Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume for Ladies

Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume
Miss Edward Scissorhands Costume
As I write, it's still officially summer here in the UK, although the weather has a distinctly Autumnal feel and look to it. This has got me in the mood for one of my favourite times of the year, Halloween, I find it incredible just how many people still leave it until just days before the big night before deciding to order their costume. That's a huge risk, and by ordering many weeks in advance you can make sure you have the right size and that you actually will feel comfortable wearing your outfit.

One costume that can be used for both Halloween and 80s themed parties and events is this fabulous and complete Miss Edward Scissorhands outfit. I say complete because unlike many fancy dress costume it includes the wig. You will also receive the dress, sleevelets, gloves with attatched scissorhands, choker and a belt.




There are plenty of suppliers at both Amazon.com and UK selling the outfit, but the cheapest one is Rubies who provide it in a full range of sizes. I have added the two links above. However, if you want to see all of the suppliers for yourself then you can use the two links below.

See All Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at Amazon.com
See All Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at Amazon.co.uk


You can also check the prices at two recommended suppliers Angels Fancy Dress and Party Domain Ltd using the feed above.

For the very lowest price then it's well worth checking ebay. I've added a live UK feed below which includes only top-rated suppliers and lists costumes in price order from low to high. If you're from the U.S. then use this link

Miss Edward Scissorhands Costumes at ebay U.S.



Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Smiths 80s Band T-shirts

The Smiths Hatful of Hollow T shirt
The Smiths T-shirts at Amazon UK
If you were asked to name one of the most influential British bands of the 80s, then The Smiths would certainly be in the top five for a good many of you, I would imagine. The alternative rock/Indie pop band from Manchester may have only been active for five years (1982-87), but in that relatively short period they managed to create a pretty substantial following. The band still appear to have a big fanbase judging by the number of T-shirts that are sold through my website simplyeighties.com

Best places to buy The Smiths T-shirts

Amazon UK has an extensive range of designs, including the most popular Tee featured at the top of this page, as well as designs adorned with the band's frontman Morrissey. If you're from the U.S. then you'll be delighted to know that Amazon.com stock a range of Tees, too, although it's not as ample as the UK store.

A more substantial range can be found at ebay, although, once again, if you're browsing in the British Isles then you're probably going to see a bigger range of designs. I've added a live feed at the bottom of this post so you can view all the latest offers - I've set the feed to only include brand new "buy it now" items from only top-rated sellers. Many quality suppliers sell their wares through ebay these days, so you'll probably be able to pick up a bargain here.

I was really hoping that Zazzle would sell a few shirts, at least, as you can personalise any product on the site. However, a search for "The Smiths T-shirt" came up with absolutely nothing related to the band - darn!

If you would like a more quirky design than the more popular choices, then try a search for the newest arrivals at Amazon UK as this usually throws up a few different ideas.

The Smiths album covers baseball shirt for men
The Smiths Record Covers Baseball Shirt 
This baseball shirt features nine vinyl record covers and offers something a little different to the standard short-sleeved shirts. It's sold by a company calling themselves Morrissey and The Smiths at Amazon (they sound official, although I have no idea whether they are or not) and they have three pages of high quality merchandise including heavy weight shirts, bags and posters.

The Smiths Sheila Take A Bow Heavyweight T-shirt
Sheila Take A Bow Ladies Tee
This ladies heavyweight T-shirt is one of many designs being sold by the aforementioned Morrissey and The Smiths company.

Morrissey Daffodils, James Dean, Billy Fury T-shirt
The Smiths Fury Dean  Daffodils T-shirt
Now, just about any fan of The Smiths will, no doubt, remember that performance on The Tube in 1984 where Morrissey can be seen with a bunch of daffodils in his back pocket. Therefore, this shirt featuring daffodils is a nice touch, Morrissey himself and people who have influenced him such as James Dean and Billy Fury are also featured, and so it's no wonder that this design is a very popular choice at Amazon. Apparently, its hand screen printed near Manchester, too!


