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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Christmas Jumper Pop-up: We are open for business!

    The Christmas lights have been switched on, the tinsel is hanging proudly and there's a veritable winter wonderland teaming with naff knits. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Well, it certainly is in Old Street Station anyway! Not feeling Christmassy yet? We've got everything you need to ramp up your festive spirit! Here's a little sneak peek...

    It’s official - London’s very first Xmas Pop up store has launched and we are open for business!

    Beyond Retro pop up shop 2 Photography: Holly McGlynn

    The Beyond Retro Christmas Pop-Up Shop will be open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday and 11:30am until 6pm on Saturday at Old Street Station.

    Christmas has come knocking, so if you haven’t already purchased your annual, most ugliest festive knit, the time has now arrived! Grinch’s of the capital prepare to be turned.

    Beyond Retro pop up shop 4 Photography: Holly McGlynn

    But it doesn't stop with jazzy jumpers, oh no! It's the season of over-indulgence and we don't just mean mincepies. Your wardrobe is crying out for some seasonal sparkle and we have a whole host of vintage delights ranging from snazzy secret Santa gifts to a selection of our AW'14 trends. We've got more glitz and glitter than you can shake a stick at.

    Beyond Retro pop up shop 6 Photography: Holly McGlynn

    Our Christmas wears want YOU! Go on, do us proud.


  • Vintage Academy: The Evolution of the Miniskirt

    Leg-bearing ladies listen up! Our long storied love affair with the miniskirt has come a long way. Alongside Twiggy, Andy Warhol and the second wave of feminism sits another icon of the 1960s. The miniskirt. But this little number ain't nothing new and dates back to ye old ancient times. Yup.  

    Join us on a trip down memory lane as we revisit the evolution of the miniskirt from ancient Egypt to London 2014.Viva la miniskirt!

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    Back to the Start

    1400s: It's accepted that Egyptian men donned a mini wrap skirt, but we also know of ancient figurines showing females wearing miniskirts too!

    1600-1900sWhilst Europe blushed over ankle-bearing skirts (oh the shame!), in China the Duan Qun Miao which translated to 'short skirt Miao' stripped their hemlines to the thigh.

    1920s: During her theater performances, Josephine Baker showcased a miniskirt made of bananas. Yup. You read it here first.

    1950s: Micro-mini's were reserved for sci-fi movie stars in Flight to Mars and Forbidden Planet.


    The Mini Skirt got Political

    1960s: The years of dressing like your mother made way for swinging British birds such the Shrimp and Anita Pallenburg. They embraced cultural revolution, individual expression and feminism. The uniform? Well, the mini skirt of course!

    - André Courrèges experimented in 1961 and soon unveiled his futuristic dresses cut above the knee.

    - Mary Quant slashed hemlines for her youthful spirited King's Road boutique Bazaar in 1965. 


    Mary Quant- “It wasn’t me or Courrèges who invented the miniskirt anyway—it was the girls in the street who did it." 

    1970s: What comes up must come down, but thanks to Debbie Harry, Vivienne Westwood and the punk movement miniskirts enjoyed a revival towards the end of the era.

    1980s: Celebration of a more powerful and womanly silhouette ushered in a new miniskirt wearer. Think sophisticated, thirty-something career women. Carrie Bradshaw certainly approved.

    1990s: The Spice Girls spiced up our wardrobes and long-legged Cindy, Kate and Naomi donned their designer minis with pride.

    2000s: This wardrobe staple is hot property. From micro-minis to bondage skirts, leather, denim and suede, it's not surprising that this has come at a time when fashion embraces the f-word once more.

    All hail the mini skirt. We salute you! 

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Our stores have had a makeover and this season we've been inspired by the grand 60’s page turner Dr Zhivago. It was deemed one of the world’s most considerable works of literature and an iconic British movie set during World War I and The Russian Revolution. Now it's a source of style inspiration too.

    Note to self: Folkish fancies, faux fur and layering are key.

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    DR Z 12 LORES

    Picture this, a numbing Russian winter with the icy masses on the verge of revolution and, most importantly, there are layers upon layers of beautiful winter fabrics. Throughout the winter struggle, classic Victorian boots, royal velvet and a high collar of embroidered lace took center stage. For men? A military coat, traditional cable knit and oversized wool.

    Dr Z 2

    Under shelter and away from the busy London streets, we have enough wooly wonders to get lost in. Our very own Narnia. Winter is upon us and this year there’s no love story other than you and your coat. So it is Beyond Retro’s duty to make sure you don’t get left behind. With casual sheepskin, tough suede, wool coats and luxurious faux fur trims – you’ll be sure to find a one-off gem.

    Wrap up warm kids.

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