Saturday, 23 May 2015

Rubik's Cube Inflatable Seat

Official Inflatable Rubik's Cube Seat
Official Inflatable Rubik's Cube Chair by Rubik's at Amazon
If you would like to add a touch of fun 80s style to your home then I have something here that will make you jump out of your chair with excitement - then you can sit back down again on this inflatable seat which looks like a giant Rubik's cube!

Unlike many inflatables, this is made from plush material which makes it a pleasure to sit on and this is the official design from Rubik's Cube themselves. Now, I know a good many people who really would like to get their hands one of these, and it would be great as an extra chair (especially in a child's room) or to add some quirkiness to a room or even an office.



After the Ideal Toy Corp bought the license to sell the cube in 1980, it quickly became the biggest-selling toy in the world. There are now literally hundreds of cube-related gifts available which shows just what an incredible design it is. The 3D puzzle was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik and was originally called The Magic Cube. It first went on sale in 1980 as Rubik's Cube which is why it became synonymous with the decade.


Rubik's Cube Bag

You may also be interested in the post Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag on this blog.



Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Dynasty 80s Puffed Sleeve Costume


Dynasty Krystie Carrington Costume
Dynasty Puff Sleeve Costume (U.S.)
Many ladies of a certain age will remember diving head-first into the world of power-dressing back in the 1980s. Of course, there were disastrous consequences for many, but certain ladies in the public eye (Princess Diana springs to mind) certainly embraced the fad with style.

The arrival of the soap Dynasty fuelled the desire for shoulder pads and puffed sleeves. The first season of the series experienced poor ratings, but the arrival of Joan Collins as Blake's devious ex-wife Alexis Carrington helped to propel the show to the No.1 spot in the TV ratings.

The costume above is ideal for creating a Dynasty, Krystie Carrington (Linda Evans) or general 80s power-dressing look. As I write, the costume is not currently available here in the UK, but it is certainly available to buy at Amazon.com. It includse the pink top with puffed sleeves and the black pencil skirt. Please note that the wig is not included.


80s Soap Star Wig

The official wig for the costume has received one very poor rating, so you buy this one at your own risk.

Alternative Wigs

Blonde, Layered Wig for Women
California Costumes Lush Layers Wig


80s Quiff and Crimp Wig
If you want to add a fun element to your costume then this wig will certainly do that! It combines two popular 80s styles and has been highly rated by customers. This wig is also a popular seller through my website simplyeighties.com. The quiff certainly has an 80s power-dressing feel to it.

You can read more about shoulder pads and power dressing at my website, as well as gaining inspiration from many more 80s costume ideas for women.

 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rambo Stallone Costumes for Men

Official Rambo Costume for Men
Official Rambo Costume
 
It would have been pretty near impossible to have made it through the 1980s without noticing the Rambo film series. Even if you weren't a fan, the posters featuring a well-toned Sylvester Stallone wearing a vest top and head band were everywhere, and the look became iconic. There were three films released during the 80s; First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III, although John Rambo's fashion style hardly changed.

To create a Rambo look the most essential items are the headband and vest top, although you could opt for a muscle chest instead, unless, of course, you have the physique to carry it off! There are many options available which I'll now discuss.

The offical Rambo costume includes everything you need including the aforementioned muscle chest and vest, along with trousers, wig, headband, bullet belt and dog tags. Of course, as with most official outfits the price can be out of some people's reach, particularly if you're only going to wear the costume once. However, if you want the best quality costume then it's probably worth paying that little bit extra.


Cheap Rambo Costume
Budget Rambo Costume
A second option comes in the form of this unofficial costume which is less than half the price of the official one. However, it doesn't include the wig, but does include a padded muscle shirt, bullet belt, trousers with boot toppers and a red headband. Unfortunately, there is no indication as to what size the costume is, although it's probably a one size, standard fit outfit.

Super Soldier Costume for Men
Super Soldier Costume
Perhaps the best option of all is this "Super Soldier" outfit which is priced somewhere in between the other two costumes, but is available in two sizes and comes as a one piece padded jumpsuit with attached camouflage shorts and a separate headband.

You may want to create your own costume using separate items, or add additional accessories to one of the costumes above. I've managed to find a wide range of low-cost items which you may find useful;

Olive Green Vest Top Camouflage Vest Top Bullet Belt Smithy's Dog Tags Army Headband AK-47 Automatic Rifle Camouflage Cargo Pants Rambo Accessory Kit Rambo Wig with red headband

Now, despite extensive searching on Google, it has been impossible to find a rambo with with a red headband. However, I did manage to find an alternative in the form of John McEnroe wig which looks pretty similar don't you think?

You can find many more 80s costume ideas for men at my website SimplyEighties.com



Saturday, 2 May 2015

80s Flecked Suits for Men

Original 80s double-breasted, grey wool fleck suit jacket
An original 1980s grey fleck suit jacket

The type of suits that get the most mentions in many 80s fashion articles are the ones worn by Tubbs and Crockett in Miami Vice. Now, while pastel shades and rolled-up sleeves were just so very 80s, there was another type of suit that I remember just about every guy wearing in British nightclubs in the latter half of the 1980s. Yes, it was the fleck suit, which was actually an updated version of a 50s classic.

I still fondly (?) remember my dark grey suit which had multi-coloured flecks running through it. The trousers had high, twin pleats and the legs tapered towards the turned-up hems. Turn-ups were essential if you wanted to be on trend. Grey was certainly the most popular choice of colour, although the flecks were sometimes just white rather than coloured.

