Party season is well underway and there's no better inspiration for vintage party wear than the infamous Studio 54.
The former nightclub located at 254 West 54th Street, bang in between Eighth Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan, was the pinnacle of 70's hedonism.
World famous for it's beyond imaginatively themed parties where everybody from postmen and retail assistants would be rubbing shoulders to disco tunes with celebrities and the incredibly wealthy, granted you were dressed fabulously enough to get past the lucrative doormen.
One time Bianca Jagger even rode in across the dance floor on a white horse - totally iconic!
How To Get The Look
With December being the time for celebrating, whether it be your work Christmas party or New Year's Eve with your very best friends, there's no doubt that it's time to dress to impress and this year we're fully inspired.
It's time to get on your dancing shoes and the higher the heel the closer to God. We recommend the biggest platform shoes known to mankind because le freak, c'est chic.
Not only does layering up to protect you from the bitter cold (seriously, it's minus two degrees at the time of writing this) but it gives you more of a chance to show off your look and exquisite styling skills. Throw a glamorous jacket over a sparkly vintage roll neck, a silk scarf over a retro jumper or even a raunchy fishnet body under a flared leg jumpsuit. Even making an entrance in a striking faux fur jacket for extra fabulousness wouldn't go amiss. After all, you can always ditch it in the cloakroom when things start hotting up.
Whilst Studio 54 unfortunately closed down forever following the owner's arrest over tax evasion, it's still possible to party like we're there.
Although arriving on an animal is probably more hassle than it's worth, it's almost necessary to go all out just to keep the spirit of the outrageous venue alive.
Festival fashion has become a mainstay of the fashion industry, clutching our attention each and every Spring with the Californian music festival Coachella, right through summer with the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and All Points East.
Festival fashion once meant donning a sequined body-suit, a pair of hot pants and decorating every inch of your body with blinding glitter. At Beyond Retro, we certainly encourage this extravagant dress-code, but festival fashion often means buying something you may never wear again. So to encourage a more sustainable way of dressing for the best summer of your life, we have created this list of your 2019 festival vintage and eco-friendly must-haves!
1. Plastic-Free Glitter
Glitter is fun, but commercial glitter contains plastic, and plastic isn’t fun! Everything about Eco Glitter Fun is plastic-free, including the packaging, making it a sustainable substitute for your festival favourite this Summer. Glitter can be worn in a variety of dynamic ways, try wearing it as an eye shadow, or painting sunbeams across your cheek and collar bones! Shop our women’s accessories.
2. A Tie-Dye T-Shirt
Tie-dye has already become a trend off and on the runway, with brands such as Prada, MSGM and Stella McCartney debuting tie-dye in their most recent collections. Even Beyonce was seen wearing it, and in our humble opinion, the tie-dye t-shirt is going to be the white blouse of Summer 2019.
Tie-dye can be dressed up and down, but ultimately celebrates individuality and can be worn however you like, making it a must-have this festival season. Find a vintage tie-dye t-shirt and have a piece that is entirely unique!
3. Western Clothing
Western wear has been slowly but surely seeping into the cultural zeitgeist over the last couple of years, but this summer with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus re-entering the charts it is set to become a bonafide festival fashion trend. From fringe to cowboy boots, western wear is an essential component of any respectable festival outfit! Pair western wear with the aforementioned tie-dye t-shirt for a 1970s inspired outfit, or mix and match with other vintage pieces in your wardrobe for a more contemporary look that feels completely you.
4. Neon Everything
If there’s one way to make yourself stand out in a crowd of thousands, it’s neon. Neon has been a mainstay of brands such as Versace and Iceberg for years and adds the perfect 00s nostalgia component to any festival outfit. You can ease yourself into the trend with these fluorescent sunglasses, or dive straight into the deep end in a head to toe neon look. Never lose your friends again!
5. A Bum Bag
Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that the bum bag is what festival legends are made of. On an aesthetic level, the bum bag can be used to add a level of camp, chic or cool to any outfit, depending on the chosen bag. On a practical level, the bum bag is impossible to lose whilst wrapped around your body and can carry just about everything you need at a festival!
If you’re still not convinced, would it help if we renamed the bum bag the belt bag? How about if we told you Rihanna has one?