Keep Calm and Listen to Morrissey Mug
Keep Calm Morrissey Mug

Although it has nothing whatsoever to do with T-shirts, I just had to include this trendy "Keep Calm and Listen to Morrissey" mug by the Victorian Printing Company. It's an exclusive design and made here in the UK and would make an ideal gift for Mozzer fans.

Well, I hope I've provided you with some decent links, and I'll leave you with the live ebay feed that I promised earlier in this post. You can see many more retro rock and pop band T-shirts ideas at my website.


Monday, 10 August 2015

Fame the Musical Logo T-Shirts

White Fame Movie Logo T-Shirt
White Fruit Of The Loom Fame Logo T-Shirt
Now, imagine being transported back to the summer of 1980. There was one film that every young girl wanted to see and it certainly wasn't Friday The 13th! It was, of course, the American high school musical movie Fame.

However, the popularity of Fame didn't end in 1980. The film spawned a TV series which was particularly popular here in the UK, and in 1982 Irene Cara's theme tune topped the UK charts. The Kids from Fame also had a number of chart hits including Hi Fidelity and Starmaker which both reached the Top 5, and their self-titled album topped the UK album charts for a whopping 12 weeks.Yes, Fame mania became a major part of the 1980s for teens and pre-teens, at least, and with quite a number of adults, too, I would imagine.

Retro Fame logo T-Shirt for men (choice of colours)
British made Fame logo tee £10.99
Whether you want to rekindle some fond memories of your teen years or you're looking for a T-shirt idea for an 80s party or event, then a Fame T-shirt solves both these problems in one!

By the way, you'll find ladies tees further down this post, but I'll start off with T-shirts for men. I particularly like the clean and simple design of the white T-shirt (above) which features the iconic red logo, and is available in sizes from 34" to 48" chest. It's also available as a slim fit design for women.

If you prefer a different colour then you'll be pleased to know that another Fame logo T-shirt by Tees & Biscuits is available in three colours; black, navy or red. It's designed and printed here in the UK and the logo is larger than on the white tee and is printed (using high quality vinyl) onto a 100% cotton, ringspun T-shirt. The price is currently £10.99 inc. delivery which is very reasonable indeed for a quality tee.

So far, I've only linked to suppliers at Amazon UK. I can also recommened checking out the suppliers at ebay as you can often find a bargain or two here.

Ladies Fame T-Shirts


Official slim fit blue Fame logo Tee for Women
Slim Fit Women's Official Fame Tee $9.77
Tees available in the UK for women are featured a little further down this post, As 50% of visitors to this blog are from the U.S.,you'll be pleased to know that I haven't left you out in the cold! This eye-catching blue tee is available at Amazon.com, although is only available in a slim fit (juniors/baby doll) style cut. However, sizes go up to XX-large, so if you're not happy with a figure-hugging style then go for the largest size. For the same bargain price you can also buy this stunning multiple logo stars tee which is also an officially licensed design. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find this particular design being sold here in the UK.

Official Fame Silver Stars Multiple Logo Tee for Women
Fame Silver Stars Quad Logo Tee $9.77



Offiical Fame Logo Organic T-shirts (7 Colours available)
Official Fame Logo Organic T-shirt (7 colours) £19.99

A personal favourite of mine is this officially licensed, organic Tee with pink Fame logo which is supplied by Shotdeadinthehead (intriguing name!) at Amazon UK. The light pink seems to work well with all of the seven colour choices and my eyes are drawn to the green one, maybe because it's a bit more quirky and it fits well with my character.

Baby Pink Fame 80s Logo Tee for Women
Baby Pink Fame Tee £9.99 at ebay
I found this tee at ebay and it's also available in classic black and white colours. Sizes range from 10 to 16 and I always prefer a V neck as they tend not to go baggy around the shoulders - it's so annoying when that happens! By the way, I've linked to a search page for Fame T-shirts (filtering out Lady Gaga!) so you can see everything that's available.

