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Monday, 27 June 2016

Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag


Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag
Rubik's Cube PU Leather Handbag
Whether you're looking for a quirky, fun handbag, or an extra accessory to add to your 80s fancy dress party costume, this fantastic-looking clutch handbag should fit the bill. It's made from high quality PU leather and features two inner pockets. It is, of course, designed to look like the best-selling puzzle of all-time, the Rubik's Cube, which first became popular back in the 1980s - I could never solve the darn thing and resorted to peeling off the stickers and placing them in the right order!



This handbag is certainly a head-turner and a great talking point, being ideal for both teens and adults, and once your friends (or work colleagues) see you sporting this bag they'll all want one, that's for sure! I certainly know one young lady who would be very happy to receive this bag as a present as it's just such a cool retro idea - that's one idea added to the Christmas gifts list, at least.



Rubik's Cube Handbag close-up

You may also be interested in the post Rubik's Cube Fancy Dress Costumes on this blog. By the way, you can also find a wide-range of 80s fancy dress costume ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com.

Melting Rubik's Cube T-shirt for Women
Melting Cube T-shirt for Ladies
If you weren't tempted by that handbag, then how about this melting cube T-shirt? This particular one is available in four colours and in sizes 8-18. However, the link above will take you to a choice of women's tees with a melting cube theme.





Saturday, 14 May 2016

80s Fair Isle Jumpers and Cardigans

1980s chunky knit fair isle sweater
An original 1980s Chunky Knit Fair Isle Sweater
If you remember being forced to wear a mock Fair Isle jumper that your gran had knitted for you as a child, then you're certainly not alone! My gran tended to knit "loose" and my pullovers always used to be way too big for me. "Don't worry, child, you'll soon grow into it" was a phrase that was frequently used. By the time I had finally grown into it, the sweater was no longer fit for purpose!

Fair Isle is actually an island which is situated within the Shetland Islands in bonnie Scotland. Fair Isle knitting first became popular when the Prince of Wales wore a tank top in public during 1921. These days, the term is used to describe the patterning, and, I suspect, that most Fair Isle style clothing is now manufactured in the far east, and not the genuine article.

Zig zags, diamond shapes, star-like flower heads, lines and dots generally made-up the patterns we all grew up with, However, at Christmas time the patterns were given a rather unpleasant Nordic-style, festive makeover. Unbelievably, those ghastly Christmas jumpers with reindeer and snowmen (that you wouldn't be seen dead in during the 1980s) are actually trendy again, and the more ghastly the look, the more people seem to like them. It's all quite bizarre to me!

Fair Isle has been very fashionable again in recent years, and that gives me the perfect excuse to wear a cardigan - you can't beat a good, old-fashioned cardigan for comfort and practicality - and now I can be en vogue, too!



Fair Isle Jumpers
Matching Fair Isle Jumpers for him and her
Nordic Fair Isle Red Christmas Cardigan
Nordic style Fair Isle Christmas Cardigan

The Starsky Cardigan

One of the most infamous cardigans was the one worn by Paul Michael Glaser wore in the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Finding an exact replica is likely to be an impossible task, but there are cream fair isle cardigans available that have a similar feel. Besides, can anyone really remember the exact patterning anyway?

Cream, Fair Isle Cardigan
Mens Cream Fair Isle Cardigan
Starsky wearing a cream cardigan
The original Starsky & Hutch
As you can see, the patterning on Starsky's cardigan is slightly lower down than featured on the cardigan above.

Starsky Cardigan Costume
Starsky Cardigan Costume
I found this cardigan at Amazon which is designed to be used as a costume, rather than to be worn as casual wear. At £60.99 (price is subject to change) it's certainly not cheap, but if you've always wanted to dress like Starsky, then now's your chance!

The cardigan is also available for £49.99 at Amazon's US store.

Paul Michael Glaser Cardigan at Amazon.com



Thursday, 12 May 2016

Create A Blues Brothers 80s Movie Costume

The Blues Brothers - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

The Blues Brothers film is very memorable for a number of reasons, and it had everything a decent 80s movie should have; Two well-known actors (John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd), mouth-watering chase sequences, amusing dialogue and infectious music with lots of appearances by big name singers including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker, to name but a few.

