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Friday, 28 February 2014

Mork and Mindy Retro 80s T-shirts

Nanu nanu! If you're not old enough to remember Mork and Mindy then you will, no doubt, think I've gone totally bonkers! "Nanu nanu" was the greeting used by Mork, an alien from Ork (played brilliantly by Robin Williams in his own, unique style) who arrived on planet Earth via an egg-shaped spacecraft. He becomes the roommate and friend of Mindy McConnell, played by Pam Dawber. The sitcom was first aired between 1978 and 1982 on ABC, but was also broadcast here in the UK

Mork actually made his first appearance on the fifth series of Happy Days (another series I used to watch in my 70s childhood) where Richie Cunnigham had a dream about being the alien trying to take him back to Ork.

Mork & Mindy Logo T-shirt
Anyway, as this post is supposed to be about T-shirts, let me now discuss them! By far, the best-looking tee is the one above which features an authentic print of the original Mork & Mindy logo. The tee is available at redbubble.com for men and women, and  in a range of colours. It's aalso available as a sweatshirt or hoodie. Redbubble ship worldwide, too.

See More Mork & Mindy T-shirts at Redbubble.



Official Mork & MIndy Ringer T-Shirt for Adults - Men
Mork & Mindy Ringer T-Shirt for Men
The best design award has to go this the official T-shirt which has a retro style ringer design. Ringer T-shirts were very popular in the 70s, which makes this one look like it's been plucked from a time capsule. Unfortunately, this particular tee is very hard to find in the UK, and I believe the only British supplier selling it is Fashion First on the Amazon website. Therefore, it's not cheap at £24.65 to £29.40 plus £8 delivery, but if you want to be amongst a minority of British people wearing this design then you may feel it's worth the asking price. It would certainly look fantastic at an 80s event/party.

The same logo (with a more faded look) appears on the following Carolina blue boys T-shirt which is available in three sizes for 4 to 7 year olds. The same design and colour is also available for girls and adults - Mork & Mindy Distressed Logo T-Shirt for Men


Mork & Mindy T-shirt for boys/children
Mork & Mindy boys T-shirt

There are, of course, many other T-shirt designs available, but the items I've featured are certainly the most stylish and the only ones to feature the original logo. See all Mork & Mindy T-shirts at Amazon.co.uk.

Mork & Mindy Distressed Tee Shirt for Women
Mork & Mindy Distressed Tee for Women
This distressed logo, slim-fitting tee for ladies is available at 80stees.com in sizes from small to XXL, and they ship worldwide. This design is also available for men - men's tee

Mork & Mindy Mini Skirt
Mork & Mindy Braces Mini Skirt
An interesting item I found at redbubble.com was this mini skirt which is available in sizes from XXS to XXL. Add it to your T-shirt and you have an instant costume!

You can read my review of the Mork & Mindy TV series at my website simplyeighties.com.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Bill And Ben - The Flowerpot Men - Fancy Dress Costume

So, who's old enough to remember the original Bill and Ben series? Simply titled The Flowerpot Men, the children's TV series first aired way back in 1952 as part of Watch With Mother on BBC1. It was repeated throughout the 1960s and 70s, and I certainly remember watching it back in the early 1970s when I was a wee lad.

The duo lived behind a potting shed in the garden and talked in oddle poddle (sounds like my neighbour!) and were friends with Little Weed. A new series was created in the Noughties, bringing the duo to a whole new audience.



Bill and Ben Fancy Dress Costume
Bill and Ben Fancy Dress Costumes
If you're going to a fancy dress party with a friend or partner and you've been stuck for an idea, then I suspect that these two guys never even entered your head! So, if you're looking for an original idea then this could be your answer.

These bright and colourful costumes would look great at any party, but especially one with a retro or TV theme, and they would also be highly appreciated at a kids party, too. The outfits could also be used at a gardening event or to promote a garden centre. There are, no doubt, countless other uses for the costumes.

The costume above includes a top, orange trousers, yellow pot hat with yarn hair, bow tie, gardening style gloves and double sided flower pot which is actually a drink holder.

Little Weed Costume
Little Weed / Flower Costume
You may also want Little Weed to accompany Bill and Ben to the event/party. This cute-looking costume includes a dress, leggings and headpiece, and would also be ideal on its own at a gardening-themed event.

If you're looking for 70s and 80s Fancy Dress then be sure to check out my website Simplyeighties.com for lots of ideas.


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Monday, 3 February 2014

Create A Blues Brothers Movie Fancy Dress Costume

The Blues Brothers Fancy Dress Kit - hat, tie and shades
Blues Brothers Fancy Dress Kit £6.59
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 (and stag do's!) a Blues Brother's theme is a great idea, and it can also a low-cost option if you dress-up wisely. The most essential part of the look is a Fedora hat, black tie and Ray-ban wayfarer shades. Don't worry, though, as you don't need to spend a fortune on the real McCoy.



The versatile fancy dress kit above (which is currently just £6.59 at Amazon) includes a fedora style hat, black tie and Wayfarer style shades, and this is cheap option for group dress-up such as a stag do. The kit can also be used to create a 2 Tone/Ska or gangster look, too. You can also buy just the hat and glasses if you already own a black tie.

Blues Brothers Fedora Hat - Black
Smiffy's Fedora Hat £5.99
Of course, you can buy each of the items separately, too...

A whole range of Fedora style hats are available, and there are several being sold for under £10. Wayfarer sunglasses can be bought for under £2.

To complete your look you'll need a black suit and a white shirt. 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 to look the part then you'll need a black suit.

The Blues Brothers Suits
Blues Brothers Costumes
The official Blues Brothers costume includes a jacket and trousers with 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. A search for black suits at Amazon came up with some excellent offers, with a couple of suits available for under £20, so it's worth checking out the offers. Of course, you can then use the suit for other occasions afterwards.

Please note that all prices quoted are subject to change.

If you would like more 80s fancy dress ideas for men then take a look at my website SimplyEighties.com.

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