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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saved By The Bell T-shirts

Firstly, I would like to make it clear that I will be focusing on the original, classic series of Saved By The Bell for this post, and not the dreadful New Class spin-off that aired later in the 90s.

The original (and popular) U.S. teen sitcom aired from 1989 to 1993 and followed a group of friends and their principal at Bayside High School. Do you remember all of the main characters? Well, you don't have to bother thinking too hard because I'm going to tell you, and when you're over 40 you really don't need the hassle of exercising your brain too much! They were Screech (my favourite), Slater, Lisa, Jessie, Zack, Kelly and, of course, principal Mr. Belding.



A Saved By The Bell T-shirt is ideal for both 80s and 90s themed dress-up. Now, I was curious as to whether there would actually be many designs available, and whether the popularity of the series was still strong enough to make it worthwhile producing a T-shirt. Therefore, I was very pleased to see that Amazon UK featured over 130 products, with the U.S. store showing over 500 results.

Saved By The Bell T-shirts at Amazon UK

Saved By The Bell T-shirts at Amazon.com

However, stock at the UK Amazon is rather unreliable and, therefore, you may also like to try eBay. This geo-targeted link can be used in the UK, U.S., Canada and Australia - Saved By The Bell T-shirts at bay


Bayside Tigers Off Shoulder Sweatshirt
Bayside Tigers Sweatshirt  - 4 Sizes
One of the most popular items is this off-shoulder sweatshirt which has a baggy fit and comes in four sizes up to XX-large.

Buy at Amazon.com

There is quite an extensive range of Bayside Tigers clothing available, including many designs of T-shirts and hoodies which you may want to take a look at.

Bayside Pride T-shirt


See all Bayside Tigers clothing at Amazon UK

Bayside Tigers Clothing at Amazon.com

Saved By The Bell Cast T-shirt
Saved By The Bell Cast T-shirt

Saved by the Bell - Cast Men's T-Shirt at Amazon.com

The availability of this T-shirt (and similar designs) in the UK is, once again, unpredictable at Amazon. However, there are plenty of top-rated suppliers selling on eBay. You can use the eBay link in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

More designs can be found by searching for popular characters from the series.


Kelly Kapowski T-shirts
I Love Kelly Kapowski T-shirt
I Love Kelly Kapowski T-shirt
There will be many red-blooded males who had a crush on Kelly, and being a shallow teen you just lust after attractive-looking girls. Of course, as you grow older you begin to realise that there is much more to a person than just looks. Nonetheless, this is a fun T-shirt for wearing to an 80s, 90s or retro TV-themed party or event, or just for wearing out and about to create a talking point. This particular tee was only available at the U.S. Amazon, with the UK store showing "currently unavailable". However, you may want to check this link to the supplier as stocks may have been replenished - Kelly Kapowski White T-shirt for Men

I managed to find suppliers from the states selling on eBay to the UK, although the postage is, understandably, quite steep.

Kelly Kapowski T-shirts at ebay

This geo-targeted link to ebay can be used in the U.S., UK, Australia and Canada.

Kelly Kapowski T-shirt for women
UK Kelly Kapowski T-shirts
Green Kelly Kapowski Men's Tee
I really like this design and the T-shirt is a regular fit available for sizes small to XX-large. This design was not available at the UK Amazon store, but there were sellers on eBay.

Screech Powers T-Shirts

Screech Powers Black T-shirt for Men
Screech Powers T-shirt at Amazon UK
Played by Dustin Diamond, Screech was, of course, the geek/nerd of the group, but also one of the best-loved characters. The T-shirt above comes in a choice of 15 colours in sizes from small to 5 x XL. Unfortunately, it;'s not available at the U.S. store, but here is a live feed of some items available...


Zack Morris T-Shirts

While the boys were all drooling over Kelly, the girls were going weak at the knees for heartthrob Zack Morris. You may remember that he was the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Zack Attack. Well, here's a T-shirt featuring that very band...

Zack Attack Saved By The Bell T-shirt
Officially Licensed Zack Attack T-shirt
Sadly, this tee was not available at the UK Amazon. However, there are a few different Zack Attack designs available at Cafepress.

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then you may like this pink design.

Pink Zack Attack 90s T-shirt
Pink Zack Attack World Tour T-shirt
Once again, this design was not available at Amazon UK, but there I did find some alternative designs on eBay. You can also use the following geo-targeted link in the U.S., Canada and Australia;

Zack Attack T-shirts at eBay

Well, I hope I've inspired you with some good T-shirt ideas. You may also be interested in the following links;

80s T-shirt Ideas (UK) at Simplyeighties.com
80s T-shirt Ideas for Women (U.S.)
80s T-shirts Ideas for Men (U.S.)

You can see many more 80s costume ideas for men on my website SimplyEighties.com.




Monday, 4 January 2016

Create a Miami Vice Don Johnson Costume

Don Johnson's white suit in Miami Vice
Don Johnson Miami Vice Poster
If you were to ask me to name one TV series that really embraced 1980s culture, then it just has to be Miami Vice. It had it all, including the fashion, the music and the excess. The clothes worn by Crockett and Tubbs had a big influence on 80s fashion, and they would change their outfits up to eight times in just one episode! T-shirts worn with pastel suits (with rolled-up sleeves) and Ray-bans became the must have style for men.

In particular, it was Don Johnson's James "Sonny" Crockett character that was the most influential. The white linen pants worn with slip-on loafers and no socks created a laid-back style that men everywhere wanted to replicate. An Italian sports jacket and a pastel or black T-shirt completed the look. The unshaven style adopted by Johnson also became popular, and became known as "designer stubble". Miami Vice became renowned for bringing the latest European fashion trends to our TV screen.

A T-shirt worn under a pastel or white cotton suit is going to be essential for creating a style similar to that of Don Johnson.

The quickest and cheapest option is to buy a ready-made costume. I found three choices at Amazon which were all under £30, although the one I have featured below looks superior to the other two.




Miami Vice Costumes at Amazon UK
Obviously, the most expensive option is to buy a white cotton linen suit. However, finding a complete suit is almost impossible these days, although you can buy the jacket and trousers/pants separately.

White Cotton Suit Jacket
Marco Carlotti Cotton Suit Jacket
At £59.95 (as I write), this designer jacket is not a cheap option for fancy dress purposes. However, if you really want to look the part and/or you plan to wear your 80s outfit to more than one party/event, then you may want to treat yourself.

Marco Carlotti white cotton trousers
Marco Carlotti Whute Trousers
The matching trousers were £39.95 (subject to change) making a grand total of £99.90,

White cotton jacket
White Cotton Jacket by Sodial

However, I have managed to find this white cotton jacket for under £15. The XXL size is a U.S. size and is Large is the UK size. Options for other sizes are displayed underneath the jacket at Amazon.

There are also plenty of other cheaper options for trousers, too. I recommened searching for White Trousers.

White Sports Trousers
White Bowling Trousers
This pair of bowling/cricket trousers is priced at £11.99 to £15.99 depending on the size you choose.

White Shoes - Loafers
White Loafers
To complete your look you'll need a pair of white loafers. I found this pair by Gio Gino for just £9.95. Wear without any socks for an authentic look.

You'll discover many more 80s costume ideas for men at our website simplyeighties.com.