Say Hello To Yellow!

It’s March! I know, we can barely believe it ourselves. Christmas is now a dim and distant memory as the evenings lighten, sunlight streams through our windows and the prospect of leaving the house with just a light jacket (vintage of course) starts to seem like a serious option.

Here at Judy HQ, we have well and truly caught spring fever. Off the back of a record breaking weekend of events for both the Fair and Flea (thanks Manchester and London!), we are firmly into the swing of fair season and celebrating with a good dose of colour.

And what better way to welcome in the new month that with a bold, cheery hue? We’ve been a fan of all things yellow for quite some time (you only need to look at our logo!), but our passion has spread to homewares, fashion and prints thanks to our delightful traders and our long-term love affair with Pinterest. Here are some of our faves!

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What yellow items are you loving this season? Don’t forget to show us your fab kilo, flea and fair buys by tweeting or instagramming us with the hashtag #helloyellow for your chance to win a prize!

Mid-Century Chair Porn

After a hugely successful start to our Furniture flea season in Brixton last weekend (a BIG thanks to everyone who turned out!), we’ve turned our attentions away from our wardrobes and onto another very important piece of furniture – the humble chair.

Not just for parking your bum on, a good vintage chair can completely reinvent your home space, injecting a splash of colour on a budget. Whether you opt for an immaculate retro sofa, cosy re-upholstered armchair or fancy going a little DIY with an upcycled or painted dining set, it’s important that your chair is both stylish AND functional. To get you in the mood, here are just some of the lovely pieces of seating headed to our East London Furniture Flea this weekend! Don’t forget to join us here.

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Interview: Ellie Connor Phillips, Rose & Vintage

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Here at Judy HQ, we love nothing more than interacting with our customers at fairs. And what a fab bunch you are! From immaculate 50s frocks to funky 70s style, you never disappoint us with your amazing purchases, creative outfits and unique way of expressing yourselves.

We’re also a big fan of our bloggers, none more so that Ellie Connor Phillips of award-winning site Rose & Vintage. Between studying for her A-Levels, working in a costume jewellery store and blogging about all things retro, she also finds time to write for our official magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

We caught up with Ellie to ask her a few questions about style, colour clashing and the horrors of wearing crocs…

Hi Ellie! Tell us about your blog and how you started it?

My blog is pretty much an online representation of me – it’s a collection of my clothes, my likes and dislikes, the places I’ve been to…pretty much everything goes on the blog! It’s very much like a diary. I started it because I had been reading blogs for ages, and loved vintage fashion, and setting up a blog seemed like the right thing to do.

What were your earliest memories of vintage fashion?

In all honesty I was a little scared of vintage as a child – the idea of second-hand items was new to me and I was worried they would be dirty or smell. Then my cousin and cousin-in-law introduced me to Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane, where I bought my first vintage sweater…it was a spiral from there really. It got me completely hooked!

What is your favourite vintage era and why?

It depends on my mood. My style usually has a little bit of a 60’s/70’s twist to it, but I think that is because I love the music from that era and it’s the era my parents grew up in, so I know more about it, it comes more naturally to me. I adore 40s and 50s shapes and styles though, and so I often end up trying to combine eras in my outfits. 50s is perfect for parties or special occasions!

You’re queen of the colour clash – what advice would you give to people looking to add more colour to their wardrobe?

Thank you haha! I love clashing colours and prints – I think the key is to just forget what you think goes together, and just wear whatyou want to put together…if you like that green skirt and orange coat, wear it! You’ll look great, and anyone that disagrees just doesn’t understand fashion. True style has no rules!

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Is there anything you’d really never be seen dead in?

Oooh. I break a lot of rules, especially those I set myself. I guess right now it would have to be a pair of Crocs. I have nothing against them – they are really comfy and great for kids but I feel the relationship must end once you hit your teens. I’m sorry Crocs.

Who is your style icon?

David Bowie. But then again, he is my icon for everything. I just adore his style, and how he was never afraid to just change and do something completely different. I also admire Vivienne Westwood as she never fails to wear and make the most amazing garments…and of course Iris Apfel, and all of the amazing women on Advanced Style.

What has been your all time best Judy’s fair buy?

That’s a hard one! I think the last one was definitely a pair of wooden frames with cute watercolour drawings inside. They look great on my wall.

Where are your favourite hang out spots in London?

Brick Lane is THE place for vintage, and there is always a kooky and cool market on in Spitalfield’s. I also adore Covent Garden, Berwick Street and Carnaby Street, and Camden Market too!

Does it feel odd to think that so many people are fans of your style? It must put some pressure on you to dress quirkily all the time…

It’s a bit strange, as I feel I can’t repeat outfits as much (such a guilty pleasure of mine). It’s also hard sometimes as I don’t want to drastically change but I want to let my style develop – I’m sure I’ll manage somehow!

