80s Fashion Montage

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Do you remember the pleasure you experienced from visiting the local record store and purchasing the latest 12" single on vinyl? You may also remember popping down to the video rental store and hiring out the latest film on VHS such as Ghostbusters or Back To The Future? Sadly, you can no longer enjoy such an experience, but the memories remain forever etched inside our brains. Indeed, I think you'll agree that shopping in the 80s was a much more satisfying experience than it is today.

Established in 2009, the Simply Eighties website is dedicated almost entirely to the 1980s and will help you to rekindle the many thousands of memories stored in your brain. The site explores all areas of the great decade, which was was very much in your face, with bold and daring fashion clothing, voluminous hair styles and groundbreaking music videos. The technology was innovative, too, with Sinclair and Commodore bringing computing to the masses. We hope you will enjoy browsing through the 1500+ pages on the site and taking a nostalgic trip back down memory lane.
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20th Oct 2017

Howard Jones "New Song"

The debut single by the 80s synthpop maestro reached #3 in the UK. 

 

19th Oct

Atari Mugs

We've found a wide variety of ceramic and travel mugs with an Atari theme and placed them all into this brand new section.

 

18th Oct

Gorgeous 80s Mugs we found at Etsy

You will find it hard to resist buying one of these fabulous mugs!

 

15th Oct

Red Box "Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)"

Enjoy the original video and a Top Of The Pops Performance. Plus, lyrics and essential facts about the song and band.

 

14th Oct 2017

How to Dress Up as Freddie Mercury in the 80s

We take a look at two iconic looks that you can copy for a fancy dress party.

 

12th Oct

Kiss "Crazy Crazy Nights"

A look back at the American band's biggest hit of the 80s from 1987, with video and lyrics.

 

10th Oct

Cheap 80s Costumes from £6.99

The very best value costumes we could find with a 1980s theme under £15. 

 

9th Oct

Ugly Sweaters from the 80s

Warning! You may want to look away now! Our latest blog post at 80sfashiononline features some of the ugliest sweaters to come out of the 1980s.

 

6th Oct

Annuals from 1984

A look back at a wide range of annuals including Fame, Shoot!, Victoria Plum, Sesame Street, Buttons, The Beano and more.

 

4th Oct

Ghostbusters 80s Movie Costumes

We show you how to find the best rated costumes at the best prices. Ideal for Halloween and 80s themed parties.

 

3rd Oct

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Don't Come Around Here No More"

The band's first chart hit of the 80s in the UK which features a very weird Alice in Wonderland video 

 

1st Oct

Madness "Shut Up"

The band's eight single featuring a cops and robbers video reached #7 in the UK during 1981.

 

29th Sept

Michael Jackson Thriller Costumes

Ideal for Halloween and 80s parties, we show you where to find the best-rated outfits at the best prices.

 

28th Sept

DISTURBING ADVERTS FROM THE 1980S

Including a creepy humpty dumpty, a filthy ad from Sega and the grim reaper scaring kids.

 

27th Sept

Create an 80s Party Girl Costume

The latest post from our fashion blog will show you how to create a fabulous outfit from head to toe.

 

26th Sept

Pat Benatar "We Belong"

This powerful ballad was the American singer's second major top 30 hit single.

 

24th Sept

Ottawan "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)"

The feel good (if slightly cheesy) disco hit from 1981 with the usual lyrics and essential facts.

 

22nd Sept

Amusing 80s Knitting Patterns

Be prepared for ghastly sweaters galore inc. weird patterns, aran pullovers with bobbles and even a knitted crop top with a matching cushion!

 

20th Sept

The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

The Scottish band scored a hit with this song twice in the UK. Watch both the 1988 and 2007 versions, the latter featuring Peter Kay and Matt Lucas.

 

17th Sept

Whatever Happened to Halo James?

The band were active from 1988 to 1991 and hit the UK top ten with their single "Could Have Told You So". Where are they now?

 

16th Sept

Super Mario Costumes

Become the iconic Italian plumber from the classic 80s computer games. We pick out the best outfits for adults and children.

 

14th Sept

Ryan Paris "Dolce Vita"

The Euro-Disco one hit wonder from 1983 with the original video and Top of the Pops performance.

 

12th Sept

Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters"

The theme song from the 1984 movie included a neon video that featured an array of 80s stars. Plus a lawsuit by Huey Lewis for plagiarism.

