Goodwoody Styling

>> My brain is currently haunted by a particularly nasty nightmare that I had in my four hour sleep time before I had to get up for my flight to Stockholm which means I seem to have nothing to write about Vintage at Goodwood that doesn't express fear or weird visions of a 50s lady hanging in a room.  I'm therefore going to split it all up as I wanted to get the streetstyle bits of the post up before I even talk about the festival itself.  Given that I only had a day and wasn't interested in acquiring clothes to add to my already packed-away wardrobe (new wardrobe coming on Friday!), the bulk of my day at Vintage at Goodwood was spent people watching and there were plenty of them in all manners of 'vintage' dress to be found.  On the whole, I found the 50s-60s decades were predominant in popularity though pretty much every decade billed on the festival was represented in some way – I still say Mad Men has something to do with it even if BBC4 aren't showing super high ratings.  I say 'vintage' in quotation marks because the outifts ranged from vintage-inspired to actual vintage to touches of vintage in accessories etc…

It was fascinating to see how different groups of people from hardcore vintage lovers to non-vintage-doers responded to the festival through their outfits, and the spirit of 'dressing up' definitely permeated the latter, with very few in their 'normal' clothes.  Some made a truly stellar effort, outfitting young children and really going to town with every minute detail.  Yet I suppose the element of 'dress up' was always there and I suppose I tried to snap the people who looked like they somehow 'lived' with their mode of dress as opposed to it being a one-off experience.  Still, with a festival that set itself up to try and please as many people as possible, I suppose the 'mix' in the crowd was to be expected and in someways contributed to the success (or what I perceived to be success in terms of the 'jolliness' of it all…).

More thoughts on the festival to come after I get rid of this nightmare hangover…

And yes, FULL CREDIT goes to Tommy of Jak and Jil here in photography style – I'm a SHIT photographer.  The pits.  I once made someone physically CRY because I was so crap at taking their photograph.  I did the best I could with these ones but there is a reason why this category with my own 'Bubble Snaps' is so empty.  I'll leave it to the maestros like Mr Ton save for this one occasion where he wasn't around to snap it all up…























21 Replies to “Goodwoody Styling”

  1. So many amazing outfits. I am definitely going to be putting more thought into my outfit for next year.
    I loved all the headwear especially, almost everyone seemed to have a hat or fascinator (or just the most amazing vintage hair styles)

  2. I think Dita Von Teese & Burlesque has more to do with the promotion of the 40/50’s look than Joan from Mad Men.
    And it’s also more suited to curvy woman – I’ve primarily worn it since I was 16 because it suits my body shape and it’s a very glamorous look.
    60’s and 70’s are harder looks to achieve and look good in (more suitable for thinner and boy shapes)

  3. I like the crochet skirts shot – very sweet.
    Have you ever been to The Chap Olympiad before? Amazing, all out vintage audience and participants. Such style.

  4. SUSIE !
    this post kills me – your voyeurism is getting epic! Tell me you took all these lol.
    It is times like this I am devastated to live amongst the Western World …
    A) because, unfortunately, Toronto does not have enough enough vintage thrills from other counties, and
    B) because we don’t have enough heritage to hold our own [ vintage fashion sense anyway].
    I also love the orange side bag, very pretty … and of course, your sly photo taking skills!

  5. Love the rich colours, the excessive accessorising, the relaxed atmosphere. Most of all, I love the juxtaposition of the vintage(looking)outifts in the foreground and the modern(looking)people in the background! ‘Dress up’ or ‘live in’ looks great anyway!

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