International Womens Day: Celebrating 20 years of our Retail Director Kate Peters

International Womens Day: Celebrating 20 years of our Retail Director Kate Peters

In honour of International Women's Day, we’re celebrating our amazing Global Retail Director: Kate Peters. Leading our brand from our first store in Cheshire Street to now 12 stores in the UK and Sweden... (and counting!), she's been a sustainable trailblazer for Beyond Retro since 2002. We wouldn't be where we are without her, and couldn't ask for a better leader to steer our vintage ship. We sat down for an interview and asked about her journey with us for the last 20 years...

 Kate Peters Beyond Retro

Tell us how you started working for Beyond Retro... what was it like 20 years ago?!

I fell into Beyond Retro by accident, I only intended to stay 5 minutes but fell in love with a small bunch of amazing people who loved vintage and wanted to create fun exciting stores. Today it's a large bunch of people - but the same passion remains. I get to work with fantastic minds who love vintage and see the value of recycling fashion. I'm fortunate that I've always worked with people who wanted to make a difference.

What makes you so passionate about vintage clothing?

I’ve loved it as long as I can remember. As a kid I adored dressing up in my grandmother's old 40s and 50s dresses, as a teenager I wore my mum’s outrageous 60s dresses and my great grandmother’s dresses and petticoats  - I've always been into clothing with stories.

What are the biggest challenges you've faced?

We’ve definitely had a lot of different challenges over the years, but getting through Covid was the most testing. We saw a lot of great companies fall, I’m extremely grateful to everyone on our team who got us through this, and our customers who supported us through such a tumultuous time. 

How have you seen the fashion retail landscape change?

The conversation around sustainability. Brands are finally starting to realize they need to take responsibility for what they are putting out there to the customer. It used to be all about speed to market with no thought beyond this, no consideration to the longevity of clothing, but at last the conversations are on the table. Change is happening slower than it needs to, but at least it's starting. 

What are some of your fondest memories of the Beyond Retro journey so far?

Opening our first store in Sweden was pretty special. Launching a new store is always exciting, it's like racing towards opening night of a show, all these clever people come together to create something really magic. It was a joy to find like minded people in Sweden who wanted to create the same magic, and we’ve loved growing a customer base there over the last few years. 

What advice would you give to those hoping to achieve their goals?

If your goals align with something you love and believe in, you're halfway there. The hard effort to achieve your aspirations will be all the more rewarding. 

What are your hopes for the future of sustainable fashion?

I hope sustainable fashion becomes accessible to all, obviously this is complex and not just about lowering the prices of sustainable products. We need a societal shift. We need a global shift. I look forward to a time when all fashion is created to be circular, whether by production values that mean those clothes can be recycled and reworn and repaired over and over like the clothes handed down from our grandmothers, or made using circular technology meaning clothing can be regenerated into new clothing or other uses - so nothing goes to waste.

Beyond Retro x Converse: CT70 Upcycled Fleece is Live!

Beyond Retro x Converse: CT70 Upcycled Fleece is Live!

We've been working with Converse to develop another amazing line of sustainable-led, unique sneakers. The fresh new collection saved thousands of fleece jackets from landfill, through repurposing the functional, durable performance fabric into a limited edition batch of tri-panel Chuck 70s.
Welcome to Beyond Retro, Frölunda Torg!

Welcome to Beyond Retro, Frölunda Torg!

Welcome to Beyond Retro, Frölunda Torg. Our second store in Gothenburg, opened in December 2021. 

In the store you can find an offer of over 6000 unique, handpicked secondhand- and vintage pieces. 

You’ll find us on the 1st floor, in the main hall of Frölunda Torg, check out Google Maps here

Opening Hours

Vardagar: 10:00 - 20:00

Lördag: 10:00 - 18:00

Söndag: 11:00 - 18:00



Beyond Retro Exchange: Recycle & Refresh Your Wardrobe

Beyond Retro Exchange: Recycle & Refresh Your Wardrobe

Help close the loop on fashion waste & sell us your pre-loved pieces <3

Hey vintage lovers...

We are all about Out with the New, In with the Old. And in our journey to bring our lovely customers more ways to be sustainable, and to help close the loop on fashion waste... we are launching our Exchange programme across all our stores in the UK & Sweden!


So what does this mean? If you want to clear out your closet... plus fancy a wardrobe refresh, our buy back can help! We're looking for the best designer, sportswear, workwear items and on trend, vintage pieces from the 70s to the 00s. 

Become part of the circular economy, bring in your best pre-loved and high street pieces, and get money off your next vintage purchase! Check out the list below that will be updated regularly with what we're on the hunt for and bring in your pieces in store. If there's anything we don't take, we can recycle for you with Love not Landfill in the UK, and Human Bridge in Sweden!

The Nitty Gritty

How it works...

1) Clear our your closet. Launder items you wish to sell to us.

2) Bring them to one of our stores.

3) Our team will look through your pieces and let you know what we'll take.

4) You'll receive 20% of the selling price in a Beyond Retro giftcard to spend in store


- All pieces must be laundered before bringing them in.

- Please ensure all pieces are in excellent condition. We cannot accept damaged or stained items.

