Summer is here! If you’re passing by any of our Swedish stores, located in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö or Falkenberg - keep reading!
We've prepared an insider's guide to the areas around our Swedish stores. A guide with well selected staff favourites. Everything you need to spend time like a local.
First out: Zinkensdamm!
Beyond Retro Zinkensdamm
Welcome to our beloved Södermalm store - this shop is located on a back street to the lively, big Hornsgtan. The area is a relaxed and attracts creative people in all ages. Start off your day browsing out 15.000 plus hand-picked vintage- and seconhand pieces, before you go explore this cool neighbourhood :)
A short walk behind our store - you'll find what we would say is the best view of Stockholm, this lovely place is called Skinnarviksberget. Perfect for an after work or a picnic.
Cross Hornsgatan and you'll find Krukmakargatan. A cozy street with several cool concept stores and some bars.
We love speding time at Papercut, Krukmakargatan 24. A small space - but filled to the top with inspiring, international magazines. This place is for sure magazine heaven!
Further down Krukmakargatan 22, you'll find the hidden gem Bar Hommage. This cosy restaurant and bar is located in an old fire station. The interior is dreamy and gives us serious parisian vibes. Sitting outside with a glass of cava in the summer transforms Södermalm to Marais for a lil' while.
A plus that you can bring your dogs <3
Check out their instagram, @restauranghommage
Strollin' down Hornsgatan, you'll soon reach a small square named Bysistorget. This is a Beyond Retro favourite spot, and foremost we love Kaffebar, located at Bysistorget 6. Perfect for a good Swedish fika, and great for working/studying as well as catching up with friends.
Keep walking down Hornsgatan, towards Slussen, and you'll come to Mariatorget. A really idyllic area of Södermalm. Here you'll find great flowers and fruits, park life, cozy restaurants and concept stores. The area of Mariatorget is vibrant, but still chill - the perfect place to meet up and hang out with friends.
Enjoy your Södemalm visit! Soon to come, a guide to Stockholm City, Göteborg, Malmö and Falkenberg.
Lots of love,
Team Beyond Retro Zinkensdamm
The Hawaiian shirt is a true vintage classic, an iconic look that has lasted through the decades and is now a staple in the summer style staples. Whether you’re inspired by a retro film or your uncle’s holiday style, there’s no doubt that its influence is everywhere in fashion. So we’ve decided to delve into the history of this iconic shirt, from its origins to the big pop culture moments that have kept the Hawaiian shirt back to the forefront of men’s fashion.
The Origin of the Hawaiian Shirt
Even though Hawaii was self-governed in the 1880s there was still a massive presence of US-run businesses. Seeking cheap labour, American business owners recruited from all corners of the world, from China, Korea and Portugal, but most importantly to the Aloha shirt, Japanese immigrants.
Why was this important?
Aloha shirts have strong Japanese roots as these immigrants often brought with them bright kimono fabrics. Filipino and Chinese immigrants also play a role by bringing barong talongs, a type of traditional untucked shirt, and multicoloured silks.
These foreign influences, paired with Hawaiian native Kapa cloth clothes, were instrumental in creating the Hawaiian shirt.
Fast forward to the 1920s where Gordon Young, a student at the University of Hawaii, worked with his mother’s dressmaker to create a ‘pre-aloha shirt’. Using Japanese Yutaka cloth, known to be used by Japanese women for work kimonos. Patterns included blue or black bamboo and geometric designs on white backgrounds. Soon enough, these became popular with his classmates in Hawaii. Young later attended the University of Washington, bringing his shirts with him, turning heads aplenty and sparking a lot of fashion debate.
It wasn’t until the 30s that the Aloha shirt really started to increase in popularity. The key to this was Ellery Chun, a local businessman who had just graduated from Yale in 1931. He transformed a Chinese dry goods shop into the first mass producer of Hawaiian shirts, coining the term “Aloha-shirts” and making them a must-have of Honolulu.
The Mass production of Hawaiian Shirts
Shortly after, Hawaiian shirts went into mass production. Alfred Shaheen was at the forefront of this, during the 50s his textile company ‘Shaheen’s of Honolulu’ was the largest producing Hawaiian shirts in Hawaii. Aloha shirts for men were his big speciality, but his range also included sarong dresses for women, the first of their kind being made in large-scale. As sales boomed, Shaheen hired teams of artists to design new motifs for fabrics, with artists experimenting with prints and producing non-traditional coconut tree’s, oriental fish and surfers.
