Graduation Glam – How to dress vintage for your prom

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?! Exams are over, finals are finished and it’s time for students everywhere to look forward to the best part – graduation!

Whether you’ve come to the end of your degree, finished your A Levels and GCSE’s or are simply looking to celebrate getting through another academic year, chances are there is a big soiree to be had. While there are plenty of pretty frocks and tailoring to be had on the high street, if you’re after something truly special, vintage is the way to go. Here’s our guide on how to get the best retro party look, from decades 1950-1990. Still want more inspiration? Why not head to one of our affordable vintage fairs or kilo sales to seek out your own party outfit?

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image courtesy of westonhistory.com

1950s
For a true 50s look, there is only one direction – wide and out! Think big, delicately coloured full skirts that skim the calves, nipping in at the waist. Pair yours with demure heels and pearls, and top off with an updo – our lovely vintage Barbarellas will be able to show you how!

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1960s
Circle skirts were still hugely popular in the swinging sixties, but more vibrant colours began to be added into the mix. To create a look that nods to the era, think carefully about your accessories – gently flicked hair held back with an alice band, and matchy-matchy handbags, gloves and corsages. If knee length isn’t your thing, go for a full length dress – just remember to belt in that waist and get your date a matching flower!

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image courtesy of people.com

1970s
By the time we reached the 1970s, pastels were completely out – the 70s was the era of technicolour for both men and women! While you don’t need to go full on Saturday Night Fever, the traditional satins and tulles aren’t your only option – check out this picture of Ellen Degeneres and her date at a 1976 high school prom.

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1980s
The 80s prom-look is not for the faint hearted – we are talking some serious shoulder pads! Keep things traditional in a floor length silk or velveteen off the shoulder number, or go more alternative with a bubble-hem mini bandeau – bonus points if you pair it with mesh gloves. For men, only full suit and tails will suffice – pale grey, baby blue and yellow were all popular tux shades of the decade.

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1990s
In the 90s, things suddenly became a lot sleeker, with spaghetti strap tube dresses and simple updos – two curly tendrils hanging loose , of course – becoming the order of the day. If in doubt, merely look to the style inspiration of Kat from classic movie 90s 10 Things I Hate about You. Male dressing was just as easy to achieve – a basic suit (sans tie) with slicked back hair and you were good to go.

Are you planning on wearing vintage for your prom! Be sure to send us some pictures on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk!

Flower Power!

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Everybody deserves a treat day out from time to time, and at Judy HQ, we’re taking ours in style – we’re off to The Chelsea Flower Show! We can’t wait to sample the succulents, frolic amongst the foliage – and who knows, even spot a celebrity or two! But don’t get too jealous – we’ll be sharing all the fun with you all over on Instagram – give us a follow here.

Naturally of course, we’ve agonised for quite some time over what to wear, and have lost many hours to Pinterest and our favourite vintage trader websites in the process! To get yourself in the mood for your own summer treat, holiday or simply an update to your home or wardrobe, check out our moodboard below and book yourself into one of our upcoming events!

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EVENTS

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA -May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

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Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

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New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

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Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

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Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

Power dressing like a politician

Margaret Thatcher's Suits - Image Courtesy of The Guardian

Margaret Thatcher’s Suits – Image Courtesy of The Guardian

Whether your political beliefs are left, right, undecided or somewhere in the middle, this week’s UK general elections are set to be a great watch. With the race too close to call, we at Judy HQ have found ourselves quite swept away with the campaign trail, counting down the days till polling day on May 7th.

While we’ll be keeping our voting choice to ourselves, one thing we do love to share is of course, our love of political fashion. Vivid colours, strong tailoring and bold structures are all a vital part of power dressing, and something that is easily to achieve for yourself by following our simple steps…

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While the male politician is normally consigned to a choice of black, blue, grey or brown suit, female politicians have often been known for their ability to pull off every colour of the rainbow. A good skirt suit is the perfect way to power dress with pride. Bonus points for matching shoes, neck scarf and of course, some serious shoulderpads. Our Judy’s traders are well stocked up with fab two pieces – now you just have to decide on your favourite hue!

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Show off your pearly whites
Nothing says ‘don’t mess with me’ like a simple string of pearls. Classy and elegant, simple accessories complement a political outfit without seeming fussy or too informal. Power dressing is all about clean, structural lines, so keep things to a minimum – one necklace and one set of earrings maximum.

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Getting shirty
For men and women, a well pressed shirt is the foundations upon which a smart outfit can be built. Historically, a rolled up sleeve on the campaign trail indicates a level of ‘normal man on the street’, but a similar flash of personality can be just as easily achieved by a statement pussybow collar or interesting pattern. The Vintage Kilo Sale is a great place to rummage for unique button-downs – just remember, a jazzy print should always be dressed down with a smart suit!

Fancy bagging your own campaign clothing? Check out our full list of events here. 

Judy’s Mad May!

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Can you BELIEVE that it’s almost the fifth month of the year?! It seems like just yesterday we were cracking out our Christmas party dresses but suddenly we’re racing our way towards the summer. Crazy!

