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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Inflatable 80s Mobile Brick Phone

Guy holding an 80s inflatable brick phone

Do you remember when mobile phones were the size of a brick? Back in the 80s, they certainly weren't very portable and only the well-to-do could really afford one - which certainly wasn't me!

For this post, I bring you this over-sized, blow-up 80s style brick phone. It's a fun accessory that is ideal as an 80s party decoration or as an addition to a fancy dress costume. Thankfully, the price isn't as huge as the phone!

You can create a quick and easy 80s costume like the one above using a Made in the 80s T-shirt, Don Johnson/George Michael Wig and cheap aviator shades. You can also buy a ready-made costume, although it doesn't include the wig.

Of course, it doesn't have to be that particular T-shirt, and you can find oodles of ideas at our website 80sfancydress.net.

80s T-shirt Ideas for Men

Create an 80s YUPPIE look

Alternatively, wear with an office shirt, tie and braces for a YUPPIE look, and you could even add some wayfarer style geek glasses. If you have a pin stripe or check suit to hand then that would be ideal, too.


Steve Wright in the mid 1980s

Wearing a striped shirt with a white collar became popular in the 80s, and I remember Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright often wearing one with his huge glasses. I do remember wearing a thick striped shirt myself during the latter half of the 80s. However, any striped or plain, long sleeve shirt will suffice, as it is the braces that really give the YUPPIE look.

Michael Douglas and Gordon Gekko in Wall Street
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko (1987)
This image of Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie Wall Street gives a good indicator of what YUPPIES wore back in the day. Check suits were very popular and have become very fashionable again in 2018. I certainly remember wearing a grey check suit with turn-ups. 


Yuppie Pin Badge

You may like to add this amusing 'Yuppies do it with a filofax' pin badge.

The inflatable phone could be be used to enhance other 1980s costumes, though, and will be a great talking point at a party.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Funny 80s T-shirt Ideas

Funny 80s T-shirts collage

Get To Da Chopper Predator Arnie Funny T-shirt
Arnie Predator 1987 Get To Da Chopper Tee

Everyone has a sense of fun (well, maybe not my neighbours but that's another story) and a T-shirt that brings a smile to the face of those who feast their eyes upon it brightens up not only their day, but your own day, too. These funny tees have a 1980s theme and are ideal for wearing to the many retro music festivals and events that are taking place this year - 80s Rewind is one such example.

The first T-shirt featured here is available in a range of colours (UK), and it's also available from Amazon's U.S. store, although only in white.

Arnie Choppa T-shirt (U.S.)

Get To Da Chopper Tees at Redbubble (global)


I thought this design was rather amusing and very British! I could add "they'll be tea and biscuits served, too"

80s Fashion Sucks T-shirt
80s Fashion Sucks Funny T-shirt
This T-shirt contradicts itself by stating that 80s fashion sucks using the classic Katherine Hamnett block letter design from the 1980s. It's a clever idea, and this tee is available for both men and women in a range of colours at Redbubble.com. They ship worldwide. Just choose your currency at the bottom  left of the screen on the site.

Made in the 80s Block Letter Slogan T-shirt
Made in the 80s Slogan T-shirt (UK)

This is the ideal theme for anyone of a certain age who was born in the 80s, and would make a great Birthday gift. I've picked this design as it has the block letter slogan style associated with the decade. However, there are plenty of other designs available for both men and women.



Made in the 80s T-shirts at Amazon U.S.

Made in the 80s T-shirts at Amazon UK

Darth Vader Free Throat Hugs T-shirt
Darth Vader Free Throat Hugs Tee

Free throat hugs from Darth Vader - who can resist? I found this funny tee being sold by Go T-shirts on Amazon.