Other big names such a Kamehameha and Duke Kahanamoku, as well as Shaheen’s of Honolulu, helped turn the Hawaiian shirt from a novelty tourist item into a commercially traded product.
Our 6 Favourite Hawaiian Shirt Moments In Pop Culture
From Here to Eternity, 1953.
Hollywood in the 50s really embraced the shirt. Shaheen was big on celebrity endorsement, encouraging all the biggest Hollywood stars to wear his pieces, helping them break through to more mainstream fashion in America. They became immortalised on the silver screen with Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Montgomery Clift, and Burt Lancaster all wearing them in the 1953 movie classic, “From Here to Eternity.” making them a staple in movie fashion history.
Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii, 1961.
Elvis was THE style icon of his time, breaking boundaries in men's fashion throughout his career, capturing the imagination of the world. When the King of Rock n Roll starred in Blue Hawaii, he was the perfect model for Shaheen’s Hawaiian Shirts. Coupled with an iconic soundtrack and set in paradise, Elvis made the Hawaiian shirt the perfect item for a summer holiday on the beach.
Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I., 1980-1988.
This American crime drama set in Hawaiian became an overnight success, ranking in the top 20 TV shows in the US for most of the 80s. As the key character, Tom Selleck’s stardom exploded, and his relaxed summer style featuring multiple Hawaiian shirts in a dazzling array of colours and prints, along with short shorts, baseball caps and accessorised with lots of chest hair and a giant tash, became one of the most recognisable looks of the decade.
Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1994.
Just when you thought the Hawaiian shirt’s loud colours had been left in the 80s, the outlandish comedian Jim Carrey somehow brings it back for his bizarre character in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Not the most obvious source of style inspo, Carrey works an open Hawaiian shirt over a white t-shirt and flashy trousers making it modern, fun and wonderfully weird.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Romeo + Juliet, 1996.
This was quite possibly the best film of the 90s, with Baz Luhrmann adapting William Shakespeare’s classic without changing the language, but updating the location, music and style, taking it to dizzying heights of cool. Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his 90s heartthrob status for life in this film, and his beautiful collection of Hawaiian shirts, also worn by his crew The Montagues, showcase how to make this look effortlessly cool.
Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998.
A modern classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a trippy adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s American Dream novel that became a cult hit. Johnny Depp took his wardrobe into his own hands, managing to get a hand on items that really did belong to Thompson himself, including his iconic Hawaiian shirts. This bad boy take on the relaxed summer look was combined with hazy yellow sunglasses, bucket hats and converse, perfect for an endless, potentially trippy, summer.
How to style a Hawaiian shirt
Feeling inspired by our top classic Hawaiian shirt moments? We've chosen 3 easy styles perfect for everyday wear whether your off on holiday, having a weekend at a festival or just hanging out with your mates.
Hit the beach in a classic Hawaiian shirt and add some fresh colours to your holiday wardrobe. Whether you're looking for scenic beach prints, palm leaf patterns or a novelty parrot motif, we have a Hawaiian shirt for every occasion. Style with beach trunks or shorts for an easy breezy look to handle the heat.
Shop bold Hawaiian print perfect for a summer full of festivals. Layer over your favourite vintage t-shirt to put your own style stamp on this classic look. Don’t forget your favourite 90s sunnies to hide tired eyes!
Skater Street Style
This low key look is perfect for a weekend in the city, at the skate park or the pub. Pair with your trusty old pair of Vans and jeans and you’ve got a great look for day to night.
Already got your vintage Hawaiian shirt but it needs some TLC? Check out our vintage care guide to sewing a button to help you keep your item for longer!
1) The Puffer Coat
The one-stop shop to 90s fashion...the puffer coat. This popular piece has been around for as long as the 1930s and was first invented by Eddie Bauer, however, it mainly rose to fame in the ‘80s, when the streets of Milan were colourfully pathed with young fashionistas wearing bright colourful puffers.
The next wave of admiration was in the ‘90s, rap culture bought the jacket back to life, even bigger and better than before. In more recent times, we associate the puffer with the likes of Balenciaga and Vetements, it’s symbolic of streetwear fashion but can be worn with almost any outfit. Whether you're into sports brands like adidas, Nike, and North Face or designer looks like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, this is the ultimate outerwear must-have for your outdoor adventures.
1990s Zip Front Puffer Jacket
2) The Faux Fur Coat
The faux fur coat should be a staple of anyone's wardrobe, allowing you to instantly turn a drab outfit into something quite spectacular. Faux furs were created just a little over a century ago and offer a wide range of textures and colours which aren’t always available with real fur.