To make the most of the warmer weather and bank holiday weekends, we set about making may a corker, chock-full of furniture fleas, kilo sales and affordable vintage fairs, all over the country. Whether you’re looking for the perfect 50s sundress for your summer holiday, want to rummage 90s grunge for festival season or are thinking of spring-cleaning your home with some new furniture, we have the shopping opportunities for you! Throw in some great caterers, crafters and expert style advice from our lovely traders, and you have got yourself a serious days outing.

Check out all of our May events below –

JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR

May 2nd – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

May 3rd – Chester Town Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Leamington Spa Assembly Hall (join us here)

May 10th – Newcastle Biscuit Factory (join us here)

May 16th – Lincoln Engine Shed (join us here)

May 17th – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)

 

THE OFFICIAL VINTAGE KILO SALE

May 2nd – Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (join us here)

May 3rd – Bethnal Green York Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Manchester People’s History Museum (join us here)

May 10th – Bristol Paintworks (join us here)

May 16th – Edinburgh Out Of The Blue Drill Hall (join us here)

May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA

May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

Introducing…Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 5

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.30.23Eagled-eyed Judy fans will know that we always like to give you a little extra. While our packed schedule of events means that you never have to go long without a vintage fix, we know that sometimes it’s great to just curl up on the sofa with a good glass of gin, some ambient music and a great retro read. Well look no further!

Fresh from the depths of our vintage-fuelled minds, we give you Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, the best e-magazine around to keep you up to date with all the behind the scenes gossip from the Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea and Official Kilo Sale.

Originally launched in 2013 by kilo manager Jenessa when she was just a student (see back issues here), the new-look vintage magazine is back and fuller than ever, offering you top tips on everything from nailing nineties style to perfecting the perfect mid-century century home interiors. We even took a peek in our own booking manager Donna’s abode!

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Happy Reading!

Search the magazine on Issuu here

Festival Fashion – The best vintage-inspired looks from Coachella 2015

Rejoice – Spring has finally arrived! As temperatures creep up and layers come off, we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the spring/summer fair season – and of course, Festivals!

Here at Judy’s, we’ve got a string of vintage fairs, furniture fleas and kilo sales, and we’ll also be bringing our retro marquee to Beat-Herder Festival! But the question is – what does one wear when they’re out frolicking in the fields?

coachella vintageWe looked to the best street style from last weekend’s Coachella Festival to give you the lowdown on easy-to-wear vintage-inspired trends that will keep you looking good as you throw some shapes – and down several gins!

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While we probably wouldn’t advise donning your best authentic 50s frock at a muddy festival, a bold red lip paired with a polka-dot frock is a simple way to nod to the era without risking your favourite garment. If the British weather isn’t quite as kind as Coachella’s, simply throw on a raincoat or knitted cardigan – our Judy’s Traders have a great selection in every colour of the rainbow!

60s Colour Pop
Floaty stripes will never go out of style – keeping you cool in a busy crowd but still very easy to layer. For a 60s-inspired look, it’s all about the accessories – a strong pair of sunglasses in a bright colour will lift a whole outfit and cover up any dark circles from too much partying the night before! Check out the Affordable Vintage Fair for bold accessories that turn will turn a basic ensemble into a showstopper.

80s Double Denim
Double denim can be a tricky look to master, but it’s hardwearing, easy to shove into a bag and ensures you don’t have to put too much thought into your look when you wake up in your tent. Keep things 80s/90s by opting for denim with interesting patches or button rivets. Our Kilo Sale is a great place to pick up oversized denim which you can layer over a more fitted piece for contrast.

70s Folklore
Aztec, peasant sleeves and suede boots…this Coachella babe has got 70s style nailed! For a more weather-appropriate alternative, try bell bottom jeans or bring along a treated suede jacket and fedora to stave off any British downpours. We love our Judy’s trader Tallula Vintage for all patterns bold and beautiful!

DIY Ditsy Seperates
Can’t decide which era you want to channel at this years festivals?  Ditsy Florals are always a good idea for a hint of retro! Summer is also a great opportunity to try some upcycling – this two piece could be easily achieved by cutting a kilo dress into two parts and giving each part a quick hem!

90s Girly Grunge
For those planning on elbowing their way to the front, the 90s grunge trend is a great option that won’t leave you feeling too precious about scrubbing out muddy stains later. Mix heavy boots and checks with feminine shapes and top it off with some great functional accessories – the chunkier the better!

Looking to stock up on your vintage festival fashion? Check out all our upcoming dates – including Beat-Herder! – here

 

Ooh La La! Vintage Treasure in France!

Sunshine, fresh air and LOADS of vintage treasure! Brand and Event Manager Emily has found it all in France.

The lucky devil has been in the Loire Valley this week and couldn’t resist a trip to the world famous ‘Brocante’ sales in the region.

