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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



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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, 18 February 2016

Best Doctor Who 80s T-shirts

I've been a Doctor Who fan for over four decades, and I grew up on the original, classic Doctor Who series  back in the 1970's, which featured Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker as the timelord. Of course, the series actually started in 1963 (long before I was born) with William Hartnell being the first ever Doctor.

The original Doctor Who series came to an end in 1989 while Sylvester McCoy was playing the seventh Doctor. Anyone living in the UK aged around 30+ will have some memories of the classic series, and the DVD releases by the BBC remain very popular.

Anyway, I could waffle on about the subject for many an hour, but as this post is actually about T-shirts, let's discuss them!

If you're trying to conjure up a gift idea for a sci-fi or Who fan, then at one of these quirky T-shirt ideas should be useful to you. I've picked out some of the best retro or 80s themed designs, some of which are real head-turners!

Before I start, you may be interested to know that there is an official Doctor Who store at both Amazon UK and Amazon.com, and you'll find a wide variety of quirky products. If you're a Whovian then trust me, you really need to visit these stores...

Doctor Who shop UK

Doctor Who shop U.S.

If you're from the UK, then I can also recommend visiting the BBC store, too.

BBC Shop UK

Okay, let's take a look at some T-shirts!



Doctor Who Tom Baker comic T-shirt
Dr. Who comic Tom Baker T-shirt
Fans of the fourth Doctor or the Dr Who comics will love this T-shirt. The image is taken from "The Return of the Daleks"comic book and is available in adult sizes from small to XX-large. This design isn't available in the U.S., unfortunately.

Doctor Who Tardis T-Shirt
Tardis with Union Jack T-shirt
Now, this is a pretty cool design. Featuring a glowing Tardis design with distressed British flag, this has a vintage feel and is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and available for men in black or grey. It's one of the most popular T-shirts on Amazon, although it's not available for ladies for some reason - sorry ladies! Sold by Ripple Junction in the U.S. and the official Doctor Who store in the UK, this tee is available at Amazon UK and Amazon.com

University Of Gallifrey T-Shirt
University of Gallifrey T-shirt
The most popular Doctor Who T-Shirt in the UK is actually for ladies, proving that the days of sci-fi geeks being a male only domain are long gone! Without wishing to sound patronising, Gallifrey is the home planet of the Doctor and the timelords, just in case you're wondering! There are numerous variations of this design available for adults.

University of Gallifrey T-shirts at Amazon UK

University of Gallifrey T-shirts at Amazon.com

Tardis (Police Box) T-shirt
Tardis - Police Box T-shirt
This fabulous design is a personal favourite, and is proving to be a very popular choice for Who fans. I sell many of these through my links on my website (simplyeighties.com). This exact design isn't available in the U.S., but there are several alternatives.

Tardis T-shirt U.S.

Tardis T-shirt UK

Dalek Space Invaders 80s T-shirt
Tardis Invaders Game T-shirt
Now, here's a great idea for a game - dalek invaders! Based, of course, on the classic Space Invaders, this design would be ideal for wearing to an 80s party/event and would be a great talking point. Tees are available for both men and women.

Officially Licensed Tee (UK only)

Dalek Invaders T-shirts UK

Dalek Invaders T-shirts U.S.


Based on the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing image by The Beatles, the band have been replaced with four Doctor's emerging from the TARDIS. It's a very inventive idea and there are many suppliers selling this design or adults and kids. If you're from the UK then I would recommend buying from Eat Sleep Shop Repeat at Amazon for the best quality. They supply the T-shirt in 12 colour choices and sizes up to XXXXXL. However, you can see all suppliers selling the tee using the following links;

Gallifrey Road T-shirts UK

Gallifrey Road T-shirts U.S.

Official Dalek Haynes Manual T-shirt
Official Dalek Haynes Manual T-shirt by BBC

This is a stylish and fun design which features a dalek as it would feature on the cover of a Haynes manual -  should you ever wish to repair one! Back in the 80s, many people would repair their own cars with the help of a Haynes manual. This is a great idea and this officially licensed T-shirt from the BBC shop at Amazon UK is available in sizes small to XX-large. This design is not available in the U.S., although you can a similar design on a blue T-shirt from the Doctor Who store at Amazon.com.

K-9 Doctor Who Haynes Manual T-shirt
K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt
You either loved or hated K-9, but fans of the robotic dog (who was the fourth Doctor's companion) will love this T-shirt which is an official design.

K-9 T-shirt at Amazon UK

Sadly, this design isn't available in the U.S., but you may be interested in this next design...

K-9 poster T-shirt
K-9 Poster T-shirt XXXL
This tee is only available in a size XXXL and in a sand colour, but it is an official design, at least, and customer reviews have been very positive.

K-9 Poster Tee at Amazon.com

Keep Calm Have A Jelly baby Doctor Who T-shirt

There are numerous "Keep Calm" T-shirts available with a Doctor Who theme, and this particular one (which is an official design) is my favourite. Fans of the classic series will know that the fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker) was very fond of Jelly Babies and one even offered one to Davros! These tees are amusing, on trend and an ideal gift for Whovians.

Keep Calm Have A Jelly Baby T-shirt UK

Keep Calm Have A Jelly Baby T-shirt U.S.

All Keep Calm Doctor Who T-shirts UK

All Keep Calm Doctor Who T-shirts U.S.

Well, I hope you like the designs that I have picked. If you're a fan then also visit the Dr Who page at my 80s website simplyeighties.com for video clips, pictures and info.






You can see many more 80s costume ideas for men on my website SimplyEighties.com.




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.

I managed to find a nice range of original and unique designs at Redbubble and Tostadora who both ship to the UK and US. What I really like about both stores is that each design is available for men and women and can be printed on a range of clothing items, not just basic tees.

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 our 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