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Monday, 31 October 2016

80s Funk Punk Costume for Women

Skulls and Funk Punk 80s Costume for Women
Skulls and Funk 80s Punk Halloween Costume (U.S)

This eye-catching and versatile Skulls and Funk Punk Costume covers a lot of genres and could be used for 1980s fashion dress-up, as well as for punk, rock and Halloween styles. The costume includes a green and black dress with printed skull and cross bones with attached layered skirt giving an 80s fashion look. Although the size is listed as a 14, some reviews suggest that the skirt is a little short. However, you could get around this by simply adding some black leggings, further enhancing the 80s vibe. 



 


As some reviews also suggest that the costume runs small, you may prefer to order the Plus Size version to play safe.

Plus Size 80s Punk Skulls Costume for Ladies


You may wish to add the green wig to create a more complete and impressive look.

Green Spiky Punk Halloween Wig
Green Twist of Lime Wig

Alternative Costume Ideas

The 80s Pop Party costume for ladies includes a dress (splatter paint top with attached layered skirt with animal print waist band), Fishnet Glovettes and Lace Hair Accessory. Add leggings and jelly bracelets to complete your look.

Plus Size 80s Pop Party Costume for Women
Plus Size Pop Party Costume

Standard Size Pop Party Costume



If you're from the UK then you may also want to view the 80s Punk Costumes for Ladies page at our website simplyeighties.com.

Also recommended:

80s costume ideas for ladies (U.S.)

80s costume ideas for ladies (UK)

Related posts on this blog;

How to Create an 80s Punk Costume


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Don't You Forget About Me T-shirts

Don't You Forget About Me T-shirt for Ladies - 11 colours
Ladies Crewneck 80s T-shirt - 11 Colours

For this post I'm going to transport you back to 1985. There are too many memorable moments from this glorious year to feature in one blog post, so I'm going to focus on just two of them.

Firstly, Simple Minds were enjoying success in the music charts with their best-known hit Don't You Forget About Me. This song, of course, featured on the soundtrack to the classic John Hughes teen drama The Breakfast Club, and was played in the opening and closing credits.

You can celebrate both the film and the song (two golden moments in time!) with one of several T-shirt designs. You can't fail to have noticed the first one here at the top of this post. It has an azalea pink colour, but there are another ten to choose from so there's something for everyone. The tee is available in sizes from 8 to 16 and the supplier states that it is usually despatched the next day by first class post.

View all Don't You Forget About Me T-shirts at;

Amazon.com (United States)

Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom)

Redbubble.com (Worldwide)

If you would like a unique design created by independent artists, then I can recommend Redbubble. Their designs are not available anywhere else, and all designs can be printed on a full range of tops (V neck, tank top, sweatshirt etc.) and come in a wide range of colours for both men and women.

Okay, let's take a look at some more of the designs available...

Don't You Forget About Me Simple Minds 80s T-shirt - 10 colours
Men's Simple Minds T-shirt - 10 Colours (UK)
Gents will be pleased to know that there is also a T-shirt avaiable for them in 10 colours - the pink choice has been omitted as I can't imagine there being much demand for it!

Now, I really like the design, but if it's not for you then how about one of these tank tops;

Women's "Don't You Forget About Me" 80s Tank Top
Don't You Forget About Me Vest Top Ladies
This 80s-inspired top features the title of the Simple Minds song written in a Flashdance style font. It's an unusual combination, but makes this top ideal for an 80s workout look. It is also well-suited to wearing to at an 80s festival such as 80 Rewind and for fancy dress. Unfortunately, this one isn't available in the U.S. - sorry!

Black Don't Your Forget About Me John Bender T-shirt
Fist Pump Tee for Men or Women at Amazon.com
This T-shirt by Amazing Designs  is available for both men and women in five colours and a range of sizes, and it's one of the best value shirts I've seen.

