Thursday, 25 April 2013

Top Ten Most Popular 80s Costumes for Men

For this post, I thought it would be interesting to find out what the most popular eighties clothing items for men are on the Amazon UK website.

From the US? Check out these costumes

1. "Frankie Says Relax" T-shirt. It seems that even in 2014 Frankie are still topping the charts! Back in 1984, the T-shirt was as popular as the Frankie Goes To Hollywood's music, and these two classic black and white designs are the most popular, but there are dozens to chose from in a wide variety of colours. See ALL Frankie T-Shirts

80s Rock Star Costume for Men
80s Rock Hero Costume
2.  Slash Costume

It would appear that us 40 somethings are are still dreaming of being an 80s rock star, but in particular Slash from Guns 'N' Roses. That's a great-looking outfit, and you may also want to add an inflatable rock guitar, which is available for around £2 including delivery!

80s Mullet Wig
Mullet/Jason Donovan Wig
3. Mullet Wig

Okay, this isn't actually a costume, but it is the third most popular item and I can imagine this one being worn by groups of guys at a stag do or on a wild night out - wear it with an 80s T-shirt and you have an almost complete 80s costume, or wear with the shell suit further down this page for a fun look.

Budget Beetlejuice Costume
Budget Beetlejuice Costume
4. Beetlejuice Costume

The budget Beetlejuice costume is fourth, and despite being less than £15, it's highly rated by customers and also a best-seller - proving that many people are still on tight budgets. In fact, budget-priced items have been best-sellers on my 80s website ( since the recession struck a few years ago, and despite being told that the economy is recovering, there is still no sign of this trend ending. The Beetlejuice outfit is, of course, also ideal for Halloween.

5. Punk Rocker Shirt

I guess this shirt and wig are often being bought together, and this is a simple, relatively low-cost fancy dress idea. You can add as many or as few accessories as you wish, such as a spike choker, studded gloves, spiked bracelet, mohawk wig and faux leather jacket.

I would like to mention that Punk and rock wigs are always popular, and can be worn with quite a number of costumes or simply with a T-shirt. A mohican wig came up as the fifth most popular item, and for a great 70s look you could wear the wig with a Sex Pistols T-shirt.
80s Punk Shirt

Now let's take a look at the next five most popular 80s costumes.

Scarface White Suit Costume for Men
Scarface Costume
6. Scarface Suit

It's not cheap at around £32, but this officially licensed white suit costume (which includes a burgundy shirt) is, however, highly-rated by customers and would look great at an 80s-themed event. Of course, it was Al Pacino who played the lead character, Tony Montana, in the 1983 movie. Add an inflatable machine gun (available for under £4) to enhance your gangster look.

7. Choose Life T-Shirt

The black Wham Choose Life T-shirt remains a popular choice, and this was designed by Katherine Hamnett who became well-known for her slogan T-shirts in the 80s. Indeed, the "Frankie Says" T-shirt which was designed by Paul Morley borrowed very heavily from the design - okay, let's face it, he just nicked the idea! As a suggestion why not add a George Michael wig?

Scouser Shell Suit Costume
 8. Shell Suit

Calm down, calm down! Yes, the good old shell suit is in eighth place and is probably the reason that the mullet wig is also a best-seller as the two match-up perfectly. Actually, the scouser characters that featured on the Harry Enfield Television Programme didn't appear until the early 90's, but the shell suit is more associated with the late 1980s. Paired with a mullet wig or scouser perm wig you have a very 80s look.

There are quite a number of suppliers selling a range of colours and styles, and these will appear underneath the main costume when you visit the link underneath the photo (left).

9. Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

Thriller became the best-selling album of all-time, and the zombie video for the single also features one of the most iconic dance routines of all-time. This MJ costume is very popular and priced at under £15 with free delivery it's not hard to see why.  A Michael Jackson wig is available for £4.95 and you may also want to add a sequined style glove and hat for a truly authentic look.

Michael Jackson Thriller Fancy Dress Costume for Men
Thriller Costume £14.95

80s Super Rock Star Costume for men
80s Super Rock Star Costume

10. 80s Rock Star

Now, this is a fab-looking costume and takes be straight back to the days of the eighties hair metal bands. 

This outfit includes the top, trousers, belt, headband and boot covers and is available in sizes 38-44" chest. Add a rock wig and inflatable guitar to complete your look.

So there we have it, the top ten best-selling 80s fancy dress costumes for men. You can see more ideas on the 1980s Fancy Dress for Men page at my website simplyeighties,com.

Suggested reading; 80s Computer Geek Costumes for Men

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Create your own 80s Costume

Although simply buying a ready-made 80s fancy dress costume is convenient and hassle-free, it's not half as much fun as creating your own look - and it can be more cost-effective, too! For a basic 80s look you can't go far wrong with a tutu or ruffle/ra-ra skirt, leggings and a vest top, but you can enhance it further with further items. Read on...

neon tutu with legwarmers and fishnet gloves
80s Tutu Set at Amazon UK
You will gain lots of inspiration by simply visiting these 80s Accessories pages
From the US? See 80s accessories at

For the first part of your 80s style outfit you could use a neon tutu set which comes complete with fishnet gloves and legwarmers, and they come in a whole array of colours and styles. Prices are around £6.99, but there are lots of suppliers at Amazon UK and you may get one even cheaper here.

Of course, you now need a top, and as a cost-saving tip you could just wear a basic T-shirt or vest you already own, and then add one of these neon mesh tops, of which their are many colours to choose from.

neon pink string vest
Neon Mesh Top
Neon green leggings
Neon Leggings (choice of colours/designs)
As you can see in the first picture above, that 80s girl is also wearing a selection of bangles, bracelets and bead necklaces which really enhance the look. You could try adding some of the 80s accessories below. By the way, those leggings don't have to be a plain design, and by clicking the link above you'll see some really interesting designs. I've included a few below;

Neon Leopard Print Leggings
Zebra print leggings80s splatter paint leggings

You can also see many more 80s leggings ideas at my website

For a Madonna or rock chick look, black lace usually does the trick. Try these accessories;

Of course, there are no set rules and you can mix black and neon together for a more individual style.

eighties t-shirt for ladies
80s T-Shirts for Ladies
An 80s t-shirt is a simple way to state that you're off to an 80s party, but can also be worn out and about when the party's over. There are hundreds to choose from and you can view see lots of great ideas at my website (there are way too many to fit into this post!) or maybe one of these popular designs catches your eye;

neon 80s orange vest top
Ladies Neon Vest Top (choice of colours)
A cheaper alternative to a t-shirt is a vest top. There are plenty of neon 80s colours and designs to choose from and prices start at under a fiver.

Well, I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration in this post for creating your own individual eighties costume.

You can see more 80s fancy dress ideas at my website

You may get more inspiration from the post Top Ten 80s Costumes for Ladies

It's always good to bend the rules slightly where fashion is concerned, and by mixing a few of the ideas above, you should, hopefully, come up with something eye-catching and interesting. Above all, though, have fun while trying to create your 80s costume.