 

9th Sept

David Bowie and Mick Jagger "Dancing in the Street"

When the duo met-up to record this classic cover, they also created an iconic video all within a matter of hours, with proceeds to Live Aid famine relief.

 

7th Sept

U2 "Where The Streets Have No Name"

The third single from "The Joshua Tree" featured an award-winning, iconic video i which the band's rooftop performance was stopped by the police.

 

5th Sept

Peter Cetera "Glory Of Love"

A review of the one hit wonder by the ex-Chicago frontman from 1986 with video and lyrics.

 

4th Sept

Bananaman and Bananagirl Costumes

A look at the fancy dress options available to dress as the 80s superhero Bananaman. Costumes for men and women.

 

Yes it's true. The US comedy series that originally aired from 1988 to 1997 is set to return! See what Roseanne Barr and John Goodman look like now.

 

1st Sept

70s and 80s Legends Appear in Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming

These five celebrities were very well-known back in the day and have come together for a new Channel 5 TV series which starts on 1st Sept.

 

31st August 2017

New Romantic Fashion

A look at the clothing and the bands associated with the New Romantic movement in the early 1980s.

 

29th Aug

Thompson Twins "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream"

A look back at the last major hit for the trio which reached #15 in 1985.

 

27th Aug

Why everyone is going crazy for 80s-inspired Synthwave music

A look at the growing synthwave scene which features music with a distinctly 80s flavour.

 

25th Aug

Queen "The Invisible Man"

A review of the band's hit song from 1989, which featured an imaginative video featuring a young Danniella Westbrook before she became a soap star.

 

23rd Aug

Blue Jeans Magazine

A look back at the popular weekly mag for teen girls in the 80s

 

21st Aug

She-Ra (Princess of Power) Costume

Our guest fashion writer, Sara, will show you where to find the best range of She-Ra costumes, which are ideal for 80s and Halloween dress-up.

 

16th Aug

UB40 and Chrissie Hynde "I Got You Babe"

Released as the lead single from the band's sixth album Baggariddim, this cover of Sonny and Cher's classic hit reached No.1 numerous countries.

 

19th Aug

Bruce Forsyth's Generation Game

From the infectious catchphrases to the cuddly toy on the conveyor belt, we take a look back at the 70s game show which attracted over 21 million viewers.

 

14th Aug

Laura Branigan "Self Control"

A look back at the No.5 hit single from 1984, which included a controversial video directed by William Friedkin (best known for directing The Exorcist).

 

12th Aug

1982 Fashion Pictures

From leotards and leg warmers to shoulder pads, we explore the wide variety fashion fads of 1982. Featuring Grace Jones and Thomas Dolby.

 

9th Aug

Duran Duran "The Reflex"

The band's best-selling single topped the UK charts in 1984 for four weeks and was the final single from "Seven and the Ragged Tiger".

 

7th Aug

Debbie Harry "French Kissin' (in the USA)"

This was Debbie's biggest solo hit in the UK and the lead single from her second album "Rockbird".

 

4th Aug

Madness "Driving in my Car"

This single was No.4 for three weeks from 31st July 1982, and in the video we see the nutty boys larking around in their Morris Minor "Maddiemobile".

Breakfast Club T-shirt

 

2nd Aug

The Breakfast Club T-shirts

Lots of design ideas for celebrating the 1985 movie and also Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me" single from the soundtrack.

 

31st July

Duran Duran "Is There Something I Should Know?"

The band's eight single release became their first No.1 single in the UK. Take a look back a the video, lyrics and single sleeve photos.

 

29th July

Haywoode "Roses"

A forgotten gem from 1986 which became a one hit wonder for Sharon"Sidney" Haywoode.

 

26th July

Shakin' Stevens "Green Door"

One of Shaky's biggest hits reached #1 on this day in 1981. We take a look back at this energetic cover of a 50s classic.

 

24th July

Some Old Magazines from the 80s

Take a look back at a wide variety of publications that Sara has dug out of her loft. Including Sounds, Smash Hits, Elle, Woman's Own, Look-In and more besides.

 

22nd July

Trans-X "Living on Video"

This infectious synthpop tune was a one hit wonder in 1985, but do you remember it?

 

20th July

80s Funk Skulls Costume

Make your fellow party goers green with envy in this 80s punk themed dress with layered skirt and skull and crossbones top.

 

18th July

Gloria Estefan "Anything For You"

This beautiful ballad was Gloria's breakthrough hit in the UK in 1989, and our new page includes the video, lyrics, photos and essential facts about the song.

