80S SHELL SUITS
By Mark Nobes
David Icke on Wogan in 1991
Original 1980s nylon shinyshell suit jackets complete with creases
His and hers shell suits for £39.99 - each! Do they have gold lining?
80s and 90s Shell Suit Costumes
So the shellsuit went from being cool in the 80s to naff in the 90s. Of course, its comedic value makes it an ideal choice for fancy dress purposes.
You'll find a substantial range of shell suit costumes at ebay, and the prices are probably as low as you're going to get anywhere. There is a huge range of designs available for both men and women. You can also use ebay to find original shell suits, should you wish to look authentically 80s.
The following outfits are an example of what's available to buy online...
If you're male, then you can also add a scouser perm wig and tash set (some costumes come with this)or sweatbands.
You can also create an 80s hop hop style by adding an inflatable boombox
I particularly like this blue ladies shellsuit by Bristol Novelty, which has disntinctly 80s chevron stripes. It's available in small, medium and large sizes for an adult female.
Add a perm wig or an 80s wig and some hi top trainers to complete your look. You may also be interested in reading our 80s Trainers page for more advice. It features images of original trainers that we were wearing back in the day. From what I remember, most of them had two or three angled stripes down the sides or the company logo (such as Nike and Reebok), and they were mostly plain white.
1980s Reebok Hi-tops
Now, that guy in the picture looks like he's ready for a good old 80s workout, but you can go for a more hip hop look with the following costume;