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Goodwood Revival – a very vintage fashion guide

entering mid-August does make me feel more than a little sad that
summer is soon on its way out, there is one positive to the
inexorable creep of the year. It’s coming round to one of my
favourites events of the autumn, the most excellent Goodwood Revival.
If you don’t know about the Revival (or missed my posts from previous
years), it’s a celebration of the golden era of motor sport – the
cars and the fashion – as well as plenty of shopping to get stuck
into. But since half the fun of the Goodwood Revival, aside from the
smell of Castrol R and the people watching, is getting dressed up,
putting together a killer vintage outfit is a definite must! So, I
thought I’d put together a little guide to sourcing an authentic
outfit that fits the Revival time period of 1949-1966, whether you
want to go full vintage or modern reproduction with an authentic
if you want to find genuine vintage, try eBay and Etsy for the
biggest range of options and price-ranges from across the world (you
have just about enough time to order a bargain piece from abroad).
Buying vintage online is an article in itself, but my top quick tip
is to look for metal zips or popper fastenings and avoid anything
that’s listed as containing polyester or nylon and you won’t be
caught out with 1980s masquerading as 40s. If budget is less of a
concern, there are some fabulous vintage shops in London that would
serve as a one-stop shop for a fabulous outfit. The very top of the
list (and the budget) is the extremely high end William
, whose couture garments very often fall into the key
period for Goodwood. Scarlet
is a shop in North London with some absolutely killer
vintage at reasonable (for London) prices. Both of these shops have
online selections too. For great menswear go to Hunky
on Brick Lane. And finally, if you’re more into the later
end of the time period, check out Atypical
, which has an amazing array of 50s and 60s (and even some
amazing hippie duds if you fancy sneaking in some later 60s
outfits…why not?)
brings me onto my next subject: modern reproduction vintage. If
practicality is more of a concern, or you prefer modern fabrics and
cuts, there are some excellent repro lines around these days. Top of
the Revival favourites is Vivien
Of Holloway
, whose 1950s circle-skirted frocks can be seen
everywhere at the event which is either a pro or a con depending on
how you look at it! They do plenty of other day and eveningwear
styles, too. Atypical Girl also carrys some excellent 50s-60s
inspired pieces. The Seamstress
of Bloomsbury
is another choice for super authentic 40s and early
50s pieces that wash and wear well (from experience!). I also can’t
fail to recommend Heyday,
who make the Fleur wrap dress I’ve modelled so many times on these
pages… I might be biased but it is an excellent mid-century style
daywear piece in the loveliest novelty prints! Don’t forget to hit
What Katie Did for the right underpinnings and seamed nylons for your
vintage or repro outfit (they also have a long-established shop at
the Revival for any stockings emergencies)!
On the
accessories front, footwear brands Rocket
and Miss L Fire
are an absolute goldmine of vintage style shoes, and they also have a
range of very authentic 1950s style Lucite handbags. Betsy
is an excellent place to look for a hat to top off your
outfit, or, if the budget is a little broader, Bea
& Evie
hats and sister brand Ally
make some very high end reproductions. Think pure silk
and couture finishing – perfect for driving that vintage car
through the Sussex countryside!
there are some final things to recommend for your trip to Goodwood
Revival. Spare, sensible shoes (anything but high heels) for walking
from the car-park to the course, if you aren’t driving your classic
motor directly inside, of course. An umbrella and sunscreen to cover
both weather eventualities – I have experienced all kinds of
weather that September weekend! Hairspray to keep your beehive, 1940s
poodle or 50s waves in check. A beautiful powder compact to touch up
your lipstick and attract approximately 25 wide-angle camera lenses
and phone cameras pointed in your direction as you make an
unflattering ‘lipstick face’… maybe not that last one.

Thanks go to BrewinDolphin for sponsoring this post – I’m even more excited about
this year’s Revival now. Who will I be bumping into there, then?

Fleur xx

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