80s Fashion Montage



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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Nov 20 2017

Now That's What I Call Music LPs

A look back at every Now album released during the 1980s (1 to 16) including Now Dance and Now Smash Hits. With sleeve photos.

Nov 17 2017

Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen

After 7 years without a major hit, this was the comeback single for the British singer.

Brut 33 Aftershave 70s


Nov 16

Brut Aftershave Ads

A look back at those 1970s ads with Henry Cooper and Barry Sheene.

Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart single sleeve 1985


Nov 15

Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

The ex-Undertones singer had a huge hit with this single.

Christopher Biggins On Safari 80s


Nov 13

80s Celebrities Smoke Pot

Five famous faces take cannabis in a new ITV Amercian road trip series. 

Mork and Mindy - Robin Williams and Pam Dawber


Nov 10

Was Jodie Whittaker's Costume Inspired By Mork & Mindy?

The 13th Doctor's new outfit is creating a stir.

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Say Say Say single


Nov 10

Paul McCartney And Michael Jackson - Say Say Say

The classic hit reviewed - with original video and lyrics.

80s Acid House Clothing


Nov 9 

Create An 80s Acid House Costume

Our latest blog post will show you how!

Elton John Nikita


Nov 6

Elton John - Nikita

A review of the 1985 hit song with video and lyrics.

Rubik's Cube Inflatable Seat


Nov 5

Rubik's Cube Inflatable Seat

Add an 80s vibe to any room with this funky chair for children.

Michael Jackson Thriller single


Nov 4

Michael Jackson's Thriller

The song returned to the UK singles chart for Halloween. But at what position?

Doctor Who Annual 1980


Nov 2

Every Doctor Who Annual

All the classic annuals produced from 1964 to 1986 - which one(s) did you have?

King - The Taste Of Your Tears singles


Oct 30

King - The Taste Of Your Tears

A look back at the band's 1985 hit song.

Debbie Harry wearing Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirt


Oct 27

Blondie Fashion Photos

Iconic images and advice on where to buy Debbie Harry style clothing.

Jan Hammer Miami Vice Theme single sleeve 1985


Oct 25

Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme

A look back at the Top 5 hit from 1985.

80s Pattern Wall Clock


Oct 23

Awesome 80s Wall Clocks

How cool are these? Amazing designs we found at Redbubble.

The Kids From Fame - Starmaker single sleeve


Oct 22

The Kids From Fame - Starmaker

The group's second hit single from 1982.

Howard Jones New Song single sleeve rear 1983


Oct 20

Howard Jones - New Song

The debut single by the 80s synthpop maestro.

Atari Mugs


Oct 19

Atari Mugs

Discover a wide variety of ceramic and travel mugs with an Atari theme.

Rick Astley 80s Mug


Oct 18

Gorgeous 80s Mugs

We found at Etsy. You'll find these hard to resist!

Red Box - Lean On Me single sleeve 1985


Oct 15

Red Box - Lean On Me

Original video and Top of the Pops TV appearance.

Oct 14

How To Dress As Freddie Mercury In The 80s

We show you how to create two iconic looks in our latest blog post.

Kiss - Crazy Crazy Night single sleeve 1987


Oct 12

Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights

A look back at the American band's biggest hit of the 1980s.

Cheap 80s Costumes montage


Oct 10

Cheap 80s Costumes

Grab a bargain from £6.99 in our brand new section.

Michael Fish 80s weather symbols jumper sweater


Oct 9

Ugly 80s Sweaters

Warning! You may want to look away now. These jumpers are truly ghastly!

Rupert Bear Annual 1984


Oct 6

Annuals From 1984

How many of these did you read? In.c Fame, Shoot!, Victoria Plum, Sesame Street

Ghostbusters Costumes for Adults


Oct 4

Ghostbusters Costumes

Find the best-rated outfits at the best prices.


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


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.



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!