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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Retro Ford T-shirts

Petrolhead Ford Capri Mk3 S T-shirt
Petrolhead Ford Capri Mk3 T-shirt (choice of colours)

Henry Ford was responsible for developing and manufacturing the very first mass produced, affordable motor cars. During the 1970s and 80s, Ford produced some very memorable and highly popular family vehicles such as the Fiesta, Escort and Granada. The sportier models such as the XR3i and Capri became instant hits with boy racers.

No doubt, there will be many people reading this post who will have memories (good and bad) of driving a Ford car back in the 80s. I became a bit of a fan during my time working at the local Ford garage in the late 80s, where I used to deliver and collect new and used Ford cars from garages around the country, as well as delivering serviced vehicles back to their owners. I was very fortunate to have driven just about every model, so it's no wonder that I became a fan. I only ever drove one Capri, though, and this was an orange-coloured Mk3 similar to the one featured on the first T-shirt above. It was a strange beast to drive - I wasn't used to the low ground clearance - and the bonnet seemed to stretch out for a mile! But that was the point, it was supposed to feel different to the standard family cars and appeal to those who hadn't yet started a family and wanted to splash their cash on a fun, sporty model.




There are plenty of other T-shirts available featuring the Capri through the many sellers at Amazon.co.uk.

Classic Ford Capri T-shirt (choice of colours)
Classic Ford T-shirt
Although more expensive than the first T-shirt (around £17.97 plus delivery), I really like the in your face design with the yellow Mk3 Capri. It's available from shotdeadinthehead at Amazon in sizes Small to XX-Large, with six colour choices. I actually like the navy blue colour above which helps the yellow to become more prominent. The design is also available for ladies, too.

60s Ford Shelby Mustang T-shirt for Men
60s Ford Shelby Mustang Tee
For fans of American Ford's this T-shirt may be more your cup of tea. It features three models of the high performance Shelby Mustang from the 1960s and is available in a whopping choice of 17 colours in sizes Small to 6x XL. That should cover just about everyone! Black is always a good choice of colour for men, although the forest green looks particularly good and has a vintage racing green feel.

Ford Escort 1300 Mk1 Haynes Manual T-shirt
Ford Escort 1300 Haynes Manual T-shirt
Ah, the Haynes manual! No car D.I.Y. enthusiast worth his salt was without one, and this officially licensed T-shirt features the inner workings of a first generation Ford Escort 1300. This is one of the most popular Ford tees and available in five colours for sizes Small to X-Large. Personally, I prefer this blue one, although I'm also a fan of orange, too.

Men's Ford Racing logo T-shirt
Ford Racing Logo T-shirt
The Ford logo is, without a doubt, one of the most recognised logos in the world and the Ford Racing division has around since 1901. This heavyweight cotton tee is no less than 30 colours, including some unusual tie dye pattern designs. I like this royal blue one myself which is pretty similar to the colour of the logo. Sizes Small to 6x XL are available, so it should fit just about anyone.

Vintage Distressed Ford Logo T-shirt for Men
Distressed Ford Logo T-shirt
There are plenty of Ford logo T-shirts around, but I particularly like this one which has a vintage feel. In fact, I like it so much I've actually bought one! It's officially licensed, although only available in two shades of grey. The grey actually compliments the logo well, so I'm not too disappointed that no other colours were available. I opted for the lighter grey as shown above, but it's just personal choice, I guess.

You can also view a wide variety of 80s T-shirt ideas at my website simplyeighties.com.


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

80s Aerobics Fashion

During the early 1980s it felt like the world had gone aerobics crazy. Females everywhere were doing everyday chores (such as shopping and walking their dogs) in leotards, leggings and legwarmers, some were even on rollerskates.

Pop stars and actresses were responsible for starting the craze. Olivia Newton-John started a headband fad after the release of here raunchy Physical video in 1981, and the song quickly became an aerobics anthem. Here in Great Britain, no home was without a Jane Fonda workout video in the living room.

However, contrary to popular belief, not everyone was wearing neon. Take a look back at the old workout videos and you'll see a whole range of colours and styles being worn. Some leotards were shiny, some had stripes and others were pastel. Zebra and leopard print and splatter paint designs were also worn by some. There were often (but not always) accompanied by a big belt around the waist, leggings, legwarmers and a headband. The aternative to the leotard was a sports bra and dance shorts.



