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Saturday, 14 May 2016

80s Fair Isle Jumpers and Cardigans

1980s chunky knit fair isle sweater
An original 1980s Chunky Knit Fair Isle Sweater
If you remember being forced to wear a mock Fair Isle jumper that your gran had knitted for you as a child, then you're certainly not alone! My gran tended to knit "loose" and my pullovers always used to be way too big for me. "Don't worry, child, you'll soon grow into it" was a phrase that was frequently used. By the time I had finally grown into it, the sweater was no longer fit for purpose!

Fair Isle is actually an island which is situated within the Shetland Islands in bonnie Scotland. Fair Isle knitting first became popular when the Prince of Wales wore a tank top in public during 1921. These days, the term is used to describe the patterning, and, I suspect, that most Fair Isle style clothing is now manufactured in the far east, and not the genuine article.

Zig zags, diamond shapes, star-like flower heads, lines and dots generally made-up the patterns we all grew up with, However, at Christmas time the patterns were given a rather unpleasant Nordic-style, festive makeover. Unbelievably, those ghastly Christmas jumpers with reindeer and snowmen (that you wouldn't be seen dead in during the 1980s) are actually trendy again, and the more ghastly the look, the more people seem to like them. It's all quite bizarre to me!

Fair Isle has been very fashionable again in recent years, and that gives me the perfect excuse to wear a cardigan - you can't beat a good, old-fashioned cardigan for comfort and practicality - and now I can be en vogue, too!



Fair Isle Jumpers
Matching Fair Isle Jumpers for him and her
Nordic Fair Isle Red Christmas Cardigan
Nordic style Fair Isle Christmas Cardigan

The Starsky Cardigan

One of the most infamous cardigans was the one worn by Paul Michael Glaser wore in the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Finding an exact replica is likely to be an impossible task, but there are cream fair isle cardigans available that have a similar feel. Besides, can anyone really remember the exact patterning anyway?

Cream, Fair Isle Cardigan
Mens Cream Fair Isle Cardigan
Starsky wearing a cream cardigan
The original Starsky & Hutch
As you can see, the patterning on Starsky's cardigan is slightly lower down than featured on the cardigan above.

Starsky Cardigan Costume
Starsky Cardigan Costume
I found this cardigan at Amazon which is designed to be used as a costume, rather than to be worn as casual wear. At £60.99 (price is subject to change) it's certainly not cheap, but if you've always wanted to dress like Starsky, then now's your chance!

The cardigan is also available for £49.99 at Amazon's US store.

Paul Michael Glaser Cardigan at Amazon.com



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



You may also be interested in...

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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.





Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Top Five Cheapest 80s Costumes for Men

Although there are plenty of costumes available with an 80s theme, many of them are pretty expensive. So, for this post I want to take a look at some fun dress-up ideas that won't leave you feeling broke. Here are my top 5 cheapest 80s costume ideas for men...

2 Tone/Ska Chequered Hat and Braces Kit



1. 2 Tone/Ska Hat and Braces Costume

This hat and braces kit is a very quick and easy costume idea, and is currently available for under a tenner at Amazon. If you have a white T-shirt then you're ready for a fun night out! However, For a more complete look add some wayfarer style shades. Don't worry, you can buy replica Ray-Bans and still have plenty of change from a fiver.

Ska and 2 Tone fashion borrowed heavily from both 1920s gangster and 1960s mod styles. For a full-on look, you would need items such as a Harrington jacket, drainpipe trousers or jeans which are cut short to show off gleaming white socks, with Dr. Marten boots or Brogues/loafers for your feet. However, these would make for a very expensive costume. Instead, you could simply add a shirt and replica Wayfarer style shades.

Ska Dancer Rude Boy Polo Shirt

Braces worn over a polo shirt give an authentic, mod-influenced fashion look. There are plenty of 2 Tone/Ska themed T-shirts at Amazon, more particularly the UK store. However, if you're on a tight budget then you can opt for a plain T-shirt.



Ska/2 Tone Tees at Amazon UK

Ska/2 Tone Tees at Amazon US

2 Tone Records T-shirt

You will also find an excellent range of unique T-shirt designs at Redbubble who ship worldwide.


Wayfarer Sunglasses for Ska Costume



Wayfarer replicas can be bought for just a few pounds or dollars.


Slash Guns N Roses Top Hat and Wig



2. 80s Guitar Man

If you've ever dreamed of being Slash from Guns N' Roses and you have £6 to spare then now's your chance! This top hat with attached wig is a fun idea. Wear with a rock style T-shirt (plain black will suffice) and you're ready to party!



For a fuller look add some dark or mirrored aviator shades and an inflatable electric guitar.

3. George Michael Costume

If you're as old as I am, then you may remember George Michael and and Andrew Ridgeley wearing those now iconic, Katharine Hamnett "Choose Life" T-shirts on Top Of The Pops. These T-shirts are still a popular seller through our T-shirt and clothing pages, and are available at very low prices. The shirt needs to be over-sized for an authentic 80s look, so you may want to order a size larger than normal.