1980s fleck trousers with twin pleats, tapered legs and turn-ups
80s Fleck Trousers with twin pleats and turn-ups

It was around 1987 when I first ventured into a nightclub. To be honest, I had know idea what kind of suit was in fashion at the time. I just knew that flares and drainpipes had had their day, and noticed that everyone seemed to be wearing pleated trousers with turn-ups - they were on display in Foster's shop window in Stratford-Upon-Avon - this must surely be the way to go!

I actually felt very comfortable wearing turn-ups, and unlike standard trousers, they prevented me from worrying about whether the trouser legs were flapping around too much and, therefore, looking uncomfortably like I was still stuck in the 70s.

You can sometimes find original suits from the eighties being sold on ebay. So, if you want to recreate the authentic look of a smart 80s man, then ebay is probably your best bet.  




multi-coloured fleck suit close-up
Close-up of multi-coloured fleck pattern


Grey 80s suit jacket with white flecks
80s Suit Jacket with white flecks

You can read about other 80s fashion trends for men at my website SimplyEighties.com.

80s Flecked Suits
80s Flecked Suits Collage

 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Some Old 80s Magazines

For this post I thought I'd dig out some of my old 1980s magazines from the loft, dust them off (atchoo!) and photograph them. So, without further ado, here they are - Sara.

Elle Magazine March 1988
Elle magazine cover from March 1988
The Face No.64, August 1985 ft. George Michael
The Face No.64 (Aug 1985) ft. George Michael
The Face No.53, Sept 1984 featuring Prince
The Face No.53 (September 1984) ft. Prince
Smash Hits March 1986 ft. Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Smash Hits magazine March 1986 ft. Sigue Sigue Sputnik
In 1986, new wave, glam punk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik told us that they were the future of rock 'n' roll. Hmm, well after just a couple of Top 30 hit singles and a No.10 album in 1986, and one measly Top 40 hit co-produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman in 1988, in July 1989 they decided to call it a day.

No1 Magazine Dec 1985 ft. Midge Ure
No1 magazine Dec 1985 ft. Midge Ure
look-in magazine Dec 1982 - Nick Heyward
Look-In Magazine December 1982 ft. Nick Heyward
Look-In Magazine Jan 1984 ft. David Hasselhoff
Look-In January 1984 ft. David Hasselhoff
Just Seventeen Feb 1987 ft. Pepsi & Shirlie
Just Seventeen Feb 1987 ft. Pepsi and Shirlie

Cracker Jack Annual 1983 ft. Stu Francis

Okay, so this is an annual and not a magazine. "It's Friday, it's five to five and it's Crackerjack!".

Radio Times Nov 1983 ft. the five doctors and the Master.
Radio Times Nov 1983 ft. Five Doctors and the Master

For everything 80s visit our website SimplyEighties.com


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Create a Kim Wilde Striped Top Costume

Kim Wilde wearing a black and red striped top
Kim Wilde Poster
During her early pop career Kim Wilde became renowned for wearing stripy tops. You can see Kim wearing this Denace the Menace style black and red top in a live performance of View From A Bridge in 1982. She also wore a black and white striped, sleeveless top in the video for her debut single Kids in America. Apparently, Kim borrowed the top from a friend who had bought it in a charity shop.

Kim WIlde in a blue and black stripy top
Kim Wilde Kids in America Gold Disc Display
This is a rare image of Kim in a blue and white striped top. If you look carefully it's a mirror image of the poster at the top of the page. My belief is that she didn't actually wear a blue and white top and the colouring was altered for creating this gold disc display.

Creating a Kim Wilde costume for events such as 80s Rewind or an 80s party should be a pretty easy affair. For the top you need to look for something that is cut quite high across the neckline. A search on google presented me with tops that were all cut too low around the neck, but I managed to find these tops at Amazon.co.uk...

Striped Jumper for Adults
Striped Adult Jumper £9.98

This low-cost fancy dress jumper can be tucked into a pair of tight, black jeans.

Black and Red Striped T-shirt by Flip
Black and Red Striped Tee by Flip £9.99
Alternatively, this ladies T-shirt by Flip should give you a better fit. Now, to cover the fact that this is a short-sleeved tee and not a long-sleeved one that Kim wore, you could wear a black blazer over the top just as Kim did in her Kids in America video and some promotional photos.

Black and White Striped Tee Shirt
Black and White Striped Tee

It proved to be very difficult to find a top that didn't feature a plunging neckline. At under £10, this top by Rock Star Academy is good value and the striping is the ideal thickness. It's a men's tee but would be fine for fancy dress purposes.

Black Blazer Jacket for Women
Tailored Open Blazer Jacket for Women
For the blazer you need something that is tailored and has an open design and in plain black. This jacket by Krisp is ideal and at £19.99 is a very reasonable price, too.

New Romantic Wig
Although there are no wigs available that are specifically for creating a Kim Wilde look, this new romantic wig looks pretty close to Kim's hair style, and you could always ruffle-up the top of it for a more authentic look. Some comments suggest the wig is a little tight for a man's head which suggests that it's probably ideal for the average woman's head.

Kim Wilde 80s Wig for Women
Blonde 80s Wig for Women
Alternatively, this 80s style wig for women may be more suitable.

So there you have it, all the items you need to create an eighties style Kim Wilde costume.

You can see many more 1980s costume ideas for ladies at my website SimplyEighties.com.