GOODWOOD REVIVAL: NIKKI REDCLIFFE, INSTAGRAM VINTAGE ICON SHOWS US HOW TO BE GLAMOROUS AND STRESS FREE
As September calls, and nights draw in, the perfectly coiffed vintage devotees descend in their thousands to Goodwood Motor Circuit, to celebrate the annual Goodwood Revival Vintage Motoring festival.
If you have never had the luxury of attending this event, you have missed out, for Goodwood Revival is not only a celebration of classic cars, but a glamorous homage to fashion from the golden era of the 1940s, 1950's and 1960's. Revellers and car enthusiasts alike don their carefully curated outfits with such attention to detail that you actually feel like you have walked through a time warp, even the venue is decorated in the bygone style, with the old 1950's Tesco taking centre stage at the 2014 event. It is a real feast for the eyes. This year is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, as Goodwood Revival is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary.
For those with money to burn, Bonhams offers a spectacular classic car auction, which has been known to sell some very famous cars such as Chris Evans 1963 Ferrari 250 ‘Lusso’ for £1,250,000. The track will be graced by racing drivers and celebrities showcasing their fabulously expensive cars and racing for the prestige of screeching around Madgewicks Corner.
I met with winner of Goodwood Revival's Best Dressed competition and judge for this years C9moetition, Instagram pin up and vintage model, Nikki Redcliffe to get her style advice on perfecting Goodwood's vintage stress free glamour. When you meet Nikki it is easy to see how people fall in love with this era, the clothes are incredibly feminine and fit beautifully.
Nikki has a phenomenal style, the kind that you see in films, she is the epitome of vintage, famed for wearing original designer pieces. Nikki's impeccable taste and keen eye for sourcing incredible vintage outfits has earned her a huge Instagram following and after a tour of her wardrobe, I can confirm that she has the most spectacular vintage collection that I have ever seen, and yes I am slightly jealous.
Nikki's style tips
- If you are unsure where to start, always have a look on Pinterest as it offers you a great base to work from. It will allow you to see how an outfit is pulled together.
- Always start with the hat, I truly believe that it is much easier to then source a dress that matches. If you can't find a hat, then at the very least use hair flowers or book to get your hair done at Betty's Revival Salon. To book click here
- Plan to be weather appropriate. I have been to many Revivals, and the weather is unpredictable.
- If you are going for the 40's look it should be big shoulders, narrow waist and fitted skirts. and always accessorise with gloves and a hat.
- Alternatively, the 40's had some beautiful wide leg trouser suits which can be styled with a lovely cardigan and a contrasting head scarf or hat.
- For a simple 50's look, I would choose rolled up jeans and a retro jacket. I would also suggest that you style this look with a hair scarf and some cute wedges.
- Alternatively, a 50's dress with a full skirt would be a great option, you can get the most beautiful net petticoats online, they allow the skirts to hang correctly and really complete the look. For this look I would also choose some simple accessories such as a wide belt or some pearls.
- For 1960's there are some very pretty dresses, slightly short and styled with amazing retro knee high boots. Hair should be styled in a beehive or a bob, although personally, I don't think of the 1960's as vintage as I lived through it.
- If it is the Land Girl look that you are after, I would suggest that you buy some overalls, a pair of wellies, a hair scarf and a tool bag. The accessories are what will finish the look and there are many outfits online, with Ebay paving the way. Also Goodwood offer some amazing overalls for the gentlemen among us. Click here to purchase
- Only go for military attire if you know your subject. I only say this, as it is very easy to get it wrong unless you are an enthusiast.
There are many places that offer vintage outfits, try Etsy, Ebay, and charity shops or a Facebook page called OOH LA LA. For new reproductions try Collectif, Beyond Retro, Freddie's of Pinewood, Vivien of Holloway, Pretty Kitty Fashion, Pretty Eccentric or Trashy Diva.
As for make up, I would always suggest a bright red lipstick, it instantly adds a touch of glamour to any outfit.
Lastly don't be afraid to experiment, there is never a right or wrong. It should always be fun.
I think that’s all for now folks!