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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Create a Back To The Future 80s Costume

Back To The Future Marty McFly Costume Accessories


Marty McFly Back To The Future Costume

Of all the movies to come out of the 1980s, Back To The Future is certainly one of the most iconic and memorable. This makes it ideal as a theme for an 80s or movie themed costume party.

Firstly, you can buy a ready-made Marty McFly Costume as shown above, although it's not cheap! However, it will save you the hassle of finding all of the separate components. The costume is available in five sizes and is very highly rated by customers. However, those Nike trainers/sneakers are not included, but I'll come to them in a moment.

Also available at Amazon.com in the U.S.

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly


McFly, of course, was the lead character in the film played by Michael J. Fox.

A cheaper option is to buy a sublimation shirt. This is a T-shirt with a costume printed onto it.

Back To The Future Marty McFly Costuem Shirt

This officially licensed costume shirt is available at Amazon UK

You can also buy it at Amazon.com.

Now I'm going to show you how to put together your own costume.

Men's Red Bodywarmer

This red gilet (bodywarmer) by Result at Amazon UK has a very similar design to the one worn by Michael J. Fox. It's reasonably priced, too.

However, I found this red padded bodywarmer by Regatta for an even better price.

Esprit Check Shirt for Men

I found this Esprit check shirt which, I think you'll agree, looks very similar to the one worn in the film. It's a tad expensive, so you may like this cheaper alternative by Coofandy.

Be sure to tuck the shirt into your jeans. By the way, these should be blue denim and you may well already have a pair in your wardrobe.

Stonewash Denim Jacket


Now add a stonewash denim jacket. I've picked out this one by B&S Trendz, as it has the right look and feel and is reasonably priced. However, you may want view the full range of denim jackets at Amazon as there are plenty to choose from.

Nike Court Royale Trainers


Although Nike trainers with a red sole and logo are simply not available (trust me, I've looked everywhere!) this pair (Nike Court Royale) is about as close to the originals as you're likely to get. However, they are pretty pricey and not all sizes were available when I checked.

You may also like to try this link;

Nike Brutez

Basic White and Red Trainers
You may prefer this much cheaper option which will be more than adequate for a fancy dress costume. The main focus of your outfit will be your top half rather than the footwear.

Casio 80s calculator watch

If you really want to go the full hog, then you can also add this classic Casio CA-53W calculator watch which is the same model as McFly wore in the film.

Now, go and find yourself a Delorean DMC-12 and you're ready to party!

You may also be interested in the following links at our website Simplyeighties.com

80s Costume Ideas for Men

Back to the Future T-shirts

Back to the Future Movie Review

Friday, 15 December 2017

Instant 5 Piece 1980s Costume Set for Women

5 Piece Instant 1980s Costume Set for Women by Zac's Alter Ego

For this post, I'm going to take a look at a fantastic new, easy to wear  5 piece 1980s costume set for women by Zac's Alter Ego. If you want an instant 80s look without worrying about the size of the costume and the hassle involved with sending it back if it's wrong, then this outfit is for you!

I also like this set because you can add your own top, which allows you to add your own unique twist and reduce the chances of other people at the party/event looking exactly like you!

There are two styles available and both include an elasticated tutu skirt which will fit most sizes. The first set includes a leopard print skirt, black lace hair bow (on a headband), long black fishnet gloves, black fishnet tights and black beaded necklace.

The second set includes a black skirt and the same accessories in pink, rather than black.

Leopard Print Tutu Skirt and Black 80s Accessories Set for Women Black Tutu Set for Women with Pink Accessories
Buy from London Accessories Boutique at Amazon UK

Buy from Zacharia at Amazon.com (US)

The set represents excellent value and you only need to add a top to complete your look. However, as the skirt is a tutu, it is a little translucent. I feel it may have been better to include leggings with the costume. I would suggest wearing either a black mini dress, shorts or a leotard under that tutu.

You may like to add jelly bracelets and leg warmers to make it even more 80s. To make your look more Madonna-like, add a black lace bra and fishnet top. You can use a black sports bra if you're not comfortable with the lace - many ladies do!

So to recap the positives of this costume;

1. It's easy to wear.
2. You can add your own choice of top.
3. It's not expensive.

Negatives

1. The skirt is rather thin.

For more 80s costume ideas please do visit our website;

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


80s Costume Ideas for Women (US) at Simplyeighties.com



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Create a Kim Wilde 80s Costume

Items for a Kim Wilde 80s Costume
Kim Wilde wearing a black and red striped top
Kim Wilde Poster
During her early pop career, Kim Wilde became renowned for wearing stripy tops. You can see Kim wearing this Dennis the Menace style black and red top in a live performance of View From A Bridge in 1982. She also wore a black and white striped, sleeveless top in the video for her debut single Kids in America. Apparently, Kim borrowed the top from a friend who had bought it in a charity shop.

Kim WIlde in a blue and black stripy top
Kim Wilde Kids in America Gold Disc Display
This is a rare image of Kim in a blue and white striped top. If you look carefully it's a mirror image of the poster at the top of the page. My belief is that she didn't actually wear a blue and white top and the colouring was altered for creating this gold disc display.

Creating a Kim Wilde costume for events such as 80s Rewind or an 80s costume party should be a pretty easy affair. For the top you need to look for something that is cut quite high across the neckline. A search on google presented me with tops that were all cut too low around the neck, but I managed to find these tops at Amazon.co.uk...

Striped Jumper for Adults
Striped Adult Jumper

This low-cost fancy dress jumper can be tucked into a pair of tight, black jeans.
Black and Red striped shirt
Black and Red Striped Men's T-shirt
Finding a suitable top for Women proved to be impossible, but I managed to find this one for Men which will be okay for fancy dress purposes, and it has the high neckline that Kim's top had.