We love faux fur coats to add bright pops of colour for grey days, and plain, printed, long or short they always make an outfit really shine. The perfect winter warmer, the faux fur can also be worn to any event, totally exuding a glamorous luxe feel. Add a silk dress and a pair of Dr Martens for a grunge vibe.
3) The Wool Coat
This classic wool piece is a tailored coat which is typically knee length or longer, made from a heavy weight cloth. After being invented in the late 18th century this longline coat has had a steadiness of popularity, it is often associated with 1970’s skinhead and suedehead culture- often seen being paired with straight leg Levi’s and a Fred Perry polo neck.
Following on through to the ‘80s we see the item being used as a power piece, oversized with shoulder pads giving the jacket a new found edge. This coat today can often in different colours, textures and prints - as a staple go-to coat for anyone channelling some effortless chic style.
4) The Mountaineering Coat
Made for purpose then of course, redefined by fashion, mountaineering jackets as they are known today started to be made post World War II. There was a huge amount of surplus nylon, and that combined with the creation of synthetic fibres led to mountaineering coats that would be waterproof and windproof.
With modern textile tech such as gore-tex, these jackets are the ultimate outwear choice for keeping you warm, protected from all weathers whilst being hardwearing for a lot of outdoor activity. Mountaineering style inspired designers across the catwalks, and now with a strong dose of streetwear style, they work for relaxed sports casual look, without the need to climb anything.
5) The Shearling Coat
The shearling jacket can be traced back as far as the Stone Age, during this period it was used for covering oneself as it was light but extremely warm. Throughout time it was adapted and up until the Victorian Age was seen as a sign of wealth. The jacket then took on the form of a classic winter coat and hasn’t lost any popularity since. We often accredit the rise of the dark suede sheepskin to ‘80s Only Fools and Horses star Del boy, whose look is almost as iconic as the character himself.
But, but was made totally iconic by Penny Lane in Almost Famous, and now the famed shaggy coat is a staple of any Y2K wardrobe. This jacket has also found itself on the runway and often appears in Saint Laurent shows, offering a indie heaven for those seeking a creative look without sacrificing warmth.
What is Normcore Fashion?
Four years after the word Normcore was a runner-up for the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of The Year (losing out to 'vape'), it's time to untangle the surprisingly complicated meaning of the word 'normcore' along with its viral evolution and bizarre variations - menocore anyone?
The Origin of Normcore
The story begins way back in the dark ages of 2009 before Instagram even existed. A cartoonist named Ryan Estrada was invited to draw a guest strip for the comic Templar, AZ. He came up with a conversation about increasingly ridiculous subcultures, the punchline being 'Normcore. Dangerously regular dresses only in t-shirts and jeans, uses slang appropriated from other subcultures, but only three years after its first use, and only three years after it's been used in a sitcom'. Estrada promptly forgot the satirical poke at youthful tribes and got on with his life.
What Happened Next?
In 2013, unbearably cool trend forecasting agency K-Hole coined the term in their yearly report to describe a generation of youth that was over individualisation and into belonging. One NY Mag article later and the term was turned from a pensive description of a state of mind to a fashion trend that encompassed 'stonewash jeans, fleece, and comfortable sneakers' or off-brand New York ball caps... paired with turtlenecks, sweatpants, and boxy jeans'. The article cited Jerry Seinfeld as the unlikely icon of this new trend, and just like that the term went viral.
The Backlash of Normcore
By the beginning of 2014, the normcore style was already being decried as hipster nonsense, a cynical appropriation of pure intentions, a spoof, a massive in-joke. A fake trend that spun out of control. GQ spelt it out in bullet points with an article entitled '20 Reasons You, Normcore Guy, are an Idiot'.
Is Normcore Over?
By 2015, GQ, Highsnobiety and a host of other fashion publications had pronounced normcore dead. The trouble is, no-one paid attention. The runways have remained awash with normcore elements and the trend keeps resurrecting in new forms. 'Gorpcore' added puffer jackets, velcro and all sorts of sensible outdoor wear to the mix in 2017.
2018 saw a wave of windbreakers, bumbags and slides promptly christened 'tourist chic'. 'Dad style' celebrated tucked in t-shirts, pleated pants and pulled up socks. Most recently, this spring, Man Repeller announced 'menocore', a cross between menopause and normcore fashion. The trick is to dress like 'a mom in a Nancy Meyers movie or an eccentric ceramicist exiting her beach house studio,' or in other words, linen trousers and loose tops finished off with a scrunchie or bucket hat.
So... What Does Normcore Mean Again?