For a movie or 80s-themed party, or maybe a stag/bachelor night, a Blues Brother's theme is a great idea, and it can also be a low-cost option if you dress-up wisely. The most essential part of the look is a Fedora/Trilby hat, black tie and Ray-ban wayfarer shades. Don't worry, though, as you don't need to spend a fortune on original items.



Blues Brothers Fedora and Wayfarer Glasses Kit
Blues Brothers Fedora and Wayfarers Costume Kit

The versatile costume kit above includes a fedora style hat and Wayfarer style shades and can be bought very cheaply at Amazon - this is cheap option for group dress-up. The kit can also be used to create a 2 Tone/Ska or gangster look, too. Kits can also be bought with a black tie.

Blues Brothers Costume Kits at Amazon US

Blue Brothers Costume Kits at Amazon UK

Total Blues Sunglasses and Hat Set
Total Blues Hat and Glasses Set
This hat and glasses set by TrendyFashion was only £3.99 at Amazon UK, although the price is subject to change, of course.

Buying separate items

A whole range of black Fedora/Trilby hats and replica Ray-Ban Wayfarers are available at very low prices on Amazon.

To complete your look you'll need a black suit, a white shirt and a black skinny tie. In the summer months you won't really need the jacket, and if you have some black jeans then you can wear these instead. However, if you really do want the complete look, hen you'll need a black suit.

Official Blues Brothers Suit Costume by Smiffys (UK Only)
The official Blues Brothers costume includes a jacket and trousers and features a Blue Brothers inscription on the chest of the jacket. The costume does not include the accessories, so you'll need to order the kit above to complete your look. With the suit and accessories together you'll have little change from £35, and you'll need two, of course.

A far better option is to actually buy a proper suit. If you're in the UK then Asda or Matalan is the place to go for a cheap suit. A search for black suits at Amazon came up with some excellent offers, with a couple of suits available for under £30, so it's worth checking out the offers. Of course, you can then use the suit for other occasions afterward.

Black Suits at Amazon.com

Black Suits at Amazon.co.uk

Black Skinny Tie for Blues Brothers Costume
Black Skinny Tie



You may also be interested in...

80s Fancy Dress Ideas for Men UK

80s Costume Ideas for Men US

Top 10 Most Popular 80s Fancy Dress Costumes for Men

80s Style Glasses and Sunglasses



Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Captain Caveman T-shirts

Retro Brown Captain Caveman Cartoon T-shirt

We all remember this prehistoric cartoon character and his battle cry don't we?

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was a memorable Hanna-Barbera cartoon that originally aired between 1977 and 1980. If I remember rightly, the first two series were shown as part of a Scooby-Doo compilation show and the third series had its own slot during 1980. Apparently, 40 episodes were created in total.

I remember my friends and I all being big fans of the cartoon and discussing them in the school playground, and it was often shown during the holidays, too. You can now rekindle any memories you have of the series by wearing a Captain Caveman T-shirt.

Not many would associate the cartoon with 80s fashion clothing, but these tees are ideal for a fun and quirky retro look and wearing to a 70s, 80s or cartoon-themed party or event.



Where can I buy Captain Caveman T-shirts?

Rebubble have a nice range of exclusive designs and they ship worldwide. What I like about the site is that each design is available for men and women and can be printed on a range of items including hoodies and sweatshirts.

View Captain Caveman T-shirts at Redbubble.com

Captain Caveman Tee Shirt and Keyring

In terms of value, this grey unisex tee with keyring is available for under £10 at Amazon UK. It's officially licensed and available for sizes Small to X-large.

See all Captain Caveman T-shirts at Amazon.co.uk

View all Captain Caveman T-shirts at Amazon.com

Captain Caveman "I'm Bringing Back Sexy" T-shirt

This official "I'm Bringin' Sexy Back" T-shirt is  available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. It's a fun design and available in a range of sizes.

"I'm Bringing Sexy Back" Captain Caveman Tee for Men

This alternative design is available at redbubble

Captain Caveman Ringer T-shirt

This retro ringer T-shirt can be bought at the US Amazon store and there are three colour choices for the edging. Sadly, it's not available in the UK.

Of course, there were plenty of other old cartoons we all used to watch back in the day, and you can get an A-Z ideas at the 80s Cartoon T-shirt page at my website SimplyEighties.com.





Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Versatile 80s Party Stickers

If you're about to host a 1980s-themed party or event of some kind, then one of the most cost-effective ways to brighten up the decor is with the use of 80s stickers. It's surprising just how effective and versatile they can be, and yet, very few people actually realise that you can buy stickers with an eighties theme.