White, slim fit red 1980s Fame logo Tee for women
Ladies White Slim Fit Fame Logo Tee £14.99
Here is the slim fit tee that I mentioned earlier on in this post. There's only one colour available, although the white tee was a popular choice back in the 80s and it has a very authentic retro feel. You can buy this one from the Vintage Magazine Company at Amazon for £10 plus £4.99 delivery.

Well, I've reached the end of my post and I'm now off to enjoy a bit of late summer sunshine. Take care, Sara.

You can see many more 80s T-shirt ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com.

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80s Workout and Dance Clothes
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Where to find the cheapest 80s Wild Child Costume for ladies

Fun Shack 80s Pop Star Costume
80s Wild Child Costumes from £13.99

Just recently I've been looking back at which women's costumes have been the most popular sellers through my 80s nostalgia website Simplyeighties.com, and there is no doubt that the wild child costume is the most popular choice on the Madonna fancy dress pages.

The outfit is based on the clothes that Madge wore in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan and includes the now iconic bolero style jacket with animal print detailing. The original jacket sold for $252,000 in 2014, but you won't need to give your bank manager a heart attack to buy the fancy dress version, thankfully!

Now, there was a time when only one or two suppliers were selling the fancy dress outfit. However, there are now numerous suppliers, and because of this the price has been falling steadily over the twelve months - which is good news for the customer, of course!

The cheapest suppliers I've seen are on ebay and prices of just £13.99 can be found at top fancy dress suppliers. Considering that the cheapest price was over £20 not so long ago, that's quite a price drop!

I've added a live feed from ebay and have set it to include only top-rated sellers which leaves you at a much lower risk of encountering a dodgy supplier. You can scroll through the list using your mouse wheel or finger if you're using a tablet or mobile phone.





The best price I've seen recently at Amazon UK is just £14.99 at UK365Express.

These cheaper costumes are probably unofficial clones of the original version by the supplier Smiffy's, but if you're looking for a one night only costume then they're certainly a bargain. The downide is that they are only available for sizes medium 8 to 10 and large 12 to 14.

If you're looking for larger sizes then I'm afraid you'll have to open your purse a little wider - isn't it always the case!

Sizes up to 26 are available from the costume produced by Fun Shack which is described as an "80s Pop Star" costume but looks pretty identical to the Wild Child costume by Smiffy's.

80s Madonna Desperately Seeking Susan Costume
Original Smiffy's Wild Child Costume
Many of the costumes on offer are, no doubt, copies of the original and you may feel that buying the outfit produced by Smiffy's is your safest bet. The prices have been as low as £17.00 in recent times for the medium size and £21.49 for X-Large. The original also remains the most popular choice on my website. Included is the bolero jacket, top, tutu, lace leggings, gloves and bow headband. Please note that the wig is not included with any of the costumes featured on this page.

Desperately Seeking Susan Fancy Dress Costume Adults

Friday, 24 July 2015

Create an 80s Party Girl Costume

80s Party Girl Costume
80s Party Girl
For this post I'm going to show you how to quickly piece together the costume featured above. The main focus of the outfit is the 80s Party Girl T-shirt which has eye-catching, Katharine Hamnett style block lettering in neon colours. Now, you can, of course, use different accessories to create many looks based around the tee. Let me show you how to create the look from top to toe.

80s Party Girl
80s Party Girl T-shirt
The T-shirt

Obviously, this is the main component and I've linked to ebay where there are usually at least a couple of suppliers selling the tee. If you're from the UK then you can also buy the shirt for £14.95 in size 8-10 at the Fancy Pants Party Store. A small/medium size is also available from TotallyCostumes at Amazon.com in the U.S.

White and Pink 80s Party Girl Tee for Women
White and Pink 80s Party Girl Tee
This white version of the tee can be bought from Wonder Costumes at the U.S. Amazon store.