George Michael 80s Wig


George Michael wigs are hard to find in the U.S., but you could create a very simple and amusing costume using an 80s tee and a mullet wig.

If you're from the U.S., then you'll find lots of 80s T-shirt theme ideas at our website.

4. John McEnroe in the 80s

You cannot be serious! Well, I am being serious and you can dress-up like the loud-mouthed tennis legend very easily with a wig, polo shirt and short shorts. If you already own a plain, white polo shirt then that will be ideal, but you can always buy one pretty cheaply. Shorts were very short in the 80s and many featured a classic V cut out (interlock) in the sides. However, McEnroe simply wore plain, white shorts at Wimbledon, as you can see in the photo below.

 

80s Tennis Player Wig and Headband



For a John McEnroe costume, you should be able to get away with a plain, white polo shirt and basic shorts, as the wig with headband is really the only component that shouts out John McEnroe. I'm pretty sure there aren't that many people who can remember the exact shirt he wore at Wimbledon, and those that do need to get a life! It is the big hair and headband that people remember the most, as well as his tantrums, of course!

As a polo shirt with the blue and red detailing has proved impossible to find, an alternative would be to wear a Tee displaying McEnroe's infamous catchphrase from his 80s tennis days.

"You Cannot Be Serious" John McEnroe T-shirt



A plain Fruit Of The Loom Polo Shirt costs £4.53 to £8.99 depending on the size.

Short shorts are pretty difficult to obtain these days, but your best option is to search for racer, running or rugby shorts. If you already own a pair of longer style shorts then you can always roll them up your legs to make them look more eighties.

The lowest-priced shorts I could find in the UK were these Optimum Auckland Rugby shorts which cost between £7.99 and £11.99 depending on which size you choose.

Made in the 80's Costume for Men

5. Mr. Eighties

You can create a fun 80s look by using a giant, inflatable mobile phone as the centerpiece. Add a "Choose Life" T-shirt (which is the cheapest of all the 80s T-shirt designs) and you have a decent look for little more than a tenner. You can, of course, also add a funny wig and maybe some aviator or wayfarer style shades for a more complete costume - see the George Michael costume above.

Inflatable Mobile Phone US

Made in the 80s T-shirts US

Inflatable Mobile Phone UK

Made in the 80s T-shirts UK

80s T-shirt Ideas UK

80s T-shirt Ideas US

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




Sunday, 24 April 2016

How to Create an 80s Punk Costume

80s Punk Man and Woman
Punk Costumes at Amazon UK
Creating a 1970s or early 80s punk look for both men and women is a whole lot of fun, and there are very many different punk styles you can opt for. Punk is about breaking the rules, and this also applies to punk fashion. You can mix and match different punk rock subgenres to create a style all of your own making.



Red Tartan

British punks shoved their middle finger up to the establishment by wearing Royal Stewart, which was synonymous with the upper crust and royalty. Tartan was worn in the form of shirts, skinny jeans, mini skirts, tutu skirts, dresses and jackets, Tartan bondage pants with lots of zips became very popular. You can also add tartan patches or strips to a denim jacket.

The following searches will display an extensive range of tartan and other punk trousers for both men and women. However, as tartan is more synonymous with British punks, the range of products is bigger at the UK store.

Punk Trousers at Amazon UK

Punk Pants at Amazon.com

For a skinhead (heavy mod) style wear tartan braces over a tipped polo shirt, with drainpipe jeans with turn-ups and cherry red Dr. Marten boots. Add a Harrington bomber jacket in colder weather.

Bondage Pants
Red and blue plaid tartan bondage pants
Red and Blue Tartan Bondage Pants

This pair of bondage skinny pants is a popular seller through my website simplyeighties.com. They are available from Tiger of London at Amazon UK. Sadly, they are not available in the U.S.

The store features a wide range of punk and gith clothing products including bondage pants, boots, studs, T-shirts etc. There are also some non-punk items, too. They're certainly well worth a visit.

Sid n' Nancy Ex Army Shirt by Tiger of London
Also at the store, you will find a wonderful range of other punk clothing and accessories including skirts, skinny pants, jackets and studs. The Sid n Nancy jacket shirt above is £12.99 as I write, with £1.99 delivery. This is subject to change, of course.

Hell Bunny Red Tartan Mini Skirt with Buckles

Tartan Skirts

Other styles and colours of plaid tartan also became popular. A fantastic source for punk and gothic tartan skirts and dresses is Hell Bunny at Amazon. You'll find around 60 tartan products to choose from at the British store, although in the U.S. the range isn't quite as extensive. As you will see, some of the skirts feature a punk-influenced bondage theme with buckles and zips.

Hell Bunny Tartan Clothing at Amazon UK

Hell Bunny Tartan Clothing at Amazon.com

Fishnet/Mesh Top

Mesh vest tops can be worn by both men and women. If your female, then to enhance your punk look add fingerless fishnet gloves and/or ripped fishnet stockings/tights.

80s punk girl wearing black fishnet top
Black Fishnet Top
The link above is for the UK, but you can also find a range of Fishnet Tops at Amazon.com in the U.S.

