Saturday, 24 January 2015

80s Paint Splatter Leotards

80s neon paint splatter leotard
80s Neon Splatter Paint Leotard
During the 80s fitness craze, splatter paint designs became highly popular on leotards and leggings. A paint splattered leotard was usually worn with plain or shiny leggings. Also popular were splatter leggings worn with a plain or shiny leotard, but it was rare to see both the same design of leggings and leotard together, although the rules of fashion were there to be broken back in the 1980s, so I'm pretty sure that there were some fitness freaks who wore both together.

I would recommend wearing plain or shiny leggings in pastel or neon shades with the leotard above for a classic 80s workout fashion style.

Unfortunately, leotards or bodysuits adorned with a splatter paint design are very hard to find, but I managed to find a very 80s leotard at Amazon.com as shown above. Sadly, this isn't available at the UK store.

However, leggings are a different matter and there are several designs available at both the UK and U.S. Amazon stores.

Neon 80s Paint Splatter Leggings
Neon Paint Splatter Leggings

Splatter Paint Leggings at Amazon.com

Splatter Paint Leggings at Amazon UK



If you're from the UK then you can see a wide range of 80s leggings ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com


Thursday, 22 January 2015

80s Rewind Festival Rucksacks - Backpacks

There appears to be an ever-increasing number of 80s festivals and events these days, and this probbaly explains the increasing number of rucksack and bumbag sales through my website SimplyEighties.com.

For such an event you want to be wearing something suitably eighties, and there are a number of bags that are absolutely ideal for festivals and concerts such as 80s Rewind. Of course, these bags are also ideal for adding a touch of 1980s style to your camping holiday, hiking trip or school trip, too.

80s Bum Bag

80s Bum Bag by Eastpak
80s Style Bum Bag/Springer Bag by Eastpak
I adore this bum bag which is so 80s it hurts! Featuring a funky retro print, it's absolutely ideal for wearing at an 80s event and includes an adjustable waist strap for the perfect fit, a zipped security pocket to the back and a double-zipped main compartment. There are actually 36 designs to choose from in the range, although this one is by far the most eighties!

80s Buddy Bag

80s Design Buddy Bag by Eastpak
80s Buddy Bag
This smaller-sized cross-body bag (buddy bag) is also available in the same funky design and includes an adjustable webbing strap, slash pocket to the front, double-zip fastening, a padded internal sleeve pocket and handy headphones port at the back.

80s Rucksack

But it doesn't stop there! There is also a rucksack available featuring this print;

80s Festival Backpack
Eastpak 80s Print Padded Rucksack/Backpack
Perfect for 80s Rewind, Jack Up The 80s or just general camping, walking etc. This rucksack featured a front pocket with zip fastener, generously-sized main compartment, adjustable padded straps, back piece, top handle and a 30 year warranty on materials and workmanship.

Animal print, splatter paint designs and clashing colours were hugely popular during the 1980s, and here are some more wonderful 80s inspired designs that caught my attention;

Londale Neon Leopard Print Backpack
Lonsdale Neon Leopard Print Back Pack

80s Splatter Paint Back Pack
80s Splatter Paint Back Pack
Multi-coloured Zebra Print Rucksack
Multi-coloured Zebra Print Rucksack

Ladies Leopard Print Bum Bag
Ladies Leopard Print Bum Bag

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



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Girls Wonder Woman Costumes

If you're as old as I am, then you will remember the original Wonder Woman TV series which aired during the 1970s and into the early 80s. Lynda Carter played the lead character and became something of a pin-up during her time playing the role. However, the very first appearance of Wonder Woman was way back in 1941 in a December issue of All Star Comics - no, I'm not old enough to remember that!

Anyway, if you're looking for a decent novelty/fancy dress costume idea for your daughter (maybe for Halloween?) then you may not have considered Wonder Woman. You'll find one of the best ranges at Amazon where the top suppliers are all selling their wares.

See all outfits at Amazon.co.uk
See all outfits at Amazon.com (U.S.)