Ok, so. It's basically a response to the conspicuous consumption, fast fashion and logomania of the early 2010s, and just like the anti-fashion statements of minimalism and punk before it, it's become a trend of its own. The aesthetic - as well as the spirit - is a very nineties one, closely linked to slacker style, grunge and even heroin chic. Here are some loose rules.
Approved brands include Carhartt, Patagonia, Northface and Birkenstocks. Basically, all those things your Mum wears that you swore you never would. Vintage, obviously. This look should appear lived-in.
No overt logos, no glitz, nothing expensive (looking). The normcore style is about fitting in rather than standing out.
Nostalgia plays a key role, try and remember what you were wearing on a school trip in the mid to late nineties and buy grown-up versions of all of it.
If it's unisex, even better.
Three Normcore Inspirations
The former Céline designer embodies the chicest version of normcore, the anti-fashion fashion uniform of loose trousers, turtleneck, trainers and a ponytail.
The unlikely fashion icon is so celebrated for his functional looks that there's an entire Instagram account - @shiasoutfits - dedicated to them. Scroll for daily normcore inspo.
Seriously. Embodied here by America's Daddy Barack Obama, note the oversized polo shirt, the high-waisted jeans and the uncool trainers.
A Normcore Watchlist
Early seasons of Friends
Before the group got financially savvy and started working their dream jobs, the Friends gang all embodied their own unique takes on normcore. The styling of the show emphasised the approachable-ness of the characters - their struggles were realistic and so were their wardrobe budgets. Note especially Rachel's sweater and pyjama bottom combo in The One Where No-one's Ready, and the whole group's Thanksgiving football look.
Funny Ha Ha
Normcore's filmic counterpart is mumblecore, a genre of oddly charming, low budget, independent cinema in which everyone has very long, improvised conversations and little actually happens. The very first mumblecore film, Funny Ha Ha from 2002 follows the post-college life of Marnie as she journeys through a series of life challenges and dorky t-shirts that symbolise her struggle to become a grown-up. Pure normcore. Nineties precursors Reality Bites and Clerks can also provide some retro sartorial slacker inspiration.
Final Girls provide fertile ground for normcore inspo since practicality is everything in the struggle to avoid the masked murderer and survive 'til the end of the film. Watch Scream, the ultimate nineties slasher, for Sidney Prescott's simple sweater, jeans and sneakers combos, as well as her boring-chic selection of suede, leather and denim jackets, a new one in each part of the trilogy due to those tricky-to-get-out blood stains.
How to Dress Normcore
A lot has happened since the initial trend went viral, here's how to do normcore for 2018 in four simple steps.
Style it up for Summer
Ditch the puffer and the waterproofs and style this trend for summer with the help of some light wash denim, an over-sized sorbet coloured polo shirt and slides over socks if you want to go full on Dad chic.
While the trend started with sweatpants and baseball caps, this season's nod to sportswear takes the form of the fishing vest. If there's one normcore item to invest in, this is the one... but a bucket hat couldn't hurt either.
Forget jeans, the latest Mom accessory is the bag. Look for leather brands like Coach and Dooney & Bourke in sensible medium sizes for your A-Z and wet-wipes.
Make it Girly
Normcore is deviating from its unisex routes to encompass nineties grungy dresses and denim skirts. Pair the former with a checked shirt and the latter with a plain Champion sweatshirt for the perfect no-frills ensemble.
You can get more 90s Summer Pop Culture Inspiration in our blog, talking about our top 5 tv shows that keep the 90s alive.
Words Sarah Cleaver
From season to season, leather is key to compleating your look. From top to toe, vintage leather is a go-to for investment pieces that steal the show! Here’s how we style three key leather pieces.
We all know about that Ross from Friends moment, so best to choose wisely when picking your pair of vintage leather trousers. This is an easy way to take on the leather trend whether you go for the straight leg, or wide-leg fit, both perfect with a vintage pussy-bow blouse or throw over an oversized knit when you want to stay chic, but half less than 10 minutes to get out the front door.
One thing we can never get enough of and is every bit necessary for your wardrobe, a vintage leather skirt is way more versatile than you think. It can act as a blank canvas for your outfit or win everyone over as a focus point. Try a rollneck and mini skirt for a chic 60s inspired look, alternatively why not go for a midi? This look is perfect with a puff sleeve 80s blouse for a statement look.
The perfect unisex leather! Originally a symbol of rebellion, the classic leather jacket has now got a reputation for being a must-have item, whatever your style. Whether you prefer the classic biker look inspired by the bad boys and girls of the 1950s, a long 1970s coat or your opting for a boxy 1990s piece, all you need to do is pair it with your favourite Levi's! It’s the vintage investment piece of your dreams, so check out our huge selection.
