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



Thursday, 25 June 2015

Shockingly Bad 80s Sweaters - Jumpers

Original black and purple women's 80s sweater
An original 80s jumper
1980s Multi-coloured Pattern Jumper with Matching Leg Wamers
80s Patterned Jumper with matching Leg Warmers
There can't be anyone who lived through the 1980s that didn't wear an atrocious sweater at some point. My memories of oversized, mohair jumpers with ghastly clashing colours and geometric patterns have scarred me for life! The first example at the top of this post is actually pretty tame compared to some of the other attire on this page. It has geometric influences, for sure, but I actually quite like black and purple.

Now, that multi-coloured pattern jumper on the cover of the 80s brochure by Cleckheaton is dire enough on its own, so why on Earth would you want to wear matching leg warmers aswell? That poor girl!

Vintage 80s Knitting Pattern for Girls Bobble Jumpers
Vintage 80s knitting pattern for girls bobble jumpers
Oh dear! Adults wearing atrocious jumpers is bad enough, but why did we have to make our kids suffer, too?

80s knitting pattern for bobble jumper and cardigan by Emu
80s Bobble Jumper and Cardigan Double Knitting Pattern
It seems that we couldn't get enough bobbles during the 80s as this double knitting pattern by Emu shows.

St. Michael (Marks & Spencer) patterned 80s jumper
St, Michael patterned wool jumper
Back in the eighties you would have found jumpers like this on display in Marks & Spencer. I know that abstract patterns were fashionable, but this is looks like it was created in the dark. The patterning is atrocious!

If you are looking for a fancy dress idea for an 80s party or festival, then instead of opting for a ready-made costume you then you can actually find many original tops from the era on eBay and Etsy, allowing you to create your own authentic look.

Oversized 80s Off-shoulder Sweatshirt
Flashdance Sweatshirts at Amazon UK

Failing that, you could try this off-shoulder, batwing-sleeved sweatshirt which has Jennifer Beals from Flashdance written all over it, but not literally, of course. Add some stirrup leg warmers and you have an effective eighties costume.

1980s Ladies mohair jumper
A genuine 1980s Mohair Sweater
Now this is more like it - red and pink together in an argyle-influenced pattern - frightful! But wait, it gets worse!

80s Knitting pattern - chunky knit sweaters

Yes, this cheesy knitting pattern shows us that the whole family could now wear the same style of chunky knit sweater. Would any daughter really want to be seen out wearing their Dad's pullover? Maybe if you lived in the Cotswolds, but for the majority of folk if you went out looking like this then you were asking for trouble!

80s Aztec Sweater for Men
Original 1980s Aztec Pattern Jumper for Men
Now, this pullover is so 80s it hurts! Geometric, aztec style shapes and patterns and lots of ghastly colours combine to make the ultimate 80s jumper for men.

1980s Fair Isle Sweater for Men
Original 80s Fair Isle Sweater for Men
Fair Isle jumpers have been on trend again in recent years, but it would take a brave man to wear this number. There's a fine line between retro cool and just plain ugly!

80s Geometric Grey Shades Sweater for Men
80s Geometric Sweater
There was also lots of grey around in the eighties, and there are several shades of grey (not quite fifty!) in this original geometric, machine-knitted sweater. If you're granny couldn't knit then the machine-knitted pullover was you're best option.

BBC Weatherman Michael Fish wearing one of many knitted jumpers sent in by viewers


Some of the most horrendous jumpers were worn by 80s BBC weather presenters such as Francis Wilson, Ian McCaskill and Michael Fish. Viewers actually used to send in their creations for the weathermen to wear, as shown in the example above. Behind that forced smile you can hear Mr. Fish uttering the words "do I really have to wear this thing live on air?".

Well, I've had a real blast creating this post and I hope you've had as much fun reading it as as I had in creating it.

You can read much more about 80s Fashion at my website SimplyEighties.com.



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

80s Blues Brothers Fancy Dress Kit

Blues Brothers Fancy Dress Kit
Blues Brothers Dress-Up Kit

I have fond memories of watching John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, and the most popular costume item for men bought through my website (SimplyEighties.com) is, by far, the Blues Brothers Fancy Dress Kit. I don't know the exact reason for this, but I would imagine that the low cost, easy-to-wear and fun nature of the item has a lot to do with it, The low price makes the kit ideal for groups and stag dos, and just about everyone who lived through the 80s will, of course, remember The Blues Brothers movie.

The kit originally comprised of the Fedora hat, black tie and Wayfarer style shades, but now also includes stick-on sideburns making it more complete and even better value for money. The lowest-priced supplier is I Love Fancy Dress through their store front at Amazon UK. There are several other kits available, including one by Smiffys which includes a harmonica, but it costs over double the price of the set featured above.




You can, of course, but any of the items in the kit separately.

There are quite a number of suppliers selling Fedora hats, but if you want them for fancy dress purposes then your best option is to search the Toys and Games section at Amazon, rather than the clothes section. Try the following search;

Blues Brother Hat

Blues Brothers Fedora Hat
Blues Brothers Fedora Hat (Pack of 2) £2.79
The cheapest option was this pack of 2 Fedoras by Partyrama.

