Goodwood Revival down. For me, as you have probably read here every year, the cars and racing come
secondary to the fashion on display and this year was no
Ladies’ Day. Not to get all British or anything, but we really lucked
out with the weather this year! It can be hit or miss – I’ve
shivered in a coat and worn nothing but a vintage swimsuit in
previous years, and this time round, it was sunny enough to need
sunscreen and go stockingsless… not that most of the chic ladies
went bare-legged, embracing full-on vintage glamour from head to toe.
Hats, high heels, fur stoles and period-perfect accessories were
the Best Dressed competition, which takes place at the Veuve Clicquot
tent. Throughout the day, discerning ‘spotters’ go around the site,
dishing out cards to the crème de la crème of costumes, either with
a commendation or the coveted blue card, which earns the recipient a
place in the final parade. The judges (headed up by Nick Clements of
Men’s File Magazine, then deliberated and picked runners up and overall
winners. The mens’ category included best uniform, won by a chap in a
50s fireman’s outfit, and the winner was in a pristine 1940s suit
with hat and umbrella. On
the ladies’ side, a new category for best mini-skirt (to mark the
50th anniversary of Youthquake) was won by a pair of twins
in the best late 60s outfits I saw. Well-deserved!
our photos taken with a Captain Birdseye-alike at the fish finger
boat (no idea), I watched two policemen battle it out on vintage
bikes in The Chap Olympiad’s Umbrella Jousting, excellently compered by Tristan Langlois
(who, as you may have spotted, does double duty on the Best Dressed)
as Spitfires flew overhead.
I conversely didn’t dress up to the nines, preferring to keep it
casual for the day in a late 1940s wrap dress and a pair of
reproduction 1940s platforms by Miss L Fire and my lovely mum wore some 1920s inspired finery. Perfect for a day of
action in the Chichester countryside!