Heading to a vintage revival event and wondering what to wear? Have no fear, our Retro Style Guide is here!
It's that time of year again! Here in England the What Katie Did team are getting ready for The Goodwood Revival,a three-day festival in the South of England that stages an annual historic race meeting entirely in period dress! Each year, the What Katie Did team set up their pop-up boutique nestled in the middle of the track between the Earls Court Motor Show, the Car Enclosures and the Veuve Cliquot Bar. Our little shop is in just the place for an emergency pair of stockings!
As well as an opportunity to see some amazing vintage cars scorching around the track, the revival is also a chance to get out your vintage glad rags and be seen in style. Although retro attire is worn for the whole weekend, Saturday is traditionally the day to break out your finest outfit, with a hotly contested Best Dressed competition and plenty of photographing opportunities on hand!
However, Goodwood is by no means the only retro festival around, and we often get questions from customers unsure of where to find the perfect vintage inspired look for a big day out, so we've put together a little guide to help!
Dressing for the Occasion:
If you're new to vintage style and looking to make an impact at your first vintage event, we'd recommend having a look at reproduction companies for inspiration. For dresses, Bernie Dexterand Stop Staring create classic vintage silhouettes, while Lindy Bop make ultra stylish two piece suits that are surprisingly pocket-friendly! (Keep an eye out for their beautiful Maybelle and Marianne designs which our staff will be wearing on our stall!) Elsewhere, British brand Freddies of Pinewood make classic Fifties jeans, and their jumpsuits will certainly be making an appearance during the weekend. For something a little different, Trashy Diva has an amazing choice of patterns and styles that look just as good teamed with modern accessories and worn day-to-day. If you need shoes try Re- Mix Vintage or Miss L Fire!
If you're already a vintage aficionado you'll know where to look for beautiful true-vintage outfits! However it always helps to keep an eye out for something truly spectacular - we follow the Ooh La La Vintage page on Facebook for the best pieces, as well as keeping an eye on the vintage shops in our Burbank, LA base in the States, which always have the best pieces.
The Right Underpinnings:
Of course your outfit is only as good as what's underneath! A Bullet Bra will keep you looking perky all day long, and one of our Waist Cinchers or Waspies will give you that vintage shape you've been looking for. Top off with a pair of our seamed stockings to complete the look - and if you'd rather wear tights for the occasion remember we make our Contrast Black and Latte colourways as tights too, along with a selection of our famous colours!
Always Be Prepared!:
If you've never been to a vintage festival before it's important to keep in mind the weather! Depending on where you are, the weather can have a real impact on your outfit, so it's advisable to take that into account when dressing. Umbrellas are a useful addition to an outfit for rain, and it's especially worth taking a parasol if you're off somewhere hot like Viva Las Vegas! If you sense rain a-comin' and you really want to look smart however, head to Elements Rainwear and snap up one of their fabulous see-through rain macs just like Katie wears above (so you can still show off what's underneath!)
The best looks from The Goodwood Revival 2017!