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Monday, 16 November 2015

Official Ghostbusters Messenger Bags

Ghostbusters Messenger Bags

Official Ghostbusters Messenger Bag
Official Ghostbusters Messenger Bag (UK)
Available at Amazon.com (U.S.)
It still feels like only yesterday when those three eccentric parapsychologists (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis) were running around on the big screen chasing ghosts in the Ghostbusters movie. Of course, it wasn't yesterday, it was way back in 1984, but those 30 odd years have really flown by!

Every now and then, I come across a gem of a product on Amazon that is screaming out "buy me!". I don't easily give in to temptation, but in the case of this trendy and retro Ghostbusters bag I just couldn't resist! There are actually four official designs available, with the item being my favourite choice,

This top quality bag features the classic logo from the 80s film which is instantly recognisable and the yellow trim gives it a nice finish. The bag itself is more than large enough to put A4 size folders into and is ideal for school/college, although at 47 years old mine is actually used for trips to the local shop and it's especially useful now that plastic carrier bags have become so unfashionable here in the UK. The shoulder strap means you don't have the weight of heavier items (such as 4 litres of milk) taking all the use out of your wrist, as with a carrier bag. I actually have mild Repetitive Strain Sydrome in my right wrist (from using a mouse everyday, I guess), so this messenger bag offers some pain relief! The bag is solidly built and has a sturdy feel and there is also a handy pouch on the front which I find useful for magazines and newspapers, as long as it isn't raining, of course.

Now, if the price of this bag (around £29.99 or $67.20) is off-putting, then you may be interested in this alternative which is less than half the price.




Official Ghostbusters No Ghost logo bag
Official Ghostbusters Messenger Bag at Amazon UK
Available in the U.S.
Although it doesn't quite have the same finish as the top of the range bag, this is still an official item which is double-stitched with foot protectors and an internal zipper pocket. As I write, the price is £14.99 ($21.95) which is very reasonable and it should be strong enough for everyday use.

Ghostbusters Slimer Messenger Bag
Ghostbusters Slimer Official Messenger Bag UK
Buy in the U.S.
A third official design is also available, this time featuring a slimer. The price is £29.99, as I write or $49.99 in the U.S. Again, this bag has the same high-quality, durable PVC synthetic leather as with the first item and is a nice alternative choice if you prefer the gruesome slimer character.

Stay Puft Official Messenger Bag
Stay Puft Official Bag UK
Also available at Amazon.com (U.S)
The fourth and final design features the iconic, giant and lumbering Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the film who had a deceptive smile. With regards to the bag, once again, this is an officially licensed product made from high quality materials. This design is more unisex and more appealing to adults, no doubt.

You can see many more 80s retro bags at my website Simplyeighties.com.






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.



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.

You may also be interested in...


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, 29 July 2015

Where to find the cheapest 80s Wild Child Costume for ladies


Fun Shack 80s Pop Star Costume
80s Wild Child Costumes from £13.99

Just recently I've been looking back at which women's costumes have been the most popular sellers through my 80s nostalgia website Simplyeighties.com, and there is no doubt that the wild child costume is the most popular choice on the Madonna fancy dress pages.

The outfit is based on the clothes that Madge wore in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan and includes the now iconic bolero style jacket with animal print detailing. The original jacket sold for $252,000 in 2014, but you won't need to give your bank manager a heart attack to buy the fancy dress version, thankfully!

Now, there was a time when only one or two suppliers were selling the fancy dress outfit. However, there are now numerous suppliers, and because of this the price has been falling steadily over the twelve months - which is good news for the customer, of course!

The cheapest suppliers I've seen are on ebay and prices of just £13.99 can be found at top fancy dress suppliers. Considering that the cheapest price was over £20 not so long ago, that's quite a price drop!

I've added a live feed from ebay at the end of this post and have set it to include only top-rated sellers which leaves you at a much lower risk of encountering a dodgy supplier. These are all brand new, "buy it now" costumes so you won't need to bid on them.

The best price I've seen recently at Amazon UK is just £14.99 at UK365Express.

These cheaper costumes are probably unofficial clones of the original version by the supplier Smiffy's, but if you're looking for a one night only costume then they're certainly a bargain. The downide is that they are only available for sizes medium 8 to 10 and large 12 to 14.

If you're looking for larger sizes then I'm afraid you'll have to open your purse a little wider - isn't it always the case!

Sizes up to 26 are available from the costume produced by Fun Shack which is described as an "80s Pop Star" costume but looks pretty identical to the Wild Child costume by Smiffy's.



80s Madonna Desperately Seeking Susan Costume
Original Smiffy's Wild Child Costume
Many of the costumes on offer are, no doubt, copies of the original and you may feel that buying the outfit produced by Smiffy's is your safest bet. The prices have been as low as £17.00 in recent times for the medium size and £21.49 for X-Large. The original also remains the most popular choice on my website. Included is the bolero jacket, top, tutu, lace leggings, gloves and bow headband. Please note that the wig is not included with any of the costumes featured on this page.

Desperately Seeking Susan Fancy Dress Costume Adults







Monday, 30 March 2015

Totally Awesome 80s Cushion Designs

Just recently I've been noticing a growing number of cushions featuring designs that have a strong 1980s theme. Perhaps that's because I have a keen eye for everything 80s, but there's certainly no shortage of companies producing such items these days. So, for this post I bring you the most totally awesome cushion designs with an 80s theme.

Now, because these products are pretty niche the prices aren't cheap. However, if you have a room that's crying out for a quirky makeover, then these cushions (also called throw pillows by posh people) will certainly create a talking point. They're also ideal adding the finishing touch to the decor at an eighties party or event, of course.



There is little more that I can say about cushions, so without further ado, I bring you a stack of 80s cushions...


I said they were awesome didn't I?

For everything 80s (almost!) visit my website SimplyEighties.com