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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • The Book of Ideas

    The night of All Hallows' Eve is fast approaching like a headless horse drawn carriage. Don’t get left behind. Alone. Luckily, for all you lost souls out there, we have the Beyond Retro  ‘Book of Ideas’ taking pride of place in every one of our stores this Halloween.

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    What is this mysterious ‘Book of Ideas’ we hear you scream?

    Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then we shall begin. This week we count down to the deadliest night of the year, so bring your corpse in store and gorge on a platter of horrific serving suggestions, all inside the pages of this book. Herein lie the gruesome secrets on how to put together outfits- like Frankenstein’s monster, piece by piece - so you can scare the hardiest of horror fans. From Teen Wolf to Dracula, Dead Cheerleader to zombie Marilyn, turn each page at your peril.

    Call out into the night for help from one of our spooky sales assistants to give you a helping (severed) hand in finding a Halloween outfit to die for this year. We have the knowledge to knock everyone dead, bring your nightmares to life and ensure you see the night out in the wickedest way possible *cue evil laugh*

  • Fall on Film

    It's that time of year where the leaves are beginning to redden and the air is feeling crisp (hurricane Gonzalo aside). Before the rapid descent into winter, it's time to slow down and immerse yourself in a haze of autumnal inspiration. Where better to turn to for a bit of aesthetic encouragement than your DVD collection or Netflix. Just don't blame us if you want to go shopping afterwards*.

    Here is our Top Five list of Fall inspired movies:

    1 - Love Story, 1970

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    Considered as one of the most romantic movies of all time (American Film Institute), this film succeeds in capturing our hearts with not only the plot but the endless stream of vintage clothing throughout. From trench coats to tartan skirts, we are digging around at the back of our wardrobe to recreate these outfits.

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    2 - Annie Hall, 1977

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    Annie Hall. The love interest of New York comedian, Alvy Singer. And we can see why. She completely nails the feminine-masculine vibe with over-sized slacks and a waistcoat to emphasise her hour glass shape. Not forgetting her bowler-style hat and round-rimmed sunnies which are bang on trend right now.

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    3 - Une Femme Est Une Femme, 1961


    A fringey, feline Anna Karina ticks all of our boxes in this early 60s film with her beige trench coat and iconic red pieces. *Makes note to buy anything and everything that is red to spice up our winter wardrobe.*

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    4 - Far From Heaven, 2002

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    How better to fit right into autumn than to match the orange-y/red-y/yellow-y hues of our English countryside. Think over-sized, calf-grazing coats to throw on to face any blustery, crisp morning. These ladies certainly know how it's done.

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    5 - An Education, 2009


    Who would believe that this film was actually produced in 2009? The costume designer is on point with the 1960's inspiration. We're in love with this leopard print and neutral combo - if you're not feeling brave enough to go all out with an animal print coat, then why not gently ease yourself in with accessories?

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    Check out our Movie Inspiration Pinterest board for plenty more where this came from!

    *popcorn not included.

  • Vintage Academy: Nothern Soul

    We're celebrating the launch of the eagerly awaited film ‘Northern Soul’! Let us take you back onto the sprung floors of a subculture which started almost 35 years ago in the industrial towns of Northern England. 

    It's set to be the sixties and seventies subculture of the season. From sartorial inspiration to a heady mix of black American soul and euphoric up-tempo mid-60s rhythms, it's time to get funky.


    The phrase ‘Northern Soul’ wasn’t coined until around 1970 by Soul City record shop owner and journalist Dave Godin. He noticed that music fans visiting London from the North of England would seek out funkier, bigger sounding records from the smaller and lesser known record labels. Clubs such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester emerged from the early mod scene and spawned a host of all-nigh soul venues across the north of the country. From King Mojo in Sheffield to the Wigan Casino in Wigan, club-goers sought to slip on their dancing shoes and get on down to a fast paced soul beat.

    What about the fashion we hear you cry?

    During the early 60s fashion dictated a slimmer fitting silhouette. Early northern soul fashion included classic mod style, such as button-down Ben Sherman shirts, brogues and shrink-to-fit Levi's. Suffice to say this wasn't quite the ticket for an emerging group of Motown movers and shakers. The new sound was bigger, bolder and of course brimming with energy and soul which encouraged dancers to loosen up.


    Clothing during the early 70s reflected the dancers need for movement and working class kids developed their own fashion borne out of the mod era. Enter sports vests and button down shirts, wide trousers  (do you dare to flare?) and leather soled shoes for less friction on the dance floor. Patches from the various clubs and groups would also be sewn onto bowling bag style hold-alls, used to carry those spare shirt and shoes after a long energetic night of dancing. Not forgetting a bottle of talcum powder to help the wooden floor stay dry and friction free!


    You can catch ‘Northern Soul’ at cinemas nationwide from 17th October and buy on DVD on Monday 20th October 2014.

    Want a taster? Plug into the awesome soundtrack available here. *Warning! serious toe-tapping ahead!

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