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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Levi's Fit Guide: The 500 Series

    In the world of vintage jeans, Levi's is king. And in the world of Levi's, the 500 series gave us some of the best cuts of denim, ever. Working out which cut is right for you can be tricky, but once you've found the perfect pair, they'll be your faves forever. To make things a little less confusing, we've put together a simple guide, packed with our insider sizing tricks and styling tips to find the most flattering, bum-enhancing pair! Plus, for every pair of vintage jeans you buy instead of new, you save 36 bathtubs of water! Stylish and sustainable.


    501 - The Icon

    Possibly the most iconic jeans in the world, the 501 goes with literally anything. Dress them up or down, they will always be a winner! Slightly high-waisted, with a straight leg, defying every convention, whilst fitting solidly into every era, we at Beyond Retro cannot sing their praises enough! May we suggest pairing them with docs and white socks?


    505 - Regular

    The first jeans with a zip! Sitting at the waist, these straight fitting jeans are perfect for the everyday. Super comfortable with a little added in the thigh, these jeans are for everyone! Try them with an oversized, tucked in shirt and headscarf, to recreate 40s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ look. Worn with white socks, moccasins and a flannel shirt, they become a symbol of 40s teenage defiance!


    517 - Bootcut

    517’s are all about enhancing fabulous shoes! Designed to fit over boots, these are the perfect jeans to show off your shoes in all their glory. They are cut slightly lower in the waist, perfect for floaty bohemian shirt and a suede jacket - a great base for the ultimate 70s look!


    550 - Relaxed

    550's are for the more relaxed jean wearer. Sitting at the waist, not too tight in the thigh they also have a stylish taper toward the ankle. Make them your own by customising them till your heart's content!


    Our Shopping Tips

    Sizing can be difficult, especially with vintage jeans! When shopping, remember that the size you think you are is not always the size you'll end up with. This can happen for a few reasons, most notably because our jeans are pre-owned! With love and use, denim stretches and molds to the body they spend the most time with.

    Black denim will always be tighter than blue.

    Try, try try! The jeans that you like the least, may be the ones that fit the best!

    Most styles defy gender! But jeans are cut differently for men and women, so a 30 in mens will fit differently to a 30 in womens. Bear this in mind when shopping for vintage. A lot of women find that if they are trying on ‘mens’ jeans, they will need to go up a size to allow more room for their hips.

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    You are ready! Browse our online selection here or head to our stores to shop till you drop. Use these tips and you'll be ever closer to finding THE PERFECT PAIR!

    Words: Tatjana Nicholson
  • International Women's Day

    Today marks International Women’s Day, a global event where every person can play a part in helping to celebrate the successes of other women and fight for continued equal opportunity. IWD traces back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York, fighting for their rights. Over a century later, people from across the world come together on this day to demand equality for women everywhere.

    In celebration, we look back at some of the most influential female activists through history and activists in the 21st century, all doing it for the ladies!

    Gloria Steinem & Bell Hooks  (Source:Flickr) Gloria Steinem & Dorothy Pitman Hughes

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    "Virtue can only flourish among equals."

    British philosopher, feminist and writer of “A Vindication of the Rights of Women”, one of the most significant books in the early feminist movement. She was a true pioneer in the struggle for female suffrage.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    Mary Mcarthur

    ‘Angel of the workers’

    Scottish union activist who fought for equal pay and women's rights, focusing on those working in appalling conditions in munition factories. In her honor, a blue plaque will be placed on her house in Golders Green for 2017’s International Women’s Day.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    The Suffragettes

    "We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers" Pankhurst

    One of the first waves of feminism, the suffragettes fought for women’s rights, most significantly the right to vote. Their movements and protests were both peaceful and radical, and through their actions in 1920 women were given their right to vote. Some of the most influential in the movement were Millicent Fawcett, Emily Davidson, Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Blackwell and Susan Anthony.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    Marion Reid

    "It is designed to show that social equality with man is necessary for the free growth and development of woman’s nature."

    Author of ‘A Plea for Women’, an influential book that argued that the advancement of women was not a threat to society, and giving women education and the ability to vote would benefit the whole of humanity.

    (Source:Amazon) (Source:Amazon)

    Rebecca West

    "People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute."

    As a British suffragette, West was seen as a legend during the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s for her outspoken feminist and socialist speeches and writing. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which called her "indisputably the world's No. 1 woman writer."