6. Your OTT Piece
It really wouldn’t be a festival without that one statement piece of clothing. This is the piece strangers will approach you to talk about, this is the piece that will possibly get you a free drink, and this is the piece that we promise you will want to wear again, and again, and again.
Avoid the fast fashion trap of throwaway items by shopping vintage, and you’ll get to take home a new best friend. Whatever your style, you’ll be sure to find that piece to make your heart sing! Whether it be that 1960s party top, a 1970s dress or a 1990s pair of dungarees … there’s something for everyone!
7. Festival Footwear
There’s nothing worse than ruining a brand new pair of shoes at a festival, but we at Beyond Retro also understand that shoes have the power to make or break an outfit. For a sustainable footwear option, why not invest in a pair of vintage Doc Martens that are built to last? You’ll be able to wear them to festivals for years to come!
8. Practical Bonus Round: A Raincoat!
Considering British summer time traditions, the last must-have on this list is almost a given. British summer will seem more like four seasons in a day, which is why it's important, especially at a festival, to be prepared for everything! Plastic, disposable rain ponchos are available at many festivals now but this is a frivolous and environmentally unfriendly purchase.
Avoid buying single use items of clothing, and take the sustainable route by bringing a vintage raincoat with you. Not only is this the more eco-conscious choice, but a vintage raincoat can also act as a fashion conscious statement piece.
We hope you’re feeling prepared, come rain or shine, for this Summer’s festival season! For more inspiration, why not read our roundup of our favourite vintage looks this year?
As we head into the summer and approach the halfway mark of 2019 it's a good time to look back and celebrate our favourite vintage-inspired looks of the year. Whether your wardrobe looks like it was brought straight from the 60's or you like to experiment with era-themed styling there is something to inspire you all.
1. The Shell Suit Of Your Dreams
Starting strong... our warehouse team showing you how to rock an 80s shell suit. Go hard or go home right?
2. Sassy Seventies
A dreamy, bohemian, vintage inspired look perfect for summer. Grab yourself a patterned mini dress from our huge selection!
3. The Perfect Season Transition Outfit
Leandra Medine is a bonafide style guru and this 70s inspired look has us swoooooning. If you're looking for a way to jazz up your denim why not try a statement jacket.
4. Flares With Friends
The fitting rooms in our Bristol store are perfect for an impromptu catwalk to strut around in your new vintage finds.
5. Sorbet Pink Perfection
We just can't get enough of seventies inspired dressing for summer, another of our favourite looks- so chic and flattering for all.
6. Berlin Street-style Inspiration
Vintage-inspired normcore dressing isn't going anywhere, so get on board!
7. Dad On Holiday But Make It Fashion
Talking of normcore, dad-style, a member of our Brighton store shoes you how to make the trend work for warmer days! Shop our men's city break edit here.
8. Dramatic Glamour
One of our favourite Met Gala looks of this year, Lily Collins pulled out all the stops in this vintage-inspired frilled gown with 60s bouffant and makeup. Definitely one to recreate asap!
9. Rock 'n' Rolla
Coloured vintage jeans styled two ways. A simple but effective way to work your vintage pieces.
10. Suave Seventies
11. Disney Dreaming
We absolutely love this fun 90s style- the Mickey Mouse patch is just the icing on the cake. You can shop our selection of vintage Disney clothing here!
12. Denim Chic
Kendall Jenner rocking both the work-wear and double denim trends all in one go. We love this simple and chic 70s inspired look.
13. Mint Madness
A swingin' 60s look by one of our Dalston store team. Minty perfection! Don't forget you can shop all of our true vintage pieces by decade online!
14. Classic Cowboy
Last but by no means least, Lil Nas X has us all embracing yeehaw culture with his vintage-looking Western outfits. Even if you don't have a cowboy hat from Gucci you can still get some Wrangler on your booty by shopping our branded denim selection here.
Feeling inspired? Head over to our online store to find the freshest selection of vintage pieces hand-picked just for us; or if you want a little bit more style inspiration why not check out our blog where you can see how to wear double denim, how to do monochromatic dressing or read up on what fashion in the 1970s was like.
Words by Eloise Gendry
After the hype around Bohemian Rhapsody it’s no surprise that an Elton John biopic has been announced. One of the most iconic figures in British music, Sir Elton John has inspired generations after him with both his music and his style. His stage outfits are instantly recognisable in the same way that his voice could not be confused for anyone but him.