Check out Ellie’s post about the Vintage Kilo Sale here 

Retro style on the red carpet – our favourite awards season outfits

bafta grammys vintageWith awards season in full swing, it seems there isn’t a weekend that goes by without the world’s rich and famous donning their best frocks to quaff champagne, practice their modest expressions and celebrate success in the worlds of film, tv and music.

While we love seeing who wins – and who’s speech is the gushiest – our favourite thing about these ceremonies is of course the outfits. Retro style has been out in force on the red carpet, and none more so than at last weekend’s BAFTA and Grammy events. Boasting looks that are easy to recreate with a good rummage at our own vintage fairs or kilos, we’re talking faux fur, bold colour and a homage to all things yesteryear. Here are some of our favourites!

Jane Fonda
Despite being 77 years old, American Actress Jane Fonda looked better than ever in this Grammy’s catsuit, topped off with a dripping gold necklace. From it’s authentic 70s shape to it’s bold emerald colour, it’s a look that can be easily mimicked – if you’re not feeling brave enough for a full suit, why not opt for a short-legged version over tights?

Romola Garai
Having starred in some of our favourite BBC adaptations of old classics, (Emma, The Hour, The Crimson Petal and the White), we should have known that Romala Garai would be stepping out in something special for the BAFTAs. Her colour-blocked outfits is a modern twist on the traditional evening gown, but with a distinct homage to days past in it’s demure 50s full skirt. Simple to dress up or down, try it out for yourself at a kilo sale – where better to pick and mix all the colours of rainbow?

Janelle Monae
For ladies who prefer to ditch the dress, a coloured trouser suit is a great alternative. Singer Janelle Monae looked every inch the superstar at the Grammy’s after party, adding an old-fashioned twist to her tailoring with it’s loud 80’s hue. Broken up with a simple white shirt, you can bag your own luxe look by shopping around at our vintage fairs – a good suit never goes out of style!

Rita Ora
Pairing a sleek 60s crop with a full glitter number that would fit right in at a 1920s Gatsby party, singer Rita Ora got 20th century chic down to an eclectic art at the Grammys. To avoid looking like a glitter ball, opt for straight sleek shapes and play down the accesories – sometimes a simple clutch is all you need.

Aoyama Thelma
Young enough to remember the 90s first time round, Japanese singer Aoyama Thelma looked every inch the kooky creative in her slogan two-piece. Statement items are a staple of 80s and 90s fashion, with sweaters and tees featuring regularly at our kilo sales. Can’t find a two piece? Why not try a little DIY on a kilo dress to make it into separates?

Rachel Riley
Nothing oozes retro glamour quite like faux fur, which is why we adored TV presenter Rachel Riley’s get-up at the BAFTAs. Faux fur can be purchased ethically and affordable at our vintage fairs, paired with a simple party shift or thrown oh-so-casually over a ladylike coat.

Do you have a special event coming up that you need the perfect frock for? Hop on over to our EVENTS page to see when the vintage fair is visiting your city next!

A Vintage History Lesson – How To Date Your Clothing

il_fullxfull.235234178So you’ve found your soulmate in suede, your dreamboat in denim… But before your relationship goes any further, you want to know the age gap. Perfectly understandable. Ladies and Gentlemen, a lesson in vintage history… no falling asleep at the back!

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The style of the sleeve can often be a telltale sign based on principles of what was fashionable in each decade. They can also reveal ‘recycled vintage’ – 80s-does-50s dresses often have puff shoulders and wide armholes, whereas original 50s designs generally have quite snug-fitting sleeve cuffs. Popular sleeve styles in the 1940’s were puff shoulders and cap sleeves, where sleevless styles are very typical of the 60s. Look also at the length of the skirt – the timeline below briefly illustrates skirt styles and lengths from the 1930s to early 60s.

Zippers & Closures
Metal zippers were first used in garments in the 1930s, but during that era they were rare. Zippers first became available in plastic in 1963, and by 1968 nylon coil zippers were used in practically every mass produced garment.If for example you’re looking at a circle skirt, a metal zip will be a good sign that it’s an original 1950s skirt, while a plastic zip can be an indicator of a later item. Invisible zips were invented in the 1950s but only really became ubiquitous much later, around the late 80s / early 90s. The placement of the zip can also help – 1930s-1940s dressers usually had a zip in the side seam, whereas dresses from the 50s onwards favoured a placement at the centre back.

