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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Beyond Retro raises £10,000 for Save The Children

    Newsflash: London's first vintage pop-up has officially conquered Old Street station! Last night we bid a fond farewell to our Christmas shop and announced that Beyond Retro fans have already helped us reach our target of £10,000 for Save the Children! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we sure had errthang to make sure you looked the part. Job done. The best news? It ain't over yet!

    Shop Christmas Jumpers online and across our stores for plenty more vintage where that came from! Because it's the law to own at least one naff knit this Christmas, right?

    Dedicated lovers of all things vintage have made the world better with one hella snazzy sweater.

    We've partnered with global children’s charity Save the Children in support of their Christmas Jumper Day campaign. Until December 31st we're donating £1 for every Christmas jumper sold in our UK stores and online, pledging to donate £10,000 in total to Save the Children’s vital work.

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    It's been one hell of a month. Here are some of our highlights from our Old Street pop-up...

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    Sleigh bells rang as Elle and the Pocket Belles serenaded the launch of our first pop-up!

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    Outfit envy alert. Our fave Fashion Historian, Amber Butchart donned her jazzy jumper!

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    With everything from the cute and cuddly to the kitsch and ugly, we created a Christmas mecca to brighten up your commute!

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    Babes and their Babycham , Claire of Rainbows and Fairydust and our very own Naomi Rowland, toasting the dawn of the Christmas jumper!

    Check out our 12 days of Christmas Jumpers countdown @beyondretro

    Photographer: Meike Linthorst

  • 1970s Food Revival

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    Planning a dinner party? Well, we've got just the ticket. It's the season of indulgence so why not look back with wistful nostalgia and have a great retro food revival? Hold the sophistication of a 1950's soirée and add an extra dose of Seventies sass. This Friday we're flashing back to the golden age of dinner parties. Fondues at the ready...

    What's cookin? Recipes of the decade.

    1- All hail the pineapple hedgehog! Basically anything with pineapple was fair game in the 70s due to an increased interest in Hawaiian culture.

    2- Prawn Cocktail

    3- Chicken Kiev or Quiche

    4- An alternative to ice cream; Angel Delight, Knickerbocker Glory or a Watergate Salad (pistachio pudding and canned pineapple, obvs)

    What's on ice? Sup on Babycham and Snowballs only.

    Entertainment? Twister to a selection of disco beats from the likes of Dolly Parton and Donna Summer.

    What to wear? Don the trews of the season and rock some bell bottoms with a jazzy top. More is more is the rule of the season. 

    What to wear? Don the trews of the season and rock some bell bottoms with a jazzy top. More is more is the rule of the season.

    Shop The Party Edit

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  • Classic Vintage Partywear

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    We caught up with mother and daughter vintage enthusiasts, Biddy and Mimi as they handpicked their fave party pieces and got chit-chatting about 1940s dresses and swoon-worthy prints. 

    Shop Mimi & Biddy's Christmas Party Edit

    What's your favourite era?

    Biddy: I love the 1940s and 50s - I inherited some beautiful early 50s pieces from my mother and started sewing using her patterns. That and watching a lot of old Hollywood musicals.

    Mimi: I fell in love with vintage because of my Mum’s collection of 1940s and 50s. I like early 40s and even 30s too as the shapes tend to suit my figure.

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    So you gals are no strangers to shopping vintage! What do you look for when going through the rails?

    Biddy: I love 40s and 50s vintage so tend to focus on fabrics first, especially prints. It is always worth looking through everything – often a 40s frock will be mistakenly put into a 70s category, or a 50s in the 80s.

    Always scrutinize the garment for damage or stains – my mother taught me to hold it up to daylight to reveal any pulling on seams or evidence of (shudder) moth.

    Real vintage hunting takes time and a good eye. Years of practice also helps!

    Mimi: I love prints and embroidery, especially folk-inspired embellishment, so I tend to scan the fabrics first. I look out for fun novelty prints too.

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    What's your favourite vintage piece?

    Biddy: My favourite pieces belonged to my mother. The most beautiful frock I own- or will ever own- is a couture ballgown made for her for a ball to celebrate the Coronation in 1952. It's heavy oyster satin with a petal bust and huge skirts covered in soutache braid. I have worn it 3 times and it's always the belle of the ball!

    Mimi: My latest acquisition is my favourite! It is a 1940s black crepe day dress with folk embroidery on the bodice and cuffs. I paid quite a lot for it but it is an investment!  I love that it has so much work lovingly stitched into it- and it is very flattering.

    Photographer: Kensington Leverne 

    Stylist: Naomi Rowland (Beyond Retro)

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