Girls Wonder Woman Costume
The most striking costume is this first one featured above by Rubies. It really looks authentic and is available for ages 3 to 10 years. It includes a dress with cape, belt, boot tops, bracelets & a headpiece.




However, don't rush off to buy one just yet because there is a nice alternative I'd like to show you which is also available from the Rubies store.

Cute Wonder Woman Costume for Girls
This officially licensed costume definitely has a more cute look to it with the attached tutu skirt (little girls love a tutu!) and is available for ages 2-6 years. It includes the dress with attached cape, headpiece and gauntlets




Of course, there are plenty of other superheroes that your daughter(s) can dress-up as including Supergirl, Batgirl and even Spidergirl. The following links will allow you to browse the full range;

Girls Pink Supergirl Costume


Girls Superhero Costumes at Amazon UK
Girls Superhero Dress-up at Amazon.com



Sunday, 11 January 2015

Dead Threads Gothic, Punk and Rock Skirts

Dead Threads Gothika Skirt
Dead Threads Gothika Skirt (sizes 8-14)
Whether you're simply into gothic punk fashion or you're looking for ideas on creating an 80s punk, rock or goth style costume for a party or event, the exciting Dead Threads clothing and accessories range is guaranteed to inspire you.

I discovered the Dead Threads store on Amazon.co.uk (Threads of the Dead at Amazon.com) while creating the punk rock clothing page on my website SimplyEighties.com. Whether you're male or female, I can almost guarantee that you will find something of interest. You may find the prices a tad expensive for fancy dress purposes, although you will end up with a quality item of clothing that is unlikely to fall apart in one evening.

80s Rock and Halloween Skirts

For this post I would like to show you some of the best ladies skirts from the range, and I'm going to start with this fabulous skirt featured at the top of the page. It has a little bit of everything including side popper stud fastening, chains with cross charms, ribbons, lace and contrast stitching. It would look particularly fabulous for Halloween, of course. The price is £34.99 as I write which is pretty reasonable. The item featured has red stitching, but you can also purchase the same style skirt with purple stitching.

If this skirt doesn't "float your boat" then how about this one...

80s Style Tiered Gothic Rock Skirt
Dead Threads Tiered Crucifixion Skirt
This tiered, Madonnaresaue skirt is ideal for creating an 80s rock look. It features black fabric which is printed with silver crosses, thorns and skulls and features a lace trim with ribbon lace up front. Add items such as fingerless,  fishnet gloves and a stack of gummy bracelets on your arms, and fishnet tights to get an 80s vibe.

Punk Mini Skirt

Checked 80s Punk/Bondage Style Mini Skirt
Checked Punk Mini Skirt
If you're looking for something a little different to the standard tartan mini skirts then this is for you. Available for sizes 8 and 10, this mini, tiered punk skirt features frilled layers of black and red checked material, black netting, red rose and spider webs design and another layer of black net. Another band of the red and checked pattern goes around the waist. Hanging from the waistline are buckled bondage style straps with metal eyelets.

Gothic Punk Dress

Dead Threads Graffiti Punk Mini Dress
Dead Threads Graffiti Mini Dress
Now, this looks fantastic! It's described as "a unique panelled dress with lots of awesome details". On closer inspection the dress features a paint splattered print, eyelet straps and a corseted back. It also has a mesh lace underlay.

Tartan Punk Rock Mini SKirt by Hell Bunny
Hell Bunny Tartan Mini Skirt

Visit the Dead Threads store on Amazon.

For more inspiration I can also recommend browsing through the Hell Bunny Punk Clothing range.

You'll also find more ideas on the Punk Rock Fancy Dress Costumes page at my website.

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Tartan Punk Costumes
Spiked Clothing for Women



Wednesday, 7 January 2015

K-9 Doctor Who T-shirt


Doctor Who K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt
K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt at Amazon UK
Also available at Amazon.com (US)

Affirmative Master!

