Goodwood Revival Style Guide for Ladies

What to wear for Goodwood Revival?

Check out our handy Goodwood Revival Fashion Guide for tips, tricks and further reading.

We often get asked 'What can i wear to Goodwood Revival?' The iconic event  is an excuse to dress-up to-the-hilt in the vintage inspired fashions and style of the period covered (1940s, 50s & 1960s), so here's our little guide to dressing the part.

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

Since amazing prizes could be won for best dressed and being dressed in theme is part of the fun, it is also a great opportunity to enjoy the event even more.

Clothing Ideas for 1940s Fashion Enthusiasts

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 (order here), hat or snood, diamanté jewellery

Shoes: brogues or sandals with a platform

Idea 1: Home Front Honey

The is a great style for those who seek a practical option. 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.

goodwood revival 1940s clothing ideas

During the 40s it became much more acceptable for ladies to wear trousers but these styles are still very different to our modern versions. High waisted, wide leg trousers are really flattering and should be paired with a waisted jumper, blouse and jacket.

Our 1940s style trousers are best seller at Goodwood - click here to view

1940s Goodwood Key Look 2: Classic 40s Tea Dress 

The classic tea dress is an iconic 1940s look - it's what we often think of when we picture 1940s style.

Supremely feminine, elegant and comfortable too, this style is often adopted by many ladies at Goodwood Revival. Pair with a blazer, simple jacket or even a cardigan. A tea dress can be dressed up with heals and jewellery or down with a head scarf.

goodwood revival 1940s fashion


1940s Goodwood Key Look 3: Film Noir 

The American style in the 1940s took a direction of its own as supplies werent affected in the same way as Europe. At Goodwood Revival, many ladies adopt the ultimate sophisticated clothing of the 1940s hollywood glamour - whether that be a suit with a fur or an elegant floral tea dress. Remember the must have accessory for this outfit - headwear! This may be in form of a tilt hat, a beret or even a scarf. As seen on the ladies below

1940s goodwood ladieswear

The House of Foxy is reknown for it's authentic collection of 1940s designs. Click here to peruse our 1940s collection of ladiewear perfect for Goodwood Revival.

Clothing Ideas for 1950s Fashion Enthusiasts

Goodwood Revival really is the perfect opportunity to dress up to the nines! For those of you who like a glamourous look and want to feel like you're really dressing differently then a 1950s inspired choice is the one for you!

There's no doubt that the 1950s look is one of the most flattering for all shapes - whether you go for a sultry wiggle pencil style or a full and frothy petticoat - it's all so glam.

Makeup: Strong winged eyeliner, bold lip in red or pink

Hair: 1950s classic hairstyles were jsut as varied as the 40s but perhaps more daring. Short and shaggy italian cut styles, curled and waved short hair, pageboy or worn in a ponytails with bangs. Again check out instruction videos on youtube.

Accessories: seamed stockings/tights (order here), plenty of jerwellery, matching bags and gloves

Shoes: brogues or sandals wioth a platform

Take a look at our 50s suggestions....

1950s Goodwood Revival Key Look 1: Full & Frothy

Make sure you go to town with accessories and try to be fully colour coordinated throughout. Polka dots and bright colours including florals are a great choice

1950s goodwood lady
The green halter neck dress pictured is our 1950s Swing Ensemble that comes with a boned dress, full skirt and a matching bolero. Add a full chiffon petticoat (pictured on the right) for extra froth! See our full range of 1950s Full & fancy outfits here

1950s Goodwood Revival Key Look 2: Wiggle your way

For those who like to dress well but want a sophisticated look - then adopting the 1950s pencil line style is for you. You can do this in a number of way - a sexy wiggle dress that hugs your curves or a more conservatuive pencil skirt paired with a boat neck top and a 50s style swing coat. These two versions are epitomised in the image below. 

 50s goodwood revival style ideas

If you like to be a little bit daring - add a splash of animal print ;-)

To see our full range of 1950s fashion - click here

Clothing Ideas for 1960s Fashion Enthusiasts

Fancy yourself as Joan from Madmen? The 60s doesn't have to just mean a mini skirt or mod look. For many, the 60s epitomises the grown up glamour of the 'pill box hat' styles from Jackie O and Pam Am. This is a perfectly classy look for Goodwood Revival. So get your twin sets out and your pearls and check out our grown up glamour options whioch are perfect for Goodwood.-

1960s Goodwood Revival Key Look 1: Jackie O Chic

The original fashionable First Lady managed to maintain her impeccable style throughout her time in the White House. Jackie's style was prim skirt suits, pillbox hats and accessorised to the max and made her the style inspiration for women across America. This is a super chic look.

goodwood revival 60s ladieswear

Top Tip: Max out this with coordinated accessories and super sized dark glasses

1960s Goodwood Revival Key Look 2: Classy Cocktail

As seen on the likes of Joan Holloway in Madmen, the cocktail dress in the early 60s was an absolute must have and so so flattering! Rich colourful fabrics were often satin and brocades or metallics which softly cling to the body whilst at the same time creating shape. Many styles included the ruched waistband - which emphasised the waist. Deep pleats at the top of the skirt also created shape..

goodwood revival 60s clothing ideas

Click here to see our full range of outfits perfect for Goodwood Revival fans of grown up glamour 

Helpful links:-

Goodwood Revival Information page 

Goodwood Revival wiki

Telegraph style advice



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!!


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