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Tag Archives: 1960s

  • Prom Style Through The Decades

    Prom season is upon us! No longer reserved for prom queens and cheerleaders, this American fan-fair is returning to retro with unique pieces that will add authentic personality to your ball.  Proms of days gone by consisted of just a dance floor, a room for socialising and tea (yes!) but a growing youth-culture soon brought awkward dates and plenty of punch. Looking for your party perfect dress? We've done all the research so you don't have to! 

    We have curated a selection of statement making dresses selected from 50 years of fashion ensuring you find a one-off piece. Think Sixties swing, frothy taffeta, pretty pleats and everything in-between. With so many eras to choose from, whether you’re after a glamorous, classic or simple look, we've got the run-down of all the styles throughout the decades.

    Shop Prom for party perfect vintage pieces from the 60s right through to the 90s!

    Model: Ellie, Rose & Vintage
    Women-in-the-1920s-Flat-Rock-Org Image Source: Smithsonian

    1920’s and 1930's: 

    Prom dates back to the 1800s but soon American youth culture relished in more freedom! Prom-goers enjoyed yearly class banquets complete with party clobber and the dance moves to match. Drop-waist silhouettes combined with feathered fascinators, lots sequins and the invention of the car meant 1920’s proms were full of sophistication and glamour. Hand us all the pearls. Oh so very flapper.

    FS prom22541950s Image Source: Weston History


    The 1950’s brought elaborate affairs, it was the height of elegance with floor length dresses and fitted waists. Decorative neck-lines and a simple pair of heels worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth showed us how it’s worn best.

    1960s3 Image Source: Vintage to Vogue Bath

    1960’s and 1970's:

    The 60’s and 70’s saw a fall in Prom night popularity as a youthquake culture redefined rebellion and rallies took center stage. Outrageous actions leads to outrageous fashion. Bright colours paired with heavy eyeliner and a beehive, the swinging 60’s is the way to go. Or keep it natural with minimal make up, loose tresses and longer hemlines for a touch of Seventies fever - sometimes less is more.

    pretty-in-pink-prom Image Source: The Indiependent


    Prom culture came back with a bang! Full of sequins, puffy dresses and worn with only the highest of high heels, if you’re going to dress up it might as well be done properly!

    SHOP PROM beyond retro

    Shop Prom for party perfect vintage pieces from the 60s right through to the 90s!

    Don't forget we're also hosting an amazing competition with Company if you fancy winning the best day out to prepare for your prom (featuring yummy breakfast and a complete outfit kitted out by Beyond Retro....). Check it out.

    Words by Ellie Burns
  • We have a cuppa with... Olivia Purvis


    I am lost without... 

    My family and friends. Soppy!

    A dog or a cat person? 

    Dog. I'm getting a puppy in a few weeks and I've turned into a crazy dog lady.

    Fave Vintage Purchase...

    A toss-up between a seventies folk embroidered blouse or a floral organza dress- both Beyond Retro!

    If you could be transported back to any decade, what would it be? 

    The sixties! I'm obsessed with the music and style of the time, not to mention the hairstyles- which is no secret! I'm not sure how I'd manage with the lack of technology though!

    Where can we find you of a Saturday night?

    As much as I'd love to say sipping cocktails in a secret bar, in truth I'd be curled up at home watching rubbish television with some good homemade Italian food- who can say no to pasta and ITV, hey?

    Get Olivia's Look: Shop the edit here> 


    Website: WhatOlviaDid.com

    Instagram: @livpurvis

    Twitter: @livpurvis

  • 1960's Dress Up Weekend.

    If you came to one of our stores this weekend you would have noticed all of our staff looking pretty groovy in their 1960's attire for our Sixties dress up weekend, if you didn't make it in to any of our stores over the weekend you can check out the photos from over the weekend below. Shop Womens Sixties  Shop Mens Sixties Beyond Retro Sixties 3 Beyond Retro Sixties 2 Beyond Retro Sixties 1 Beyond Retro Sixties 7 Beyond Retro Sixties 5 Beyond Retro Sixties 4

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