 

16th July

80s Party Balloons

Discover lots of ideas to give your party decor a proper 80s vibe.

 

15th July

Genesis "Turn It On Again"

The band's first single of the 1980s which was the lead single from their No.1 album "Duke".

 

12th July

Sabrina "Boys (Summertime Love)"

The 1988 hit song and its provocative video by Italian model and singer Sabrina Salerno.

 

11th July

John Lydon on Jukebox Jury

Johnny Rotten has a confrontation with Alan Freeman which eventually leads to him walking off the set.

 

10th July

1983 Fashion Pictures

Take a look at what people were wearing back in 1983, including puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, swatch watches, leotards, neck scarves and leg warmers.

 

8th July

Imagination "Music and Lights"

The trio's fifth hit single with lyrics and a Top Of The Pops performance.

 

6th July

Green Cross Code Man Costume

Become the 1970s road safety superhero played by David Prowse in those public information films.

 

4th July

Whatever Happened to Sean Maguire?

You may remember the actor in Grange Hill and Eastenders, and also his brief but successful 90s pop career. But what is he doing now?

 

2nd July

80s Shell Suits

A look back at one of the most atrocious fashion trends to come out of the 1980s.

 

1st July

Alison Moyet "Love Resurrection"

The ex-Yazoo singer's debut solo single was the start of a run of successful singles.

 

29th June

Fleetwood Mac "Little Lies"

A look back at one of the band's biggest hits from 1987 including video, lyrics, sleeve photo and essential facts about the song. 

 

27th June

Big Daddy Costume

Relive afternoon wrestling on World Of Sport and become the legendary Shirley Crabtree. It's easy, easy...

 

26th June

The Clothes Show

A look back at the popular fashion show which launched in 1986 on BBC1 as was presented by Selina Scott, Caryn Franklin and Jeff Banks.

 

25th June

Fireman Incoming Storm

This free online game features one of Megaman's enemies from the 1987 NES game. It's an action-packed shooter with tough enemies.

 

23rd June

Create an 80s Roller Disco Costume

We show you how to transform into a 1980s skater girl using accessories, or buy a ready-made outfit.

 

20th June

A Tribute to Brian Cant

A look back at the many kids TV shows that were presented by the legendary Brian Cant, including Play Away, Bric-a-Brac etc.

 

17th June

10 Reasons Why Life Was Better in the 80s

A look back at a time before the internet, when we lived a simpler and slower pace of life and felt all the better for it. 

 

14th June

Atari T-shirts

We'll show you where to find the best range of designs. Themes inc. fuji logo, Jaguar, Missile Command, Pong, Centipede and more.

 

12th June

Whatever Happened to DJ Peter Powell?

During the 1980s, Peter Powell was a popular Radio 1 DJ and Top Of The Pops presenter. But then he disappeared - where is he now?

 

9th June

Prince "Batdance"

Released on this day in 1989, we take a look at the lead single from the Batman album.

 

7th June

Bullseye Bully Costume

You can't beat a bit of bully, and now you can become him in this low-cost outfit which is ideal for 80s fancy dress parties.

 

4th June

Cyndi Lauper 80s Costume for Women

Our latest blog post features a highly-rated and popular Cyndi Lauper/Madonna style dress with hair bow.

 

3rd June

Bob Marley & The Wailers "Buffalo Soldier"

One of Marley's best known hits from the 1983 album "Confrontation"

 

31st May

Jermaine Stewart "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off"

Video, lyrics and essential facts about the American singer's biggest hit from 1986.  

28th May

Can You Still Buy Chocolate Cigarettes?

Candy and chocolate cigarettes were pretty popular back in the day, but they were, inevitably, banned. However, not everywhere.

 

25th May

Iconic and Infamous 80s Perms

We take a look at the most amazing perms of the 80s, from Dolly Parton to Deirdre Barlow.

 

23rd May

Record Mirror Magazine

We take a look back at the weekly pop music paper which launched in the 1950s and became a glossy mag in the 80s.

 

20th May

Whatever Happened to Strawberry Switchblade?

The pop duo had just one hit in the 80s with "Since Yesterday", but just what did they do after this?

 

18th May

Bros 80s T-shirts

Discover where to find a number of stylish T-shirts featuring 80s boy band Bros. 

 

15th May

Ford Fiesta Mk1

We take a look back at the first generation Fiesta which were built from 1977 until 1983.

 

13th May

Top 5 Stores to Buy 80s Costumes

Find out which online stores have the biggest range of outfits at the most competitive prices.

