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Saturday, 24 January 2015

80s Paint Splatter Leotards

80s neon paint splatter leotard
80s Neon Splatter Paint Leotard
During the 80s fitness craze, splatter paint designs became highly popular on leotards and leggings. A paint splattered leotard was usually worn with plain or shiny leggings. Also popular were splatter leggings worn with a plain or shiny leotard, but it was rare to see both the same design of leggings and leotard together, although the rules of fashion were there to be broken back in the 1980s, so I'm pretty sure that there were some fitness freaks who wore both together.

I would recommend wearing plain or shiny leggings in pastel or neon shades with the leotard above for a classic 80s workout fashion style.

Unfortunately, leotards or bodysuits adorned with a splatter paint design are very hard to find, but I managed to find a very 80s leotard at Amazon.com as shown above. Sadly, this isn't available at the UK store.

However, leggings are a different matter and there are several designs available at both the UK and U.S. Amazon stores.

Neon 80s Paint Splatter Leggings
Neon Paint Splatter Leggings

Splatter Paint Leggings at Amazon.com

Splatter Paint Leggings at Amazon UK



If you're from the UK then you can see a wide range of 80s leggings ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com



Thursday, 22 January 2015

80s Rewind Festival Rucksacks - Backpacks

There appears to be an ever-increasing number of 80s festivals and events these days, and this probbaly explains the increasing number of rucksack and bumbag sales through my website SimplyEighties.com.

For such an event you want to be wearing something suitably eighties, and there are a number of bags that are absolutely ideal for festivals and concerts such as 80s Rewind. Of course, these bags are also ideal for adding a touch of 1980s style to your camping holiday, hiking trip or school trip, too.

80s Bum Bag

80s Bum Bag by Eastpak
80s Style Bum Bag/Springer Bag by Eastpak
I adore this bum bag which is so 80s it hurts! Featuring a funky retro print, it's absolutely ideal for wearing at an 80s event and includes an adjustable waist strap for the perfect fit, a zipped security pocket to the back and a double-zipped main compartment. There are actually 36 designs to choose from in the range, although this one is by far the most eighties!

80s Buddy Bag

80s Design Buddy Bag by Eastpak
80s Buddy Bag
This smaller-sized cross-body bag (buddy bag) is also available in the same funky design and includes an adjustable webbing strap, slash pocket to the front, double-zip fastening, a padded internal sleeve pocket and handy headphones port at the back.

80s Rucksack

But it doesn't stop there! There is also a rucksack available featuring this print;

80s Festival Backpack
Eastpak 80s Print Padded Rucksack/Backpack
Perfect for 80s Rewind, Jack Up The 80s or just general camping, walking etc. This rucksack featured a front pocket with zip fastener, generously-sized main compartment, adjustable padded straps, back piece, top handle and a 30 year warranty on materials and workmanship.

Animal print, splatter paint designs and clashing colours were hugely popular during the 1980s, and here are some more wonderful 80s inspired designs that caught my attention;

Londale Neon Leopard Print Backpack
Lonsdale Neon Leopard Print Back Pack

80s Splatter Paint Back Pack
80s Splatter Paint Back Pack
Multi-coloured Zebra Print Rucksack
Multi-coloured Zebra Print Rucksack

Ladies Leopard Print Bum Bag
Ladies Leopard Print Bum Bag

You can read much more about 80s Fashion at my website SimplyEighties.com



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Girls Wonder Woman Costumes

If you're as old as I am, then you will remember the original Wonder Woman TV series which aired during the 1970s and into the early 80s. Lynda Carter played the lead character and became something of a pin-up during her time playing the role. However, the very first appearance of Wonder Woman was way back in 1941 in a December issue of All Star Comics - no, I'm not old enough to remember that!

Anyway, if you're looking for a decent novelty/fancy dress costume idea for your daughter (maybe for Halloween?) then you may not have considered Wonder Woman. You'll find one of the best ranges at Amazon where the top suppliers are all selling their wares.

See all outfits at Amazon.co.uk
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Girls Wonder Woman Costume
The most striking costume is this first one featured above by Rubies. It really looks authentic and is available for ages 3 to 10 years. It includes a dress with cape, belt, boot tops, bracelets & a headpiece.




However, don't rush off to buy one just yet because there is a nice alternative I'd like to show you which is also available from the Rubies store.