Breakfast Club Don't You Forget About Me T-shirt
Breakfast Club Characters T-shirt
This is my favourite design, and features the five Breakfast Club characters with the separate words printed onto each one. It's a clever idea and this tee is available from just £14.99 in the UK and $24.80 in the U.S. at Redbubble. These prices are subject to change, of course.

Men's Simple Minds Vest Top
You may also be interested in the classic style Simple Minds T-shirt which is very similar to the one I used to wear back in the day.

Classic Simple Minds 80s T-shirt - Black
Men's Classic Simple Minds T-shirt
This T-shirt is available in sizes from small to XXXXXL which just about covers everyone I think! Black is the only colour choice, but there were only ever black or white tees at the concerts I used to go to, so it's an authentic choice.

View Simple Minds T-shirts at Amazon.com

Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald Breakfast Club T-shirt
See More Breakfast Club T-shirts (UK)
The link above will take you to a range of Breakfast Club T-shirts for both men and women at Amazon UK, which, hopefully, includes the one featured which displays Judd Nelson as John Bender and Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish - a rebel and a princess indeed!

All Breakfast Club T-shirts (U.S.)

By the way, you can watch the video for Don't You Forget About Me at my website where there are also pictures of the the Breakfast Club soundtrack album front sleeve and the Simple Minds single sleeve.

If you're from the UK, then I can also recommend visiting the 80s Rock and Pop Band T-shirts page at my website SimplyEighties.com for an A-Z of ideas.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Ideas for 80s Party Decorations

80s Hanging String Decorations
80s Hanging String Decorations (UK)



Blank Audio Cassette Tape
Use old cassettes to decorate a room
If you want to host an 80s-themed party and you need ideas on how to decorate a room, then you've come to the right place! I hope to give you a little inspiration in this post, so read on and I'll reveal some ideas that should get you started, at least.

Further down, I'll take a look at some terrific items that you can purchase to give a room an instant eighties look. But let me start with a free way to decorate your room with items you already own. If you have any old cassettes or video tapes (blank or commercial) then why not place them in small stacks in different areas of the room? You can also do the same with old toys, too. So, if you have an old Rubik's cube or Etch-A-Sketch then dig it out now. Your guests can also play with them, too!



Cassette Decorations

I have a friend who stuck some old cassette tapes onto a square vase and filled it with flowers. It looked really effective. Simply stick on with Blu-tack or self-adhesive strips which, unlike glue, won't leave a mess or damage your vase or tapes.

By the way, you can actually still buy blank cassette tapes from Amazon, believe it or not, so if you don't have any to hand then you still have this option open to you.

You could even create your own hanging cassette decorations.

Retro Cassette Tape Bunting for an 80s Party
Cassette Tape Bunting by 80s Material Girl
This low-cost cassette tape bunting features authentic cassette designs that look just like the brands I used to buy back in the 80s such as Memorex and Maxell. If you hang above a shelf, then you can add other items underneath such as the retro toys as shown in the picture above.

Alternatively, why not create your own bunting using real cassettes?

Blue Suitcase Record Player
Suitcase Record Player (public domain photo)
Vinyl Decorations

Another option is to dig out your old vinyl. Suitcase record players are very much in fashion at the moment and one of these would look great at any party, and you guests could will have fun choosing which records to play. Maybe you could ask them to bring their own favourite single or LP along with them.

Alternatively, you can mount records on your walls to use as a decoration or thread colourful ribbon through the centre and create hanging decorations.

Vinyl Record Wine Rack
Vinyl Wine Rack
Here is a photo I found by Esmagnus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Now, don't ask me whether this was a bought rack or a self-made one, because there are no further details given. However, it's a quirky idea, although you will need to make sure it's sturdy enough to hold your wine, of course!

This is a simple idea I found on Pinterest.

