Retro Inspiration from London Fashion Week SS16

We’d be a little hypocritical at Judy HQ if our personal wardrobes weren’t at least 90% vintage, but we’re sure we’re not alone in getting a wee bit excited everytime LondonFashion Week rolls around. A veritable whos-who of front-rowers, the street style, the soundtracks and wacky hair and makeup…we love it all! While we were not lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week ourselves this year, we did enjoy picking our favourite retro-inspired styles out on the Vogue website. Tres chic…

orla kiely ss16Orla Kiely
Kilo Manager Jenessa is a huge fan of Orla Kiely and her 60s-inspired floral prints, so it was no surprise to find her coveting almost everything from the collection! Set amongst a crazy golf scene, purple pastels held their own against vibrant yellows and of course, THAT clarks footwear collaboration. We best get saving our pennies…

holly fulton ss16Holly Fulton
Feeling more seventies? Studio Fulton is your place to be. We loved the autumn-pallette-meets-summer-shapes that makes this collection so wearable all year round. Catch us in that flare and blouse combo…or maybe a statement dress or two…we can’t decide!

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Jeremy Scott
Lead designer at Moschino, Jeremy Scott has been a kitsch favourite for a while. This season, he took things to the 80s height of Barbie once more, contrasting with edgy prints and neon colours. Not for the faint-hearted, but those electric blue boots have our heart.

mansur gavriel 2Mansur Gavriel
The colours, the prints, the super-cool models…we’re in love with everything about this Italian accessory designers collection. While the emphasis was on the shoes and bags, we can’t help but wish they’d whip up those pinafores for consumer sale as well…we want every colour!

Feeling inspired to grab some fashion-forward garments for your wardrobe? We’ve got a vast calendar of kilo sales and fashion fairs to get you kitted out in the sort of retrowear that will be influencing the catwalks for years to come. Let’s face it, vintage never goes out of style! Check our events tab for more information.

Fri 25th September – Leeds Freshers Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Cardiff Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 27th September – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Thursday 1st October – UCLU Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 3rd October – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 4th October – Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 10th October – South London Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair

AW15 Vintage Essentials

Autumn is here – are we the only ones who are sneakily a bit pleased? We love summer as much as the next person, but there’s something about layers and snuggly fabrics that get us a little bit excited. Plus of course, autumn marks the return of fair, flea AND kilo season – result!

When it comes to decking out your wardrobe for AW15, it can be easy to get swept up in new trends you’ll only wear once or rely on tatty favourites that are falling apart at the seams. Wearing vintage is all about quality and finding style over fad trends, which is why it’s such a great investment for colder months. To avoid a room full of clobber or regret purchases, here is our checklist of the key items to look out for at our upcoming events –

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.27.08Warm Coat
A good coat is a winter essential. While a Princess or Pea shape might be desirable for formal events, we recommend a strong sheepskin or faux fur/fur trimmedpiece of outerwear for true warmth that will last you seasons to come. If you’re partial to a trend, look out for a leather or suede trench – these can also be deceptively cosy if layered well with a good knit.

Pussybow BlousePussybow Blouse
The pussybow is a classic vintage style – dress up with a smart skirt or down under dungarees or a pinafore. Bonus points for busy patterns and prints – the more fun the better!

Check Skirt

Tartan or Woolen Skirt
You simply can’t go wrong with a good tartan or check print skirt – look out for wool or thick woven fabrics to keep yourself cosy. These look great with blouses, tightly fitted jumpers and brogues.

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.01.15Statement Jumper
Speaking of jumpers, we love a statement sweater! These always room in a wardrobe for a few plain numbers, but we’re a fan of the quirkier prints…just remember to keep an eye out for those bobbles!

Doc Martens

Brogues or Doc Martens
We at Judy’s love a good heel or mule, but there’s nothing worse than cold feet in the autumn. Spare yourself the heartache by investing in a sturdy pair of brogues or doc martens – they may take some wearing in but will keep out any adverse weather with ease. Even better – they go with everything!

Skirt SuitSkirt Suit
For days where you want to look effortlessly retro, a good skirt suit can save you plenty of dressing-up time in the morning. Wear yours with a simple plain top underneath instead of a blouse – it will stop things looking too formal. Keep an open mind when shopping for your skirt suit – some simple and affordable tailoring can turn a great fabric into a showstopper.

Sturdy luggage

Versatile Handbag or Case
for travel, for the office, for sneaky shopping trips…a good-sized bag is an essential. We love doctor, trunk and hardcase styles, but feel free to experiment – as long as it’s big enough to fit the kitchen sink, it’s probably a keeper!

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.32.35Coloured and thick knit tights
Available from very low prices and in a multitide of patterns and finishes, a good set of tights can elevate a plain outfit. Opt for ones with plenty of stretch and be sure to follow the proper washing instructions – nobody likes baggy elastic!Emily Party Dress

Party Dress
The pièce de résistance of any Autumn Winter wardrobe, the party dress is a must. For Halloween, Christmas and New Years, you need sparkles, embellishments and most of all, a good fit. Our events offer a multitude of opportunities to pick up your sartorial soulmate – just check out fair manager Emily in her array of Judy’s festive frocks!

Fancy doing some shopping? Check out our ‘events’ tab here for a fair, flea or kilo near you!

Postcards from Festival Number 6

Festival season is over – boo hoo! We can’t believe we’re already packing away our tents for another year, but what a summer it has been! We’ve loved every second of meeting our customers in muddy fields, dancing at sunset and donning as much glitter as humanly possible – it’s a hard life eh?

We rounded things off with possible our most picturesque home yet – Portmeirion’s Festival No. 6. Set amongst the beautiful welsh countryside, the sun shone bright (for the most part) and we caught some great bands including one of our absolute inspirations Grace Jones. You didn’t let us down either, picking up some great bargains and sharing a gin or two with us in our marquee.

Until next time, check out some of our festival snaps below…11987108_10207527055878882_8706415151865920732_n

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Formica Fancy – The Best in Retro Tables

Maybe it’s the autumn air or the slowly darkening evenings, but we’re feeling very nesty at Judy HQ of late! Tinkering away at your home interiors is a never-ending process with new treasures to be found along the way – both our kilo and fair manager’s have recently moved into new homes and are enjoying the process of decorating their new abodes in vintage glory.

However, if there is one thing your home need for a retro look, it’s a spot of formica. Invited in 1912, the hard-wearing, wipe-clean laminate became hugely popular in home from the 1950s onwards, available in a variety of bright colours. We have our very own legendary red formica in our Judy family – bought from a trader by Judy herself and passed down to Kilo Manager Jenessa, we think it looks just perfect in her new flat!

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Feeling the formica love for yourself? Hot foot it down to one of our vintage fairs or furniture fleas – our traders regularly have a rainbow of cool colours for you to choose from.You can view all upcoming dates here. And don’t just stick to tables either – formica can be found in great clocks, worktops and chairs. Check out our inspiration board below!

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