What to wear!

The World Cycling Revival Style Guide

To its patrons, the Great Cycling Revival is an excuse to dress-up to-the-hilt in the vintage inspired fashions and style of the period covered (1920s, 30s & 1940s), so here’s our little guide to dressing the part if you fancy popping along and hanging out by the track…

Since amazing prizes could be won for best dressed and being dressed in theme will gain you access to all areas of the event, it is also a great opportunity to enjoy the event even more.

Below are a few ideas to get you started:-

Ideas for 1920s Fans

The era of art deco, the flapper and the boyish look. This decade can be chic and elegant or decadent and full glam. The silhouette in the 1920s was boyish with a drop waist. You can have a lot of fun with the 1920s look!

Hair: was cropped close or in a bob. (a clever up-do can make a faux bob – there are plenty pop tutorials on you-tube)

Makeup: (inspired by the silver screen) was smoky eye and dark lip.

Accessories: cloche hat, long gloves, long pendant necklace, art deco jewellery

Shoes: Mary-Jane or T-bar

Idea 1: 1920s – Gatsby Gone Wild

This look is your opportunity to take opulence to a new level. This is the flapper look – beaded, bejewelled and fringed or sumptuous velvets and chiffons. Jewellery is abundant and headwear often adopted.

Idea 2: 1920s – Coco Chanel Chic

Hailed by Coco Chanel, black became fashionable and so did comfortable, simple drop waist styles. This era saw the start of the ‘Little Black Dress’. This is a really classy look and can combine an elegant drop waist dress with cloche hat and long pearls.

Ideas for 1930s Fans


The 1930s was a well dressed decade. It makes us think of bias cut gowns, tweed suits, flounces and frills. It had many contrasts with the 1920s – the waist has returned and curves are in vogue again. The 1930s, however, also saw the birth of ‘sports casual’ clothing for women when outdoor exercising was encouraged and adopted. Off the peg clothing was gaining pace and despite the economic problems of the decade – fashion was more available and very influenced by the silver screen.

The hair: is still short but more natural and often curled.

Makeup: is simpler than the 1920s but the main focus was a very thin eyebrow and a strong lip.

Accessories: are abundant: faux fur, gloves, scarves and a tilt hat or beret to top of your outfit.

1930s Idea 1:- Trouser Style

If comfort is your thing and you are seeking a trousers style – then this might be the look for you! The new sports casual styles of the 30s often took the form of sailor themes. Very wide trousers with bib fastening, boat neck top or sailor blouse. Pair with a beret


1930s Blouse & Slacks

1930s Idea 2:- Hollywood Glam

In need of a boost and some escapism during the great depression, ladies flocked to the cinemas to see what their favourite stars were wearing. From slinky evening wear is silly satin to practical and stylish tweed or wool suits.

Ideas for 1940s Fans

When we think of 1940s fashion, we probably think of the glamour of the 40s Pin Up and the practical styles of the wartime Land Army Girls. We think of ultra feminine 1940s tea dance dresses in floral prints, wedge shoes and brogues. The fashions were of course, influenced by the war and economic situation and so fashion was practical.

Makeup: subtle winged eyeliner, red lip

Hair: 1940s hair is definitely the iconic element of this era – but can easily look silly if not done right. Avoid victory rolls and try the 40s poodle or pageboy with hair flowers.. check out instruction videos on youtube.

Accessories: seamed stockings/tights, hat or snood, diamanté jewellery

Shoes: brogues or sandals wioth a platform

1940s Idea 1: Home Front Honey

The is a great style for those who seek a practical option – perhaps also very helpful if cycling! Trousers from this period are different to modern styles – choose reproduction high waisted, wide leg trousers which are really flattering and should be paired with a waisted jumper, blouse and jacket. Or opt for a practical shirt waister dress.

1940s Idea 2: Film Noir

Many ladies love the ultimate sophisticated clothing of the 1940s hollywood glamour – whether that be a suit with a faux fur or an elegant floral tea dress. Remember headwear and a bit of bling!

