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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Retro Rentaghost T-shirts

Rentaghost logo black T-shirt for men
Rentaghost T-shirts at Amazon.co.uk
Searching for an uber cool T-shirt theme idea that no one else has thought of can be a daunting task. A retro tee is always a pretty cool choice (well, almost always!), but even more so when it manages to turn heads.

A Rentaghost T-shirt is certainly a unique and geeky choice, and geek fashion is certainly very chic right now, particularly if it's purely British. Only if you're of a certain age will you remember Rentaghost, which was a pretty zany kids comedy series which aired on BBC1 during the late 1970s and into the first half of the 80s.

The logo has many similarities to the Ghostbusters design, except it was created long before the Ghostbusters movie was first shown in 1984. However, while the film's plot revolved around extinguishing ghosts, Rentaghost, of course, was about hiring them out!

The first design on the page features the logo with a reverse print effect, with the ghost being white and the text being black, whereas, the original logo featured a clear ghost with a white outline and white text. The new design certainly stands out more and the shirt itself comes in a range of colours with sizes up to XXXXXL. A T-shirt for women is also available in  a range of colours with sizes up to 20.

The T-shirt is, of course, ideal for Halloween and certainly a more geeky and original choice than a Ghostbusters design. However, there are a couple more Rentaghost designs available, the first of which looks very much like the original logo.


Authentic Rentaghost Logo T-shirt for women
Rentaghost T-shirt for Women
This design by Cultzilla looks much more like the original and is, therefore, is more authentic, although none of the T-shirts are actually official. The women's Tee comes in sizes 8-16 and a Mens T-shirt is also available for sizes up to XXL.

This 100% pre-shrunk cotton T-shirt is available from Sherbert Dip at Amazon UK in sizes up to XXXXL. The ladies T-shirt is available for sizes 8 to 16.

Timothy Claypole Rentaghost Jester T-shirt
Timothy Claypole T-shirt
I managed to find this design featuring the disobedient jester Timothy Claypole, who became the most prominent and best-loved character in the series. This one was available on ebay.

There is also a range of Rentaghost T-shirts at Redbubble.com and each design can also be printed on a full range of other items, including hoodies, bags and mugs.



You can read more about Rentaghost and watch video clips at my website simplyeighties.com.

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Can You Resist this Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag?


Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag Collage

Whether you're looking for a quirky, fun handbag, or an extra accessory to add to your 80s fancy dress party costume, this quirky Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag should fit the bill. It's made from high quality PU leather and features two inner pockets. It is, of course, designed to look like the best-selling puzzle of all-time, the Rubik's Cube, which first became popular back in the 1980s - I could never solve the darn thing and resorted to peeling off the stickers and placing them in the right order!

This handbag is certainly a head-turner and a great talking point, being ideal for both teens and adults, and once your friends (or work colleagues) see you sporting this bag, they'll all want one, that's for sure! I certainly know one young lady who would be very happy to receive this bag as a present as it's just such a cool retro idea - that's one idea added to the Christmas gifts list, at least.


Rubik's Cube Handbag close-up

You can view a full range of 80s themed bags at our website 80sFancyCostumes.co.uk.

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80s Fair Isle Jumpers and Cardigans

1980s chunky knit fair isle sweater
An original 1980s Chunky Knit Fair Isle Sweater
If you remember being forced to wear a mock Fair Isle jumper that your gran had knitted for you as a child, then you're certainly not alone! My gran tended to knit loose, and my pullovers always used to be way too big for me. "Don't worry, child, you'll soon grow into it" was a phrase that was frequently used. By the time I had finally grown into it, the sweater was no longer fit for purpose!

Fair Isle is actually an island which is situated within the Shetland Islands in bonnie Scotland. Fair Isle knitting first became popular when the Prince of Wales wore a tank top in public during 1921. These days, the term is used to describe the patterning, and, I suspect, that most Fair Isle style clothing is now manufactured in the far east, and not the genuine article.

Zig zags, diamond shapes, star-like flower heads, lines and dots generally made-up the patterns we all grew up with, However, at Christmas time the patterns were given a rather unpleasant Nordic-style, festive makeover. Unbelievably, those ghastly Christmas jumpers with reindeer and snowmen (that you wouldn't be seen dead in during the 1980s) are actually trendy again, and the more ghastly the look, the more people seem to like them. It's all quite bizarre to me!

Fair Isle has been very fashionable again in recent years, and that gives me the perfect excuse to wear a cardigan - you can't beat a good, old-fashioned cardigan for comfort and practicality - and now I can be en vogue, too!



Fair Isle Jumpers
Matching Fair Isle Jumpers for him and her
Nordic Fair Isle Red Christmas Cardigan
Nordic style Fair Isle Christmas Cardigan

The Starsky Cardigan

One of the most infamous cardigans was the one worn by Paul Michael Glaser wore in the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Finding an exact replica is likely to be an impossible task, but there are cream fair isle cardigans available that have a similar feel. Besides, can anyone really remember the exact patterning anyway?

Starsky wearing a cream cardigan
The original Starsky & Hutch

Starsky Cardigan Costume
Starsky Cardigan Costume
I found this cardigan at Amazon which is designed to be used as a costume, rather than to be worn as casual wear. Now, it's certainly not cheap, but if you've always wanted to dress like Starsky, then now's your chance!