If you're looking for a T-shirt that is both 80s and geeky then I have found the perfect item for you. This official tee features the robotic dog K-9 as a Haynes Manual illustration, and is the ultimate in retro geekness. Both much-loved and much-hated, the character first appeared alongside the fourth doctor (played by Tom Baker) in 1977. You may also remember that he starred in a spin-off programme called K-9 and Company alongside the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith who was played by Elisabeth Sladen. More recently, K-9 Mark IV featured in The Sarah Jane Adventures also starring the original actress Elisabeth Sladen.

Very much like a well-known brand of yeast extract spread, you either loved or hated K-9. I think he was a great addition the the series, and being both loyal and logical (and not leaving a mess everywhere he goes!), I reckon every home needs a K-9! 

Back to the T-shirt and at £7.95 (plus shipping) it's not going to break the bank and is available for sizes small to X-large. There are, in fact, several suppliers selling the tee for a much higher price on Amazon and across the web, and this is, by far, the best price I've seen.

See all K-9 T-shirts

You can see a whole range of 80s T-shirt ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com

I want to leave you with a picture of the K-9 talking plush toy which, although expensive at £27.79 inc. delivery, is very adorable and huggable!


K.9 Doctor Who Talking Plush Toy
K-9 Talking Plush Toy

Related posts;

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Throw a Dr Who Themed Party
Peter Davison Fifth Doctor Costume
80s Fashion Pictures from 1981



Monday, 22 December 2014

Throw a Doctor Who Themed Party


Official Doctor Who Party Balloons
Official Doctor Who Tardis Balloons

If you're stuck for a good theme idea for a party (for kids or adults) then you may not have considered Doctor Who. This is an ideal theme for sci-fi, film and TV, retro and  80s parties and events.

No retro party would becomplete without balloons, and the official Dr. Who balloons are your safest bet to ensure a decent quality. Beware of very cheap balloons which often burst when you blow them up!




You can buy these balloons from Amazon in both the UK and U.S., which is good news as the majority of readers of this blog are from both countries.

Doctor Who Party Pack - paper cups, plates and napkins.
Doctor Who party pack

This official party pack includes just about everything you need to create a fabulous table. Featuring daleks, cybermen and tardis graphics, it includes 8 X Party Cups, 8 X Party Plates, 16 Party Napkins, 1 Tablecloth 120 X 180cm, 1 Banner 15 X 198cm and a Pack of 10 Balloons.



Once again, this official product is available both in the UK and U.S., but please note the item is sent from a company called Frugal Fairy based in the UK, so please allow plenty of time for delivery if you live in the U.S.

Doctor Who Tardis LED String Lights
Doctor Who Tardis String Lights
Now, these LED Tardis lights are are a fabulous idea and will be a great talking point at any party.



Please note that if you live in the British Isles (like myself) the lights are sent from the U.S. and come with a 2 pin plug, so you will need an adapter for them, although these only cost £1.05 at Amazon.

Doctor Who Cake Decoration Kit

Every party needs a cake, and Lakeland produce a very cost-effective topper kit which includes seven items; Tardis, Angel, Dalek, the Doctor, K9, Cyberman & Clara.

Doctor Who Cake Decoration Kit by Lakeland
Lakeland Dr. Who Cake Decoration Kit



Create a TARDIS-shaped cake

Being the useless cook that I am, just the thought of trying to create a cake shaped like a TARDIS has brought me out in a sweat! Thankfully, there is an easy solution in the form of a silicone mould.

Doctor Who TARDIS cake mould set
Tardis non-stick gelatin cake mould
Now, that cake looks most impressive, but you'll need to eat it quickly, of course, before it disappears!



Sadly, the mould is not available here in the UK, but there is an alternative Dalek mould;

Dalek non-stick, flexible cake mould
Dalek Non-Stick Cake Mould



You can read more about Doctor Who in the 80s at my website

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Doctor Who Fifth Doctor Costume
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Doctor Who Peter Davison Costume

Fifth Doctor Who Fancy Dress Costume
Official Fifth Doctor Costume
If you watched Doctor Who back in the 1980s, then you can't fail to remember that the fifth Doctor (played by Peter Davison) had a costume style that was based on an Edwardian cricketer. It included a cream-coloured frock style coat, a V-neck cricket jumper, striped trousers, plimsoles and a panama hat. He also wore a celery stalk on his left lapel.

