn in the movies Fame and Flashdance) stirrup leg wamers (as shown above and available in many colours) are an ideal choice.

Buy 80 Leg Warmers at Amazon.co.uk

Buy 80s Leg Warmers at Amazon.com

Striped, Knitted Leg Warmers by Trendy Fashion
Striped, Knitted Leg Warmers by Trendy Fashion (UK)
Costume 2

80s Tutu Costume for Women
80s Tutu Costume
Here is an alternative to the first costume we have created. Simply replace the leggings with a multi-tiered tutu skirt, or wear it over your leggings. You can create a Madonna style by wearing cropped leggings with lace edging.

By far, the biggest range of 80s skirts can be found at Amazon. The UK store has a particularly decent range.

80s Skirts at Amazon UK

80s Skirts at Amazon.com

Please be aware that many of these skirts are quite see-through and designed to be worn with tights or leggings.




You can also see a wide range of 80s fancy dress costume ideas for the UK at SimplyEighties.com.

Also check out the US Store at Simplyeighties.com and also 80sFashion.Clothing for US costume ideas.


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