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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.