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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



Thursday, 26 March 2015

80s Posters


You just knew that you had finally become a teenager when you stuck your very first poster on the wall of your bedroom. I actually stuck my first batch of posters on the bedroom door using sellotape, much to the horror of my parents who were yelling at me about the fact that when I try to move the sticky tape I will take the gloss paint with it. When I eventually discovered blu-tack, I then started ripping out the poster pages of my Smash Hits magazine collection.

If you're planning on throwing an 80s party or event, then a few posters to adorn the walls with is the perfect way to add the finishing touches to your 80s look. This will also instantly remind everyone attending the party of their own teen years, and will create a talking point, too.



80s Film and TV Posters x 10
Pack of 10 Film and TV Posters £5 + P&P
Of course, it would have been mainly pop music and movie posters that most of us stuck to the walls, and this set of 10 x A4 posters sold by 80s Material Girl available at Amazon.co.uk is very good value and just perfect for any 80s event. You can see a whole range of poster ideas using the link below;

80s Party Posters

Arnie Terminator Poster

80s Metal Bands poster set
80s Metal Bands Poster Set x 10
You could add an 80s metal/hair band theme with this set of 10 x A4 posters.

If you're simply looking for some arty 80s decor then Zazzle.co.uk have a nice range of posters and prints. The prices are more expensive than the film and music posters at Amazon, but they will add a quirky and artistic look to your overall theme.



I particularly like this design featuring multiple cassette tapes which is £9.95 plus delivery.

Some of the best value and most eye-catching 80s posters at Zazzle are by Corey Tiger and start at just £6.57 per poster. They feature mainly neon animal print and splatter paint designs, all of which were highly popular in the 80s, of course.


Here are the most eye-catching designs that I spotted by some other designers...


After selecting the item above, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see a range of products featuring the same fantaqstic design including pillows, laptop and iPhone covers etc.


For the ultimate wall decoration you could try this huge "Totally 80s" scene setter by Amscan which is amazing value at just £5 including delivery;

I Love The 80s Wall Decoration
Totally 80s giant wall decorating kit

Related posts on this blog;

80s Party Ideas
80s Party Decoration Ideas

Also see the 80s Party Decorations page on my website SimplyEighties.com (which is bursting with ideas) and also the 80s Movie Poster pages which will give you lots of inspiration.



Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Top 10 Best Rated 80s Skirts

There is no shortage of skirts available with an 80s theme, but which are the ones that customers are the most satisfied with?

Well, there are a number of items that have received plenty of five star ratings and positive comments, and which are always popular sellers through my website SimplyEighties.com.


Black Madonna Petticoat Skirt

1. Madonna Petticoat Skirt

Massively popular and very highly rated, this vintage style skirt is ideal for creating a Madonna 80s costume. It's also available in white and many other colours.


Leg Avenue Pink Petticoat Skirt

2. Leg Avenue 80s Petticoat Tutu Skirt

This skirt is perfect for 80s dress-up and is also available in orange and black which is ideal for Halloween. Although it hasn't received any ratings in the UK, there are dozens of five star ratings at the U.S. AMazon store.

Wet Look Gold Skater Skirt

3. Shiny Pleated Skater Skirt

Available in many colours, this cute skirt is ideal for creating a whole number of outfits. It features a stretch fit and has a wet-look shine. This one isn't available in the UK unfortunately.


Tiered Tutu Skirt

4. 1980s Tiered Tutu Skirt

This colourful creation would look great at any 80s party and has received plenty of postive reviews. This exact skirt is not available in the U.S., but I have included an excellent alternative which has also received high customer ratings.

Deluxe Black Skirt with Bow

5. Deluxe Black Tutu Skirt

A top quality skirt from Wicked Costumes at a budget price! Very popular, but only available in the UK so I have added an alternative choice above. This skirt is also available in a Plus Size.

Pink Zebra Print Skirt

6. Pop Party Zebra Print Skirt

Animal print was very popular back in the 80s, and this fantastic skirt with bold, neon pink colours would be a real head turner at any party.

Black or Neon Tutu Set for 80s Fancy Dress



7. A-Express Neon Tutu Set

A complete costume kit which is available in a wide range of colours. Tutu sets are very popular in the UK and ideal for not only 80s dress-up, but also fun runs and hen nights. This is the best rated of all the sets, and has received over 60 five star ratings.

Five Layers Tutu Skirt

8. Five Layered Tutu Skirt

Available in a wide range of colours, these neon party skirts are low-cost and highly rated. Ideal for 80s and fun dress-up. Not available in the UK.


Neon UV Party Skirt
9. Neon UV Party Skirt

Available in two sizes from 8-18 and nine colours, this budget skirt is ideal for an 80s weekender, club wear, fun runs etc. Not available in the U.S.


Tiered Ruffle Skirt Green

10. Tiered Ruffle Ra-Ra Skirt by EyeCatchClothing

Available in 15 colours, this slinky, ruffled mini skirt is perfect for 80s fancy dress and is low-cost, too.

Here are a few more highly-rated skirts by customers at Amazon.com;




The following skirts are available in the UK;



Well, I hope that's enough skirts for you to choose from. Of course, positive reviews doesn't guarantee that any product will be ideal for you, but it does, at least, give you a much better chance of purchasing something half decent,

Related posts;

Tutu Skirts for Halloween

Also visit the 80s Fashion pages at my website for lots of essential info and costume ideas.