Tuesday, 29 September 2015

TREND TUESDAY: MARVELLOUS MODS



Mod was a trend in the 1960s that started in Britain and was centred around music and fashion.

The subculture was started in the late 1950s by a group of fashionable young men in London who listened to Modern Jazz.

Mods were once said to be a “fashion-obsessed and hedonistic cult of the hyper-cool" young adults who lived in metropolitan London.

When Mod fashion became more mainstream, the first youth-targeted boutique clothing stores opened in London, in the Carnaby Street and King’s Road districts.

Models like Twiggy began to wear the female Mod look, with short haircuts, little makeup, and progressively shorter mini skirts.

Male mods wore tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties, button-down collar shirts, and Chelsea boots. 

Most mods also wore military parkers while riding their iconic scooters, which they chose over motorbikes because they were a symbol of Italian style.


Mod fashion contrasted with the muted pastels of the 1950s, with bold, bright colours and geometric patterns.


Words by Elly Macdonald

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

TREND TUESDAY: ROCKIN' ROCKABILLY...


Fun and flirty, the vintage style of Rockabilly is very popular in the contemporary world of fashion. 

Originally dating back to the early 1950s in the USA, artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis started the legacy of rockabilly. This rock and roll style went away from the social norms, with an attitude of rebellion and freedom, which appealed to the teenagers of the time.

Rockabilly has been revived with neo-rockabilly starting in the 1990s. Bands such as Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and the White Stripes were influenced by Rock and Roll of the early 1960s.

The modern “pin-up” models you see today often wear this style. Whether you are going all “Rosie the Riveter” with a bandana, wearing some high-waisted jeans, or feeling a bit nautical with some stripes, Rockabilly fashion is wearable every day.

Swing skirts, wiggle dresses, and boleros are staple pieces in a rockabilly wardrobe. Think of the outfits in Grease, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing. Polkadots, stripes, leopard print, and floral are all popular patterns on rockabilly-wear, perfect for those inspired by 1950s pin-up girls.



Monday, 21 September 2015

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE...


Each year since the early ‘80s, the UN has marked September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Although the theme of the day changes yearly, the basic concept remains the same: it’s a day of non-violence, ceasefire and commemoration to try and create a safer, more peaceful world, and one that is free from hatred and prejudice. 

This year’s theme, entitled Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All, is pretty simple: working together for a cause that's both deserving and worthwhile. 
At a time when news reports and stories about conflict, war and violence are an everyday occurrence, the impact of millions of people coming together for a day of peace is nothing short of phenomenal. 

This year, Peace Day events range from vigils to ‘wear it white’ days and twelve hour non-stop yoga sessions (you can take a peek at events here), while smaller actions, such as lighting a candle, meditation, a minute’s silence or even posting about the day on social media (#PeaceDay) are just as effective.

Words by Anam Rahim

Friday, 18 September 2015

VINTAGE GIRL MODERN WORLD...


Dressing vintage in the modern world is sure to turn some heads.  Whether you’re heading to the office, hitting the town, or just hanging out with some friends, keeping true to the vintage you is easy with these staple pieces from BettyRae.


Bertha Coat
Speaking of colder weather, on those days when you need to venture out into the word, a warm coat is a must. With a classic faux fur collar and lining, this coat will keep you toasty throughout autumn and winter. The neutral tone goes with anything, so you don’t need freeze for fear of clashing colours.

Bobbie Jumper
For those that are a fan of the casual “boyfriend” look, this oversized jumper is ideal for snuggling up in the coming colder months. Wear it with some faded denim jeans and your favourite scarf for a cosy autumnal outfit.


Tweed Skirt
The pop of bright red in this gorgeous skirt will make you stand out among the other office workers. Paired with a white shirt and some black pumps for a classic look, it’s perfect for looking fabulous behind your desk.

Bernie Bag
Need a new travel bag but can’t find one to suit your tastes? This sixties style burgundy travel bag is right up anyone’s street. Not only is it a lovely colour, but it’s big enough to fit in all your necessities.


For more clothes, take a look at our online shop.

Words by Elly MacDonald

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

BETTY GOES TO GOODWOOD...



Take a trip back in time with fabulous fashion, awesome aeroplanes, old-fashioned surroundings, and classic cars, Goodwood Revival is the place to be for lovers of all things vintage.

The Revival, held annually on the Goodwood estate near Chichester, is a fantastic opportunity to dress in classic post-war attire. Ladies are seen fashioning a 1950s swing skirt, or a “Rosie the Riveter” jumpsuit with a red bandana, while the gents dress in tweed with bow ties and flat caps.

Whether you’re looking to purchase some vintage clothes or to have a ride on an old school carousel, the Revival offers something for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities to treat yourself, with stalls selling a range of things such as fur coats, scarves, homeware, and leather jackets. There is even retro Tesco, complete with displays of items from back in the day.

The cars are great for posing next to for fab photographs, but petrol-heads can also cast an eyeball at classics and modern sports cars. With races throughout the day, fanatics have their eyes glued to the classic cars burning rubber around the track. The screeching of tyres on tarmac is unmistakeable, although there is also the pitter-patter of feet as the kids race in pedal cars. 

Throughout the weekend air displays take place over the estate, including Spitfires, British and American World War II Fighters, and the Vulcan.  The Goodwood Revival this year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the battle of Britain and each day a memorial flight commemorates this. All three days of The Goodwood Revival this year sees a memorial flight, as the weekend falls on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

If you love cars, planes, or post-war fashion, then Goodwood Revival is a must at least once in your life. But I can guarantee, you won’t be able to keep yourself away next year.


Words by Elly MacDonald