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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.






Friday, 23 October 2015

Retro Rentaghost T-shirts

Rentaghost logo black T-shirt for men
Rentaghost T-shirts at Amazon.co.uk
Searching for an uber cool T-shirt that no one else has thought of can be a daunting task. A retro tee is always a pretty cool choice (well, almost always!), but even more so when it manages to turn heads. You just know that when you catch dozens of people glancing at your T-shirt that they're thinking "cool tee, where can I buy one of those?" - well, hopefully!

A Rentaghost T-shirt is certainly a unique and geeky choice, and geek fashion is certainly very chic right now, particularly if it's purely British. Only if you're of a certain age will you remember Rentaghost, which was a pretty zany kids comedy series which aired on BBC1 during the late 1970s and into the first half of the 80s.

The logo has many similarities to the Ghostbusters design, except it was created long before the Ghostbusters movie was first shown in 1984. However, while the film's plot revolved around extinguishing ghosts, Rentaghost, of course, was about hiring them out!

The first design on the page features the logo with a reverse print effect, with the ghost being white and the text being black, whereas, the original logo featured a clear ghost with a white outline and white text. The new design certainly stands out more and the shirt itself comes in a range of colours with sizes up to XXXXXL. A T-shirt for women is also available in  a range of colours with sizes up to 20.

The T-shirt is, of course, ideal for Halloween and certainly a more geeky and original choice than a Ghostbusters design. However, there are a couple more Rentaghost designs available, the first of which looks very much like the original logo.




Authentic Rentaghost Logo T-shirt for women
Rentaghost T-shirt for Women
This design by Cultzilla looks much more like the original and is, therefore, is more authentic, although none of the T-shirts are actually official. The women's Tee comes in sizes 8-16 and a Mens T-shirt is also available for sizes up to XXL.

Just Call Rentaghost White T-shirt for Men
Just Call Rentaghost T-shirt
This 100% pre-shrunk cotton T-shirt is available from Sherbert Dip at Amazon UK in sizes up to XXXXL. The ladies T-shirt is available for sizes 8 to 16.

Timothy Claypole Rentaghost Jester T-shirt
Timothy Claypole T-shirt
I managed to find this design featuring the disobedient jester Timothy Claypole, who became the most prominent and best-loved character in the series. This one was available on ebay.

You can read more about Rentaghost and watch video clips at my website simplyeighties.com.

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Ghostbusters T-shirts



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.



Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Smiths 80s Band T-shirts


The Smiths Hatful of Hollow T shirt
The Smiths T-shirts at Amazon UK
If you were asked to name one of the most influential British bands of the 80s, then The Smiths would certainly be in the top five for a good many of you, I would imagine. The alternative rock/Indie pop band from Manchester may have only been active for five years (1982-87), but in that relatively short period they managed to create a pretty substantial following. The band still appear to have a big fanbase judging by the number of T-shirts that are sold through my website simplyeighties.com




Best places to buy The Smiths T-shirts

Amazon UK has an extensive range of designs, including the most popular Tee featured at the top of this page, as well as designs adorned with the band's frontman Morrissey. If you're from the U.S. then you'll be delighted to know that Amazon.com stock a range of Tees, too, although it's not as ample as the UK store.

A more substantial range can be found at ebay, although, once again, if you're browsing in the British Isles then you're probably going to see a bigger range of designs. I've added a live feed at the bottom of this post so you can view all the latest offers - I've set the feed to only include brand new "buy it now" items from only top-rated sellers. Many quality suppliers sell their wares through ebay these days, so you'll probably be able to pick up a bargain here.

I was really hoping that Zazzle would sell a few shirts, at least, as you can personalise any product on the site. However, a search for "The Smiths T-shirt" came up with absolutely nothing related to the band - darn!

If you would like a more quirky design than the more popular choices, then try a search for the newest arrivals at Amazon UK as this usually throws up a few different ideas.

The Smiths album covers baseball shirt for men
The Smiths Record Covers Baseball Shirt 
This baseball shirt features nine vinyl record covers and offers something a little different to the standard short-sleeved shirts. It's sold by a company calling themselves Morrissey and The Smiths at Amazon (they sound official, although I have no idea whether they are or not) and they have three pages of high quality merchandise including heavy weight shirts, bags and posters.

The Smiths Sheila Take A Bow Heavyweight T-shirt
Sheila Take A Bow Ladies Tee
This ladies heavyweight T-shirt is one of many designs being sold by the aforementioned Morrissey and The Smiths company.

Morrissey Daffodils, James Dean, Billy Fury T-shirt
The Smiths Fury Dean  Daffodils T-shirt
Now, just about any fan of The Smiths will, no doubt, remember that performance on The Tube in 1984 where Morrissey can be seen with a bunch of daffodils in his back pocket. Therefore, this shirt featuring daffodils is a nice touch, Morrissey himself and people who have influenced him such as James Dean and Billy Fury are also featured, and so it's no wonder that this design is a very popular choice at Amazon. Apparently, its hand screen printed near Manchester, too!


Keep Calm and Listen to Morrissey Mug
Keep Calm Morrissey Mug

Although it has nothing whatsoever to do with T-shirts, I just had to include this trendy "Keep Calm and Listen to Morrissey" mug by the Victorian Printing Company. It's an exclusive design and made here in the UK and would make an ideal gift for Mozzer fans.

Well, I hope I've provided you with some decent links, and I'll leave you with the live ebay feed that I promised earlier in this post. You can see many more retro rock and pop band T-shirts ideas at my website.






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, 29 June 2015

Stunning Zebra Print Wall Clocks

CafePress Zebra Print and Hot Pink Wall Clock


Clocks aren't often mentioned in 80s fashion articles are they? After discovering some gorgeously stylish zebra print wall clocks at Amazon.com and also the UK store, I just had to write a post about them as they're ideal for giving a room a touch of retro 80s style.



Pink and black zebra stripes wall clock

This alternative design is also available on the Cafepress store at Amazon. Although I prefer the design, I would struggle slightly to see the actual time on this one. It still looks funky, though!





If you find pink all a bit too much, then you'll be pleased to discover that the clock above is also available in classic black and white.

Black and White Zebra Print Wall Clock

This clock is well-suited to a black and white themed room which appear to be very fashionable at the moment. I recently gave my bathroom a black and white makeover, although I've never really put a clock in their before - there's a first time for everything! By the way, the U.S. version of the clock has a more vertical pattern with no numerals - just don't ask me why!



Lime Green Animal Print Wall Clock
Combining leopard and zebra print, this stunning lime green clock by Janna Salak Designs is really eye-catching and is hand-crafted with a high gloss finish. Sadly, it isn't available in the UK.


Pink Animal Print Wall Clock by Janna Salak Designs
If pink's your thing then Janna Salak also produce this similar design which has the addition of a love heart.



Here are some more designs at Amazon.com that really caught my attention...











Well, I have reached the end of my post - time flies when you're having fun! Sara.

Visit Mark's website SimplyEighties.com for everything 80s