Posters

We all stuck posters of our favourite pop stars and movies on our bedroom walls back in the day, and a few posters will rekindle some childhood memories for not only yourself but for your guests, too. They're an excellent, low-cost way to add more of an 80s atmosphere to your room. The following links will bring up some popular ideas;

80s Posters at Amazon.com

80s Posters at Amazon.co.uk

Add Some Old Magazines to your Party Room

Now, here's a simple but effective idea. Simply add a few old magazines from the 80s to your room and your guest will have great fun reading and discussing them. They're a wonderful way to get conversations started and rekindle old memories. If you didn't keep any magazines, then you can always try ebay. Search for favourites such as Look-In, Smash Hits, Number One, TV Times and Radio Times. You could even cut out posters/pictures and create a collage for the wall.

Retro Sweets

Add a bowl of retro sweets/candy/chocolate  to each table so that everyone can dip in. Alternatively, place the sweets in paper bags just like you used to get from the sweet shop, or use party favour bags.

There are lots of ideas for British sweets from the 80s at my website.

Pink and White Candy Stripe Paper Bags
Candy Stripe Paper Bags (UK) 
These old-fashioned paper bags are very cheap to buy and would are
Retro British Sweets Edible Cupcake Toppers
Retro Sweets Edible Cipcake Toppers (UK)
Cupcakes are a retro favourite, and these toppers featuring 70s and 80s sweets and chocolate made from edible wafer card and ink are a great idea.

Use Old Toys and Games

Many of us will still have old toys or games that we kept from our childhood. Dig them out, give then a clean, and add them to your room. Your guests will have fun playing with them. You could encourage your guests to play old board games such as Snakes and Ladders, Ludo or Tiddly Winks while waiting for the other guests to arrive, or before the party really gets started. It would be advisable not use use more complex games such as Monopoly or Chess as your guests may be playing for the entire evening!

As I mentioned near the top of the post, the ideal toys would be a Rubik's Cube/Snake or an Etch-A-Sketch which are instant fun. If you have a View-Master with some film reels then they would really go down a storm at any 80s party.

View Master Model G White & Red 001
Original View-Master Toy

Twister Game
Twister Game

There were a great many of us who played Twister back in the day, and it's ideal for kids and adults alike. This is the perfect party game and is currently a best-seller at Amazon (as I write), proving that you can't beat the classics!

Buy Twister at Amazon.co.uk

Buy Twister at Amazon.com

Other popular games were Simon, Connect Four, Guess Who? and Battleship.

Ready-Made 80s Decorations to Buy

I Loveheart 80s Party Balloons
I Loveheart 80s Party Balloons
One of the best places to buy decorations with a 1980s theme is from Amazon or ebay, Here are some links you can use to see everything available;

Decorations at Amazon UK

Decorations at Amazon.com (US)

I also discovered lots of suppliers selling decorations on ebay.

Nothing shouts out "It's party time!" more than balloons. They have been around since Adam was a lad, and add an instant retro party feel to any room. These 80s party balloons have recently appeared at Amazon and are a must-have if you're serious about creating a retro party atmosphere.

80s Slogan Balloons
80s Slogan Balloons
The "Frankie Says Relax" and "Choose Life" slogans are an iconic reminder of the great decade, and now they're available printed on to balloons, too! These particular balloons are only available in the UK and supplied by 80s Material Girl.

80s Party Table Runner
80s Style Table Runner - 5ft
I love the design of this table runner with geometric, neon shapes and 2 tone, chequered background. It will give your table(s) an instant 1980s feel. The link above is for the UK, but this can also be bought at Amazon.com

80s Party Drink Coasters
80s Drink Coasters (pack of 8)
I was very pleased to see these drink coasters which match the table runner. Also available at Amazon.com.

Totally 80's Drink Coasters
Totally 80's Drink Coasters (pack of 8)
These alternative coasters have a very different 8-bit graphics style design, and will be especially appealing to retro gamers. Buy from Amazon.com

There are actually plenty of designs to choose from at Amazon, with some designs featuring computer games such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man. Some coasters can be bought individually, rather than in packs, allowing you to mix different styles and add some variety to your table.

