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Friday, 23 February 2018

Create a Distinctive 80s Look using Triangles

Collage of 80s clothing featuring triangles

Type "80s triangles" into Google and you'll be bombarded with a huge range of artistic backgrounds and clothing. Geometric shapes including triangles were frequently used by graphic designers in the 80s, and they have become more recently associated with synthwave and retrowave music, which has a strong 80s vibe.

For this post, I'm going to concentrate on creating an 80s costume using triangles.

Firstly, I would suggest going over to Redbubble (who ship globally) and doing a search for 80s Triangles which will present you with a wide range of just about everything from T-shirts to mugs. Click on any product and scroll down the page, and you will see a link to the full range of products with that design. And that's what's great about this site. Every design is available on multiple products.

You can also do the same at Etsy where you find much inspiration, and they have a particularly good range of triangular earrings.


This Triangular Made in the 80s design looks awesome and is available on 57 products at Redbubble.


The design above by Holly Bender is available on 59 products at Redbubble, and the clothing items are ideal for creating a unique costume. By the way, all designs at Redbubble are created by independent artists.


This awesome design by OlaHolaHola on Redbubble is available on 38 products. It has a similar feel to the first design, but obviously with a much lighter background. The dresses and T-shirt are ideal for wearing to festivals or an 80s themed fancy dress party.

Here are some more designs that caught my eye...

Now, here are a couple of Triangles T-shirts that I discovered at Amazon UK. They're available in a full range of sizes, highly rated by customers, low cost and perfectly 80s!


80s Triangles and Squares Jewellery Set
Triangles and Squares Jewellery Set
This jewellery set at Amazon UK includes a necklace and matching earrings which feature neon green and pink triangles and squares.

The following items can be bought at Amazon.com in the U.S. Sadly, they're not available at the UK store.



These earrings at Etsy are irresistible and will really add the finishing touch to any 80s costume.

Well, I hope I've given you some inspiration for creating a unique look. You may also be interested in the following links;

80s Fancy Dress Ideas for the UK at 80sfancydress.net

80s Fancy Dress Ideas for the US at 80sfashion.clothing

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.