So before we see Taron Egerton portray the living legend in Rocketman lets take a look at Elton John’s most iconic fashion moments.
Top 10 Elton John Looks
1973 - Winged Wonder
A truly iconic outfit, this all white, angelic get-up is an ethereal look. The oversized sunglasses are the perfect accessory to top it off - definitely inspiration from for the festival season.
1974 - Definitely Not Mellow Yellow
This in-your-face yellow stage outfit is exactly what you think of when you think of Elton; tight spandex, a plunging v-neck and massive white feather sleeves. YAS.
1975 - Home Run
This crystal covered costume made Elton’s performance at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles a memorable one. Harry Styles was even inspired to recreate this look for Halloween 2018, down to the tinted-lens square sunglasses.
1980 - Totally Quackers
Not one to shy away from wacky looks, Elton performed in Central Park, NYC in an inflatable Donald Duck outfit. Genius.
1984 - Shining Star
Elton John has always existed outside the realm of gender norms and in this bedazzled gown he makes a statement. The custom headpiece is also a show stealer.
1986- Shocking Pink
You would think the focus point of this outfit would be the bedazzled silver jacket, alas, it is the bright pink mohawk that our eyes are immediately drawn to.
1988 - Man Of Many Costumes
Dressed down in a simple black polo, Elton stands with a selection of his stage costumes showing the transformation that takes place in the dressing room.
1992 - Versace, Versace, Versace
At a Versace store opening in London in 1992, Elton poses with Donatella Versace in his iconic round sunglasses that became an integral part of his looks.
1997 - Never Outdone
For his 50th birthday party Elton John arrived dressed as an 18th century aristocrat. The bigger the hair, the closer to heaven, as they say; this hair is practically in the clouds.
His influence is boundless and of course the queen of outlandish stage costumes has taken a note or too from Elton John’s costume playbook.
Get The Look
Feeling inspired? We don't blame you. If you're read to upgrade your wardrobe and try something a little more flamboyant then look no further- here's our top Elton John inspired picks.
Gold Converse- £26.95
Red Patent Baker Boy- £18.00
Yellow Lens Round Sunglasses- £10.00
Long Sleeved Metallic Rainbow Shirt- £22.00
Floral Cropped Blazer- £25.00
Leather Platform Boots- £46.00
Diamante Resin Hoop Earrings- £10.00
If you can't get enough of the Elton John inspiration then head over to Pinterest. You can follow Beyond Retro and see our Rocketman inspired board where you can get inspired by his best looks and a curation of Elton-inspired vintage pieces from our website.
Words Eloise Gendry
Welcome back to goth month!
Where every fan of all things haunting and scary start counting down the days until the next Halloween night.
Obviously here at Beyond Retro, we’re huge fans of the spooky season, and although we never really need an excuse to dress up we have a handful of frightening tricks and treats for our readers to devour for themselves.
How To Make Halloween Decorations
Everyone’s a little grossed out by pickled body parts in jars, so why not turn your own face into one? It’s pretty simple, just follow these simple steps:
- Take a selfie and side profile shot and upload to photoshop
- Align images and blend
- Print and laminate
- Fill your large jar, add food colouring to make it look like preserve
- Place the head image in the jar and freak out your friends!
Cockroach Hand Soap
You know those bags of plastic creepy crawlies that are everywhere this time of year? Well, they look super icky oozing in gooey soap bottles, especially when your guests least expect it.
Maybe consider saving some for later in the year as a prank.
Probably thanks to the need to have an Instagrammable bedroom, we’ve noticed that everyone has slowly become obsessed with houseplants.
Incorporate the trend into your Halloween decorations with a little bit of black spray paint.
Another brilliant idea is to create a gorgeous Halloween party favour. All you need is wax chips, black wax dye, and red roses!
Admittedly this is just the first two decoration ideas combined but popping a few fake insects into a jar amongst fake cobwebs with one of those electric tealights placed in the center make for a terrifyingly cool addition to your Halloween crypt.
Because pumpkins are so last year.
To Die For Party Themes
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky and they make a classic Halloween theme.
Deck your house out as though it’s haunted and get your mates together for an iconic group costume.
Clowns are a lot of people’s idea of a nightmare but the rest of the circus can be equally as terrifying. Think mutations, rabid animals and garish prints. For more inspo, be sure to watch the American Horror Story series with the same title.