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First up…Saint Roche! Most of the sales in the region are a mixture of professional traders and regulars joe’s pedalling their ‘old’ things and random…shall we say tatt…! This wasn’t an issue for Eagle eyed Emily who managed to get…

A 1960s sears courier ‘Avocado Green’ suitcase & an original letter press storage tray

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A December 1955 edition of ‘Match’ magazine

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Total: 7.50 euros!

Day 2 saw a double whammy of bargain hunting! First off – Langeais

Emily bought…

Two vintage deckchairs!

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And a 60’s cotton blend dress…

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Total = 14 euros

The second stop of the day Chateau du Loir was the largest of all 3 events! Emily carefully handpicked…

image4A huge piece of bright vintage fabric – perfect for some cushions!

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A HUGE flamingo tapestry…possibly the most kitsch, ridiculous buy of the weekend!

Total: 9 euros!

TOTAL THRIFTY TOTAL: 30.50 euros…wowza!

But there’s always the ones that got away…Emily fell in love with these mid century chairs (if only she had the space)

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Have you bought any amazing vintage abroad? Or got some great tips for vintage shopping in France? Show us on Twitter @judyvintagefair or Instagram @judysvintagefair we’d absolutely love to see your thrifty buys!

Au Revoir!!

 

Presenting our (retr)eau de toilette…

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Are you tired of living and breathing all things vintage without *actually*breathing the air? Do today’s modern-day scents and smells get a big boo from you? Are your nostrils itching for the nostalgia of a better time-gone-by? Oh boy, do we have news for you…
Brought to you by a team of retro researchers at a top UK Universtiy (and with help from yours truly), we’ve answered your sensory prayers. Available at all of our events for the foreseeable future, we give you: ‘The Affordable Vintage Air.’
A mere prototype (branding to be decided) of our new ‘eau de retro,’ we caught up with Fair Founder Judy on just why she was so on the nose; “Nowadays, we’ve got it too good,” she states, speaking from the laboratory. “The internet lets us replicate any piece of the past we desire; fashion houses provide the looks and touch, apps and video blare out the sound, but what about that most elusive of memories, what about the smell? (Literally)Sniffing out a gap in the market, lo the ‘Air’ was born.”
Coming in a plethora of scents, samples include: –
  • Grandma’s House
  • Bread-and-Dripping
  • Palma Violet
  • Sunday School
  • Local Boozer
  • Auntie’s Lacquer –  AND MORE!

All the wistfulness of going round to Grandma’s (without having to put in any face time).” Professor R. Etro, Mixologist at Judy HQ

Know a good thing when you smell it? Come see us at any of our April events below!
Want the when and where on how to find us? Click the event pages below.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 12th April
RSVP here

Bristol’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Liverpool’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Glasgow’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

The Central London Vintage Furniture Flea
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

Got a scent that you want replicating? Never fear, we’re all ears (and noses, of course). Get in touch via the links below and let us take you to fragrance heaven.

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Charity Chat – Judy’s 10th Birthday Giveaway for Kids Company

kids companyAs a business, we like to believe that we at Judy’s are a pretty charitable bunch. We save and re-home thousands of vintage items with every event we put on, and regularly sort our own personal wardrobes to give away to the likes of Cancer Research, Barnados and the RSPCA.

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However, we are set to turn 10 years old this year, and it’s got us thinking about what more we can do to really help make a difference. We also got to thinking about parties, celebrations and what we can do to show you guys (our loyal fans!) some love for all your support over the years.

While we have some very special plans up our sleeves that we can’t reveal just yet, what we can announce is that we are thrilled and honoured to be supporting a wonderful charity, hoping to raise £5,000 for a cause very close to our hearts.

Our chosen charity, Kids Company, supports vulnerable inner-city children, young adults and their families. Summarised on their website, their therapeutic work “helps children and young people to manage the devastating effects of trauma and abuse and is complemented by practical support providing bare essentials such as food, clothing and bedding, together with longer term support for education, training and employment. 

So what can you guys do to help? On a simple level, come say hello and pop some spare change in our collection tins! Kids Company donation caddies will be popping up across our Affordable Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales and Furniture Fleas very soon, so keep your eyes peeled and dig deep! To see all of our upcoming events, click here.

If you’d rather donate online, it’s just as easy – simply head over to our Just Giving page.

We’re also hosting a HUGE CHARITY RAFFLE! Prizes include:

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3 month subscription to Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers

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3 book bundle – Style Me Vintage Home, Accessories & 1940s from Pavilion Books!

1 year’s subscription to Vintage Life magazine

A pair of Lotta From Stockholm Clogs (2 pairs up for grabs!)

£50 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair voucher

£50 The Vintage Furniture Flea voucher

£30 Vintage Kilo Sale Voucher

£25 Vivien of Holloway Voucher

More coming soon…

We’re still on the lookout for some fab companies who would be kind enough to donate some prizes to our big charity raffle. We have some great prizes already lined up (including some donations from very famous faces!), but we always welcome more – simply get in touch with us via Facebook or by emailing emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

Let’s get raising!

For more information on Kids Company and the amazing work they do, visit their website here