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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Big and Bold Hair Styles - Pictures from the 80s

This is an updated post that is from our old blog and I've added some new photos featuring even more amazing hairstyles.

Having massive hair was essential if you wanted to be at the forefront of 1980s fashion, For this post, I bring you another selection of original images from the great decade featuring big, bold and crazy hair styles.

Poison 80s Glam Metal Band
80s Glam Metal band Poison - Fair Use image from Wikipedia
This is one of the most awesome band photos from the 1980s. Flashy clothes, make-up and long, bushy peroxide hair and there's even a headband. It's just perfectly 80s.

Mike Score Hair
A Flock of Seagulls
Mike Score wore one of the most bizarre, but also iconic hairstyles of the 80s, which I'm pretty sure Keith Flint was influenced by for his own iconic 90s Firestarter style. Not only was this style difficult to maintain, but crossing the road must have been bloody dangerous! Of course, Score is not the only pop star to have swept his hair over one eye. The Human League's frontman Phil Oakey was also at it in the early 1980s, and singer Gabriel copied the style in the 90s to cover up a drooping eyelid, and she still wears the style, apparently. You may remember that she also wore a Pete Burns style eyepatch.

Let's take a look at some more pictures straight out of the 80s...

Crazy 1989 hair!

80s High School Photo
80s High School Photo. Two styles in one -
Having the top of your hair shorter than the sides is
never a good look!

Original 80s hairstyle with bold make-up
Big 80s hair with shiny PVC - so very 80s!
80s hairstyle 35
Another voluminous style - lots of lacquer required!
Page 027 - Wedge
80s Wedge style - she looks pleased with it.
80s Hairstyle 194
Ah yes, the side ponytail.
Rosie Vela 3
Spiral Perm
Women's Eighties Hair Style
Cheer up, love, it's the 80s!
Really Bad 80s Hairstyle 3
I told you not to stick your finger in that socket!
80s hairstyle 130
You know your hair is bad when it looked better before the makeover!
Bleached 80s Hair Style
Addicted to peroxide
80s Power Dressing Hair Style
Lady Diana style
Female Mullet Hair
Female mullet
Bad 80s Hair in 1989
Oh dear!
Hi-top fade: A New Jack Swing vintage style:  BRYAN O'QUINN
A New Jack Swing hair style, apparently.

My 80's Hair Hero: Daryl Hall
Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Dynasty 1980s Puffed Sleeves Costume

Dynasty Krystie Carrington Costume
Dynasty Puff Sleeve Costume (U.S.)

Now, this is 80s fashion at its finest! Many ladies of a certain age will remember diving head-first into the world of power-dressing back in the 1980s. Of course, there were disastrous consequences for many, but certain ladies in the public eye (Princess Diana springs to mind) certainly embraced the fad with style.

The arrival of the soap Dynasty fuelled the desire for shoulder pads and puffed sleeves. The first season of the series experienced poor ratings, but the arrival of Joan Collins as Blake's devious ex-wife Alexis Carrington helped to propel the show to the No.1 spot in the TV ratings.

The costume above is ideal for creating a Dynasty, Krystie Carrington (Linda Evans) or general 80s power-dressing look. As I write, the costume is not currently available at the UK Amazon, but it is certainly available to buy at Amazon.com. However, I can highly recommend Angels Fancy Dress who have been in business for 175 years. You may also like to try ebay if you want the very best price, and a lot of leading fancy dress suppliers are selling their wares on the site these days.

By the way, the outfit includes the pink top with puffed sleeves and the black pencil skirt. Please note that the wig is not included.

80s Soap Star Wig (US)

This is the official wig for the costume, although it is not cheap and you may want to try the alternatives below instead.

Another alternative to the costume above is an actual puff sleeves dress from the 80s. You will find quite a wide range of vintage dresses at Etsy which will allow you to create a really authentic look.
80s Sprayed Wig

If you have plenty of hair, then you can try to recreate an 80s style by back brushing/combing and puffing it upwards using a hair dryer and then lots of hair spray. The style above gives you an idea of how it should look.

80s Crimp Wig Ladies
80s Quiff and Crimp Wig (US)

Buy in the UK
If you want to add a fun element to your 80s fashion costume then this wig will certainly do that! It combines two popular 80s styles and has been highly rated by customers. This wig is also a popular seller through my website simplyeighties.com. The quiff certainly has an 80s power-dressing feel to it.

Ladies Big Hair Wig for 80s dress-up
Big Hair Wig (US)

This wig certainly looks very 80s and has that big, lion's mane look and highlight streaks which is perfect for power dressing.

You can read more about shoulder pads and power dressing at my website.

You can also gain inspiration from many more 80s costume ideas using the following links;

80s Costume Ideas for Women UK

80s  Costume Ideas for Women US

Friday, 7 April 2017

Eye-catching 80s Party Invitations

Totally 80s Party Invitations x 8

Picture the scene. You've spent a lot of time and money on making your 80s party/event the best in town, but then you send out a bland, poorly designed invite to your guests. Worse still, you forget to send out any invitations at all!

You'd be amazed at the number of poor quality invites I've received over the years. From the off, they give a very bad impression of your party, and if you can't be bothered to send out a decent invite, then chances are that your guests just won't bother turning up.

In this post, I'm going to show you where to find eye-catching invites that your with really grab everyone's attention, ensuring that people will want to go to your party.

Quite possibly, the best online range of invites in a digital format can be found at Etsy, and they deliver worldwide - just change your currency at the bottom of their website. Most of these can be downloaded digitally. You can then print as many as you need using your own printer.

Above are just four examples of the hundreds of designs available. Whatever 80s style you're looking for, you're likely to find it at Etsy.

If you prefer a more traditional, ready-printed set of invites then try Amazon. However, the range of designs is very limited compared to Etsy. Firstly, here are the designs I discovered at Amazon.com (US). Some different designs are available at the UK site.

80s Party Invites at Amazon.com

80s Party Invites at Amazon.co.uk

I particularly like the "Let's Party" invites which certainly grab your attention! For quirkiness, the pink zebra stripes are a winner.

The biggest range of printed 80s invitations can be found at Zazzle. They are priced individually and have just about every design you can think of. Although more expensive than buying a multi-pack from Amazon, you receive a more unique design that you can really impress your guests with.

Below are just a few of my favourite designs available at zazzle.co.uk. However, you can order from across the globe by changing your currency on the site.

Well, I hope I have helped you find some decent sources for 80s party invites. May I wish you every success with your party.

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