Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Quick and Easy 80s Skirt and Shirt Costumes

80s Layered Petticoat and Tee Costumes
80s Petticoat and Skirt Costumes
For this post I'm going to show you how to quickly put together a no-fuss 80s costume using low-cost accessories at Amazon in the U.S. and UK. You could make life really easy by simply purchasing the costume above (US only) which includes a choice of three brightly-coloured skirts and an "I Loveheart the 80's" black tee. However, although convenient, ready-made costumes tend to be more expensive than buying each item separately.

80s Shirts and Skirts in the U.S.

Let's take a look at a few 80s-themed Tees and tops...

You can get an authentic eighties look by using an off-shoulder loose and over-sized top, preferably with batwing sleeves. I would recommend ordering a larger size than normal to get that loose feel.

You will also find many very competitively-priced 80s Tees on ebay where all the top suppliers are selling their wares these days.

There are dozens more 80s T-shirt ideas on our website, too.

So what about the skirts? Layered, neon skirts are always a popular choice or you could go for a longer length, black skirt for a Madonna look.

To create a workout/fitness look use leggings instead of a skirt and add leg warmers and scrunch them up around the ankles.

80s Shirts and Skirts in the UK

1980s style off-shoulder "Love" shirt - choice of colours
Off Shoulder Tee at Amazon UK

This "LOVE" tee is a popular choice through our website SimplyEighties.com and was priced at just £8.99 as I write.

Off Shoulder Batwing Sleeve Baggy Slouch
This Flashdance style top is available in a wide range of colours and I recommend choosing dark grey or black for an authentic look. All you need to add are some black leggings and leg warmers and you have a complete Flashdance look. The pink and turquoise colours are also ideal for creating a more neon style.

I Love the 80s off-shoulder Tee with attached strap
I Love the 80s Tee with Strap
This is a very popular tee which is available for sizes from 8 to 14. I recommend ordering a larger size than normal, as feedback from customers who have bought the tee from Amazon links on our website Simplyeighties.com have suggested that it runs small.

Neon 80s Costume Kit for Women
Neon I Love the 80s Costume Kit
Here we have an instant costume kit for ladies which includes all you need for a fun night out. It's available in five colours and five size choices from 8 to 18.

Neon Pink 80s Accessory Kit for Ladies
Neon Pink Accessory Kit
This accessory kit is perfect for adding to a shirt and skirt costumes and includes leg warmers, fishnet gloves, wrist and head sweatbands and neon gummy bangles.

Multi-Coloured Skirt with fishnet gloves, leg warmers and rainbow bangles
Multi-Coloured 80s Costume Kit
This kit is ideal for creating a fun and colourful style and all you need to add to it is your top. It's also perfect for fun runs and hen nights.

Neon 80s Tutu Skirts for Ladies
Neon Tutu Skirts Sizes 8 to 16

Neon Pink 80s Tutu Kit

For many more ideas visit the 80s T-shirts and 80s Skirts pages at our website Simplyeighties.com.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Top Five Stores to Buy 80s Costumes

80s Aerobics Instructor Costume

I've been providing ideas for fun 1980s dress-up for over six years now, and I would now like to use the knowledge that I've gathered to bring you my Top Five retailers to buy 80s costumes from. The list is based on who provides the best range of costumes at the most competitive prices.

1. ebay

Ebay have, by far, the biggest number of suppliers selling at the very best prices. Although the site still has a hard time convincing some people that they are a completely safe and trustworthy place to buy from, if you buy from the top-rated sellers then there usually is no problem whatsoever - I've never had any serious issues myself.

Put simply, if you've found a great costume idea then go to a top seller at ebay if you want to buy it at the very best price. The links below are generic and should take you to the correct search in any English-speaking country inc. the U.S., UK, Australia and Canada.

Recommended searches;

80s Costumes at ebay
Madonna Costumes at ebay
80s T Shirts

2. Amazon

All of the leading costume suppliers are selling and competing on Amazon which means the choice is far greater than any single fancy dress store. The prices are very competitive, although not always as cheap as ebay, and the site is well-trusted and well-established. It's also a great place to find ideas with many recommendations often shown underneath each costume you select. If you need an 80s costume idea then this is THE place to find it.

Recommended searches;

All 80s Costumes at Amazon.com (U.S.)
Madonna Costumes at Amazon.com
80s T Shirts at Amazon.com
All 80s Costumes at Amazon UK
80s Costumes in Clothing at Amazon UK
80s Costumes in Toys and Games at Amazon UK
Madonna Fancy Dress at Amazon UK

3, Angels Fancy Dress

This store has been trading for 175 years, far longer than just about any other costume store on the web. The prices are very competitive and I really like the design of the site which is bright, modern and colourful. They only supply the UK, and the range of costumes isn't as great as ebay and Amazon for 80s costumes, but they're all compressed into one tidy section which makes it quick and easy to find a great idea. Angels are certainly very trustworthy and if you would prefer to support an individual supplier, rather than a corporate giant, then these are the guys for you.