    (Source:Timeinc) (Source:Timeinc)

    Betty Friedan

    “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.”

    Author of The Feminine Mystique, the book challenges the myth that women wanted to be homemakers, her writing helped to kick start the second wave of feminism. In 1966 she co-founded the National Organization for Women.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    Gloria Steinem

    "A feminist is anyone who recognises the equality of full humanity of women and men."

    One of the most recognisable 20th century feminists. Co-founder of Ms. Magazine with Alice Walker, Steinem has been at the forefront of the feminist movement in the US since the early 60’s as a key women's rights figure and activist.


    Angela Davis

    "I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept."

    An American activist who became a part of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. She was also heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and became a leader in the Communist Party. A key figure in women’s history, she is still deeply involved in the quest for social justice.


    Pussy Riot

    "A punk is someone who knows how to ask the world uncomfortable questions and does everything possible to make sure the world can't cop out of answering those questions. A punk is a person who lives and breathes astonishment. Astonishing other people and astonishing yourself — that's what art is for us, and without art, life can't exist. It would be too boring."

    Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot, became a global cause after their performance of a "punk prayer" at a Moscow cathedral. Two members were then jailed, which gained international attention calling for their release.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    Malala Yousafzai

    “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

    Willing to stand up to an oppressive regime in order to protect her right to education, Pakistani schoolgirl Yousafzai survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global figure for women’s rights, especially the right to education. At the age of 19, she is now a feminist icon for a new, younger generation.

    (Source:Wiki) (Source:Wiki)

    As well as all of these incredible women Emma Watson, Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Caitlin Moran, Lena Dunham and Angelina Jolie to name a few, are some of the voices we hear today helping to create political, economic and cultural achievements in aid of women all over the world.

    Let’s help fight for a better, gender inclusive world. No matter how big or small, your actions for gender equality can be groundbreaking, let’s #BeBoldForChange!

    Words: Mary Costello

    (shaun james grant photography) (shaun james grant photography)

    We're throwing it back to the 80s and looking at some of our favourite denim moments! Denim doesn’t just belong in jean form and it’s certainly not a one trick pony! We're inspired by the 80s take on denim, not only was there a hell of a lot of it but in the golden age of DIY fashion - it was ripped up, bleached, customized and looked totally rad!

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    Madonna isn't only the queen of pop but the queen of denim too! She rocked it head to toe with iconic high-waisted mom jean fits and oversized frayed jackets. Steal her look with some of our vintage 80s denim pieces online, or browse our upcycled LABEL collection!

    mom jeans Mom Jeans

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    Label Denim Jacket- take a look at LABEL's take on denim here

    SS17 saw some inspiration from these strong DIY looks! Ashish kept things glam with embellished denim, Fyodor Golan ripped it every direction possible and Alexander Wang wasn’t afraid of a fray!

    Fyodor Golan SS17 (source vogue) Fyodor Golan SS17 (source vogue)
    Ashish SS17 (source vogue) Ashish SS17 (source vogue)
    alexander wang SS17 (source vogue) alexander wang SS17 (source vogue)

    Copy the catwalks with these one-of-kind pieces!

    Sequin Denim Shirt Sequin Denim Shirt
    Studded Denim Jacket Studded Denim Jacket
    Printed Denim Jacket Printed Denim Jacket

    Or search for more here

    In the 80s, denim totally got the rock and roll treatment too! The likes of Prince and Debbie Harry’s iconic on stage outfits, have given us a major denim inspo and cemented our faith in the double denim combo!

    Blondie's Debbie Harry (source pinterest) Blondie's Debbie Harry (source pinterest)
    Prince (source pinterest) Prince (source pinterest)

    However, if the jean and jacket isn’t your go-to denim look, check out these other amazing vintage pieces! From Jumpsuits to Dresses there's a style to suit you.

    Acid Wash Dungarees Acid Wash Dungarees
    Lee Denim Cut Offs Lee Denim Cut Offs
    Denim Jumpsuit Denim Jumpsuit

    Search more jumpsuits, dungarees and shorts here

    If the 80s taught us anything, it's that the best thing you can do with denim is OWN IT. Tomboyish cuts, acid wash, rips and high-as-the-sky waistlines all created a timeless look which is still so well loved. Keep the throwback alive and find your denim destiny today!

    Words:Bethany Powers

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