All 80s Coasters at Amazon UK

All 80s Coasters at Amazon.com




Totally Awesome 80s Party Decorations
Totally Awesome Cut-Out 80s Decorations
These American-style decorations will add some extra 80's colour to your room. There are four in a pack and you can place them almost anywhere you wish. They're not self-adhesive, so you can move them around and use them again and again!

Totally 80's Party Invitations
Totally 80's Party Invites (UK)

Now you've sorted out your room decorations, all you need to do is invite some friends. This pack of fun invitations will show that you're totally serious about your retro party!

You may also be interested in;

80s Party Ideas (our Pinterest board)

80s Party Food Ideas (UK)

80s Party Balloons and Hanging Lanterns

80s Party Decorations (UK) at simplyeighties.com

I'll leave you with some more ideas - have fun!

I Love the 80s Wall Decoration
I Love the 80s Wall Decorations

This eye-catching  scene setter looks fabulous and is available at; 


Boom Box stand-up party accessory
Boom Box Stand-Up Party Accessory

This stand-up ghettoblaster decoration would an awesome addition to any 80s party room. This item is only available in the United States, but there alternatives Boombox decorations at Amazon UK.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume for Women

Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume
Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume
As I write, the weather has a distinctly Autumnal feel and look to it. This has got me in the mood for one of my favourite times of the year, Halloween, I find it incredible just how many people still leave it until just days before the big night before deciding to order their costume. That's a huge risk, and by ordering many weeks in advance you can make sure you have the right size and that you actually will feel comfortable wearing your outfit.

One costume that can be used for both Halloween and 80s themed parties and events. is this fabulous and complete, gothic themed Miss Edward Scissorhands outfit. I say complete, because unlike many fancy dress costume it includes the wig. You will also receive the dress, sleevelets, gloves with attached scissor hands, choker and a belt. The costume looks pretty awesome, and you're certainly going to make heads turn when you go out in it.





There are plenty of suppliers at both Amazon.com and UK selling the outfit, but the cheapest one is Rubies who provide it in a full range of sizes. I have added the two links above. However, if you want to see all of the suppliers for yourself then you can use the two links below.

See All Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at Amazon.com
See All Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at Amazon.co.uk

For the very lowest price then it's well worth checking ebay. I've added a live UK feed below which includes only top-rated suppliers and lists costumes in price order from low to high. If you're from the U.S. then use this link...


Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at ebay U.S.

You will find many more costume ideas for women (with a 1980s theme) at my website Simplyeighties.com.

80s Costume Ideas for Women UK

80s Costume Ideas for Women U.S.

Whatever you decide to wear, have fun! Sara.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Dress Up as Eddie The Eagle

For those of you not old enough to remember 1988, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was Great Britain's first olympic ski jumper, and he became famous for finishing last! However, it was his determination to compete without funding (while still working as a plasterer) that caught the British public's attention - we always like an underdog. His biggest achievement was holding the British ski jumping record, although he also broke a stunt jumping World record (unrelated to the Olympics) when he jumped over 10 cars and six buses - now that's impressive.



With the release of the 2016 biographical movie, Eddie has been thrust into the limelight one again. This had me wondering as to whether there was a costume available, as it would be great fun dressing up as the UK's most well-known ski jumper.

After checking the leading fancy dress suppliers such as Smiffy's and Angel's I was disappointed that nothing was available, However, thankfully, there is an outfit being sold on Amazon and eBay, which means this post can be completed with a positive ending and live up to its title!



Eddie The Eagle Calgary 88 Costume
Front View

I managed to find an authentic-looking "Olympic Skier" jumpsuit costume which looks very much like the one worn by Eddie at Calgary in 1988. It even includes his number (42) and "Calgary 88" on the front. The jumpsuit also includes all of the accessories required which are the helmet, pink ski goggles, large glasses and yellow skis. Of course, none of these are real, and if they were then you would be looking at many hundreds of pounds.