 

11th May

Shakin' Stevens "You Drive Me Crazy"

Video, lyrics, sleeve photos and facts about the No.2 hit single from 1981, which was kept off the top spot for four weeks by who?

 

 

6th May

80s Hair Styles

Some original hair photos straight out of the 80s, and you don't want to miss these!

 

4th May

Bravo Magazine in the 80s

The German teen magazine featured many British pop stars on its covers, and we take a look back at a selection of them.

 

2nd May

Space 1999

A look back at Gerry Anderson's classic 1970s sci-fi TV series which aired on ITV between 1975 and 1977. 

 

30th April

Flashdance Costume for Women

Create your own Flashdance movie costume (or buy ready-made) and transform yourself into Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) in the iconic 80s movie Flashdance.

 

28th April

50th Birthday Party Balloons

A brand new section featuring a wide range of balloons to celebrate thehalf a century milestone.

 

26th April

The ZX Spectrum Remembered

A nostalgic look back at the UK's most popular 8-bit home computer which is 35 years old this week.

 

 

 




Cheer up girls, you're in Bananarama

 

 


What were people protecting their eyes with back in the 80s? Actually, some styles didn't protect the eyes at all and were worn purely as a fashion accessory. From Ray-Bans to shutter shades, on this revamped page I look back at the wide variety of styles that were worn in the eighties.  

Some of these are going to bring the memories of your childhood flooding back! Read about the most popular toys and games from both the 1970s and 80s including Subbuteo, BigTrak, Action Man, Cabbage Patch Dolls and a whole lot more on the 80s Toys page.
They were often unreliable and prone to rust, but there are still many of us who are very fond of the old cars from the 70s and 80s. So which were your favourites? To help you decide, you'll find lots of photos of classic and not-so classic cars, inc. models by British Leyland, as well as sports cars and some American cars, too. Plenty of car photos and plenty of memories, too - visit the 80s Cars page.
Computer games were a lot simpler back in the 1980s, but they were also a lot more accessible. Frogger, Defender and Pac-Man were particular favourites of mine, and you can access many old classics on this page and play online for free, as well as read reviews of other computer games from the 80s.
The 1980s saw the beginning of the home computing revolution, a time when many of us actually learned how to program our computers. Which games consoles and computers did you use back in the 80s? From the very simple ZX80 to the highly popular, 16 bit Commodore Amiga, they can all be found on the 80s Computers page.
So what did you wear in the eighties? This page features the outrageous clothing being worn in the great decade including crazy New Romantic big hair and quiff hair styles for men, shoulder pads, ra-ra skirts, parachute pants, Don Johnson (from Miami Vice) in his white suits, "Choose Life" T-shirts, pixie boots, boxer shorts, Ray Bans, big spectacles - the list goes on! Did you have 80s style or were you like me, an 80s fashion disaster!
These video clips and photos will help you to relive your 70s or 80s childhood, and on this page you can look at bucketloads of old-fashioned confectionary from the past, some of which has now disappeared, and some of which is still being made today. The question is, did you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?

Is it just me, or was there much more to watch on the TV when we were kids? Although we only had three TV channels here in the UK, there was always something decent to watch, and this page features links to dozens of pages about both British and American TV Shows
from yesteryear. Were you a Dukes Of Hazzard fan, or maybe Charlie's Angels was more your thang?

The 1980s saw the birth of the music video revolution, thanks mainly to MTV. Here you'll find a complete A-Z of all the music video pages on the Simply Eighties site. It's an ever-growing list, and you find everything from ABBA to ZZ Top. Most of the videos are official (where available), and I've hand-picked the best quality ones from Youtube. From New Wave to 80s power ballads, they're all here!

So who had a trim phone? Actually, we never had one of these as we just weren't posh enough - just a plain old, standard cream dial telephone for us! Anyway, on the 80s technology page I have written about my own experiences with VHS tapes, an Amstrad TV, CB Radio and a lot more besides

So what gadgets couldn't we live without during the 1980s? Actually, we could live without them a darn sight better than than people do these days. Now that's either because the gadgets were rubbish, or because we were made of sterner stuff. Whatever your thoughts, here you'll find lots of pictures and facts about digital watches, instant cameras, VCR's and Sodastream.

Glamour model Linda Lusardi went on to become a TV presenter and actress, and you'll be pleased to know that you can find out what happened to lots of other famous folk from the 80s on this page.

80s Fashion - Olivia Newton John

Let's Get Physical - Not Half!