Lay down the red carpet and make a Hollywood Walk Of Shame before asking everyone to arrive dressed as their favourite dead celebrity.
Challenge your friends and family into inventing the scariest monster or creature. It’ll be a graveyard smash!
Out Of This World
Let your house be abducted by aliens and deck it out like the inside of a UFO or a Roswell crime scene, which if you’re on a budget means a lot of tin foil and silver streamers. Lime green punch is a must!
Killer Halloween Costume Ideas
The backbone of a traditional Halloween, we’ve made the skeleton costume just a little bit more fashion with our hand painted blazers. Complete the look with cheekbone defining and super scary skull makeup.
Everyone's favourite sci-fi Netflix series, Stranger Things, is coming to Secret Cinema! With an array of lovabhle characters, there's plenty of costumes to choose from.
Browse our curated Stranger Things collection now to find your perfect costume, straight outta 1985.
Gone are the days of warty noses and green fingers, that look is over.
Another Netflix favorite, we’ve got on trend peter-pan collars and hooded capes for every teenage witch or wizard in our Halloween section.
The Girls from Booksmart
Booksmart stole our hearts and money when it hit cinemas this year, and we're not alone.
Nobody could stop talking about this movie - so pay tribute to your favorite heroines by donning a vintage boiler suit!
Other Spooky Ideas For Your Halloween Party
Get your guests the heebie-jeebies and show off your freakish dance moves with our special Halloween playlist with hours of grooving to Halloween classics and hidden gems.
Spooky Nail Art
An easy way for a subtle everyday nod to Halloween this month is with some scary nail art. Think cobwebs, eyeballs, bats, pumpkins and more!
Summon a subtly demonic look by tying your laces in a pentagram-like we did last year. Follow the tutorial here.
If you’ve enjoyed this, be sure to check out our 2019 Halloween Fancy Dress Ideas for some more spooky inspiration! Don't forget you can celebrate Halloween with Beyond Retro through an array of events we are hosting, and once the party is over you can recycle your Halloween costume back to us and receive £5 voucher!
Unless you've had your phone nicked or have been busy getting on with life, there's no doubt that Coachella 2018 was absolutely unmissable. From iPhone footage of Beyoncé giving us the performance of a lifetime to every influencer under the sun posing next to the iconic wheel, social media was truly coming down with festival fever.
What we were really checking out though were the dreamy ensembles, noting down our favourite 'fits for our future festival looks of our own this Summer. Check out eight of the best below and see how you can recreate their style with vintage picks from Beyond Retro.
1. Double Denim
Dove Cameron and her boo are true couple goals, not only are they wearing matching double denim but her face is literally painted on the back of his top. Time to bag yourself a vintage denim jacket from our store and get creative!
For those who didn't get the memo, visors are definitely in again. If you can't afford Dior, don't sweat it: we've got them in stock at all our stores and they'll soon be available online just in time for festival season!
3. Practical Layering
Sheer dresses not only allow for cheeky layering but are the absolute best for running freely through the festival, although vintage trousers are totally the better option for all you budding crowd surfers. Bring along a printed bomber jacket for when the sun disappears but before then, don't forget an essential pair of sunglasses.
4. Band Tees
Source: Kaitlyn Wilkins
There's no better time for a vintage band tee than at a festival, the perfect conversation starter for making friends in the campsite or merely repping your idols whilst they're performing right in front of you.
Accessories are everything and at Coachella, the more is truly the merrier. Load yourself up with bangles and feathers, transforming yourself into a dreamy daytime diva. Discover statement jewellery styles including earrings, chokers and more online.
5. Short Shorts
Everyone needs a good pair of denim cut-offs in their Summer wardrobe, perfect for both festivals and casual styling. We love that these besties have worn matching tiny shorts with a crop top to show off aspects of their own personality.
Baker boy caps and berets are the hottest trends this season. Not only do they look super cute but they'll shield your noggin from the harmful sun rays, meaning your outfit will be on fire but you won't literally be dying from heatstroke.
No festival is complete without boho and 70s hippy inspired outfits and this one is divine! We're totally digging the sheer bell sleeve two pieces but the cross body bag and cowboy boots really steal the show.
Feeling inspired? Shop vintage everything at www.beyondretro.com