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The label can be full of clues as to an item’s age. American and Canadian-made clothing often has a union label, which can help determine a date range. Clothing with the distinctive CC41 Utility label was produced during the period of fabric rationing, which ran from 1941 to 1951. The style of the label itself can be an indicator: early-mid 20th century labels were usually woven, until around the 1960s printed satin labels started to become more common. The writing on the label is another clue: earlier labels often feature script fonts, while in the 60s and 70s modern, hippie-influenced fonts were frequently used.

If there is a size label this can also help: vintage sizing was smaller than modern, so if it’s marked a size 14 but is clearly tiny, chances are it’s got some age to it. In British sizing, a size 14 in the 1940s was a 32” bust. By the late 1960s it was a 36” bust and remained so into the early 80s; it’s now a 38” bust.

In 1971 the Federal Trade Commission released the “Care Labelling Rule” which required all manufacturers (including importers) of apparel to include garment care instructions on an interior tag. The care label tag is required to include one method of care to keep the garment in quality condition, such as “machine wash cold” or “dry clean only.” If the garment was made by a brand but is missing care instructions, you can confidently conclude the piece was produced before 1971.

In the end…
Having run these quick tests, you can now make an informed decision whether to go ahead and part with your cash. So that 1950s dress turns out to be 80s-does-50s? If you like it, don’t let that stop you from buying it – you’ll still look great!. At the affordable vintage fair, we make this easy for you with bargains galore – who knows what rare and elderly items you might discover?

Do you need a present for a vintage lover? Look NO further!

 

Christmas…the busiest shopping period of the year! The boffins over at Judy HQ have come up with a super simple, easy peasy idea that will make the festive induced retail panic subside!

Introducing…the Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair gift voucher

All vouchers are valid at any of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair events throughout 2015.

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Vouchers will be available to buy at the following events:

Lincoln – November 22nd

Leeds – November 29th

Brighton – November 30th

Cambridge – December 7th

Glasgow – December 13th

Edinburgh – December 14th

You can also buy them online here….

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Here’s a list of cities we currently visit:

London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Chester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ipswich, Cambridge
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Lincoln, Brighton, Bath, Bristol

 

Happy shopping folks!

Love Judy HQ xx

Coats, coats, coats!

With the colder weather snapping at our ankles Judy HQ are getting out the winter coat collection!

Here’s our winter #coatspiration…

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We’d love you to share your amazing vintage coats with us over on…

Twitter: @judyvintagefair

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Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair – October 2014

Back on October 5th the Judy’s team set up shop at our old favourite York Hall – Bethnal Green! With 40+ stalls of vintage fashion, accessories and homewares PLUS an exclusive book launch of Style Me Vintage: Accessories. Check out what we go up to (all images Hanson Leatherby)! View the whole album here. DSC_1767

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Style Me Vintage: Accessories authors Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza with our competition winner!

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The Vintage Mafia ladies Jeni & Fleur

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Catherine Holm pans by trader Top Tat

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Fair Manager – Emily

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Trader – Cat from Vintage Fever

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Trader – Megan

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Trader – Liz from Easy Tiger Vintage

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A happy shopping with Holly from H.E.R. Vintage

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Trader – Adele from Tallulah Vintage

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Amber Jane from www.theatreoffashion.co.uk

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Our iconic venue – York Hall

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Fair Manager – Scarlett

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Happy customers at the tea party – courtesy of Pear of Peas!

L1051813 L1051819 L1052012 Did you join us in Bethnal Green? Why not share your snaps over on Twitter or Instagram! Miss out on our last event? Don’t worry, we’ll be back on DECEMBER 14th of a special festive edition of Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair! Click on the flyer for more information! bethnalgreenchristmasflyer

Preview: The Vintage Furniture Flea

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It’s that time again vintage homemakers! The Vintage Furniture Flea returns to the capital for a huge mid-century homeware and furniture market at York Hall – Bethnal Green.

With traders coming from all over the UK, expect to see the eclectic, chairs, tables and more by giants like Ercol and G-Plan, barware and kitchenalia, textiles and fabrics, sewing machines, cameras, record players and radios, cocktail glasses and figurines, posters and magazines, lampshades, mirrors and more – from toys to telephones, ceramics to lighting, no box is left unticked!

Here’s our top 5 furniture flea picks!

1. Donkey and Kangaroo Cruet Sets – £15/18 from Highly Desirable Objects

How could you say no to these novelty beauties? We love a spot of kitsch at Judy HQ and Highly Desirable Objects will have plenty on Sunday.

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2. 1950’s coffee, tea and sugar tins-  £30 from Claire Rocks

A simply lovely addition to your vintage kitchen. These tins are in fantastic condition and even come in the original box.
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The perfect statement lighting for your vintage lounge or dining room. We absolutely adore the shape of these pieces.

image-894. Upcycled mid century record cabinet only £220 from The Vintage Ware Store

It’s been lovingly stripped, and sanded back to the wood, polished and oiled. The design is simple and striking, and created using multiple thin layers of urban grey paint.