Feeling inspired? Finish off your look with denim, and discover our ultimate denim guide here.
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.
Of course we’re probably not ready to admit it, but let’s be honest, we had that one week of sunshine everyday and now summer is over, it’s done, it’s time to move on. There is an upside to this of course though, it means we can start shopping for an autumnal wardrobe!
There’s some brands that endure seasons, styles and the fickle nature of trends; Ralph Lauren being a major one. Known for their preppy, New England style (can’t you just hear Vampire Weekend playing in the background?) you can’t go wrong with a good piece of vintage Ralphy. From the iconic logo to the simplicity of their jersey basics, Ralph Lauren is very versatile and eternally wearable.
So get ready to fill your wardrobe sustainably for autumn, here’s our top pick of the hardest-working vintage Ralph Lauren pieces that you’ll wear again and again and again and… you get it.
Top 5 Vintage Ralph Lauren Pieces For Autumn
1. Bomber Jacket
The perfect autumnal jacket; lightweight enough to see you through the last of the warm August evenings, but sturdy enough to wear the whole way through September. A good vintage Harrington jacket can be worn with a whole host of outfits and can be effortlessly dressed up or down- with a shirt and chinos for work or with jeans and trainers for a night out, there's nothing this jacket can't do (almost).
You don't need us to tell you that shirts are a staple piece, chances are you probably have a couple trusty, go-to's already in your wardrobe. A classic blue and white striped, Ralph Lauren shirt is such an iconic piece that can totally make an outfit instantly. Aside from the classic shirt and trousers pairing, an over-sized shirt makes a perfect piece to layer over your favourite tee with some corduroys or chinos; and we all know autumn is ALL about layering.
A classic. A staple. Effortless. Timeless. What else is there to say? The Ralph Lauren polo is synonymous with preppy style the world over. Whether your pair it with cargo pants and trainers for a modern twist or go classic in chinos or jeans you won't regret this investment.
You have to lean into the preppy-ness with this one. Experiment with layering classic pieces and muted tones to get the ultimate, sharp, day look. Pair dark, vintage jeans with a crisp white shirt and a cosy, Ralph Lauren jumper for a super sleek autumnal look; go the whole hog by starting every conversation with "I just got back from the cape."
BREAKING NEWS, this just in... jeans are still cool. Water is wet, the sky is blue, a good pair of jeans are the single greatest item of clothing you can own; some things are just obvious. In all seriousness, making sure you get a pair of jeans in a cut and length that suits you will take your look up a notch with minimal effort. For an on-trend autumnal wardrobe go for a pair that fits comfortably on your hips with straight-cut legs that finish just at your ankle, perfect for showing off your best shoes.
Feeling ready to head straight into autumn? Head over to our site and shop the freshest hand-picked selection of Ralph Lauren here. Of if you're after some more inspo check out our guide to dad chic and how to pull off the years hottest trend.
Words Eloise Gendry
As we say BUH-BYE to summer and start slipping into something a little more autumnal it's time to cast our eyes to the runway and see what trends are in store for the upcoming season. We're sure there's definitely a few comfy winter pieces hidden in your wardrobe that you're excited to dig out again, but freshening up your look with a few key pieces is a great way get prepped for a new season.
Maybe it's the cycle of fashion, or perhaps just how a lot of the world are feeling right now, but the overall feel for AW19 is pretty emo; with gothic touches, dark palettes and 19th century vibes. Put on your best pussy-bow blouse, slip into some lacy black tights and let's dive into winter.
Top 10 Trends For A/W19
1. Moody Florals
From Richard Quinn to Miu Miu, dark and wintery florals were all over the runways for A/W19. On pieces such as cape-like coats and flowing maxi-dresses there's no garment left untouched by the moody floral trend. Don't go putting your floral maxi's away just yet, try pairing them with thick woolen tights or socks and chunky boots for a autumnal twist.
A favourite among dads, farmers and fashionistas alike; cord has taken over as the fabric of the season this year. In rich caramel trousers at Alexa Chung and in a delicious, cobalt suit at A.W.A.K.E. Mode, we've been getting a serious craving for corduroy. Don't be scared by it's traditional roots, a pair of vintage cord trousers are surprisingly versatile and will see you through the season effortlessly. Pair with a vintage band tee or a loose-fitting blouse for a cool, casual, daytime look or with a sparkly top and faux fur coat for some serious 70s glam vibes.
