There can be hardly anyone on Earth who actually liked the shell suit. Here are a couple of genuine ads from 1989 featuring the garish, crinkled nylon version of the tracksuit. The ad on the left is from an old mail order catalogue, and the one of the right is by Fila.
I remember there were also metallic shell suits which were even worse to look at than the ones featured here, especially when they had certain ageing British celebrities inside them, one of which turned out to be very unsavoury indeed.
Available in an array of ghastly colours, the shiny and creased, rustling tracksuit was just about the worst fashion fad to come out of the 80s. For a short while, they were actually considered to be very cool. But when our parents and the aforementioned middle aged celebrities started to wear them, the shell suit quickly became the target of ridicule.
Okay, so let’s now take a look at the best fancy dress costumes available.
A shell suit fancy dress costume is perfect for 80s dress-up and there is a nice choice of garish colours available. Some are advertised as Harry Enfield’s scouser characters with a bubble perm wig, but the trio didn’t appear on our TV screens until 1990, so it’s not really ideal for 80s fancy dress. Thankfully, the wigs aren’t included with the costumes, so you can choose any you like from below…
80’s Blue Shell Suit – Adult Fancy Dress Costume – 5 Sizes up to 5080’s Purple Shell Suit – Adult Fancy Dress Costume – 5 Sizes up to 50Fun Shack Female 80s Shell Suit Costume – S, M, L, XL80s Retro Shell Suit Ladies Costume – S, M, L, XL80’s Height of Fashion Shell Suit Male Costume – X-Large80s Shell Suit Jacket and Trousers for Men – M, L, XLShell Suit Fancy Dress Costume for Men – 36 to 38 inch chestLadies 1980s Metallic Shellsuit Shell Suit Fancy Dress Costume PinkPlus Size Ladies Shell Suit Costume – 18-20 XXLWomen’s Shell Suit Costume – Sizes 8 to 22Couples Ladies & Mens 80s Shell Suits Pack – 10-12, 12-14Extra Large Adults 80’s Shell Suit Jacket & PantsMedium Adults 80’s Shell Suit Jacket & Pants – Pink and Yellow80s Mens Black Shellsuit Costume for 80s Fancy Dress – M or L