The 80s Wig

This is, of course, optional, but there are literally hundreds of wigs you could use and the orange and turquoise ones featured in the two pictures above match with the colour of the lettering. Orange is very much a Halloween colour and using a matching orange wig and ra-ra/ruffle skirt would be ideal.

Fiery Cyndi Lauper 80s Wig
Cyndi Lauper 80s Wig
This fiery Cyndi Lauper style wig would look great at any party.


Long, colourful fringed party wigs for women
Long, Fringed Party Wig (UK)
Okay, so these wigs aren't particularly 80s, but they have a vibrant, "I want to party" feel to them and the neon colours go well with the T-shirt.

80s Funky Fresh Wig for Women by Goddessey
80s Funky Fresh Wig 
This spiky rainbow wig by Goddessey is really vibrant and eye-catching and can be bought from 7th Avenue Store at Amazon.com. If you're from the UK then you can sometimes buy it through ebay although it is not available at Amazon UK, unfortunately.

80s Neon Rainbow Wig for Ladies
80s Rainbow Wigs at ebay
You can view a whole range of colourful wigs available from the numerous fancy dress suppliers on ebay using the link above.

Bracelets and Bangles

Neon 80s gummy bracelets and neon beaded necklaces
Neon Gummy Bangles and Bead Necklaces
There is a wide range of 80s and neon bangles, bracelets and necklaces available through ebay (see the link above), Amazon.com and Amazon UK at very keen prices. Add a stack of multiple-coloured jelly bracelets and plastic bangles to your arms.

Neon 80s Bangles

Neon Skirts

The biggest range of low-cost 80s skirts is available at ebay and these include the tiered ra-ra/ruffle petticoat style being worn by the girl featured at the top of this page.

The quickest way to complete your look is by purchasing a tutu skirt set with leg warmers and fishnet gloves included. There is a huge range available from leading fancy dress suppliers at Amazon UK and the prices are very competitive.

Unfortunately, such sets aren't available at the U.S. Amazon store, but you can see a wide range of 80s Skirts, Leg Warmers and Fishnet/Mesh Gloves that can be bought separately.



Hot Pink Ruffle Tutu Skirt by Smiffys
Hot Pink Ruffled Skirt by Smiffys
This tiered tutu skirt by Smiffys is a very popular choice and available at Amazon.com (U.S.).

Leg Warmers

Plain Neon and 80s leg warmers are in abundance at many fancy dress stores and can be bought for just a few £pounds or $dollars. However, the styles are numerous and you can also use striped designs for a more eye-catching look.

Neon Rainbow Striped 80s Leg Warmers
Neon Striped Leg Warmers

Visit the 80 Fancy Dress page at Mark's website SimplyEighties.com for many more ideas.

Sara.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Amusing 80s Knitting Magazines

Pins & Needles magazine Aug 1980
Pins & Needles magazine August 1980
You just know you're in for a good laugh when an article is about hand-knitting in the 80s! You may remember my post Shockingly Bad 80s Jumpers from a few weeks ago, and this post has a disturbingly similar look to it!

I'll start with this magazine from 1980 which features a very early example of geometric patterns (sort of!) which became very popular during the decade. Maybe it was this very magazine that started it all? Hmm, I think not! The old saying "blue and green should never be seen!" springs to mind for this sweater - yuk!

As we move through the decade you will notice how the fashion becomes ever more colourful, although it really doesn't make these jumpers any more wearable.

1983 family knitting magazine
Woman's Day Family Knitting 1983
Back in the eighties we certainly weren't afraid of bold colouring as this jumper shows. Red, yellow, blue, grey and purple make a wonderful combination don't you think?

1985 Ladies Geometric 80s Jumper
Machine Knitting News 1985
This cover is about as 1980s as you can get! Geometric patterns (particularly triangles) were extremely fashionable and this lady is wearing the ultimate 80s jumper, with accompanying bangles and big earrings.

Knit It magazine 1986 WHSmith Wool Shops
Knit It magazine 1986 - WHSmith Wool Shops
Yes, even WHSmith were into knitting back in the day and were trying their best to persuade us all to knit a jumper just like this one back in 1986. It has very gorgeous 80s patterning!