Recommended searches;

80s Film and TV Costumes for Women
80s Film and TV Costumes for Men
80s Costumes

4. Jokers' Masquerade

This is another well-established UK site, and although some of the prices aren't as low as on the sites above, they do have 198 costumes to choose from for men and women all together on one big page. The images are large and clear and the site is well laid-out and easy to navigate, making it quick and easy to find what you're looking for.

Recommended Search;

80s Costumes

5. Smiffys

Smiffys have been trading since the 19th century and are probably the most recognised name in fancy dress. They sell around 26 million items per year and really know their stuff. The site is clean and easy to navigate, although the plain red and white colours are a little corporate. Nonetheless, this is an excellent and very trustworthy website to buy from.

80s Costumes at Smiffys

Theme Ideas

As well as simply searching for "80s Costumes" there are many other categories and themes within the genre that can be explored. These ideas are particularly useful on ebay and Amazon, but I've actually linked to pages at my website which are packed with ideas and links. The links are mainly to Amazon UK on each page and, therefore, won't be any use to you if you're in the U.S., although you can still get lots of ideas here.

2 Tone and Ska
80s Bags
80s Costumes for Ladies
80s Costumes for Men
80s Skirts
80s T Shirts
80s Workout/Fitness/Aerobics
Adam Ant
Boy George
Leg Warmers
Let's Get Physical (Ladies Only)
Michael Jackson
Rubik's Cube
Top Gun
Wonder Woman

Although we don't actually sell costumes directly, Simplyeighties.com does have more specialist 1980s related sections than any other costume site. If you are looking for lots of great ideas then come and take a look;

Costume Ideas at SimplyEighties.com

Have fun! Mark.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Funk Punk 80s Costume for Women

Skulls and Funk Punk 80s Costume for Women
Skulls and Funk 80s Punk Halloween Costume (U.S)

This eye-catching and versatile Skulls and Funk Punk Costume covers a lot of genres and could be used for 1980s, punk, rock and Halloween dress-up. The costume includes a green and black dress with printed skull and cross bones with attached layered skirt giving an 80s fashion look. Although the size is listed as a 14, some reviews suggest that the skirt is a little short. However, you could get around this by simply adding some black leggings, further enhancing the 80s vibe. 

As some reviews also suggest that the costume runs small, you may prefer to order the Plus Size version to play safe.

Plus Size 80s Punk Skulls Costume for Ladies

You may wish to add the green wig to create a more complete and impressive look.

Green Spiky Punk Halloween Wig
Green Twist of Lime Wig

Alternative Costume Ideas

The 80s Pop Party costume for ladies includes a dress (splatter paint top with attached layered skirt with animal print waist band), Fishnet Glovettes and Lace Hair Accessory. Add leggings and jelly bracelets to complete your look.

Plus Size 80s Pop Party Costume for Women
Plus Size Pop Party Costume

Standard Size Pop Party Costume

If you're from the UK then you may also want to view the 80s Punk Costumes for Ladies page at our website simplyeighties.com and also the Halloween 2015 Ideas Page.

Also recommended:

80s costume ideas for ladies (U.S.)
80s costume ideas for ladies (UK)

Related posts on this blog

Create an 80s Party Girl Costume
Tartan Punk Fancy Dress Costumes

Saturday, 12 September 2015

80s Pac-Man Dress for Ladies

Pac-Man Video Game Dress Costume for Women
Pac-Man Video Game Dress for Women
If you're looking for an 80s fancy dress costume that is original, quirky and low-cost then one of the many Pac-Man themed dresses featured on this page should fit the bill,

By the way, if you're reading this in the U.S. (around 50% of you will be if the Google stats are correct) then you'll be pleased to know that all of the items featured on this page can be bought at Amazon, too.

Pac-Man Dresses at Amazon.com (U.S.)

Pac-Man, of course, is one of the most recognised and loveable video game characters from the 1980s. When it was released into the arcades by Namco in 1980, the game took the World by storm and became one of the most highest-grossing video games of all time.

The first dress (above) features the highly-recognisable video game screen and is available at one of the UK's longest-running and most trustworthy fancy dress companies, Angels. At £10.99 (as I write) it's very decently priced and is available as "one size fits most" which is for 8 to 12. It's certainly eye-catching and ideal for 1980s and video game events and parties.

Pac-Man Tank Dress for Women
Pac-Man Tank Dress £10.99
This alternative and cute Pac-Man face tank dress is also available at Angels for the same price and is officially licensed by Namco. It's available for sizes 8 to 12 and will instantly put a smile on the face of just about anyone who sees it,

Pac-Man and Ghosts Computer Game Dresses for Ladies
Pac-Man Dresses at Angels Fancy Dress
As you can see, dresses featuring Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde are also available and these dresses would be perfect for group dress-up, hen nights, Halloween etc.

You can see many more 70s and 80s fancy dress ideas at our website.

You may also like the post Pac-Man Dress-Up Costumes for Men ans Women on this blog.

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Ms. Pac-Man Dress for Ladies
Ms. Pac-Man Dress at Amazon.com

This dress may also be available at a lower price on ebay.

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
Flashdance Costumes and Tops