Embrace the aesthetic of Goodwood Motor Circuit’s halcyon days - from 1948 to 1966 – with the top 6 ways to celebrate second-hand style.
1. Embrace True Vintage and Second-Hand Luxury
Revival is a unique opportunity to embrace iconic looks, many of which inform the way we dress today. Whether that’s by seeking out true vintage pieces from the era, enjoying more recent interpretations of timeless trends or creating your own outfit from scratch, it’s all part of the Revival story, celebrating unforgettable fashion that is made to last.
2. Think Outside the Box
Don’t confine yourself to one section of the vintage store – a tailored men’s blazer has an air of Katharine Hepburn’s insouciance, but also looks great over an oversized shirt today. Similarly, get creative with the way you wear your pre-worn finds: weave a silk scarf through halo braids, or wear vintage spectacles on a chain around your neck – an innately fabulous piece never dates.
3. Tailoring for Second-Hand Success
The right tailor can ensure all of your second-hand purchases fit you perfectly, especially when you encounter vintage sizing which drastically differs from modern-day equivalents. It’s also a chance to rethink, repair and re-wear what’s already in your wardrobe – an expert tweak of something that no longer fits or has lost its appeal makes for a brand new style statement. Swap out original buttons for vintage alternatives; add elbow patches or an embroidered monogram to pockets, or introduce contrast stitching to lapels and cuffs.
4. Patience is a Virtue
Finding truly special pieces you’ll wear for a lifetime requires patience and diligence… but the thrill of the chase is half the charm. Save key searches on resale platforms, tell local shop owners the kind of pieces you’re looking for and build mood boards on Pinterest to help plan the look. And remember, before buying ask yourself: is this something I will wear again and again, and is it up to a day galivanting at Revival? Here are some key items to look out for:
Spearpoint collar shirt
Pleated notch-back trousers
Fair isle knitted tank top
Wide swing tie
Utility style jeans
Pussy bow blouse with gathered shoulders
Loose cut ladies’ trousers with a tapered leg and seam down the front
Pencil skirt in plaid or houndstooth
Fine knit sweaters and cardigans
Elastic cinch belt with clasp buckle
Bell bottom trousers
Black polo neck jumper
Paisley print shirt
Pillbox hat with a bow
Skirt suit with a single-breasted jacket
Swing coat with an oversized collar
5. Accessories: An Instant Win
If you’re looking to pay homage to the Revival theme with contemporary pieces, vintage accessories will provide the perfect link back to the era. From sunglasses and silk scarves, to hats and bags… and of course, never under-estimate the power of the ultimate Revival accoutrement: a bold red lip. To elevate modern menswear, add a wool fedora, sleeve holder, detachable collar, leather driving gloves, lapel pins, a pair of leather loop braces, special cufflinks or a great tie clip.
6. Focus On The Details
The devil, as they say, is in the detail, and you can instantly refresh a look by trying a new knot or flourish. Add personality and style to your tie by opting for knots like the Eldredge, Trinity, or Merovingian knot, which are more intricate. Experiment with different pocket square folds - the classic straight fold, puff fold, or more complex folds like the crown or scallop. And when it comes to your bow tie, why not try a batwing, a diamond point or a club knot, rather than the classic butterfly?
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