Creating an 80s Style Aerobics Costume

You'll be pleased to know that there are no strict rules. I would suggest that the most important items are legwarmers and a headband if you want that 1980s look. You'll see many pictures on the web of young people trying to imitate the era by wearing bright neon colours. However, check out genuine photos and video footage from the 80s and you'll see that neon wasn't the only choice. Pastel pink and grey were a popular combination, as was purple and pink. Jane Fonda sometimes wore neon yellow or turquoise, but she also wore a red and white or red and black stripy leotard with plain black tights and plain, non-neon leggings. More often than not she wore a big belt around her waist, too, although she never went for the headband.

Jane Fonda Workout Video from 1988
Jane Fonda Workout Video (1988)
 This video from 1988 shows Jane in a leopard print leotard. Tiger and zebra print were also popular.


80s Style Leopard Print Leotard
Leopard Print Leotard from £5.99
You can create a similar look using this low-cost leotard by Fantasia. When you click the link you'll also be presented with many other colour options, too.

80s Style Leopard Print Leggings
Leopard Print Leggings
Jane Fonda Workout Video 1982
Jane Fonda Workout Video (1982)
The look was very different in 1982, with a stripy black and red leotard, black leggings and legwarmers. She also wore a big black belt around the waist. Sadly, finding a similar colour leotard has been an impossible task, although you can buy Pamela Mann footless tights with a similar design, and they are available in eight different colours;

Pamela Mann Footless Tights
You could always create an interesting reverse effect by adding a black leotard and black legwarmers

Start Up With Jane Fonda - 1980s video

In this old 80s video cover Jane is wearing a pink and white striped leotard with a white belt and pastel pink legwarmers. Once again, trying to find a similar leotard has proved to be impossible, although the accessories are easily available. However, this yellow and black bodysuit would look very 80s with a big belt and leg warmers.

Jane Fonda Style Striped Early 80s Leotard
Striped Jane Fonda Style Leotard

Big 80s Style Belt (choice of colours)
Neon Yellow 80s Belt
Neon Yellow Belt



80s Aerobics - 1985

The first lady on the left in this genuine photo from 1985 has embraced the paint splatter design which was popular for a while. Paint splatter leotards are extremely hard to come by these days, and for this reason, as an option for 80s dress-up you will need to cross this off your list. However, there are leggings available...

Anna Kaci Paint Splatter Leggings for 80s dress-up
Paint Splatter Leggings
These multi-coloured splatter leggings by Anna-Kaci are ideal for 80s dress-up and would look so very 80s with some scrunched-up legwarmers!

Grafitti Style Leopard Print Leggings for 80s Fancy Dress
Grafitti/Leopard Print Leggings
Featuring a mix of leopard print and grafitti style multi-coloured markings, these leggings by Anna-Kaci are just perfect for 80s aerobics.

Sports Bras and Crop Tops

80s Style Zebra Print Sports Bra
Zebra Print Sports Bra by Pizzazz
I love the design of this fitness bra which is just perfect for adding to an 80s costume. Okay, so it's not cheap, but it would look fantastic as part of a fitness outfit.


Create A Low-Cost Flashdance Costume

I've hand-picked the following items which would be ideal for an 80s fitness outfit. Firstly, one of the easiest ways to create an eighties look is to simply purchase a plain leotard and add some accessories. Just about any bright colour goes well with black, and it's also less see-through, too.

Plain, Stretchy Leotard (choice of colours) £4.90
This low-cost, short-sleeved leotard may not be the highest quality around, but if you're only using it for a fancy dress costume then it should be ideal.You could also use it to create an ultra low-cost Flashdance style costume. Simply add black leggings and a grey, batwing style, off-shoulder long sleeve top like these...

Plain, Neon Legwarmers for 80s costume
Plain Legwarmers
Long sleeve, loose fit crop top

More 80s inspired leotards/bodysuits


80s Neon Animal Print Leotard
Neon Animal Print Leotard
Neon Pink Cheetah Print Bodysuit for 80s Costume
Neon Pink Cheetah Print Bodysuit

You can find more 80s Fitness Clothing Ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com. You may also want to read the post 80s Workout and Dance Clothes on this blog for more inspiration.