If you're looking for a good costume idea for an 80s, sci-fi or film and TV themed party or event, then you'll be pleased to know that you can buy a complete fifth doctor costume from Rubies at Amazon.co.uk for a reasonably-priced £33 including free delivery.

The outfit featured here is officially licensed and is available for sizes 38" to 42" chest. You can also choose a larger size for up to 46" chest. The costume includes a jacket with attached mock cricket jumper shirt, striped trousers and hat. Add some white plimsolls to complete your look.

You can also purchase an official BBC Peter Davison white cricket jumper for a really authentic look, although it will set you back £49.99.


Official BBC Peter Davison Cricket Jumper
Official BBC Peter Davison Jumper
You can find a wide range of 80s fancy dress ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com.

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Classic Dr Who T-shirts



Saturday, 6 December 2014

Vintage Christmas Toys and Games

As the festive season is fast approaching I thought I'd take a look back at a few of the toys that I received for Christmas back in my 70s and early 80s childhood. I've titled my post as "Vintage Christmas Toys and Games" because I'm only going to feature the more traditional style gifts, rather than theelectronic toys that are often mentioned. No doubt, I will come back to this post from time to time to add more items that I suddenly remember playing with back in the day.

Table Tennis Set
Retro Table Tennis Set
I remember being very pleased to receive a table tennis set. However, being short of cash meant that my parents couldn't afford a proper table tennis table, so we made do with the pasting table that was gathering dust in the loft. It was a bit narrow, but we still managed to, somehow, set-up the net (after dusting off all of the cobwebs) although it was a bit uneven, to say the least!

Traditional Pick-Up Sticks Game
Traditional Pick Up Sticks Game
This classic game has been around for donkey's years and, no doubt, almost everyone has played this simple game at some point in their lives. After randomly distributing the sticks (ie throwing them onto a table) the idea of the game is for each player to try and pick-up a single stick without disturbing the other sticks. This was simple family fun and ideal for a grey and wet British Christmas.

Metal/Wire Puzzles
Vintage Style Baffling Wire Puzzles

You would sometimes discover a Mini wire puzzle inside a Christmas cracker and then, instead of relaxing with a glass of mulled wine, you would find yourself spending the evening losing your temper trying to solve the darn thing! The idea is to separate the two interlocking pieces of the puzzle and reconnect them, and there are now many puzzles available at Amazon.co.uk, some of which come in retro style boxes.

Jackpot Annual 1982 by Fleetway/IPC
Jackpot Annual 1982
Fleetway (part of IPC Publications) published dozesn of comics and annuals and just about every British child would have received at least one during their childhood. As well as the Cor! annual, I also received the Jackpot for the Christmas of 1982. The annual was published between 1980 and 1986, with the comic itself having a relatively short run from 1979 until 1982, costing just 10p when it was first published. 

80s Flying Hats Game
Retro Flying Hats Game
There isn't much information around about this particular game, although one source suggests the game originates from the early 1980s and was published by Spears. I believe that was the version I unwrapped for one Christmas and it was flipping fun! Each player has a flipper and matching coloured hats and the idea is to flip your hats into the correct holes. I guess the game has similarities to tiddly winks, but I found it a lot more fun. You can still buy the game using the link beneath the picture above.

Parker Brothers Sorry! Game
This game was first sold in 1934 by Parker Brothers and I remember it being advertised on British TV during the 1980s. The gameplay is like an advanced version of Ludo, where each play tries to get all of their four pawns around the board and back home as quickly as possible. However, unlike Ludo you have to draw an instruction card and not rely purely on the luck of the dice. Sorry! is still sold today and there was a rule change in 2013 which now means each player has only three pawns, rather than four.

New Sorry! game published by Hasbro

You can see many more traditional toys and games at my website SimplyEighties.com and you may also be interested in the section 70s and 80s Toys you can still buy today.







