Wednesday, 15 July 2015

VINTAGE FESTIVALS...



Festival season is well underway! To celebrate, we've picked out three up coming events for all you vintage lovers...

Twinwood Festival
29th - 31st August: Twinwood Arena, Bedford
Back for its fourteenth year, this year’s line-up at Twinwood is set to feature sixty bands and music from the twenties to the early sixties. The full line up is yet to be announced, but expect lots of swing, rockabilly and big bands. Combine all that with comedy, burlesque, beauty salons, a vintage market and a Mr. and Miss Vintage Pageant, and you've got yourself one hell of a Bank Holiday weekend.


Goodwood Revival
12th - 14th September: Goodwood Estate, Chichester 

Goodwood Revival is a mix of motor racing, swing and jazz music, as well as vintage glamour from the late forties to mid-sixties- a time when Goodwood was one of the UK’s biggest racing venues. From full-skirted New Look frocks to sixties shift dresses, race-goers are encouraged to look the part too, with pop up shops and salons on hand to help complete your look (a far cry from the mud splattered wellies of Glasto, we think).

Salute to the Forties
19th – 20th September: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Salute to the Forties is exactly that: a celebration of forties life and culture, with a specific focus on wartime Britain. If last year was anything to go by, the weekend is set to see Kent’s Chatham Dockyard filled with vintage vehicles (think spitfires, military transport and steam trains), Vera Lynn sing-a-longs and Home Guard re-enactments. This year’s music comes in the way of acts such as Natasha Harper, Madeline Brown and the Polka Dot Dolls. The event is in aid of Chatham’s Historic Dockyard Trust too, so get your hands on some tickets pronto!

Are you off to any of these? Head to our website, bettyraevintage.com, for some vintage and retro threads to get your festival wardrobe sorted!

Words by Anam Rahim

Thursday, 9 July 2015

THE HOLIDAY SHOP...


From fifties style dresses to summer florals, our holiday shop is full of one-off pieces to keep you cool (and looking incredibly stylish) this summer. This week, meet our holiday must-haves- at their best when paired with lots of sun, sand and sea of course!

Celine Skirt
The sweet pink and purple blooms on this skirt are a perfect match for sunnier climates- and a perfect remedy for dull summer days back home too. Its high waist and pleats come together to create a full, New Look inspired silhouette (we challenge you not to start swirling around the minute you put this on). Keep the emphasis of your outfit on the skirt by teaming it with a delicate white blouse or crop top for a more contemporary look. 

Ivy Dress
If bold summertime colours aren't your thing, take a peek at this little gem. Its pattern of hibiscus blooms is a subtle take on the classic fifties motif. The result? A dress that not only has a strong retro feel, but one that's pretty damn practical too.

Rita Dress
Gathered at the waist for a truly flattering fit, the lightweight cotton material of our Rita dress makes it a perfect summertime item. We’re not ones to shy away from a statement print, and the dress’s bold florals are a welcome contrast to more delicate patterns. Dress it up with a white or indigo belt and necklace for an instant fifties feel. 

For more dresses, shirts and cover ups, have a look at the rest of our holiday shop

Words by Anam Rahim