As thousands of beautifully dressed visitors hit the dancefloor for a weekend of vintage fun you’ll come across all kinds of fashions, from 1940s land girls and sharply suited gents, to denim clad Rock 'n' Rollers and cool 60s-style couples. If you'd like to join in the fun of dressing vintage, but need a little help with your outfit, don’t worry - read on for some handy tips and advice to help you to create and easy and aauthentic vintage outfit for your visit.
The most iconic look of the 1920s for women is the Flapper girl with her sharply bobbed hair and short beaded dresses. However, the 1930s favoured fluffy, waved hairstyles and long bias cut dresses in luxurious fabrics. For men the look was smart and can be easily re-created with a white shirt and tailored trousers.
Women’s fashions of the time favoured a simple tea dress or a skirt suit. You can accessorize your suit with a faux fur stole and felt hat for an easy look. 3-piece suits were fashionable for men along with the trilby hat - or you can try a more casual, shirt and knitted sleeveless jumper look.
From the full skirts over layers of petticoat to the figure-hugging wiggle dress, the 1950s has a lot of fun styles to inspire you. Why not try a bright summer dress or go for a more casual vintage denim look with rolled up jeans and t-shirt, add a headscarf in the hair for a splash of colour. Men can opt for a suit, or go casual in denim and a bold shirt.
Ladies fashion in the early 60s was classic, so you may be inspired by the pastel suits worn by Jackie O. You can also look to the fashions of Carnaby Street and try a bold geometric print dress or bright dress and tights combo a la Mary Quant! Men could go for The Beatles style slim fit suit or a bold print shirt.
Whilst we have plenty of vintage hair and makeup salons on-site, some of you may like to have a go yourself at creating an authentic vintage look. We've put together some tutorials on how to re-create the most iconic hairstyles from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, as well as a simple but classic makeup look. Just click on one of the images below to get started!
While we do encourage our festival goers to have fun and get into the spirit of the event, as a friendly vintage festival we promise you will feel welcome whatever you choose to wear!