Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Best fashion of 2014

2014 saw it's fair share of fashion hits (and a couple of misses!) and what better way to celebrate another year passing than to reflect on the best trends it had to offer!


This one was an unexpected hit for Spring. A gorgeous shape that allows you to wear a mini skirt with the added bonus of a pair of shorts to retain your dignity! We love the patterned ones best, especially with a Summer tan!


We love the midi skirt, vintage and flattering all in one is a direct winner in our books! We can count on it being a wardrobe staple for next year too. It looks gorgeous on curvier figures, especially with a crop top. This year, it was seen with matching separates which is the perfect way to spice up a plain outfit. 

Blanket shawl:

August saw this beauty emerge and it has turned out to be very popular! It's great to add on top of jeans and knee high boots to provide a burst of autumnal pattern. Also, who doesn't want to walk around in a blanket in this weather?!


Normcore has emerged on the scene, but what actually is it? It is best described as anti-style clothing, plain, laid back, average clothes. Who would've thought that would be fashion? To get the look, crack out the ripped jeans, turtle neck and put your hairbrush down; undone hair is the way to go!

Winter pastels:

The most stunning trend for A/W has to be the winter pastels. It was a stunning way to transition from Spring and encapsulated the icy prettiness of the colder weather. A pop of pastel in the form of a knitted jumper was all that was needed but the best look of all was one that embraced it head to toe. Pastel pink faux fur coats, turquoise skirts and cool white blouses, this look could not get more princess inspired if it tried!

Here's to another year of gorgeous fashion!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Trend Tuesdays: New years outfit ideas!

Christmas may only be a couple of days away but it's never too early to start planning that new years eve outfit. After all, you can't welcome in a new year if you haven't got the perfect outfit to start 2015 off with a bang!

The 'I forgot to buy a dress': Sometimes no matter how much time you think you have, new years eve just creeps up on you too soon! Every girl has a LBD in their wardrobe which can be a life saver and it doesn't have to be boring. Brightly coloured nails and a bold lip will add a flash of much needed colour while a diamant√© necklace will provide the glitz!

The 'It's too cold to show skin'
: In the depths of winter, a dress isn't always a desirable pick to walk the frosty streets in. That doesn't mean you have to look boring though! A smart jumpsuit is a great pick but so are a pair of flattering jeans! A blazer and statement clutch will be enough to add wow factor while you stay nice and warm!

The 'I've eaten too much for bodycon': Everyone over eats at Christmas which makes squeezing into a bodycon dress a week later a nightmare! Luckily the 60's style shift dress is in for winter and you can opt for one in a gorgeous monochrome too! Another option is a dress with a floaty, unfitted body and tight. This is flattering as it balances the proportions and falls nicely without clinging to you.

The 'Stand out from the crowd': Winter is perfect for it's variation of textures, from knitted to faux fur. Try a faux leather bubble skirt with some brightly coloured tights or a pretty lace dress with black chunky boots. Mixing up styles and patterns create an edgy look and will look bang on trend if you stick to similar colours and flattering fits.

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Christmas Essentials

Photograph: Nils Jorgensen/Rex
Christmas can seem like a marathon of shopping and parties which doesn't seem much to complain about but it does take its toll. We have a few essentials to help you effortlessly swish through the Christmas season, (almost) stress free!

So much to do!

When Christmas shopping, it can feel like you are running around like a headless chicken. Trying to think of gift ideas, choosing what shops to go in and remembering what distant cousin you have buy a present for can leave even the most exsperienced shoppers stressed. At times like these, a well planned out list can work wonders.


Pop those vitamins and chug some water, no one likes to get sick on Christmas and quite frankly, who has the time?! The best tips are to catch up on any missed sleep from late nights out and try not to stress out. Christmas is a time for relaxation and fun, so enjoy it!

Tick Tock

Again with the headless chicken, who else gets distracted whilst cooking? To avoid a burnt turkey and overcooked vegetables, set a couple of labelled timers to make sure everything gets done on time!

BettyRae's Finest

And of course, you can't possibly get through the festivities without being dressed to kill! Have a browse through our previous posts to get your fix of what's trendy this season and sample our vintage goodies!

Visit www.bettyraevintage.com

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Friday, 12 December 2014

BettyRae's Wintery Wishlist...

With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself drowning in invitations for festive activities and whether it's a family dinner, colleague get-together, or just a night out with your friends, we've got everything you need to be on trend this December. From festive jumpers to glamorous yuletide dresses, you'll make yourself the envy of the evening with our BettyRae wintery wishlist.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Throwback Thursday...

Throwback Thursday with the beautiful Kayleigh Mattingly
form our third ever shoot back in 2013!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

All I Quant for Christmas Is You...

The 1960's are generally renowned for a transitional period within the fashion industry where restrained and conservative converted to colourful and audacious almost overnight. It was as if the limitations of the fifties had built up a pressure that could only be liberated by an explosion of patterns and mini-skirts.

London-based fashion designer, Mary Quant, inspired the feel of 'less is more' after establishing the mini-skirt, and later on, hot pants, encouraging young people to dress themselves as a form of expression and not just through practicality.