Wednesday, 3 December 2014

80s Fashion Pictures from 1981

Gary Numan wearing a trilby on the cover of Smash Hits in Sept 1981
Smash Hits Magazine Sept 1981
Early 80s fashion was very much different to the rest of the decade, and for this post I will show you some of the many styles being adopted by the popular pop stars of the day during 1981. As you will see, the hat played a major role in creating a number of iconic eighties looks.

Anemic-looking Synth king Gary Numan decided to wear a trilby and a matching suit for the cover of his fifth studio album, Dance. In fact, Gary seemed to be going through a pretty sombre period and I would challenge anyone to actually dance to the slow-tempo, minimalist tunes on offer on the album. Whether the title of the album was deliberately misleading is anyone's guess.

The Trilby (and Pork Pie hat) were actually a popular choice with 2 Tone and Ska bands.

While punk was blowing itself out, new dandy and flamboyant fashions were making their presence felt, with artists such as Visage's Steve Strange leading the way.

Steve Strange on the cover of Smash Hits in July 1981
Steve Strange - Smash Hits July 1981
It would appear that everyone was going crazy for hats, and the one being worn by Mr. Strange in the above photo was designed by milliner Stephen Jones.

Sal Salo - Classix Nouveaux - Smash Hits April 1981
Sal Solo the lead singer of Classix Nouveau - April 1981
In complete contrast, here is the frontman of new wave band Classix Nouveaux with neither a hat or any hair, and he wouldn't look out of place in a 1950s horror movie.

Fantasy Empire magazine July 1981 - Five Doctors
Fantasy Empire magazine July 1981 - Five Doctors
Doctor Who Fashion

Now, I would like to feature the fashion of Doctor Who in this post. Whilst searching for a suitable photo of Tom Baker, I came across this hilarious illustration of the five doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Peter Davison, at least, I think that's meant to be Peter Davison, although I can't remember him wearing military gear. Indeed, as far as I can remember he mainly dressed as an Edwardian cricketer. Anyway, this has to one of the worst Doctor Who illustrations I've ever seen! Tom Baker looks like Luke Duke (from the Dukes of Hazzard) in a trance, and as for Jon Pertwee, he just looks positively weird!

Tom Baker handed over the reigns to Davison in 1981, but his style was possibly the most iconic of all the original Doctors. He wore a long, multi-coloured scarf, a wide-brimmed hat (some of the time) and a long overcoat. The look was inspired by paintings of the singer and nightclub owner Aristide Bruant by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Leutrec, in which he wore a long red scarf, black cloak and also a wide-brimmed hat.

Docotr Who Annual 1983 featuring Peter Davison
Doctor Who Annual 1983 ft. Peter Davison
This Doctor Who annual from 1983 shows Peter Davison in the very outfit I mentioned above.

Blue Jeans Annual 1981
Blue Jeans Annual 1981 - and yet another hat!

Duran Duran on the cover of Smash Hits in October 1981
Smash Hits magazine October 1981 ft. Duran Duran
Duran Duran Fashion

Striped nautical T-shirts with suits were regularly worn by Duran Duran, and were a particular favourite of frontman Simon Le Bon, who in this photo from a 1981 edition of Smash Hits can be seen also wearing a scarf around his head. Both John and Andy Taylor's hair is coloured and very new romantic. The band's lavish videos and sharp styles left them with no shortage of teen girl admirers.

Smash Hits Magazine in 1981

You will have noticed that I've used Smash Hits magazine covers in this post. While it may have been too mainstream to be considered hip, it was certainly the most popular teen pop magazine at the time, and many teenagers will have been inspired by the clothing worn by the major pop stars that graced its front covers, making it very much part of the 80s fashion scene.

To buy the latest copy you would, very likely, have used one of these;

Bank of England One Pound Note from 1981
One Pound note from 1981
I hope I've provided you with a few good memories here, and you can see much more 80s fashion at my website.

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Fashion pictures from 1981