Saturday, 18 October 2014

Retro Cassette Tape T-shirts

Retro Cassette Tapes T-shirt for Men - choice of colours
Retro Cassette Tapes T-shirt for Men
Okay, so when was the last time you inserted a cassette tape into a cassette player? It was sometime in the late 90s that I last did this - into my car stereo to be precise - and, as unreliable as they were, it's actually a task that I really miss.

Still, we can still celebrate these long forgotten times by wearing an uber cool retro cassette T-shirt, and there appears to be quite a number of people doing this judging by the number of designs to choose from.

These T-shirts are ideal for wearing at music festivals or retro events/parties, of course, but you can also just do the shopping or mow the lawn in them (or lawns if you're rich) - they're pretty versatile.

For this post, I'm going to hand-pick some of the best designs around, and the first tee that caught my eye was the blue one featured here - this also happens to be the most popular cassette T-shirt at Amazon. It features a bold, but straightforward design featuring many neat rows of different cassettes (32 in all) and the tee is available in 20 magnificent colours. Actually, not all the colours are magnificent - the green wine gum colour is ghastly - but there's something for everyone, at least.

Clear Cassette T-shirt for women
Clear Cassette Tee for Women
I really like the design of this black T-shirt for ladies which features one of those clear cassettes which became very trendy during the 80s. I spent many an evening in a trance as I sat and watched the tape whirling around the spindles while listening to the Top 30 on radio one, while at the same time scratching my head trying to work out when I should start and release the pause button to edit out the DJ's inane ramblings while trying to record my favourite tunes.

Now, this tee is described as vintage which makes me feel mega old. I'm not sure I would describe cassettes as vintage just yet, but each to their own. Anyway, this is a bold, in your face design that would be a useful as a talking point for any potential partner that may come you way at a party, should you be looking for one. If you're not looking for one then it would still make a great talking point amongst your friends.

Scattered Cassettes T-shirt for Men
Scattered Cassettes T-shirt for Men
If the militarian rows of tapes in the first tee didn't float your boat, then how about this design? The cassettes are more scattered about, just as they were in my disorganised bedroom back in the day. This T-shirt is available in bacl or white, although the sizes are limited from Small to Large, with small not being available while compiling this post.

Cassette Stack T-shirt for Men
Cassette Stack T-shirt for Men
If you prefer, you can also have your cassettes in a stack as shown in the above tee. There are two colour choices - navy or burgundy - and the price is a very reasonable £8.99 as I write, but this is subject to change, of course.

Retro Cassettes T-shirt for Women - choice of colours
Cassettes T-shirt for Women
You may prefer the layout of the cassettes on this bright yellow, skinny fit T-shirt for ladies. This is, quite possibly, my favourite design featured here and you'll be pleased to know that other colour choices are available should yellow not be quite to your liking. The tee is available in sizes from 8 to 16 and priced at £14.94 (as I write) it's pretty reasonable, too.

I'll leave you with several more designs that caught my eye...

black and white cassettes t-shirt

You can see a whole range of 80s T-shirt ideas on my website, and here is a selection of other posts on this blog which may be of interested;

Over-sized, off-shoulder T-shirts for Women
Retro Ford T-shirts for Men
I Love The 80s T-shirts for Women
Most Popular Retro T-shirts



Sunday, 12 October 2014

Top Gun Aviator Overalls - Jumpsuit

Top Gun jumpsuit costume for men
Top Gun Official Costume
No discussion about 80s movies would be complete without mentioning the 1986 action movie Top Gun. The main stars were, of course, Tom Cruise (Maverick) and Kelly McGillis (Charlie). If you're looking for an 80s themed costume idea then a Top Gun costume would make a very decent choice.

I'm going to start with the most popular and official choice which is shown above. This is a complete fancy dress outfit which includes the overalls with sewn-on badges and the aviator shades. Simply wear a white T-shirt underneath to complete your look.

However, you can create a much more cost-effective costume by purchasing some low-cost overalls and a pack of sew-on/iron-on badges.

Dutch Army Issue Overalls £10.99
These surplus supply olive green army boiler suits are brand new and unused and ideal for creating a Top Gun costume.

Top Gun sew-on/iron-on embroidered badges tags
Pack of six iron-on/sew-on embroidered badges £7.99

Air force dog tags Aviator Wings Pin Badge

1. Smiffys Dogtags
2. Gold Aviator Wings Metal Pin Badge

You can also add these dog tags and the metal aviator wings pin badge for a more complete look. Please note that the quoted prices are always subject to change.