Total Blues Brothers Hat and Sunglasses
Total Blues Hat and Sunglasses £5.93
This Total Blues hat and glasses kit by Henbrandt is also great value and has been receiving high ratings by customers.
80s Ray-Ban Blues Brothers Sunglasses
80s Ray-Ban Blues Brothers Sunglasses

You can read more about dressing-up as the Blues Brothers (including the full suits) in the post

Create a Blues Brother Movie Costume

You may also be interested in the following pages at my website;

80s Sunglasses
80s Fancy Dress Ideas for Men
2 Tone and Ska Costumes


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Blondie - Debbie Harry Fashion - Clothing


Debbie Harry's Schoolgirl Look
Debbie Harry Fridge Magnet
Back in my school days (yes, it was a long, long time ago!) many kids associated Blondie purely with lead singer Debbie Harry, although Blondie was actually a band, and a damn fine one, too. It's not hard to see why. After all, she oozed sex appeal and became a style icon, and many of her looks can still be seen on the high street today.

Harry's designer friend Stephen Sprouse can claim responsibility for many of those looks. He created every style you can imagine using denim, black leather biker jackets, camoflauge, wayfarer and aviator shades, pink and girly styles, nautical stripes, animal print catsuits - the list goes on!

I find it amusing that in 1998 Britney Spears caused controversy by wearing a school uniform for her video "Hit Me Baby One More Time". How quickly we forget that Debbie Harry had done this two decades earlier!

After forming in 1974, Blondie became pioneers of the punk and new wave scene. However, it wasn't until 1978 when they acheived mainstream success with their Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines albums. It was the band's gender-swapping cover of the song "Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows (which became "Denis") that gave the band their first taste of success, which peaked at #2 here in the UK.

Debbie Harry Sailor Popeye Tee
Debbie Harry Sailor T-shirt
Cartoon characters frequently appear in fashion trends, and one of Debbie Harry's most memorable looks was from 1978 when she wore a sailor hat with a Popeye T-shirt. This T-shirt for men is available at Amazon.com, although it's not available in the UK, sadly. However, there are usually several being sold on eBay.

Debbie Harry adopting wild hair and animal print in 1983
Wild hair and animal print Blondie poster

As worn by Debbie Harry T-shirts

Blondie 1970s Camp Funtime Poster
Blondie Camp Funtime Poster
You can easily recreate this look using a "Camp Funtime" winged totem pole Tee which I found at Amazon.

Camp Funtime Debbie Harry T-shirt
Debbie Harry Camp Funtime T-shirt UK
You can also by the same T-shirt by Refugeek Tees at Amazon.com in the U.S.

Debbie Harry (1979) wearing an "Andy Warhol's Bad" T-shirt
Debbie Harry in 1979
Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirt as worn by Debbie Harry
Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirt UK

Andy Warhol's Bad was a comedy film produced by the legendary pop artist himself. Debbie Harry wore the T-shirt on stage (with vertical striped leggings) in 1979 and it also features on the front cover of the European edition of Blondie's Atomic single.
Blondie Heart Of Glass T-shirt (UK)

Blondie T-shirts are still as popular as ever and are regularly being bought from our 80s website (via links to Amazon). Women are the biggest buyers, and during the pop and rock festival season the sales will, no doubt, explode. If you're off to a 70s or 80s party/festival or retro music event then a Blondie tee is a fine choice.

Blondie T-shirts at Amazon UK
Blondie T-shirts at Amazon.com (U.S.)

You can view a whole range of 80s T-shirt ideas for adults at our website SimplyEighties.com.

Don't miss the Blondie page which is packed with photos and videos.





Sunday, 31 May 2015

80s Polka Dot Tutu Costume for Women

80s Costume for Ladies - Polka Dot Skirt, matching hair bow, armlets and neon leg warmers.
80s Polka Dot Tutu Outfit

Polka dots seem to become fashionable at some point in almost every decade, and back in the 80s there was a resurgence in 1950s style polka dot fashion. Madonna wore black and white polka dot leggings with a white tutu skirt for the movie Who's That Girl, and Princess Diana donned several dotty outfits which had a strong 50s influence.

You can read more about 80s polka dot fashion at my website, but for this post I'm going to concentrate on a low-cost costume that will look fantastic at any 80s themed event or party, and you will certainly stand out from the crowd.

The outfit featured at the top of this post costs just £9.99 plus £3.00 delivery (as I write) although it doesn't include everything shown. What is included is the pink, polka dot tutu skirt, matching armlets and headband hair bow.

The top, leg warmers, tights and beads are not included, but you can buy these at low-cost from Amazon and this leaves you free to create your own unique costume. Here are some ideas;

Strappy Camisole Top by Fruit of the Loom
Strappy Camisole Top £3.55 inc. delivery

If you're on a tight budget then a plain, Fruit of the Loom camisole top is ideal.

wire-free, lace leisure bra top
Wire-free, lace leisure bra top

Black Lace Top 

For more elegance, or to add a touch of Madonna's style try this leisure bra top.

Sleeveless Camisole Top with lace detail by Le-Ben
Sleeveless top with lace detail by Le-Ben

If you're not quite brave enough to wear a bra top as outerwear (as in the 80s), but would like the elegance of lace then this stretchy camisole top should fit the bill and is available in a range of colours.

Off-shoulder 80s top
Off-shoulder 80s T-shirt

Alternatively, this "I love the 80s" tee can be worn off-the-shoulder and is available in sizes 8-10 and 12-14.

There is a full page of tops and tees priced under £10 at our website.

Finally, add these neon beads and leg warmers to complete your look;

Neon 80s bead set
Neon 80s Bead Set
1980s stirrup leg warmers
Leg Warmers
Sexy patterned tights
Sexy Patterned Tights

Pink, Footless Tights for an 80s Costume
Pink Footless Tights
You can see a wide range of 80s costume ideas at our website SimplyEighties.com.