The cardigan is also available at Amazon's US store.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Vyvyan Basterd Young Ones Punk Costume

Vyvyan Basterd Fancy Dress Costume
Vyvyan Basterd Punk Costume
Ready-Made Vyvyan Basterd Costume

Out of all the 80s costumes available, there's nothing that provides quite as much fun as a punk costume. Punk fashion was created as an anti-establishment and anti-materialistic statement, and this gives you the freedom to go crazy with your look. You can rip your clothes, add safety pins, belts and chains and generally go wild!

There were too many different punk styles to feature here in one blog post, but we can have fun recreating a very memorable one, at least.

If you're feeling too lazy to create a fancy dress costume from scratch, you can opt for a ready-made one instead. The one featured here is representing my favourite character from The Young Ones comedy series,Vyvyan Basterd who was, of course, played brilliantly by Ade Edmondson. The outfit includes a denim-look waistcoat, T-shirt, wig with orange hair and bracelets for your wrists. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the trousers, but you can always add a pair of old denim jeans and add a few extra rips to them. 

The costume is missing the chain and padlock that Vyvyan wore around his neck, but you should be able to find a small one in a pound store or DIY store.

Create Your Own Vyvyan Basterd Costume

Creating your own outfit will enable you to make your look more unique, therefore, reducing to chances of someone else turning up at the 80s fancy dress party/event in exactly the same costume.

Denim Waistcoat

Low Cost Denim Waistcoat by Zicac
Denim Waistcoat for Men
This waistcoat is excellent value and the ratings are pretty positive on Amazon. Reviews suggest it is on the small side, so I would order a size up on your normal size. Vyvyan never used the buttons anyway, so you won't need to button it up, thankfully.

By adding some punk-themed button badges to the waistcoat you can easily create your own 80s punk style, and there are oodles of them at Amazon.

Motorhead T-shirt

Vyvyan could sometimes be seen wearing a Motorhead Everything Louder Than Everyone Else album art T-shirt. This official tee is highly rated by customers and very reasonably priced.


Motorhead Everything Louder Than Everyone Else T-shirt
Official Motorhead Everything Louder T-shirt
Saxon First Album T-shirt

The anarchic punk also wore a Saxon debut album art T-shirt in at least two episodes, and he appeared to wear kit whenever he threw a party, as in the episode Interesting. Finding a first album T-shirt has been more difficult than anticipated, but there are a couple of sellers on ebay selling brand new shirts, as I write.


Saxon First Album T-shirt
Saxon First Album T-shirt at ebay
Scumbag College T-shirt

A fun, alternative idea would be to wear a T-shirt representing the classic episode where the Young Ones went on University Challenge as Scumbag College.



Vyvyan Basterd Wig

A wig comes with the ready-made costume, but if you're creating your own then I'm afraid there is no official wig available.

However, this orange spiky punk wig is close his hair style and pretty low cost for a wig.

Spiky Orange Punk Wig
Orange Punk Wig
That's just about it - you're ready to party!

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80s fancy dress ideas for men at simplyeighties.com


Friday, 23 February 2018

Create a Distinctive 80s Look using Triangles

Collage of 80s clothing featuring triangles

Type "80s triangles" into Google and you'll be bombarded with a huge range of artistic backgrounds and clothing. Geometric shapes including triangles were frequently used by graphic designers in the 80s, and they have become more recently associated with synthwave and retrowave music, which has a strong 80s vibe.

For this post, I'm going to concentrate on creating an 80s costume using triangles.

Firstly, I would suggest going over to Redbubble (who ship globally) and doing a search for 80s Triangles which will present you with a wide range of just about everything from T-shirts to mugs. Click on any product and scroll down the page, and you will see a link to the full range of products with that design. And that's what's great about this site. Every design is available on multiple products.

You can also do the same at Etsy where you find much inspiration, and they have a particularly good range of triangular earrings.


This Triangular Made in the 80s design looks awesome and is available on 57 products at Redbubble.


The design above by Holly Bender is available on 59 products at Redbubble, and the clothing items are ideal for creating a unique costume. By the way, all designs at Redbubble are created by independent artists.


This awesome design by OlaHolaHola on Redbubble is available on 38 products. It has a similar feel to the first design, but obviously with a much lighter background. The dresses and T-shirt are ideal for wearing to festivals or an 80s themed fancy dress party.

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Now, here are a couple of Triangles T-shirts that I discovered at Amazon UK. They're available in a full range of sizes, highly rated by customers, low cost and perfectly 80s!


80s Triangles and Squares Jewellery Set
Triangles and Squares Jewellery Set
This jewellery set at Amazon UK includes a necklace and matching earrings which feature neon green and pink triangles and squares.

The following items can be bought at Amazon.com in the U.S. Sadly, they're not available at the UK store.



These earrings at Etsy are irresistible and will really add the finishing touch to any 80s costume.

Well, I hope I've given you some inspiration for creating a unique look. You may also be interested in the following links;

80s Fancy Dress Ideas for the UK at 80sfancydress.net

80s Fancy Dress Ideas for the US at 80sfashion.clothing