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Never Gonna Give You Up T-shirt

Slogan T-shirts were huge back in the 80s, and you can pay homage to fashion craze and also Rick Astley's hit single Never Gonna Give You Up with this awesome T-shirt. It features a block letter design in a similar style to the Katharine Hamnett political and ethical message tees, which have since been copied the world over. You may well remember those Choose Life and Frankie Say Relax tees, which were two of the most popular slogans back in the day.
The T-shirt is available in sizes from small to 3XL for men, and small to XXL for women. There are no other colour choices, but the black lettering on a white tee is exactly the style of the 1980s. If you're planning on using the shirt for an 80s event, then I recommened ordering a larger size than normal to get that over-sized look which was popular back then.

Alternatively, you may prefer this very amusing Things Rick Astley Will Never Do T-shirt, which quotes the lyrics from his best-known song. This one is available from Amazon …

Woolworth's Cassette Tapes TV Ad from 1983

So what has a 1983 TV advert for cassette tapes by Woolworth's got do do with 80s fashion? 
Well, quite a lot actually. For a start, cassettes were very fashionable back then, but the advert is quite fascinating to watch with regard to the clothing being worn by the people in the ad, as it is so dull! There's a lot of grey and navy blue, which suggests they wanted the attention to be focused on the tapes and not the clothing. Indeed, it looks like a store full of plain clothes police officers!
Featuring a whopping 35p off the 100 hottest tapes, that amount seems laughable now. But back in 1983, it was enough to tempt you in, I suppose. You will notice that Kenny Everett is narrating with his slightly zany voice. Of course, Kenny was huge back then, so he would have been roped in to help boost sales, and I expect he was paid a tidy sum, of course.
The end of the advert features the slogan which you will, no doubt, remember "That's the wonder of woolworth". I really m…

Retro 80s Video Tapes T-shirt for Adults

Do you remember when VHS tapes were king? Back in the day, this was the No.1 format for watching the latest movies which you rented from your local video store, but did you remember to rewind the tape before taking it back? I believe you, of course you did!
You can celebrate those golden days with this fabulous retro 80s video tape T-shirt, which has George Michael style rolled sleeves. The design is exclusive to Truffleshuffle, so you can be sure of receiving something very unique.
The tee is available for men and women, and comes in a full range of sizes. It's made from lightweight, soft feel cotton which is pre-shrunk. 
The design is thoroughly British, with the stack of cassettes including marker pen style labels (just like they were in my house back in the 80s!) featuring mostly UK TV shows such as Art Attack, Super Ted, Roland Rat and The Demon Headmaster - remember them? Men's Retro 80s Video Tapes T-shirt The  The Men's T-shirt is available in sizes from small to 4XL.…

A Look Back at Old Spice Aftershave

Anyone of a certain age will, no doubt, remember the Old Spice TV ads which were a regular feature on our TV screens from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Indeed, I've just viewed an old advert from 1989 which was pretty simple, featuring a surfer riding the waves and ending with the slogan "The Mark of a Man".

However, the ads shown before this were much longer and not only featured a surfer, but also included a dramatic and well known piece of music entitled "O Fortuna" from a classical choral piece called "Carmina Buran" compoised by Carl Orff. 

The first Old Spice products from Procter & Gamble were actually developed for women in 1937, and the men's products were launched in 1938. They have always been marketed with a nautical them and with that trademark sailing ship on the front of the bottle, although the ship used to be much larger as you can see in the picture above. I'm not entirely sure what year that set is from, but they loo…

Gremlins Gizmo Pyjamas for Women

The original 1984 Gremlins movie was a true 80s classic, and you can celebrate everyone's favourite character in the film with these cute Gizmo pyjamas for women available at Truffleshufffle UK.

Thankfully, you are allowed to wash them without the fear of spawning more Mogwai, and he doesn't need to be fed, so there's no worrying about the clock reaching 12pm.

This top quality, officially licensed pyjama set is extremely popular at the moment, and includes a crew neck top featuring Gizmo and the Gremlins logo, and pink bottoms with an all over matching print. They're made from 100% jersey cotton, too and are a comfortable fit.

Sizes S, M, L or XL are available, although customer feedback suggests they run small, so you may want to order a size up on your normal size.

These pyjamas are also available at Amazon, and you can compare the latest prices below.

