Friday, 12 February 2016

Best David Bowie T-shirts

Visiting from the U.S.? Scroll to the bottom of this post for my top picks at Amazon.com. Alternatively, you will find some fantastic designs and great deals available to buy on eBay.

David Bowie T-shirts have always been a popular choice on my 80s website (simplyeighties.com). Inevitably, after his death in January 2016, there has been a steep rise in the popularity of not only David Bowie T-shirts, but also other merchandise as well.

However, unsurprisingly, a lot of printing companies have suddenly appeared on Amazon offering Bowie-related T-shirts to try and cash in. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to try and sort out the wheat from the chaff, and present you with the best suppliers to buy from - these are the most popular designs which are being printed by well-established companies. Alternatively, another store which has lots of great designs from top T-shirt suppliers is eBay.

David Bowie Aladdin Sane T-shirt
Aladdin Sane T-shirt
The Aladdin Sane album from 1973 is a real classic and this men's T-shirt featuring the album sleeve artwork (by Amplified) is the most popular (and possibly the coolest) choice through my website. 
David Bowie Blackstar T-shirt
Blackstar album T-shirt
There are numerous T-shirts available with artwork from Bowie's final studio album. This one by Illegal Art Boutique is receiving rave reviews and is made from Gildan heavy cotton with double stitching. At just £9.99 including delivery (subject to change) it's a great price, too. Believe it or not, there are actually T-shirts featuring a white star which is preposterous. This tee is available in maroon, grey or white for sizes small to XX-large.

If you're looking for a great deal then you will also find a page full of suppliers selling the Blackstar T-shirt on ebay and the prices are very competitive here.

David Bowie Smoking T-shirt
Official David Bowie Smoking T-shirt
This Bowie smoking design has always been very popular on my website, and the shirt I would choose is this official one which features a retro photo of Bowie with a cool, yellowish hue. Although it's a men's tee, many ladies appear to find this one a good fit (not too tight). Official merchandise is usually a safe bet, and the price is very reasonable at £11.93 to £15 including delivery depending on which of the three sizes you choose. You can also buy an official design produced by Ripleys Clothing which is available in five sizes and sold through Amazon UK.

David Bowie T-shirt by Ripley's Clothing
This iconic image of Bowie has gained in popularity recently and, once again, this is official merchandise produced by Ripley's clothing and sold at Amazon UK. Five sizes are available and customers have nothing but praise for the product quality and service. 

Mr. Bowie Ziggy Stardust Cartoon T-shirt
Mr. Bowie Cartoon Ziggy T-shirt
Now, here's a fun design which makes a refreshng change. It's completely unofficial, but it's ideal for quirky types and available in sizes up to XXXXXL in 15 colour choices. 

Ladies purple Mr. Bowie Ziggy cartoon T-shirt
Ladies Mr. Bowie T-shirt (choice of colours)
The same, fun design is also available just for ladies, although with 10 colour choices, rather than 15. I picked out this purple colour which is a personal favourite. Sizes range from 8 to 20 and the tee itsef is 100% cotton.

David Bowie Life on Mars T-shirt
Life on Mars T-shirt
This is a fantastic design and works perfectly on a white tee. It features Bowie's heavily made-up face from the early 70s "Life On Mars" promotional video. Produced by Human Apparel, sizes up to 5 x XL are available with same day despatch from Amazon UK. It's also a Fair Trade product made from 100% cotton.

Best U.S. T-shirts

As promised at the top of this post, here are my top picks from Amazon.com in the U.S., The suppliers are different to the UK and, therefore, many of the designs available in the UK are not available in the U.S., sadly. These shirts are the best-rated by customers from established suppliers.



You can see many more 80s and retro T-shirt ideas at my website simplyeighties.com using the following links;

80s T-shirts Ideas UK
80s T-shirts Ideas for Women US
80s T-shirt Ideas for Men US


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saved By The Bell T-shirts

Firstly, I would like to make it clear that I will be focusing on the original, classic series of Saved By The Bell for this post, and not the dreadful New Class spin-off that aired later in the 90s.

The original (and popular) U.S. teen sitcom aired from 1989 to 1993 and followed a group of friends and their principal at Bayside High School. Do you remember all of the main characters? Well, you don't have to bother thinking too hard because I'm going to tell you, and when you're over 40 you really don't need the hassle of exercising your brain too much! They were Screech (my favourite), Slater, Lisa, Jessie, Zack, Kelly and, of course, principal Mr. Belding.

A Saved By The Bell T-shirt is ideal for both 80s and 90s themed dress-up. Now, I was curious as to whether there would actually be many designs available, and whether the popularity of the series was still strong enough to make it worthwhile producing a T-shirt. Therefore, I was very pleased to see that Amazon UK featured over 130 products, with the U.S. store showing over 500 results.