1940s Film Noir Dress

The 1940s Film Noir Style ‘Ohara Dress’

Further Reading:-

Vintage Style Guides:

Our Pinterest page on 1920s inspirational styles:

Our Pinterest page on 1930s inspirational styles:

Our Pinterest page on 1940s inspirational fashion:

Recommended books:-

Art Deco Fashion – Suzanne Lussier

Everyday Fashions of the 30s – Sears Catalogue

Forties fashion – From Siren Suits to the New Look – Jonathan Walford

The 40s Look – Mike Brown

May 11th, 2018

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I cannot believe that Goodwood Revival 2017 is upon us already! It really doesn’t feel like a year since we were last at the event! This year the event is the 8th, 9th & 10th September – for details please visit

For those that haven’t been – Goodwood Revival is one of the premier vintage themed events of the year and revolves around racing of vintage vehicles at the Goodwood Race track nr Chichester. Apart from the racing, visitors on this 3 day event are strongly encouraged to dress up in vintage attire and many do so! There are competitions for best dressed and it’s definately a high standard!

The girls at Goodwood Revivalimg_2506

We have been attending for 7 years and we have a double stall in the Revival market which is inside the track. So do come and say hello!!

Things to note for Goodwood Revival First Timers:-

  • if you don’t dress up you will regret it
  • take something warm just in case you decide to stay late – it can get very cold
  • you may have to walk a fair way from your parking – take suitable walking shoes and change. This can also save precious vintage shoes from wear!
  • you can get your hair done but its worth booking in advance

So this little post is a a little preview of new items we have brought out especially for Goodwood Revival. Many are limited edition and we’ve tried to create a new style for each era!


1940s – The 40s Goodwood Grable Dressgoodwood_revival_dress-2

This is a smashing new 40s ensemble that we have created with Goodwood Revival in mind!

A new limited edition for our best selling tea dance dress we named after wartime pinup ‘Betty Grable’. This is a limited edition pale blue floral print paid with luxurious black crepe and a matching black crepe bolero lined in the print!

So if you fancy wear 40s – this is a great modern take on a 40s dress set. The bolero is perfect as a coverup for the chilly evenings too!


1940s Goodwood Grable Tea Dress





fifties_full_dress 1950s Connie Swing Dress in Navy & Cream

This is an exquisite new style dress that was based on an original vintage 1950s garment. So if the 1950s is your thing then this is a great dress you dress up or down. Pair with a faux fur, petticoat, tilt hat and heels for a great 1950s look.

If you are busty, this dress gives plenty of room and due to the batwing sleeves that cover the upper arm, is comfy and easy for movement. Waist band under bust creates a lovely nipped in silhouette together with a full circular skirt which can be worn with or without a petticoat.

The Connie 1950s Swing Dress






goodwood revival 1960s dress

1960s Coco Sheath Dress & Jacket

Chic early to mid 60s empire line sheath dress with matching crop jacket. This dress has it it all – smart, elegant, versatile with a shot of sass thrown in. Perfect for Goodwood Revival!

This is a elegant and sophisticated suit for early 60s fans and is the epitome of early 60s fashions. A must for ladies who love grown up glamour.

Very Coco Chanel and Jackie O – this is a brand new design we are totally in love with!

The 1960s Goodwood Ready Sheath Dress




For other ideas – please visit our ‘What to wear to Goodwood Revival‘ guide

Or view our full collection of recommended styles for Goodwood



August 23rd, 2017

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img_3952So this year we decided to take the important leap into bricks and mortar retail…many customers prefer to try the items on and like to see the garments in person. Unfortunately we cannot have visitors to the factory and warehouse – it would really spoil the glamour 😉

As many are aware, the enormous costs involved in having a physical shop means that many small businesses just can’t make it work easily. It has always been a dream and something we are still working towards.

So when I visited the marvellous ‘Space’ Vintage Emporium in Harrogate, and they had room for us, it seemed the perfect option. ‘Space’ has many vintage dealer concessions and we are now just one of many fab little shops selling fabulous vintage loveliness. If you like vintage and retro homewares, books, jewellery and furniture aswell as clothing – then you will love it! Plus – upstairs there is a splendid bar and eatery and a vinyl shop!


So – We now have a concession area at Space and try to stock the majority of our best selling lines alongside regular additions of new items. We restock roughly every two weeks and one of us is there fairly regularly to help with fit and style advice.

We do post on social media when we are going and what we are stocking – so keep an eye out!