By the way, Eddie actually had to wear his glasses under his goggles as he was short-sighted and couldn't see without them and they would constantly fog-up making his challenge even more difficult.

As I write, the costume is slightly cheaper on eBay and can be bought with click & collect at Argos if you live in the UK.

Buy from Amazon.com (U.S.)

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Buy from eBay

The eBay link is geo-targeted and will work in all English-speaking countries including the UK, U.S., Canada and Australia, although I cannot guarantee the costume will be available in your country.

Side view of Eddie The Eagle Costume
Side View
Now, although the costume isn't cheap, it does look authentic and is far cheaper than buying a real ski suit and the accessories. The outfit is quick and easy to slip into and could be worn to an event or party with a 1980s, movie or sporting theme. You would certainly turn heads and be instantly recognisable.

You may also be interested in;

80s Costume Ideas for Men (UK) at Simplyeighties.com

80s Costume Ideas for Men (U.S.) at 80sFashion.clothing


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

80s Fashion Pictures from 1981

The Face Number 11 - March 1981 - Martin Kemp
The Face Number 11 (March 1981) ft. Martin Kemp
A fresh-faced Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet on the cover of The Face

Gary Numan wearing a trilby on the cover of Smash Hits in Sept 1981
Smash Hits Magazine Sept 1981
Early 80s fashion was very much different to the rest of the decade, and for this post I will show you some of the many styles being adopted by the popular pop stars of the day during 1981. As you will see, the hat played a major role in creating a number of iconic eighties looks.

Anemic-looking Synth king Gary Numan decided to wear a trilby and a matching suit for the cover of his fifth studio album, Dance. In fact, Gary seemed to be going through a pretty sombre period, and I would challenge anyone to actually dance to the slow-tempo, minimalist tunes on offer on the album. Whether the title of the album was deliberately misleading is anyone's guess.

The Trilby (and Pork Pie hat) were actually a popular choice with 2 Tone and Ska bands.

While punk was blowing itself out, new dandy and flamboyant fashions were making their presence felt, with artists such as Visage's Steve Strange leading the way.

Steve Strange on the cover of Smash Hits in July 1981
Steve Strange - Smash Hits July 1981
It would appear that everyone was going crazy for hats, and the one being worn by Mr. Strange in the above photo was designed by milliner Stephen Jones.

Sal Salo - Classix Nouveaux - Smash Hits April 1981
Sal Solo the lead singer of Classix Nouveau - April 1981
In complete contrast, here is the frontman of new wave band Classix Nouveaux with neither a hat or any hair, and he wouldn't look out of place in a 1950s horror movie.


For some reason, I cannot make pictures from Getty Images align in the centre of the page, so please accept my apologies for the untidy look! Here we see Princess Diana on October 1981 on walkabout in the rain in Carmarthen (this is Wales, what do you expect?) wearing a Caroline Charles tweed coat and a John Boyd hat.


Here is Lady Diana Spencer (she became Princess of Wales after her marriage to Prince Charles on 29th July 1981) again wearing another splendid hat. This photo was taken a Nicholas Soames' wedding at Westiminster in London on 4th June 1981. At this time most people just referred to her as Lady Di, or Lady Diana. I remember certain tabloids often referred to her as "Shy Di".


Big hair and hair spray

New Romanticism was gripping the nation in 1981, and here is one part of the fad, Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor. Indeed, we were entering a new era where men were starting to concern themselves more with their appearance. With hair styles become more severe and harder to control, men ditched their Brycreem and started spraying their hair with brands such as Cossack and Falcon. Both men and women were now wearing big hair styles, and hair spray sales soared after a decline during the 1970s. However, this left a huge hole in the ozone layer, with concerned scientists calling for the CFC's that caused it to be banned.