You can see more costume ideas on my Top Gun Fancy Dress page at SimplyEighties.com.
To get you in the Top Gun mood why not watch the video for Berlin's Take My Breath Away




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Don't You Forget About Me T-shirts

Don't You Forget About Me T-shirt for Ladies - 11 colours
Ladies Crewneck 80s T-shirt - 11 Colours
For this post I'm going to transport you back to 1985. There are too many memorable moments from this glorious year to feature in one blog post, so I'm going to focus on just two of them.

Firstly, Simple Minds were enjoying success in the music charts with their best-known hit Don't You Forget About Me. This song, of course, featured on the soundtrack to the classic John Hughes teen drama The Breakfast Club, and was played in the opening and closing credits.

You can celebrate both the film and the song (two golden moments in time!) with one of several T-shirt designs. You can't fail to have noticed the first one here at the top of this post. It has an azalea pink colour, but there are another ten to choose from so there's something for everyone. The tee is available in sizes from 8 to 16 and the supplier states that it is usually despatched the next day by first class post.

Don't You Forget About Me Simple Minds 80s T-shirt - 10 colours
Men's Simple Minds T-shirt - 10 Colours

Gents will be pleased to know that there is also a T-shirt avaiable for them in 10 colours - the pink choice has been omitted as I can't imagine there being much demand for it! 

Now, I really like the design, but if it's not for you then how about one of these tank tops;

Women's "Don't You Forget About Me" 80s Tank Top
Don't You Forget About Me Vest Top Ladies
This 80s-inspired top features the title of the Simple Minds song written in a Flashdance style font. It's an unusual combination, but makes this top ideal for an 80s workout look. It is also well-suited to wearing to at an 80s festival such as 80 Rewind and for fancy dress.

Men's 80s Vest Top
Men's Simple Minds Vest Top
You may also be interested in the classic style Simple Minds T-shirt which is very similar to the one I used to wear back in the day.

Classic Simple Minds 80s T-shirt - Black
Men's Classic Simple Minds T-shirt
This T-shirt is available in sizes from small to XXXXXL which just about covers everyone I think! Black is the only colour choice, but there were only ever black or white tees at the concerts I used to go to, so it's an authentic choice.

Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald Breakfast Club T-shirt
See More Breakfast Club T-shirts
The link above will take you to a range of Breakfast Club T-shirts for both men and women which, hopefully, includes the one featured which displays Judd Nelson as John Bender and Molly Ringwald as
Claire Standish - a rebel and a princess indeed!

By the way, you can watch the video for Don't You Forget About Me at my website where there are also pictures of the the Breakfast Club soundtrack album front sleeve and the Simple Minds single sleeve.

I can also recommend visiting the 80s Rock and Pop Band T-shirts page at my website SimplyEighties.com for an A-Z of ideas.

Related posts;

Flashdance Costume for Ladies
80s Workout and Dance Clothes


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

80s Digital Watches

1970s style LED watch
There can be hardly anyone who lived through the 1980s who didn't own a digital watch at some point. Indeed, they became so popular that trying to find an old analogue watch in the Argos catalogue was like looking for a contraceptive pill in a convent.

Digital Watches first launched in the 70s and featured a red LED display. Seiko and Texas Instruments were amongst the first companies to take them into mass production. However, they were problematic and used so much battery power that you needed to replace the battery every couple of weeks or so. Because of this, they were soon replaced by the more convenient LCD watches, and Casio became one of the market leaders during the 1980s.

As with many new electronic gadgets the watches soon became more complex, and companies competed with each other to cram as many features as they possibly could into a wristwatch. Casio released their now iconic calculator and databank watches, and Seiko launched their first TV watch in 1982. Amusingly, some even had built-in thermometers, and trying to buy a watch to actually tell the time became irrelevant.

My parents bought me my first digital watch in 1982 which was made by Texas Instruments. It was pretty basic, but featured a cool glow in the dark luminous green background. Watches quickly became ever more complex, and within about a year everyone wanted the new-fangled calculator watches. In 1984, I persuaded my parents to buy me a Casio model for Christmas which had a built-in Space Invaders game. Indeed, there were so many features that actually remembering where the time mode was on the darn thing became almost an impossibility - you could find yourself spending half a day frantically pressing the buttons just to get back to the time mode!

80s LCD gold digital watch
80s style gold LCD watch by Trixes
There are plenty of retro style digital watches available today with a 1970s or 80s style. There is a lovely selection of 70s LED watches at Amazon.co.uk which look exactly like the one my Dad owned back in the day. Starting at little short of £50 they're not cheap, but for retro coolness they can't be beaten. The gold tone 80s watch featured here costs less than a fiver, and if you're planning on dressing-up for an 80s party then it would be a cost-effective way to add the finishing touch to your costume. For long-term use I would doubt it's going to last that long, although you should never judge a book by its cover, of course.