So come along and see us or contact us to find out when one of us will be at Space


July 9th, 2017

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We are so excited to be back at The Festival of Vintage next weekend (22nd & 23rd April) for what is always a fabulous event. Packed full of dance classes, fashion shows, talks and q&as, live music, Make Do and Mend workshops, classic cars and shopping it’s always a firm favourite in our diary.  It is also the best place to sit and watch what everyone is wearing; their attention to vintage detail is inspiring so make sure you watch the Best Dressed Competition held on both days.

We are running fashion shows throughout the two days featuring both The House of Foxy and 20th Century Chap at 12.00 and 3.00pm with some new exciting designs to reveal to you. Best get there early to bag a front row seat!

We have teamed up with them to offer one lucky person a pair of weekend tickets for the festival with more details later, but first let’s talk fashion!

The festival embraces and loves the styles from the 1930s-1960s (there’s no 1980s retro at this event!) which let’s face it, are our favourites too – with some 1920s thrown in for good measure. So, we thought we would pull together a little guide for what to wear, Foxy style.




Surely the “must have” item for the 1930s is the beach pyjama.

New to our collection, this will bring glamour to the festival even though they are based on the new casual dressing from the late 20s and 30s.

Here we have taken influence from the wide leg sailor styles also popular at the time, as well as now, and echoed other key details such as the drop tie and colouring.

Can you believe there is almost 3 metres of fabric in these pyjamas?

Made from rayon crepe for true vintage draping, with patch pockets and a matching kimono to keep off the sun, this look will surely get you noticed plus you will be so comfortable throughout the day.












There are so many pieces to choose from for you to get the 1940s look here at The House of Foxy, but we have chosen what we feel is the perfect vintage style dress that will see you through to summer.

The Grable tea dress is our 2017 version of a best-selling design, this time with a warm red crepe skirt and a geometric patterned bodice.

This dress is the perfect dress to dance in, so a great choice for the festival as they are teaching us a whopping 6 styles of dance over the two days from jive to balboa.

The dress named after our favourite Betty Grable, is truly flattering; with a slimming fit around the waist with elegant short sleeves with a touch of shirring and a sweeping 7-gore skirt to float you through any dance.












For those of you who love the 1950s, how about wearing our new Doris day dress, which will be perfect for the whole day with all the walking you will be doing (while you browse over 100 sellers!).

Based on an original design, this dress has all the detailing you expect from us to bring you a frock that could almost be from the era itself. It has an interesting and unique bodice design that gathers under the bust and tabs at the shoulder in contrast black buttons and is finished into a flattering square neckline.

Grown on sleeves hug the shoulders and the button detail is mirrored in the single pocked on the semi full skirt.

Team up with a simple white cardigan and get set to shop!














There are so many styles to choose from the 1960s; the mini dress, the wiggle dress but also the fit and flare.

We feel the best dress for the festival is our new Lucy dress in an amber floral. This design is very typical of the early 1960s, and we have taken inspiration from a 1963 Sears catalogue but created it in a wearable, washable fabric with simpler lines.

The deep waist panel makes it so flattering for everyone, and the scoop neckline, full pleated skirt and the cute cap sleeves makes this dress our must have summer frock – imagine the picnics wearing this!













Whatever era you decide to wear, make sure you drop by our stand and say hello! We can’t wait to meet you all.

Here is a video from last year’s fashion show

If you want to win a pair of weekend tickets for The Festival of Vintage in York? (who wouldn’t?) then simply share this post on social media, tag us using #thehouseoffoxy and we will choose a winner by weds 19th April. Winners will be notified via social media.



T’s and C’s

  • Tickets are for the day event only and do not include travel, accommodation nor entry into the evening event
  • Tickets are not transferrable.

April 14th, 2017

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So we were asked to put on a fashion show… on a cruise ship – To Amsterdam


My gaggle of excitable Foxy Ladies (& Jeremy) in Amsterdam

And a riot it was!

When I had a phone call in June last year asking us to put on a fashion show on a cruise – i thought it was a prank call… But the lovely fella, who called on behalf of P&O, had seen our little fashion shows at The Festival of Vintage in York and wanted the same for his event. I wrongly assumed it would be from Southampton (which is a very long way from Yorkshire) – but when reassured that it was Hull to Rotterdam, I thought ‘What the hell”!