Dark Side of the Button Moon T-shirt

Every now and then, a bright designer comes up with a genius T-shirt idea, and for this post I bring you one that I recently found being sold by Truffleshuffle. This funny Dark Side of the Button Moon T-shirt (which is new in for 2020) is perfect for any Pink Floyd fan who grew up watching Button Moon!


You can buy this exclusive design from Amazon UK. It comes printed on a lightweight, unisex tee in charcoal grey, and it would make a great gift for 80s TV fans.

A full range of sizes from small to 3X-Large are available.


You may also like this design which features Mrs. Spoon and her daughter in the tin can rocket, and is printed on a lightweight, soft pre-shrunk blackcotton T-shirt. Now, for whatever reason, it only comes in a small size, but it's a nice big clear design, nonetheless.

Read more about Button Moon at my website Simplyeighties.com.



Create a My Little Pony 80s Unicorn Costume

For this post, I want to show you how to put together and simple but effective My Little Pony Unicorn Costume based on the one from the original 80s Unicorn and Pegasus  Collection, which will be ideal for the many 80s parties, events and festivals that seem to be increasing in popularity each year.

I found this retro My Little Pony T-shirt on Amazon with the classic rainbow logo. You can base your costume around this by adding a unicorn headband and some accessories.


This unicorn head piece would be ideal for adding to the T-shirt to create a simple costume. It includes the spiral horn, ears and attached wig.

You can replicate the original 80s white, purple and blue unicorn below using white accessories and a wig which I have hand-picked for you below...

My Little Pony Unicorn ToyPurple and Blue Unicorn Wig for WomenWhite Tutu Skirt, Leg Warmers, Fishnet Gloves Set for WomenMy Little Pony Group Shot Rainbow T-Shirt

My Little Pony cosplay is huge at the moment, and the theme is, of co…

Zaxxon T-shirt - Pay Homage to the 80s Video Game

One of the most visually impressive games to be released in 1982, was the isometric space shooter Zaxxon. It was THE game to own, and I still remember the excitement of seeing the cassette game available for my Atari 800XL, especially as we had a limited choice of games for the machine here in the UK. The XL/XE conversion was particularly fast, which made the game pretty challenging to say the least, and judging your height was hard to master!
So I was delighted to see these newly available Zaxxon T-shirts being sold at Amazon, which will allow us 8 bit fans to celebrate the game in style!

Sadly, the first design here is only available at Amazon's US store, but you can order an alternative design at the UK store. The best range of Zaxxon tees can be found at Teepublic, who ship to the UK. Unfortunately, I can't use their images on this blog, so you'll have to hop over there to see what they look like!


This logo T-shirt by Ken Kellin on Amazon is available in sizes small t…

Retro Honeycomb Paper Christmas Decorations are Back!

If you're of a certain age, then you will certainly remember those honeycomb paper tissue decorations we used to hang in our homes during the Christmas holidays back in the day - I particularly remember the bell shaped decorations. Some of the colours were pretty ghastly (orange and yellow anyone?), but they were pretty designs nonetheless, and more eco-friendly than the foil decorations that followed them. With the trend towards ditching plastic, paper decorations are seeing a big resurgence in popularity, and the honeycomb shapes now come in rather more pleasent colours, thankfully!

There's never been a better time to ditch the plastic and give your home a retro vibe, so I'm going to take a look at some of the best decorations around for Christmas 2019.

Unique Party on Amazon have a nice range of honeycomb decorations, including the bell at the top of this post, and also a snowman, hat, tree and mini santa. The colours are traditional red, green and white, so no shades o…

Iconic Doctor Who Fashion from the 80s

If you watched Doctor Who back in the 1980s, then you can't fail to remember some of the iconic (and not so iconic) fashion looks worn by the four Doctors. For this post, I'm going to take a look back at the classic 80s Doctor's costumes, from Tom Baker to Sylvester McCoy.


The Fourth Doctor This is probably the most iconic look from the classic series, and Tom Baker is often voted for as the most popular Doctor in polls. He was certainly my favourite Doctor, and his iconic look was based on a painting of Aristide Bruant by Lautrec.

If you want to dress like the fourth Doctor, you need an autumnal Victorian poet look using plaid and tweed, with that overly long multi-coloured striped scarf, brown suede fedora hat, a brown frock coat, burgundy cravat, tweed waistcoat, and grey plaid trousers. Add wild curly hair, mad eyes and a packet of jelly babies, and you'll look uncannily like the fourth Doctor!

The Fifth Doctor The costume worn by Peter Davison, featured a style th…