If you want a truly authentic 80s watch with lasting appeal then it's worth paying a bit more. Casio are still producing some of the exact same models they were around three decades ago, but with improved technology inside the casing, of course.

Let's take a look at the models available.

Gold Casio WR 80s Digital Watch
Casio WR Gold 80s Watch
Now, this looks very much like the watch I bought in the latter half of the 80s, except mine was made from black plastic because that's all I could afford at the time. Whether gold-toned or not, this model was a lot less complicated to use. Gold watches became highly popular, particularly amongst YUPPIES - remember them?

However, to be a true YUPPIE you needed a Casio Databank.

Retro 80s Casio Gold Data Bank Watch
Retro 80s Casio Data Bank Watch
This is from Casio's retro collection and look's exactly how I remember them. These were far too highly-priced for someone who was in their late teens (as I was) but very suitable for anyone who had some cash to spare, such as your boss!

The following watches are typical of the popular models we were all wearing in the 1980s and can, fortunately, still be bought today. I particularly like the Timex with it's luminous green display that reminds me of my first aforementioned digital watch by Texas Instruments.

Casio Calculator Watch


Relevant posts on this blog:

Back to the Future Watch/Costume
Inflatable 80s Mobile YUPPIE phone

You can read more about 80s fashion at my website SimplyEighties.com



Friday, 12 September 2014

Women's "I Love The 80s" Fancy Dress Costume

Off-the-shoulder 1980s T-shirt for Women
Off-Shoulder 80s T-shirt
For this post I'm going to show you how to quickly put together two "I Loveheart The 80s" costumes, the first of which this lovely lady is wearing. Firstly, you can buy that black, off-the-shoulder T-shirt using the link above. Unfortunately, it's only available for sizes 8-12 for some reason, but there are lots of other stylish T-shirts available. Visit my post "I Love The 80s T-shirts" on this blog to see lots of ideas.

Pink 80s Hair Bow on a Head Band
Pink 80s Hair Bow on a headband
This pink hair bow is attached to on an easy-to-wear, elasticated headband, and can be placed onto a wig or your own hair. It's perfect for adding the finishing touch to many 80s costumes.

Neon Orange Heart Drop Earrings
See All Neon 80s Earrings
There are many 80s style earrings available in different shapes and colours including teardrop, hoop, heart-shaped and geometric. One of my favourite designs is the heartdrop shape above.


The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the model is also wearing bangles, too.

multi-coloured neon beaded bracelets for 80s fancy dress
Neon Beaded Multi-coloured Bracelets (set of four)
Neon Bracelets and Belts
This set of beaded bracelets in four different colours is a good buy and just perfect for adding to an 80s costume.

Plain Leggings for 80s Fancy Dress
Plain Leggings Sizes 8-18
Plain Leggings
These low-cost, plain leggings by Monkeying About come in a range of colours and three separate sizes. Of course, you don't have to stick to black. A whole variety of colours were worn back in the 1980s.

Stirrup Leg Warmers by Roch Valley Dancewear
Stirrup Leg Warmers by Roch Valley Dancewear
Leg warmers are the key to giving your outfit a real 80s feel. There are many pages of styles to choose from at Amazon and your biggest headache will be deciding which ones to choose. For an easy option go with pastel or neon pink. Stripes were also a popular choice back in the day. For a dance style (as worn in the movies Fame and Flashdance) stirrup leg wamers (as shown above and available in many colours) are an ideal choice. You may also like to read the post 80s Flashdance Costume

Striped, Knitted Leg Warmers by Trendy Fashion
Striped, Knitted Leg Warmers by Trendy Fashion
Costume 2

80s Tutu Costume for Women
80s Tutu Costume
Here is an alternative to the first costume we have created. Simply replace the leggings with a multi-tiered tutu skirt, or wear it over your leggings.


2 Tiered, Long Tutu (choice of colours)
Pink, Layered Tutu

Black, Multi-Layered Tutu Skirt for 80s/Halloween dress-up
Black Multi-Layered Tutu
This layered tutu skirt is ideal for adding a rock or Halloween theme to your costume. However, there are many pages of low-cost tutu skirts that you can browse through at Amazon.co.uk. 

See All Tutu Skirts for Women

You can also see a wide range of 80s fancy dress costume ideas at SimplyEighties.com