I Roll With Rick Astley Blue and Pink T-shirt
Mens I Roll With Rick T-shirt
Millions of us have been Rick-rolled to Mr. Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video on Youtube by clicking a disguised hyperlink, and this tee is a fun idea. It's also available in olive if you find the pink and blue a bit too in your face. You can buy this at 8 Ball T-shirts and from Refugeek at Amazon UK and at Amazon.com in the U.S.
Vote For Rick Astley Funny T-shirt
Vote for Rick Funny T-shirt - 4 Colours
Alternatively, you may like this "Vote for Rick" design which amusingly uses the song lyrics from "Never Gonna Give You Up". "He will never give you up, let you down, make you cry, say goodbye." The Tee is available from Amazon UK (see link above) and Amazon.com in sizes up to XXXL and in black, navy blue, sports grey or white.


Women's Don't You Want Me Baby 80s Lyrics T-shirt
Human League Lyrics  Ladies T-shirt
Youngsters will probably have no idea what this T-shirt is referring to. Of course, we all now that it refers to the lyrics from the chart-topping song by synthpop band Human League from 1981. It's available from Direct 23 at Amazon for just £7.99 inc. delivery (as I write). Sizes range from 8 to 16, although you can only buy it in black, but at this price who's complaining? This tee is not available in the U.S. - sorry!

I Come With My Own Theme Music T-shirt
I Come With My Owm Theme Music Cassette T-shirt
This is the perfect funny shirt for those of us who remember creating our own mix tapes back in the day. This tee is available for ladies in sizes small to X-Large.

A number of different designs are available with the same theme for Men and Women.

View All Theme Music Cassette Tees

Choose Death Wham Alternative T-shirt
Choose Death Wham Alternative T-shirt
The most popular T-shirt sold through our 80s website (simplyeighties.com) is the classic "Choose Life" design. However, this alternative design is a fun(?) idea and is guaranteed to turn heads. It's also perfect for fans of death metal, too. This design from 8 Ball T-shirts is the best I've seen in terms of the letter spacing and has an authentic 80s look, although there is also a similar Tee available at Amazon's U.S. store

Old School VHS Cassette T-shirt for Men
Men's Old School VHS T-shirt
Show everyone how old school you are with this video cassette themed tee. It's currently just £7.99 at Amazon, 100% cotton and comes in sizes from S to XXL. The only colour available is white, but it shows your truly old school - plain and simple! In the U.S. store the T-shirt is black - don't ask me why?!

"I'll be Back" Arnie Pink Ladies Tee Shurt
Arnie "I'll Be Back" T-shirt
Just about everyone has heard of Arnie's catchphrase from The Terminator movie, There are numerous T-shirt designs with an "I'll Be Back" theme available at Amazon.co.uk, The design above is available for women in a big choice of colours and for sizes from 8 to 20.

See all "I'll Be Back" T-shirts

See "I'll Be Back" T-shirts at Amazon.com



There will be oodles of people wearing the classic "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt at the numerous 80s events, especially as Frankie Goes To Hollywood's ex-lead singer Holly Johnson will be attending several of them this year (2018).  However, if you want something more original and funny, there are plenty of alternative and Frankie Says tees available.



Black Frankie Says Too Much T-shirt Men's
Frankie Says Too Much T-shirt UK
If you are well and truly fed up with what Frankie Says then this is the tee for you! The men's T-shirt is available in seven colours for sizes small to XX-Large. The ladies tee comes in six colours and the same range of sizes. A blue T-shirt with the same slogan is available at Amazon.com.

Keep Calm and Om Nom T-shirt
Keep Calm and Om Nom T-shirt
If you're a retro gamer (or you know one) then this fun Pac-Man themed T-shirt available at Amazon UK in six colours and is ideal for the fans of 80s gaming. You may also like these designs...


I also found these design at Amazon's U.S. store...




Back in my day we had 9 planets t-shirt
Back In My Day We Had 9 Planets T-shirt
Yes, we did indeed have nine planets until some bright spark decided to declassify Pluto, that is - how very dare they! This shirt is available from 8 Ball T-shirts in black or navy for sizes up to XXXL.

Need more ideas? You can view many more 80s T-shirt ideas at our website.

If you're in the United States, you'll find some awesome 80s T-shirt themes at 80sFashion.Clothing

A wide range of unique 80s T-shirt designs by independent artists are available at redbubble.com. They ship worldwide and most designs are available for both men and women in many colours.