Sandra fashion knitting magazine Sept 1986
Sandra fashion knitting magazine from September 1986
This very lovely jumper would have been the perfect choice for a children's TV presenter. It even has a touch of aztec styling which became fashionable in the 80s.

hand knitted 80s jumper Sandra magazine Aug 1987
Sandra magazine August 1987
Now, that's quite a steep price rise from 65p to 90p between 1986 and 1987. Mind you, that colourful sleeveless sweater looks a darn sight better than the first one on the page and has a touch of Esprit-influenced styling.

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



Friday, 3 July 2015

Original 80s Hair Styles - Pictures

For this post I've gathered together some wonderful original pictures/photos of 80s hair styles.

80s hair - side ponytail
Side Ponytail
Out of all the bold and wild hairstyles to come out of the 80s, the side ponytail is probably the easiest to recreate - but only if you have long hair, of course!

80s Permed Side Ponytail
Permed Side Ponytail
Here we have two hairstyles from the 1980s in one - a side ponytail with a perm.

American actress and singer Pia Zadora in the 80s
Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora became infamous in 1982 after her role in one of the worst films of the eighties, Butterfly. She won a Golden Raspberry award for worst actress and worst new star. After this, she ventured into the music world releasing several successful European hit singles, although none entered the UK Top 40.

Stevie Nicks. Big Curly Hair in 1983
Stevie Nicks Big Curly Hair in 1983
The Fleetwood Mac singer had a very successful solo career during the eighties and has now sold around 30 million records across the globe. But we're only interested in her hair for this post, and here we see a fresh-faced Nicks with very curly 80s hair.


1980s Australian fashion - Debbi Whitford
From the 1987 book Fashion Australia!
Not sure which is more extreme here, the hair or the clothing? This picture featured in an Australian fashion book.

Follow Me magazine, March 1987
Chelo Winter Collection 1987
So what do you do when you're having a bad 80s hair day? You cover it with a silly hat, of course!

Sunsilk hair protection 80s advert
Sunsilk Advert

When you've used half a can of hairspray to hold your 80s bouffant hair style in place you certainly won't be needing a space helmet - nothing is going to shift it!

For lots more info on 80s Fashion visit Mark's website SimplyEighties.com - Sara.

80s costumes at Amazon.com
80s Costumes at Amazon.com


Monday, 29 June 2015

Stunning Zebra Print Wall Clocks

CafePress Zebra Print and Hot Pink Wall Clock


Clocks aren't often mentioned in 80s fashion articles are they? After discovering some gorgeously stylish zebra print wall clocks at Amazon.com and also the UK store, I just had to write a post about them as they're ideal for giving a room a touch of retro 80s style.



Pink and black zebra stripes wall clock

This alternative design is also available on the Cafepress store at Amazon. Although I prefer the design, I would struggle slightly to see the actual time on this one. It still looks funky, though!



If you find pink all a bit too much, then you'll be pleased to discover that the clock above is also available in classic black and white.

Black and White Zebra Print Wall Clock

This clock is well-suited to a black and white themed room which appear to be very fashionable at the moment. I recently gave my bathroom a black and white makeover, although I've never really put a clock in their before - there's a first time for everything! By the way, the U.S. version of the clock has a more vertical pattern with no numerals - just don't ask me why!



Lime Green Animal Print Wall Clock
Combining leopard and zebra print, this stunning lime green clock by Janna Salak Designs is really eye-catching and is hand-crafted with a high gloss finish. Sadly, it isn't available in the UK.


Pink Animal Print Wall Clock by Janna Salak Designs
If pink's your thing then Janna Salak also produce this similar design which has the addition of a love heart.



Here are some more designs at Amazon.com that really caught my attention...











Well, I have reached the end of my post - time flies when you're having fun! Sara.

Visit Mark's website SimplyEighties.com for everything 80s