Cute Wonder Woman Costume for Girls
This officially licensed costume definitely has a more cute look to it with the attached tutu skirt (little girls love a tutu!) and is available for ages 2-6 years. It includes the dress with attached cape, headpiece and gauntlets




Of course, there are plenty of other superheroes that your daughter(s) can dress-up as including Supergirl, Batgirl and even Spidergirl. The following links will allow you to browse the full range;

Girls Pink Supergirl Costume


Girls Superhero Costumes at Amazon UK
Girls Superhero Dress-up at Amazon.com



Sunday, 11 January 2015

Dead Threads Gothic, Punk and Rock Skirts

Dead Threads Gothika Skirt
Dead Threads Gothika Skirt (sizes 8-14)
Whether you're simply into gothic punk fashion or you're looking for ideas on creating an 80s punk, rock or goth style costume for a party or event, the exciting Dead Threads clothing and accessories range is guaranteed to inspire you.

I discovered the Dead Threads store on Amazon.co.uk (Threads of the Dead at Amazon.com) while creating the punk rock clothing page on my website SimplyEighties.com. Whether you're male or female, I can almost guarantee that you will find something of interest. You may find the prices a tad expensive for fancy dress purposes, although you will end up with a quality item of clothing that is unlikely to fall apart in one evening.

80s Rock and Halloween Skirts

For this post I would like to show you some of the best ladies skirts from the range, and I'm going to start with this fabulous skirt featured at the top of the page. It has a little bit of everything including side popper stud fastening, chains with cross charms, ribbons, lace and contrast stitching. It would look particularly fabulous for Halloween, of course. The price is £34.99 as I write which is pretty reasonable. The item featured has red stitching, but you can also purchase the same style skirt with purple stitching.

If this skirt doesn't "float your boat" then how about this one...

80s Style Tiered Gothic Rock Skirt
Dead Threads Tiered Crucifixion Skirt
This tiered, Madonnaresaue skirt is ideal for creating an 80s rock look. It features black fabric which is printed with silver crosses, thorns and skulls and features a lace trim with ribbon lace up front. Add items such as fingerless,  fishnet gloves and a stack of gummy bracelets on your arms, and fishnet tights to get an 80s vibe.

Punk Mini Skirt

Checked 80s Punk/Bondage Style Mini Skirt
Checked Punk Mini Skirt
If you're looking for something a little different to the standard tartan mini skirts then this is for you. Available for sizes 8 and 10, this mini, tiered punk skirt features frilled layers of black and red checked material, black netting, red rose and spider webs design and another layer of black net. Another band of the red and checked pattern goes around the waist. Hanging from the waistline are buckled bondage style straps with metal eyelets.

Gothic Punk Dress

Dead Threads Graffiti Punk Mini Dress
Dead Threads Graffiti Mini Dress
Now, this looks fantastic! It's described as "a unique panelled dress with lots of awesome details". On closer inspection the dress features a paint splattered print, eyelet straps and a corseted back. It also has a mesh lace underlay.

Tartan Punk Rock Mini SKirt by Hell Bunny
Hell Bunny Tartan Mini Skirt

Visit the Dead Threads store on Amazon.

For more inspiration I can also recommend browsing through the Hell Bunny Punk Clothing range.

You'll also find more ideas on the Punk Rock Fancy Dress Costumes page at my website.

Related posts on this blog;

Tartan Punk Costumes
Spiked Clothing for Women



Wednesday, 7 January 2015

K-9 Doctor Who T-shirt


Doctor Who K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt
K-9 Haynes Manual T-shirt at Amazon UK
Also available at Amazon.com (US)

Affirmative Master!

If you're looking for a T-shirt that is both 80s and geeky then I have found the perfect item for you. This official tee features the robotic dog K-9 as a Haynes Manual illustration, and is the ultimate in retro geekness. Both much-loved and much-hated, the character first appeared alongside the fourth doctor (played by Tom Baker) in 1977. You may also remember that he starred in a spin-off programme called K-9 and Company alongside the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith who was played by Elisabeth Sladen. More recently, K-9 Mark IV featured in The Sarah Jane Adventures also starring the original actress Elisabeth Sladen.

Very much like a well-known brand of yeast extract spread, you either loved or hated K-9. I think he was a great addition the the series, and being both loyal and logical (and not leaving a mess everywhere he goes!), I reckon every home needs a K-9!

Back to the T-shirt and at £7.95 (plus shipping) it's not going to break the bank and is available for sizes small to X-large. There are, in fact, several suppliers selling the tee for a much higher price on Amazon and across the web, and this is, by far, the best price I've seen.

See all K-9 T-shirts

You can see a whole range of 80s T-shirt ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com

I want to leave you with a picture of the K-9 talking plush toy which, although expensive at £27.79 inc. delivery, is very adorable and huggable!


K.9 Doctor Who Talking Plush Toy
K-9 Talking Plush Toy

Related posts;

Classic Doctor Who T-shirts
Throw a Dr Who Themed Party
Peter Davison Fifth Doctor Costume
80s Fashion Pictures from 1981