I have done fashion shows at The Festival of Vintage in York for 5 years and over that time have built up a pool of wonderful northern based ladies who love the whole experience and are reliable, flexible and simply lovely. (since fashion shows are not without their stresses – having a bunch of lasses that don’t let you down and are non-divas is a massive plus). So when i asked them if they were interested in coming along – there was no hesitation and so we were booked!

So when the day finally arrived, we boarded ‘The Pride of Hull’ – and there was an air of complete excitement following my ‘cackle’ of Foxy Ladies pottering around the ship with rollers in their hair and sunglasses on. You can imagine the scene! Since the ship was also used by other travellers – we bumped into a few surprised truck drivers during the journey! 😉

The other entertainers were so friendly and the space to use was fabulous and we had enlisted the lovely Bethany from The Vintage Beauty Parlour and Sarah Bloor from Pinup Curl to prepare the ladies for the initial show which was at 7:30pm. My goodness – they did a fine job and the foxy ladies looked fabulous! We had a great audience – with several familiar faces too! Our first show was 3 catwalks of different eras – firstly 1920s/30, secondly 1940s, thirdly postwar 40s, 50s, early 60s. A great show and we had some lovely feedback. There were some new styles from our spring/summer 2017 collection plus for favourites that we keep in the collection.


The girls rocking a 50s look!

After the show – we enjoyed the entertainment and retired to our tiny cabins (which was probably the main downside of the experience).

The following day was an early start but a day trip to Amsterdam! Yay! Again – a gaggle of excitable Foxy ladies, this time in head scarves and sunglasses pottering around the city without much of an idea on where we were! It was difficult getting around at a decent speed partly because there were a group of 12 but also because we kept getting stopped for pictures! Such fun! Many of us descended on the city’s vintage shops and some excellent purchases were made!

Behind the glamour….

Once back on the ship – we did our second show which was initially the menswear from 20th Century Chap followed by evening wear through the eras. This time the ladies had no changes and were able to have their own ‘looks’. Again done exquisitely by Bethany & Sarah – a massive thank you to them!

Until now, we have generally avoided floor length gowns in favour of cocktail style dresses due to customer demand. Apart from the siren dress of course… However, we are now working of adding a few evening gowns into our collection which brings me much joy!

I was able to showcase a few new ideas in this show – which started with the 20s Garbo velvet dress circa 1925, the early 1930s Sheba, the red velvet Siren circa 1935, The Ava Evening Dress in gold satin with black crepe & bolero circa 1939, The 40s Vivienne circa 1942, The 1940s Hayworth Cocktail Dress in brocade, Darcy swing dress circa 1952, Bardot wiggle 1958 and lastly, my personal fav, The Manhatten Dress circa 1962. Pictured below in all their finery


If we could wear evening gowns all the time – we really would – wouldn’t we?


It has always been REALLY important to me that we represent ‘all’ women in these shows – so my ladies represent a range of sizes, ages and shapes. In this era of social media pressures, i prefer to avoid adding the ‘polish’ that has become the norm. This is why vintage style fashion is so liberating for many women – it’s about celebrating femininity and shape – and i still believe that there really is a style within the eras aforementioned that will suit anyone. Maybe there is a blog post on that entire subject – for another day!

So the highlights from this show are:-

  • Spending time with this amazing group of women
  • Having the opportunity to do something different
  • Dressing up (again!)
  • encountering the VERY officious lady on the restaurant reception (so funny!)
  • the hilarity of navigating tiny cabins
  • surprising the truck drivers
  • meeting some amazing people
  • shopping in Amsterdam
  • Spending time with this amazing group of women 🙂

What’s next? – come and see our fashion show at The Festival of Vintage on 22nd & 23rd April 2017 – York Racecourse

& we are opening a popup shop at Space in Harrogate on the 8th April – information to follow

Thankyou to everyone for all your efforts – thank you for reading! xx Clare

The Vintage Beauty Parlour – click here
Pinup Curl
Festival of Vintage – York
Space @ Harrogate



This was approx 2am on the last night – we didn’t want it to end!

March 23rd, 2017

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