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5. J.H Lynch – Girl in Tree print £75 from Boomerang Vintage and Retro

This print has super bright colours as it’s been in storage since the 70’s, a very collectable piece and the perfect addition to any vintage home.

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So if you adore vintage furniture and want to snap up a bargain (or three) head down to York Hall this Sunday! Earlybird entry starts at 10:30am for those of you keen to snap up the best retro treasure and General entry is 11am.

Address: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ

Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green

We’ve even got the ever marvellous Pear Of Peas with their decadent tea party.

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Keep up to date with stock sneak peeks and let us know you are attending our event here.

See you on Sunday Vintage Lovers,

Judy HQ xx

V&Oak Post: Tennis Outfits Through The Ages

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Australian tennis players in 1937. Photographed by Sam Hood

It’s that time of year again, when it’s all about drinking champagne, eating strawberries and cream, and donning white like a Wimbledon champ. Tennis, that quintessentially British sport, has been played in one form or another since the 12th century, when the ball was simply hit with the bare palm of the hand. It took four-hundred years for someone to come up with the genius idea of using a racket, and we haven’t looked back since. Enthusiastically pursued by royalty, courtiers and ‘commoners’ alike, the Medieval form of tennis eventually evolved in the mid-nineteenth century into an outdoor game, played initially on a croquet lawn in the upmarket Edgbaston area of Birmingham. The two founders of the modern version, Major Harry Gem and his Spanish merchant pal Augurio Perera, then moved to Leamington Spa in 1874 where along with two local doctors they formed the Leamington Tennis Club, the very first of its kind in the world. 1960s tennis

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The popularity of this summer sport has increased exponentially since then, spurred on in the past hundred years by the creation of an international professional tennis circuit, the advent of television and the commercial possibilities of sponsorship. As the game evolves – employing ever more technologically advanced equipment, and consequently affecting the way that tennis is played – so too do the fashions on the court. In this month’s guest blog post, we’re taking a look at how women’s tennis outfits have changed over the years. Maud-Watson 1884 White has been the mainstay of tennis fashion since the late nineteenth century and became compulsory wear at Wimbledon as long ago as 1890. Not only does it reflect light, absorbing little heat and allowing the wearer to stay cool, but it’s also a colour that dirties very easily, and so wearing it was a luxury that only the very rich could afford. The above image shows Maud Watdon (left), the very first woman to win the Ladies’ Championship at Wimbledon. She beat her sister Lilian (right) to the title in 1884. It would be 118 years before two siblings would play against each other in the Wimbledon Finals at Centre Court again – Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in 2002! 1906 Up until the 1920s there wasn’t really such a thing as sportswear. Ladies were expected to cover up, however warm it got, and often donned hats, corsets and petticoats. This player is forced to pick her skirt up from the ground as she plays in 1906. Although thankfully at least the sleeves have started creeping up, a trend started by America Wimbledon women’s single’s champion May Sutton Bundy, who bravely revealed her wrists in 1905 kick-starting a trend that would be impossible to reverse. suzanne-lenglen 1924 Suzanne Lenglen, seen here in 1924 caused quite a stir playing tennis with her arms and calves exposed, but in doing so freed future players “from the tyranny of corsets” as Wimbledon veteran Elizabeth Ryan would later proclaim. 1944-katherine-hepburn Never one to follow trends, Katharine Hepburn eschewed the shorter tennis skirts that had become ubiquitous by the 1940s in favour of practical high-waisted shorts, which were more in keeping with her masculine style. Of course the rest of the world took notice, and quickly followed suit. Lea-Pericoli 1965 The mini skirt trend of the 1960s permeated all aspect of British culture, making its way onto the Wimbledon courts by the middle of the decade. Italian player Lea Pericoli is seen wearing a rose-trimmed Teddy Tinling creation in 1965. 1980-chris-evert-lloyd After 100 years of wearing all white clobber, the tennis world rebelled in a fit of Eighties excess; along with sporting the odd mullet, players brightened up their gear with colourful details. After all, the 1963 dress code at Wimbledon stated that competitors must dress “predominantly in white,” updated in 1995 to “almost entirely white.” Since the 1908s players have chosen to express themselves through little flashes of colour appearing in their hairbands, shorts or soles of their feet. This year however, Andrew Jarrett, tournament referee at Wimbledon, has announced a new all-white rule, which allows just a 1cm trim of colour on every outfit, and thus has signalled a brand new era of tennis fashion. We will watch the evolution with interest! V&OAK Cover For more on fashion and design history, and vintage inspiration pick up a copy of V&OAK Magazine for just £4.95 over in our shop.  See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova – Editor and Founder of V&OAK