Slashed Skinny Leggings
Cut Out Punk Leggings UK
An alternative to fishnet tights are these cut out leggings which are also available in the US.

Black Leather

This was another popular choice of material in the form of motorcycle jackets, leather trousers and mini skirts. Of course, by far the cheapest option is faux leather, and this is especially useful if you are opposed to the use of real leather products.
Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Finejo Motorcyle Jacket for Men
In terms of value and popularity, this faux leather, punk zip jacket really fits the bill. With a price of just over £20, that will leave you with plenty to buy the rest of your costume with. Although this exact jacket isn't available in the U.S., there are plenty of very similar punk jackets at Amazon.com.

High quality studded real leather punk rock jacket
High Quality Genuine Leather Punk Rock Jacket
At the other end of the scale we have this top of the tange real leather jacket which is available for an eye-watering £245, and that's in a sale. However, you have to agree it looks the business, and if you're feeling flush then you can't beat the real McCoy.

Camouflage Print

Combat trousers with an army/military camouflage print are a cheaper alternative to bondage pants. Jackets and even T-shirts with a camouflage theme can also be worn.

Camouflage Pants
Camouflage Pants by Dallaswear (12 designs available)
The pants above come in 12 different print designs and are available at the UK Amazon. You can see a big range of combat pants sing the links below;

Camouflage Pants UK

Camouflage Pants US


Metal Studs, Spikes and Rivets

These were often worn on denim and leather jackets and were also used on accessories such as belts, bracelets and boots.

Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks T-shirt
Sex Pistols T-shirt
Shrunken or Ripped T-shirts

These featured political and offensive messages, anarchy symbols, union jacks or graphics featuring popular punk bands, Add one or two slashes (or maybe three of four!) to an old T-shirt, or you could buy a new punk T-shirt and give it a distressed look. Some punk tees come with a ready-made distressed print.

Look out for tees with Sex Pistols, The Clash, Union Jack, Anarchy symbol and The Ramones themes.

Punk Tees at Amazon UK

Punk Tees at Amazon.com

You will find a fantastic range of exclusive and original punk T-shirts at Redbubble.com and they ship worldwide. Just select your currency at the bottom of the page on the site. What I particularly like about their website is the fact that each design is available for men and women and on a range of clothing inc. V neck, scoop neck, tank tops, sweatshirts, hoodies etc. They are often available in a range of colours, too.

Punk Skull T-shirt for Men
Punk Skull T-shirt

Bin Liners

The Sex Pistols popularised the use of plastic rubbish bags as clothing. The use of offensive swastikas and safety pins has its origins in New York, but was soon adopted by The Sex Pistols and less mainstream punk acts. However, I certainly would advise you NOT to use a swastika to create your look!

In the 80s, Mohawks and studded leather vests became popular, as did denim jackets.

Sleeveless Denim Jacket with rivet for women
Sleeveless Denim Vest Jacket for Women
The Denim Jacket

Denim jackets can be bought relatively cheaply these days. Add studs, rivets, safety pins and patches featuring tartan, skulls, anarchy symbols, policital messages and punk bands.

Punk Costumes

Tartan Punk Chick Costume - tartan shirt and faux leather mini skirt
Punk Chick Costume at Amazon UK
There are several ready-made costumes available for men and women, and you can add as many or as few extra accessories as you wish, such as studs, patches, a wig and boots. The costume above is only available in size 14-16 for some reason, but is ideal for creating an instant punk look. However, the description does not say whether the boots or boot covers are included, although it is quite likely that they are not.

Punk costumes/accessories at Amazon UK

Punk costumes/accessories at Amazon.com

Boots

Gothic Punk Rock Biker Boots for Men
Gothic Biker Boots by New Rock
For punk boots, New Rock have some very interesting designs. Those boots above look fantastic and are available at the U.S. Amazon store, although they were not available in the UK, sadly.

The most authentic boot choice for the UK is Dr. Marten. Tall boots were popular with both punks and skinheads in the late 70s and into the early 80s.

Ladies Punk Ankle Boots
Ladies Punk Ankle Boots £19.99
Punk Ankle BootsThese punk-influenced boots have obviosuly borrowed their style from Dr. Marten, but they are about a third of the price. While they're not going to last as long as a pair of Doc Marten's, they would be ideal for fun punk dress-up.

There are literally hundreds of punk and goth boots for women available at Amazon UK and Amazon.com.

Knee High Canvas Punk Boots
Knee High Canvas Boots. Black, red or white.
Tall canvas boots were also a popular choice with punk girls. These Converse All Stars replicas are aviailable in range of sizes and in three colours. A similar pair are available at the US Amazon in 27 styles. Opt for black, red, tartan or the styles with coloured laces for a punk look.

Punk Button Badges set of 6
Set of six punk pin badges
Pin button badges are the quickest and easiest way to accessorise your punk costume. The link above is for the UK, but you can also buy them at Amazon.com.

Further reading;

Punk costumes and clothing ideas for women at SimplyEighties.com

Punk costumes and clothing ideas for men at SimplyEighties.com

Punk clothing and accessories at Amazon.co.uk


Have fun creating your punk look!