Keep those chilled, summer vibes coming despite the turning weather. Tie-dye has been seen on runways from New York to Milan for the last few seasons and there's no sign of it going away. This trend is great because of it's simplicity and DIY nature. Either bag yourself a tie-dye tee to layer over a contrasting long-sleeve or find a pair of vintage joggers to tie-dye yourself. Bleach tie-dye is an especially fitting way to take the trend into winter as it involved removing colour from your palette rather than adding. #emo.
Sometimes you just don't need to mess with a classic. As soon as the temperature drops a couple of degrees tartan seems to spring up all over, for good reason! With a rich history behind the textile not only in its origin but it's adoption by the punk movement means that it's a fun and easy way to toughen up any autumnal look. Our favourite way to style a tartan skirt is with an over-sized sweater and as much black eyeliner as we can fit on our eyelids.
5. Layers upon layers
Layers to autumn are what florals are to spring; groundbreaking or not layered looks are still all over the runway for A/W19. Sometimes practicality can be stylish and why would we argue against that! Mix up your classic styling with a pair of vintage Levi's 501s, a baggy striped shirt worn hanging out of an over-sized hoodie and throw on a blazer to finish; so fashion.
Smart, tailored details will never go out of style and that's a fact. Heading into winter we often start to reach for comfy, rounded silhouettes but it can be a refreshing change to mix up your autumnal wardrobe with some sharp, tailored looks. At Adeam, Gucci and Eckhaus Latta, tailored shapes were on the agenda for 2019/2020, so take note and start looking for those perfect suiting pieces. It can be difficult to find perfect-fitting suits but search for some vintage pieces, whether herringbone, check or prince of wales and invest in getting them tailored to fit you perfectly. The ultimate way to get yourself a stand-out, custom piece without splashing the cash.
7. Rich Fabrics
Wrap up and feel like a glamorous starlet with in autumns most luxurious trend. Soft crushed velvets, buttery silks and satins paired with faux-fur and leathers come together for this season to make a multi-faceted and rich aesthetic. For inspiration look to brands such as Alexander Wang and Claudia Li for their subtle inclusions of luxurious fabrics.
8. Prairie Chic
Summer 2019 will forever be remembered as three months where yeehaw culture swept the fashion scene, taking it by storm with cowboy-inspired looks. As we move away from summer the wild western theme is still going strong but re-imagined for a more autumnal feel. Prairie chic is a girly and often floral-heavy interpretation of the cowboy trend which is perfectly suited for colder weather. Layers of floral and lace with leather touches and soft draped silhouettes are perfect for incorporating both the gothic floral and layering trends too. Longchamp and Maryam Nassir Zadeh are your go-to reference points for this trend, keep an eye out for maxi-length vintage floral dresses, lace tops and mid length boots.
Every season there area couple of colours that stand out and seem to be everywhere, we've had Millennial pink and Gen Z green but now we have two more colours de jour to fall in love with. The first colour of the season is lilac, whether you go head to toe like Balmain or add in touches of the hue like Mazarine, there's many ways to wear lilac for autumn.
The second big colour for the season is orange. Intimidating to some, maybe, but it will be everywhere this winter. In toned-down leafy tones or in near-neon vibrancy there's a whole lot of ways to wear it. Fashion East alum Charlotte Knowles showed gorgeously tailored, feminine pieces in layers of orange whilst Kenzo showed one of our new go-to winter looks; a bright woolen jumper layered under a flowing floral slip dress.
If you're feeling suitably wintery and in the mood to start putting together your wardrobe for A/W19 then head over to our In Bloom edit to shop A/W19 trend pieces or if you need a little more inspo for how to put together your winter wardrobe then check out our blog on our favourite vintage-inspired looks for autumn. Also check out our playlist below for the perfect soundtrack for autumnal shopping.
Words Eloise Gendry
History, and fashion, has a tendency to repeat itself. Cycles and recycles are a common thing in fashion, and they tend to happen every fifteen years. If we count back fifteen years from today, it would be 2004, the year of either incredible or terrible fashion, depending on your stance.
At Beyond Retro, we hold the incredible opinion of noughties fashion. And, as it is written in the stars, the trends of the early 2000s are back. Low-rise jeans, belly-button piercings, ugg boots and bedazzled mobile phones … we can’t get enough!
Join us on a trip down memory lane, as we relive some of our favourite noughties fashion moments and teach you how to become your very own noughties fashion icon.
Tracksuits were something of a holy grail in the early 2000s. The same notoriety we now hold for a Susanne Alexandra bag was once held for the Juicy Couture tracksuit. Dare we say, iconic?
Every it-girl, socialite and ex-disney star was photographed wearing Juicy Couture tracksuits in the noughties. Paris Hilton, B ritney Spears and Lindsay Lohan were all members of the Juicy bedazzled booty crew, being something of a Noughties streetwear du jour.
Outside of Juicy, the party girls were still prone to the trakkie. Usually an adidas three-stripe paired with a teeny tiny tank top and trainers. You can get this look yourself by snagging a vintage tracksuit, and embody the spirit of the party girls of yore.
2. Low-Rise Jeans
Low-slung denim was everywhere in the noughties. While we ushered in the high-waist trend of late with open arms, as it meant we no longer had to think of our underwear choices outside of ‘its comfortable and clean’, there’s something undeniably charming about low-rise jeans.
So care-free, so youthful, so fun! Normani, former member of Fifth Harmony, has released a new single called 'Motivation' - the video is chock full of incredible hip-hop choreography and low-rise jeans, reminiscent of the video vixens of the Noughties.
You can work this look with our favourite noughties import by pairing a pair of low-rise jeans with a baby-tee and baby hairs.
3. Tiny Handbags
Handbags had the flexibility to be smaller in the noughties. We relied on our mobile phones less, and as demonstrated by Paris Hilton no many, many occasions - the flip phone could be clipped onto the waistline of your Juicy Couture tracksuit!
This meant that bags in the noughties were tiny because, well, there was nothing to carry in them except for lip gloss! You can take inspiration from this trend with our great selection of vintage bags, available in store and online. For a modern twist, try our micro-beaded pouch, big enough for your phone this time round!
4. Silver Chain mail
We are aware that we have used Paris Hilton as an example three times in a row now, but Paris Hilton was that girl in the early 2000s. Basically every trend, she started, and silver chain-mail was no exception!
Worn famously at her 21st birthday party, accessories with a cloud of smoke and a posse of friends, silver chain-mail was perhaps one of the more glamorous of the noughties. The era leaned towards casual, but with chain-mail they made an exception.
To save you from getting bored and looking at another picture of Paris Hilton, however, we instead direct your gaze to J-Lo who rocked the trend. Re-create this look with our very own chain-mail halternecks.
5. Bucket Hats
There was certainly a vibe for mixing the high with the low in the noughties, and that’s where the bucket hat came in. Now, the bucket hat is associated with Oasis wanna be’s and strangers who ask you for a spare cigarette in the park, but back then they were the peak of luxe.
They were often adorned with designer monograms and luxurious fabrics and, you guessed it, were often worn on the red carpet…
You can incorporate this spirit into your daily wardrobe with an animal print bucket hat. Glamorous, camp and chic!
6. Cargo Pants
Cargo pants were the ugly-chic trousers of the Noughties. Worn on everyone, from Britney Spears to Ashley Tisdale (aka: superstars to tweenagers), they were the skinny jean of the age!
Worn at all noughties hot spots - frozen yoghurt places, night clubs, red carpets - the cargo pant was a wardrobe assasin!
Cargo pants perhaps made up for the size of their tiny handbags, with pockets and space galore!
Bandannas were more than simply large handkerchiefs in the early 2000s. They really found their spotlight.
Bandannas moonlighted as tops, hats, skirts and jewelry during the noughties - they were everywhere and they were everything. Bandannas have certainly seen a comeback lately, with cool girls around town wearing them in their hair and everywhere else appropriate.
We have a large variety of assorted bandanna in our stores!
8. Platform Shoes
Platform shoes were a 90s import for the early 2000s - and our love for the trend has not died down.
We love to pair ours with mini-skirts and the colour pink, for a 90s inspired noughties look suitable of the platform shoe.
9. Pink (or alternatively: Lime Green)
These colours defined the early 2000s. The colours pink and lime green were everywhere, and they made an outfit.
Pink or lime green was almost like the blonde or brunette of the time, and each person's colour choice made a statement.
You can rock this look today by sporting a vintage head-to-toe look in your preferred colour, to look like the Mean Girls extra of your wildest dreams. Pair with a Frappucino for bonus points.
10. Layered Dresses
No offence if you layer dresses and skirts and dresses over jeans and trousers in 2019, but we’re throwing in this trend purely for giggles.
I dare you to look at this photograph of Ashley Tisdale and NOT laugh.
Now you’ve got the look down, head to our blog to listen to our Noughties playlist featuring all our favourite tunes from the decade!