Although we feel hot pants are probably out of the question this December time, we follow in her footsteps this season, with some absolutely stunning outfits that re-invent the 1960's. So, whether you want to make a statement by wrapping yourself within our gorgeous fur coat, or be the envy of the office with our pastel pencil skirt, you're guaranteed to find something that will bring some Quant to your Christmas. 


Words by Elly Jupp

Trend Tuesdays: What To Wear This Christmas!

The Christmas countdown has already begun and we are feeling festive! We are looking forward to frosty country walks, delicious foods and best of all, the time to spend with friends and family. However, this always means outfits are at the forefront of our minds. Fear not though, we have a couple of ideas to keep you sorted for every party!

Work party

Work parties are always a love/hate situation depending on how much you like your colleagues! They are always guaranteed to stick in your memory though and you want to be remembered for wearing a gorgeous dress rather than the one who got too drunk! Just above the knee dresses are always a safe bet but be sure to pick something sparkly or in a festive red. If you can't wear sequins at Christmas, when can you wear them?!

Christmas day

Christmas day is the day for comfy clothes and cheesy jumpers. We have lots of unisex Christmas jumpers online to get you started. All you need to complete the look is some thick leggings, knitted socks and some fluffy slippers. Perfection!

Meal with friends

A meal with friends is a lovely one to dress up for because there is no pressure to go overboard. We think our pastel pencil skirt is a brilliant choice for a meal, demure but still eye catching. It can be worn with a faux fur shawl to dress it up or a simple lace top to keep it fairly casual.

Visit www.bettyraevintage.com for some more outfit inspiration...
Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lily Doughball...

Got a lovely little review from Bristol blogger and vintage lover Lily Doughball.

Take a peek at this lovely lady mooching around Bristol harbour-side in our 'Blossom Dress'

Sixties Style...

Shop Sixties trend in-store today...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Christmas Gift Ideas

To avoid the madness and mayhem of Christmas shopping, why not start yours early this year. Browsing our website is hassle free and can be done from the comfort of your sofa - with a glass of mulled wine in hand and a plate of mince pies in the other! We have a couple of gift ideas for your family and friends to get you started!

The fashionista: Any fashion conscious girl will love our cream faux fur coat. It has an expensive feel and was seen all over the catwalks this season. She will love you forever!

A teenage cousin: This knitted skirt is guaranteed to be a hit for a teen! It has a fun print but no zany colours to put them off.

Business woman: Everyone loves mixing up their work wear and we think our tweed skirt is a smart choice! The colours are great for Winter but can also work for the warmer months.

Style savvy brother: Who doesn't love a knitted jumper at this time of the year? Guys in to their fashion will love wearing this with some black ripped jeans.

Classy Mum: Your Mum will appreciate the classic and flattering shape of this dress. Paired with some flesh coloured tights and navy blue heels, she will be the belle of the ball!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Friday, 28 November 2014

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trend Tuesday: Getting Shirty...

Blouses and shirts are the easiest items in your wardrobe. Adding a blouse to an outfit is a simple way to smarten it up or soften it down to a feminine look. Here are our top three picks:

There is only one way to describe this first blouse: adorable! Crochet is such a pretty way to create pattern with just one colour. It adds a great texture which is perfect for some winter layering. Our favourite part of this though, is the vintage brooch. It adds such a nice finishing touch and works so well with the 40's style blouse! We guarantee everyone will be asking where you found this little gem! (Alexa Blouse £12)

Never has there been a blouse that suits full, midi skirts so well as this one! The light material tucks in effortlessly and avoids the the outfit looking too material-heavy. We think this one is especially perfect for darker winter tones, think deep plums and cherry reds!(Penny-Mae Top £7)

Our top picks could not be complete without a classic seventies shirt; hello statement collars and full sleeves! The detailing on this shirt sells itself, with quirky lace sleeves and lots of pretty edging around the cuffs. As if you weren't sold already, it even has a brooch that adds that essential bit jewellery. (Lora Blouse £20)

Find the rest of the collection at: www.bettyraevintage.com

Clark Gable and a lovely looking giraffe

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Trend Tuesdays: All wrapped up!

Faux fur coats are an easy way to inject the fur trend into your wardobe while still keeping all snug for winter! They are also amazingly versatile; worn with black boots, studs and leather look material you can rock the grunge look! Or, you can wear with one of our pencil skirts and a crochet blouse for a chic look. Our powder pink coat is perfect for mixing up the looks and works great with blacks, greys, and even pastels. We have a whole range of colours and fits so be sure to have a browse at http://www.bettyraevintage.com/#!coats--jackets/cr2f

Handmade and one of a kind are words that melt our heart when we are looking for a unique, vintage item. This wool jacket is perfect for those looking to stand out and is a gorgeous fit. Its Aztec style print works well with tan accessories and jeans to ensure the jacket is the main attraction.

No vintage wardrobe is complete without a denim jacket. Whether you are into the grunge look on a casual day or want to delve into the 60's trend and wear with a cute mini skirt, our denim jackets have got you covered!