Saved By The Bell T-shirts at Amazon UK

Saved By The Bell T-shirts at Amazon.com

However, stock at the UK Amazon is rather unreliable and, therefore, you may also like to try eBay. This geo-targeted link can be used in the UK, U.S., Canada and Australia - Saved By The Bell T-shirts at bay


Bayside Tigers Off Shoulder Sweatshirt
Bayside Tigers Sweatshirt  - 4 Sizes
One of the most popular items is this off-shoulder sweatshirt which has a baggy fit and comes in four sizes up to XX-large.

Buy at Amazon.com

There is quite an extensive range of Bayside Tigers clothing available, including many designs of T-shirts and hoodies which you may want to take a look at.

Bayside Pride T-shirt


See all Bayside Tigers clothing at Amazon UK

Bayside Tigers Clothing at Amazon.com

Saved By The Bell Cast T-shirt
Saved By The Bell Cast T-shirt

Saved by the Bell - Cast Men's T-Shirt at Amazon.com

The availability of this T-shirt (and similar designs) in the UK is, once again, unpredictable at Amazon. However, there are plenty of top-rated suppliers selling on eBay. You can use the eBay link in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

More designs can be found by searching for popular characters from the series.


Kelly Kapowski T-shirts
I Love Kelly Kapowski T-shirt
I Love Kelly Kapowski T-shirt
There will be many red-blooded males who had a crush on Kelly, and being a shallow teen you just lust after attractive-looking girls. Of course, as you grow older you begin to realise that there is much more to a person than just looks. Nonetheless, this is a fun T-shirt for wearing to an 80s, 90s or retro TV-themed party or event, or just for wearing out and about to create a talking point. This particular tee was only available at the U.S. Amazon, with the UK store showing "currently unavailable". However, you may want to check this link to the supplier as stocks may have been replenished - Kelly Kapowski White T-shirt for Men

I managed to find suppliers from the states selling on eBay to the UK, although the postage is, understandably, quite steep.

Kelly Kapowski T-shirts at ebay

This geo-targeted link to ebay can be used in the U.S., UK, Australia and Canada.

Kelly Kapowski T-shirt for women
UK Kelly Kapowski T-shirts
Green Kelly Kapowski Men's Tee
I really like this design and the T-shirt is a regular fit available for sizes small to XX-large. This design was not available at the UK Amazon store, but there were sellers on eBay.

Screech Powers T-Shirts

Screech Powers Black T-shirt for Men
Screech Powers T-shirt at Amazon UK
Played by Dustin Diamond, Screech was, of course, the geek/nerd of the group, but also one of the best-loved characters. The T-shirt above comes in a choice of 15 colours in sizes from small to 5 x XL. Unfortunately, it;'s not available at the U.S. store, but here is a live feed of some items available...


Zack Morris T-Shirts

While the boys were all drooling over Kelly, the girls were going weak at the knees for heartthrob Zack Morris. You may remember that he was the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Zack Attack. Well, here's a T-shirt featuring that very band...

Zack Attack Saved By The Bell T-shirt
Officially Licensed Zack Attack T-shirt
Sadly, this tee was not available at the UK Amazon. However, there are a few different Zack Attack designs available at Cafepress.

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then you may like this pink design.

Pink Zack Attack 90s T-shirt
Pink Zack Attack World Tour T-shirt
Once again, this design was not available at Amazon UK, but there I did find some alternative designs on eBay. You can also use the following geo-targeted link in the U.S., Canada and Australia;

Zack Attack T-shirts at eBay

Well, I hope I've inspired you with some good T-shirt ideas. You may also be interested in the following links;

80s T-shirt Ideas (UK) at Simplyeighties.com
80s T-shirt Ideas for Women (U.S.)
80s T-shirts Ideas for Men (U.S.)


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Daring Hair Styles - Pictures from the 80s

For this post, I bring you another selection of original images from the 80s featuring big and bold hair styles. If you haven't already done so, then you may like to visit my first 80s hair post, too. Enjoy - Sara.

Original 80s hairstyle with bold make-up
Big 80s hair with shiny PVC - so very 80s!
80s hairstyle 35
Another voluminous style - lots of lacquer required!
Page 027 - Wedge
80s Wedge style - she looks pleased with it.
80s Hairstyle 194
Ah yes, the side ponytail.
Rosie Vela 3
Spiral Perm
Women's Eighties Hair Style
Cheer up, love, it's the 80s!
Really Bad 80s Hairstyle 3
I told you not to stick your finger in that socket!
80s hairstyle 130
You know your hair is bad when it looked better before the makeover!
Bleached 80s Hair Style
Addicted to peroxide
80s Power Dressing Hair Style
Lady Diana style
Female Mullet Hair
Female mullet
Bad 80s Hair in 1989
Oh dear!
Hi-top fade: A New Jack Swing vintage style:  BRYAN O'QUINN
A New Jack Swing hair style, apparently.


My 80's Hair Hero: Daryl Hall
Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates