Graduation Glam – How to dress vintage for your prom

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?! Exams are over, finals are finished and it’s time for students everywhere to look forward to the best part – graduation!

Whether you’ve come to the end of your degree, finished your A Levels and GCSE’s or are simply looking to celebrate getting through another academic year, chances are there is a big soiree to be had. While there are plenty of pretty frocks and tailoring to be had on the high street, if you’re after something truly special, vintage is the way to go. Here’s our guide on how to get the best retro party look, from decades 1950-1990. Still want more inspiration? Why not head to one of our affordable vintage fairs or kilo sales to seek out your own party outfit?

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image courtesy of westonhistory.com

1950s
For a true 50s look, there is only one direction – wide and out! Think big, delicately coloured full skirts that skim the calves, nipping in at the waist. Pair yours with demure heels and pearls, and top off with an updo – our lovely vintage Barbarellas will be able to show you how!

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1960s
Circle skirts were still hugely popular in the swinging sixties, but more vibrant colours began to be added into the mix. To create a look that nods to the era, think carefully about your accessories – gently flicked hair held back with an alice band, and matchy-matchy handbags, gloves and corsages. If knee length isn’t your thing, go for a full length dress – just remember to belt in that waist and get your date a matching flower!

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image courtesy of people.com

1970s
By the time we reached the 1970s, pastels were completely out – the 70s was the era of technicolour for both men and women! While you don’t need to go full on Saturday Night Fever, the traditional satins and tulles aren’t your only option – check out this picture of Ellen Degeneres and her date at a 1976 high school prom.

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1980s
The 80s prom-look is not for the faint hearted – we are talking some serious shoulder pads! Keep things traditional in a floor length silk or velveteen off the shoulder number, or go more alternative with a bubble-hem mini bandeau – bonus points if you pair it with mesh gloves. For men, only full suit and tails will suffice – pale grey, baby blue and yellow were all popular tux shades of the decade.

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1990s
In the 90s, things suddenly became a lot sleeker, with spaghetti strap tube dresses and simple updos – two curly tendrils hanging loose , of course – becoming the order of the day. If in doubt, merely look to the style inspiration of Kat from classic movie 90s 10 Things I Hate about You. Male dressing was just as easy to achieve – a basic suit (sans tie) with slicked back hair and you were good to go.

Are you planning on wearing vintage for your prom! Be sure to send us some pictures on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk!

Flower Power!

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Everybody deserves a treat day out from time to time, and at Judy HQ, we’re taking ours in style – we’re off to The Chelsea Flower Show! We can’t wait to sample the succulents, frolic amongst the foliage – and who knows, even spot a celebrity or two! But don’t get too jealous – we’ll be sharing all the fun with you all over on Instagram – give us a follow here.

Naturally of course, we’ve agonised for quite some time over what to wear, and have lost many hours to Pinterest and our favourite vintage trader websites in the process! To get yourself in the mood for your own summer treat, holiday or simply an update to your home or wardrobe, check out our moodboard below and book yourself into one of our upcoming events!

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EVENTS

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA -May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

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Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

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New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

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Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

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Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

Power dressing like a politician

Margaret Thatcher's Suits - Image Courtesy of The Guardian

Margaret Thatcher’s Suits – Image Courtesy of The Guardian

Whether your political beliefs are left, right, undecided or somewhere in the middle, this week’s UK general elections are set to be a great watch. With the race too close to call, we at Judy HQ have found ourselves quite swept away with the campaign trail, counting down the days till polling day on May 7th.

While we’ll be keeping our voting choice to ourselves, one thing we do love to share is of course, our love of political fashion. Vivid colours, strong tailoring and bold structures are all a vital part of power dressing, and something that is easily to achieve for yourself by following our simple steps…

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While the male politician is normally consigned to a choice of black, blue, grey or brown suit, female politicians have often been known for their ability to pull off every colour of the rainbow. A good skirt suit is the perfect way to power dress with pride. Bonus points for matching shoes, neck scarf and of course, some serious shoulderpads. Our Judy’s traders are well stocked up with fab two pieces – now you just have to decide on your favourite hue!

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Show off your pearly whites
Nothing says ‘don’t mess with me’ like a simple string of pearls. Classy and elegant, simple accessories complement a political outfit without seeming fussy or too informal. Power dressing is all about clean, structural lines, so keep things to a minimum – one necklace and one set of earrings maximum.

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Getting shirty
For men and women, a well pressed shirt is the foundations upon which a smart outfit can be built. Historically, a rolled up sleeve on the campaign trail indicates a level of ‘normal man on the street’, but a similar flash of personality can be just as easily achieved by a statement pussybow collar or interesting pattern. The Vintage Kilo Sale is a great place to rummage for unique button-downs – just remember, a jazzy print should always be dressed down with a smart suit!

Fancy bagging your own campaign clothing? Check out our full list of events here.