And finally, our nautical coat is only £15.00 and we have a feeling it will be snapped up very quickly. Nautical fashion is an effortless look whether you are hanging around the harbour or not! The white and blue stripes mixed with the big gold buttons makes this purchase a no-brainer to pull together any outfit!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Feeling Blue...

An easy trend to master, varying tones of blue is a must have
trend this season. Try layering different shades to create a
one-colour look which has a gorgeous effect when  textures
and tones are combined.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Nice Bit Of Skirt!

We are so excited to bring you our new stock, this week focusing on skirts, and boy do we have some beauties for you!

Knitted skirts: Skirts aren't just for summer when you have a good pair of tights and you can get away with knitted or even patterned ones with these. Our green skirt would look amazing with an oversized aubergine bag and some ankle boots with frilled, white socks. The monochrome mini skirt is very sixties inspired and we think it would be great to clash with some patterns! Finally, our favourite of the bunch is the tweed pencil skirt (above) that is smart enough for a day in the office. The burnt orange colour is great to match with some autumnal colours like browns, purples and even mustard yellow if you are feeling bold!

Pastels: Winter pastels are a top pick this season and who can resist their icy, bittersweet tones. Our pastel pink pencil skirt (above) is straight out of the 1950's and its beauty stems from its versatility. Wearing with a Polo neck jumper retains the vintage theme but is also spot on trend this season. For a smarter look, try with a fitted, peplum blazer or a grey, long sleeved top. The pastel blue skirt can be worn with other blue tones, clashed with more pastels or worn with a polo neck for smart and casual!

Full skirts: Full skirts are a must have for any womans wardrobe and they have continued on from last season. We have bright florals to inject some colour into your wardrobe which look great mixed with light colours or toned down with darker shades. Don't be afraid to mix them up with thicker textures as long as they don't conceal the shape of the waistline, to avoid looking bulky. We also have more autumnal patterns, our personal favourite being the tartan skirt (above). This is the perfect addition to an autumn look and looks great with black blouses and cardigans, almost reminicent of WW2.

Find the full collection at: www.bettyraevintage.com

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Secret Beauties Of Instagram...

Instagram has become a fundamental element of social networking in the last few years, whether you’re using it on business grounds to promote your ideas, or just to show your friends what you’re having for dinner, if we can access it then we’re all guilty of spending the vast majority of our day posting snippets of our life or just scrolling through our feeds taking a peek at other people’s.

But with so many people using such a popular tool of recording ones life in photographs, it's easy for beautiful accounts to slip through the net and into the midst of cyberspace. Fear not! Here at BettyRae we've searched high and low through the depths of bathroom selfies and last night's homemade pizza, to find you our favourite vintage accounts that we think deserve some love and recognition!

Solanah This candy-floss coloured beauty creates an amazing example of vintage posting, with various outfit inspirations, beauty examples and a peek into her gorgeous lifestyle.

retrochick_uk The beautiful Gemma uses Instagram to capture moments her blog does not, with a personal glimpse into her vintage world and a wardrobe to be envious of, we love this retro account!

elliecp_ You may remember this lovely young lady from our 'Blogger of the Month' newsletter a few months ago. Ellie Connor Phillips takes us into her world of charity shopping, big jumpers and quirky jewellery, all at the age of sixteen! We think she's wonderful.

gracefullyvintage This beautiful account brings us vintage from the other side of the world! A gorgeous pin-up model with impeccable taste and talented for creating. 

thesirenvintage This little account for The Siren Vintage boutique offers endless inspiration of quirky homeware and accessories, marvellous. 

Do you have any favourite vintage accounts that you think deserve some recognition? Comment below, we would love to feature them!

Monday, 10 November 2014

More Stock Coming Soon...

A selection of seventies travel bags are coming your way soon!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Best Of Oscar De La Renta

'I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.'
Feminine and floaty, Oscar De La Renta formed a revolution in designer fashion by creating dresses women wanted to wear. Ruffles and silks forming the basis of most of his designs, he was flooded by celebrities who wanted to get their hands on their own design. We picked his most memorable designs to best remember his exceptional talent by.

One of his final and most romantic designs for the woman who finally tied down Mr Clooney. Elegant was the word on everyone's lips as they looked on in awe at the sweeping train and romantic French lace.

Just daring enough to make a statement but chic enough to be a stellar hit, Kerry Washington looks gorgeous in this modern take on a fairy-tale gown. 

Oh wow, wow, WOW! Don't mind us, just falling in love with a dress here! We adore  daring choice and this one is a mix between grunge and pretty princess and who better to pull it off than Emma Watson.

And finally, our personal favourite! There has never been so much drama in one dress and no one else could wear it with more grace than Sarah Jessica Parker. Monochrome is always an effortless hit and paired with long white gloves, it feels as though we are back on the carpet in the 1950's. Complete with his signature, Oscar De La Renta left his biggest mark within this dress. He had finally made beautiful, wearable dresses for strong, independent women.