Who are you coming as?
There’s only one mandatory request for patrons of our event – to have a good time!! You can wear exactly what you like, but wouldn’t it be great to come in the vintage style of festival? Let’s see some old-style tweed, beautiful vintage dresses and lots of hilarity. Plenty of options, both to use yourself or to admire on others! From an old-fashioned bike mechanic in overalls to the ever-fashionable t-shirt and jeans, as long as you have a smile you are perfectly attired 😉
Cast your eyes below and check out the classic revival looks our friends at The House of Foxy have curated for your inspiration.
The classic look for the well-to-do sporting chap with time on his hands, from the 1920s right through to post-WWII, was tweed. Grab yourself a single-breasted tweed sports coat, a tattersall shirt, a v-neck tank-top, and a silk scarf or woollen neck or bow tie and pair it with some tweed plus fours, shooting socks (with garters naturally) and a pair of brown brogues. Don’t be afraid to mix your tweeds, but try and stay within the same colour palette.
Of course for the average suburbanite, still suffering from post-war shortages, the trackside uniform of ‘Sunday Best’ would be on show. From demob to an off-the-shelf from Burtons, men would want any excuse to “doll-up” and head to the track to sink a few whilst placing a cheeky bet on the side. The key to this look is a wide-lapel single or double-breasted three-piece suit, in a dark shade, or pin/chalk-stripe with a crisp spear-point collar shirt, tie-pin and bold-look tie.
If you want to cause a bit of a stir at the track, what better way than to throw all caution to the wind and show what an up-and-coming free spirit you are by wearing your club uniform. Grab your navy-blue boating blazer or club jacket; throw on a pair of cream or beige ‘slacks’, a crisp white spear-point shirt and your stripped club tie. Or for an alternative look, go for navy trousers and a cream or grey sports jacket. Show those ‘stiffs’ what you are made of.
Gatsby Gone Wild
The era of Art Deco, the flapper and the boyish look. This decade can be chic and elegant or decadent and full glam. The silhouette in the 1920’s was boyish with a drop waist. You can have a lot of fun with the 1920’s look, your opportunity to take opulence to a new level. Beaded, bejewelled and fringed or sumptuous velvets and chiffons.
The Well-Dressed Moll
The 1930’s was a well dressed decade. It makes us think of bias cut gowns, tweed suits, flounces and frills. It had many contrasts with the 1920’s – the waist has returned and curves are in vogue again. The 1930’s, however, also saw the birth of ‘sports casual’ clothing for women when outdoor exercising was encouraged and adopted.
Home Front Honey
When we think of 1940s fashion, we probably think of the glamour of the 40s Pin Up and the practical styles of the wartime Land Army Girls. We think of ultra feminine 1940s tea dance dresses in floral prints, wedge shoes and brogues. The fashions were of course, influenced by the war and economic situation and so fashion was practical.