The Face Number 17 (Sept 1981) ft. The Human League
The Face Number 17 (Sept 1981) ft. Human League
First published in May 1980, The Face magazine became synonymous with showcasing and influencing the fashion trends of the early 80s, particularly the New Romantic style. Here is a classic cover featuring the electronic new wave band Human League. Frontman Phil Oakey adopted a bizarre, lopsided hair style (his hair was long on his right side and worn over one eye) and some pretty eccentric clothing. Many would argue that the hair style was iconic, although there are plenty of people who believe it was simply ridiculous!

Patons Aran cardigan knitting pattern
Aran cardigan knitting pattern from 1981
Of course, there were still many who preferred to stick with more conservative fashion styles, such as the aran cardigans featured in this knitting pattern by Patons.

Jackie magazine 1981 - 80s Fitness fashion - leg warmers and headbands.
Jackie Magazine Dec 1981
80s Workout Style

Here we see another early 80s fashion craze - 80s fitness. Sales of sweatbands, leggings and leg warmers soared as young ladies went crazy for dance and workout attire, with many even wearing their leg warmers over their jeans! This was just the start of it, and in 1982, Jane Fonda released her first video "Jane Fonda's Workout", which went on to sell around one million copies. The TV series Fame which started in 1982, helped to keep the fashion craze alive.

Fantasy Empire magazine July 1981 - Five Doctors
Fantasy Empire magazine July 1981 - Five Doctors
Doctor Who Fashion

Now, I would like to feature the fashion of Doctor Who in this post. Whilst searching for a suitable photo of Tom Baker, I came across this hilarious illustration of the five doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Peter Davison, at least, I think that's meant to be Peter Davison, although I can't remember him wearing military gear. Indeed, as far as I can remember he mainly dressed as an Edwardian cricketer. Anyway, this has to one of the worst Doctor Who illustrations I've ever seen! Tom Baker looks like Luke Duke (from the Dukes of Hazzard) in a trance, and as for Jon Pertwee, he just looks positively weird!

Tom Baker handed over the reigns to Davison in 1981, but his style was possibly the most iconic of all the original Doctors. He wore a long, multi-coloured scarf, a wide-brimmed hat (some of the time) and a long overcoat. The look was inspired by paintings of the singer and nightclub owner Aristide Bruant by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Leutrec, in which he wore a long red scarf, black cloak and also a wide-brimmed hat.

Docotr Who Annual 1983 featuring Peter Davison
Doctor Who Annual 1983 ft. Peter Davison
This Doctor Who annual from 1983 shows Peter Davison in the very outfit I mentioned above.

Blue Jeans Annual 1981
Blue Jeans Annual 1981 - and yet another hat!

Duran Duran on the cover of Smash Hits in October 1981
Smash Hits magazine October 1981 ft. Duran Duran
Duran Duran Fashion

Striped nautical T-shirts with suits were regularly worn by Duran Duran, and were a particular favourite of frontman Simon Le Bon, who in this photo from a 1981 edition of Smash Hits can be seen also wearing a scarf around his head. Both John and Andy Taylor's hair is coloured and very new romantic. The band's lavish videos and sharp styles left them with no shortage of teen girl admirers.

Duran Duran in 1981 - Australian Woman's Weekly
Duran Duran in 1981

Smash Hits Magazine in 1981

You will have noticed that I've used Smash Hits magazine covers in this post. While it may have been too mainstream to be considered hip, it was certainly the most popular teen pop magazine at the time, and many teenagers will have been inspired by the clothing worn by the major pop stars that graced its front covers, making it very much part of the 80s fashion scene.

To buy the latest copy you would, very likely, have used one of these;

Bank of England One Pound Note from 1981
One Pound note from 1981
I hope I've provided you with a few good memories here, and you can see much more 80s fashion at my website simplyeighties.com.

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