It's interesting that during my search I soon discovered that this design is associated with bad people including Dennis The Menace and Freddy Kreuger!

Now, to ensure you don't get confused for either of those two, and to cover the fact that this is a short-sleeved tee and not a long-sleeved one that Kim wore, you could wear a black blazer over the top just as Kim did in her Kids in America video and some promotional photos.

Kim Wilde Smash Hits poster

Black and White Striped Tee Shirt
Black and White Striped Tee
It proved to be very difficult to find a top that didn't feature a plunging neckline. This top by Rock Star Academy is good value and the striping is the ideal thickness. It's a men's tee but would be fine for fancy dress purposes.

As I previously mentioned. the black and white top that Kim actually wore during the 1980s was actually a shiny tank top and with a high neckline, but finding an exact replica has been impossible.
Unisex Black and White Horizontal Striped T-shirt
Blush Avenue Unisex Striped T-shirt

The best option I could find was this unisex tee which is available for quite a low price, making it ideal for dress-up purposes.

Kim Wilde Kids in America video screenshot
Kids in America video screenshot

Women's Open Black Blazer
Women's Open Black Blazer Jacket

For the blazer you need something that is tailored and has an open design and in plain black. This jacket by LuShmily is ideal and available for a very reasonable price, too. Should this item become unavailable, then you may like the jacket below...


New Romantic Wig
Although there are no wigs available that are specifically for creating a Kim Wilde look, this new romantic wig looks pretty close to Kim's hair style, and you could always ruffle-up the top of it for a more authentic look. Some comments suggest the wig is a little tight for a man's head which suggests that it's probably ideal for the average woman's head.

Just add a pair of tight black skinny jeans to complete your look.

So there you have it, all the items you need to create an eighties style Kim Wilde costume.

You can see many more 1980s costume ideas for ladies at my website SimplyEighties.com.

You can also read about Kim Wilde in the 80s and watch videos at my website.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Best 80s Earrings Ideas

80s Earrings Montage
For this post, I am going to show you some of the best 80s earrings on the web that will add a nice finishing touch to your outfit.


All of these awesome earrings (above) were handmade and designed by Laura G. Wingrove at Etsy. They look great and are perfect for adding something unique to your 80s look.

There is actually a thriving and growing market for original, vintage 80s jewellery, and one of the best stores to find it at is Etsy.

Creating an eighties look can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Some people may choose to wear something as simple as T-shirt, skirt and accessories, while others decide to go for the full works. One thing is certain, though, a loud pair of 80s style earrings will really add a bit of zest to just about any outfit.

Nothing was discreet with 80s fashion, so you really want your earrings to be seen, so make them big or loud. Plastic earrings in neon colours are ideal.

One of the best stores to find them at is Amazon.

80s Earrings at Amazon.com

80s Earrings at Amazon UK


Girl wearing orange plastic hoop earrings, orange plastic bangles and pink hair bow
80s Look
Neon Hoop Earrings, bangles and hair bow

Lightning bolt earrings for women
Lightning Bolt Earrings (UK)

Lightning bolts and zig zag shapes became a big part of 80s artwork design, as did geometric shapes, particularly triangles.

Lightning bolt earrings at Amazon.com (US)

Purple lightning bolt earrings
Purple Lightning Bolt Earrings at Amazon UK

80s Accessory Set
80s Accessory Set
There are also plenty of complete accessory sets available containing earrings at Amazon.

80s Rhombus Earrings - black and pink
80s Rhombus Earrings

I adore these diamond shaped  earrings, although they are only available at Amazon's UK store.
80s New Wave Triangle Stainless Steel Earrings
80s New Wave Triangle Earrings at Amazon.com

These stainless steel triangular earrings by Sabai NYC could be worn with any outfit, whether at work or at play. They measure around 2 inches by 1 inch. Sadly, they do not ship to the UK.

Triangle Stud Earrings
Triangle Stud Earrings (UK)
If you can wear stud earrings then these alloy (low cost) earrings will certainly be seen at over 9cm in length. They're ideal for 80s dress-up.

Animal Print Hoop Earrings
Animal Print Hoop Earrings

Animal print was everywhere in the 80s, and these leopard spot earrings are lightweight and come in a round or flat design. They're available at Amazon.com and they also ship to the UK.

Neon Pink Hoop Earrings
Neon Hoop Earrings (UK)

Big plastic hoop earrings are ideal and come in a range of colours. Don't be afraid to use garish, clashing colours with your accessories such as orange and pink and yellow.


Etsy is a great place to find original, vintage items or new hand-made items. Chances are that the earrings above may be sold out by the time you're reading this, but it gives you an idea of what's available.

80s Hairbow, Lightning Earrings, Leg Warmers and Fishnet Gloves
1980s Accessory Set (UK)

I particularly like this 4 piece accessory set because it includes a polka dot hair bow, and there are five different colours available. I couldn't find this exact item at the U.S. Amazon, but you may like this alternative set by JustineCostume which comes in a wide range of colours.

Madonna 80s Look
Madonna Mesh Top and Accessories
For a Madonna style then add a crucifix necklace and earrings.


Large Crucifix Earrings by April Kiss (UK)

Multiple Cross Earrings for Madonna 80s Costume
Charisma Cross Earrings (US)

Cassette Earrings
Cassette Earrings (UK)

If you're looking for something quirky, then these Hey DJ Tape earrings make just be for you. These are the best rated by customers, however there is a huge range of other designs available at Amazon.


Well, I hope that I have given you a few great ideas for 80s earrings in this post. Don't miss the 80s Fashion page at our website Simplyeighties.com.