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As we arrive in festival season, start donning our wellies and prepare to smell VERY bad for four days straight, the eternal question arises - “What do I wear?!” When it comes to festival dressing, the skill is in finding the right balance between stylish and practical - no one will care how fancy or extravagant your look is when you’re in a mosh pit. We’ve put together all the best celebrity festival style and some essential items for you all in one handy list, we’re nice like that! So worry no more about what to pack and just focus on how you’re going to get through the weekend on four hours of sleep.
Celebrity Festival Style Inspiration
Loose, light layers are the key to festival dressing. Whilst weather reports can never be trusted, a trusty vintage camouflage jacket can be. Layer over a sporty hoodie, cut-off denim shorts and some black fishnets for the ultimate grungy look. This look works perfectly with a pair of vintage Doc Martens, or a sturdy pair of wellies
Queen of festival dressing, Alexa Chung, knows how to pull of the ultimate chic festival look. Grab your favourite vintage tea dress and a cropped denim jacket and you’re good to go. Finish the look with a pint in one hand and falafels in the other.
Alia Shawkat shows you how to put together the best, laid-back festival look that works on and off the field and will see you through summer. Vintage patterned trousers, a lacy bardot top and a wide-brim boater - practical and stylish. A vintage hat such as a boater will keep the sun off your face and keep you cool whilst watching bands and soaking up the sun.
Wild Western Styling
This western-inspired look speaks to us on a spiritual level. A bubble-gum, pastel coloured skirt and vintage leather jacket is a perfect combination which perfectly balances practicality and style. A long, flowing dress or skirt will keep you cool (and is ideal for when those portaloo lines are just TOO long) whilst the jacket means you can keep partying into the evening without getting chilly. This look works with wellies, doc martens, or if you’re brave enough, Converse.
An outfit you could easily wear for the whole festival and still remain as effortlessly stylish in - a trusty pair of vintage dungarees. Mix and match printed denim with a clashing vintage tee underneath, or stay cool by opting for a cotton crop top. You can embrace the western style and add a pair of cowboy boots or just opt for your most hard-wearing pair of wellies!
Follow after Florence Welch’s lead and find the flounciest, lacy gown you can and pair them with a simple pair of vintage boots for a simple but effective look. We suggest a vintage white number but brave yourself for the mud! A maxi dress is one of our ultimate summer must-haves as there’s very few occasions where it wouldn’t work.
A playsuit is one of our favourite summer go-tos especially for those days when you just can’t be bothered; which is why a patterned vintage playsuit is the ultimate day-three-of-a-festival piece. Add a denim jacket or tie a sweater around your waist for the inevitable grey moments and finish with some giant sunglasses and a splatter of eco glitter to cover up those dark circles and a multitude of sins.
If you were on Tumblr between 2007 and 2010 (if you weren't then you missed out) Alice Glass is almost certainly one of your first style icons and tbh she has good festival style. No fuss, just a classic vintage band tee and a denim skirt, goes well with a denim vest and last-nights smudged eyeliner. Low-key, laid-back, très punk.
At Beyond Retro we absolutely L O V E a bit of animal print, so of course we think this Pixie Geldof Glastonbury look is to-die-for. A loose-fitting printed dress will give you plenty of room to move and groove your way through the festival, whilst a vintage scarf is the perfect accessory for covering up a greasy mop. Edgy sunglasses are essential, as is a vintage black denim jacket.
2019 Festival Must-Haves
A Camouflage Jacket
Super versatile and perfect for every kind of festival, you can't go wrong in camo.
A Bucket Hat
Stay dry and stay cool with a practical and super cute bucket hat.
It doesn't hurt to pack a little something extra in your bag for when the mood takes you and you want to fully embrace the festival spirit.
Cover up the signs of no sleep with a chic, statement pair of sunnies.
Every one loves to add a little sparkle to their festival look but make sure you're doing it in a sustainable way! This Eco Glitter biodegrades so won't pollute the water when you wash it off.
A Versatile Sweatshirt
Perfect for chilly evenings and for making sure you don't get caught out in the changeable weather, a vintage sweatshirt will take you through the day and through the whole summer - layer over dresses, with floral skirts, denim shorts or dungarees. There's a million ways to wear it.
The perfect summer wardrobe piece to throw on in the morning and take you dancing through the day and well into the small hours. Whether you where yours over a crop top, a sequin bandeau or a printed tee shirt it'll work for you. Make sure to check out our long and short versions as well as our selection of reworked vintage dungarees.
If you’re in the festival spirit then check out our blog on our top 10 best British festival moments and why we don’t care about Coachella. Alternatively head over to our curated festival edits for all your summer wardrobe essentials.
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?