You could use stickers to create your own party invites, seal envelopes, add to party bags, decorate bottles and jars etc.



Big roll of awesome 80s stickers
This bumper roll of mixed 80s stickers is the best I've seen in terms of value. You get 10 feet of stickers featuring 18 different designs. The designs are cute and cartoony, and probably best suited to females.

10 feet of stickers at Amazon UK

10 feet of stickers at Amazon.com
Roll of 80s stickers

Sadly, I couldn't find anything else available at Amazon, which is a great shame. However, some of the best sticker designs I've seen are available at Zazzle, and many are exclusive to the store.

View all 80s stickers at Zazzle UK

View all 80s stickers at Zazzle US

Here are a few of the designs I found to give you an idea of what's available. You can buy the following items in rolls of 20. The links are to the UK store, but I have added links to the US store underneath each item.

Corey Tiger is one of the best designers around and produces a wide range of unique and amazing 80s designs. I highly recommend you view them all (there are currently 248 of them) using the following links;

Corey Tiger Stickers at Zazzle UK

Corey Tiger Stickers at Zazzle US

Here are a few examples. The picture links are to the UK store, but I have added links to the US store underneath each item.

Corey Tiger 80s Vintage New Wave Neon Splatter Round Sticker
Corey Tiger 80s Vintage New Wave Neon Splatter Round Sticker by COREYTIGER
New Wave stickers at Zazzle US

There are also many excellent designs by other designers at Zazzle...

Stuck in the 80s square sticker
Stuck in the 80s square sticker by shelbysemail2
View at the US store
80s Stickers at Redbubble.com

Another store that sells a massive and unique range of 80s stickers is Redbubble. The only downside is that stickers are priced individually, which makes them a tad expensive. However, if you want a mixed selection of high quality, exclusive designs - there are over 13,000 of them - then this is the place to go to. Just about every 80s theme is covered including gaming, films, cartoons, toys, technology and more.

Please note that you may need to change the country and currency options at Redbubble. £pounds, $dollars and Euros are available.


1987 Mixtape Sticker
1987 Mixtape Sticker
Stickers for each year of the 80s are also available at Redbubble, and these would be very useful for birthday parties.
Pac-Man Sticker
Pac-Man Stickers
With so many stickers available at the site, you will find it easier to narrow down your search further such as Pac-Man or Back To The Future.


Brick To The Future Lego Funny 80s Sticker
Back To The Future Stickers
Here are some more 80s themes to consider;
Ghostbusters
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Robocop

For everything 80s visit my website SimplyEighties.com






Thursday, 7 April 2016

Funny 80s T-shirt Ideas

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.

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 worldide. Just choose your currency at the bottom of the screen on the site.

Free Throat Hugs Darth Vader Tee
Free Throat Hugs Darth Vader Tee
Free throat hugs from Darth Vader - who can resist? I found this funny tee at 80stees.com with sizes up to XXXXXL. They ship worldwide, too.



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.

Rick Astley Diamante T-shirt
Rick Astley Diamante T-shirt



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 comoilations on a cassette tape. Prices at £13.99 plus delivery, this design is available in a choice of colours from 8 Ball T-shirts.

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 are several similar designs available at Amazon.co.uk and the 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

Funny Frankie (Frankenstein) Says Relax T-shirt
Frankie (Frankenstein) Says Relax
There will be oodles of people wearing the classic "Frankie Says 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 (2016).  However, if you want something more original and funny, then this design for men is guaranteed to raise a smile or two. An alternative, unisex T-shirt and ladies T-shirt are also 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 Pac-Man T-shirt
Funny 80s Gaming T-shirt
If you're a retro gamer (or you know one) then this Pac-Man themed T-shirt available at Amazon UK is both amusing and ideal for the fans of 80s gaming. You can also but this tee in six colours at the U.S. store. Keep Calm and Om Nom T-shirt at Amazon.com

Six Pac Funny Gym T-shirt UK
Now this is funny and the perfect tee for anyone with a beer belly who wants an instant six pack! Let's face it, the only six pack that us 8-bit gamers are likely to see these days is the one labelled Stella Artois at the supermarket! The Six Pac T-shirt is available in 16 colours for sizes up to XX-large. You can buy a similar Six Pac T-shirt in the U.S. for men and women.

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.

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.