- Please keep an eye on what we are currently buying...

Find out more here

Brands we always love:

Designer ---> Aquascutum,  Balenciaga, Balmain, Berghaus, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Comme des Garcons, Coogi, DVF, Dolce & Gabanna, Fendi, Givency, Gucci, Helly Hanson, Hudson Bay, Jaegar, Lanvin, Loewe, Mary Quant, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Pringle, Valentino, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and any designer brands.

Brands ---> adidas, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein, Carhartt, Champion, Coach, Columbia, Converse, Dickies, Diesel, Disney, DKNY, Dr Martens, Fila, Fred Perry, Fubu, Guess, Harley Davidson, Hugo Boss, Hunter, Kappa, Kenzo, Kickers, Le Coq Sportif, Lee, Levi's, MaxMara, Nike, Osh Kosh, Patagonia, Pendleton, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Stussy, The North Face, Timberland, Umbro, Vans, Wrangler

Products we are buying now ---> Sports, Tshirts, Jeans, Jumpsuits, Playsuits, Dungarees, Flares, 90s shirts, 70s shirts, Silk Blouses, Sherpa lined denim jackets, Puffer Coats, 70s dresses, 70s blouses, Workwear, Silk Dresses, Denim shorts, Hawaiian shirts, 00s pieces, sweater vests, 80s dresses, 80s dresses, prairie dresses, prairie blouses 


Vintage Nike Sweatshirts - A guide

Vintage Nike Sweatshirts - A guide

Since the 1980s Nike have been banging out some amazing sweatshirts and hoodies, from plain logo crewnecks, to bold slogans in bright colours, to team sweatshirts across all US and European sports.  Here's a guide to all the different styles out there and how to wear them.

80s prints vintage Nike sweatshirts.

The 1980s weren't just about shell suits, neon colours, shoulder pads, amazing synth music and industrial decline, this was also the decade of sportswear as casual wear, from football to tracksuits to golf, trainers, polos and sweatshirts were worn as going out clothes for the first time.

A bold 80s print Nike sweatshirt can be worn with trackies, jeans, or oversized as a dress. They also looked great with cropped trousers and hi tops. 

The hoodie

A 90s phenomenon for the right and wrong reasons, the Nike hoodie was worn by lads playing football, by gangs, by girls wearing their boyfriend's one as an oversized look.  Hoodies can look aggressive or just plain comfy, based on what you wear them with and how you wear them. Again these can look great oversized (buy an XL from us and see what we mean) or cropped with leggings or low rise jeans.

The plain crew neck

Ah the sheer simplicity of a crew neck sweatshirt in Navy, black or a marl grey with a simple swoosh embroidered into it. If the vintage Nike sweatshirt is slightly aged it can look even better, authentic and real and slightly ragged. 

Sports teams

Sports teams is all about the connotations. Wear US college teams you've been to, or UK football teams you don't care about, but like the colours, to wearing something from your home town. Just search on our site and see what you find. 

To find more vintage Nike at Beyond retro, click here


Vintage Nike Sweatshirt at Beyond Retro





Neighbourhood Guide - Falkenberg

Neighbourhood Guide - Falkenberg

New week new city! Hello Falkenberg! A real summer city <3

We opened up our store here, in the new sustainable part of the city - Kvarteret Hjulet - during fall 2020. You’ll find our store in Gallerian Stortorget.

Falkenberg is a perfect stop if you’re travelling the west coast and down south in Sweden. An idyllic small town with long, dreamy beaches. 

Our team picked some must-go-to spots! Enjoy; 

Skrea Strand (Beach)

One of the most popular beaches in the area! 2 kilometers of sandy beaches and lots of nice restaurants, bars and activities to do. This is a classic Halland beach, with super soft sand, and almost no rocks / stones in the water. Some of the nearby businesses we love is Strandbaden, Ocean Hotel & London Bus Catering.


Rådhustorget 1a (bar & restaurant)

In the city centre of Falkenberg you find this "gastrobar", erasing the borders between bar, reasaturant and the kitchen. Focus is to create a relaxed vibe and a space to enjoy the company, no matter if you want to just drink something or have som snacks or a proper dinner.


Falkmanska (coffee/café)

Wanna grab a coffee, catch up with a friend or just find a space to get some work done - Falkmanska is your go-to. Their super cozy backyard is the perfect hide away if you need a break from the beach and some refreshments.


THE landmark with a big L! Tullbron is a stone bridge built in the mid 18th century. An iconic monument and a classic Falkenberg symbol. Take a walk over this historical bridge, and you'll soon reach...


 Lilla Napoli (pizzeria)

Pizza heaven. Lilla Napoli, located at Halmstadvägen 1, a 5-10 min walk from our store is a mecca for pizza lovers. People from all over the country is travelling to get a slice and experience the hype. This place is religiously dedicated to pizza - and the surrounding area is less important. Just how we love it.

Welcome to Falkenberg! <3


Neighbourhood Guide - Göteborg

Neighbourhood Guide - Göteborg

The Swedish city guide continues! Welcome to the Swedish west coast - also known as the best coast ;) 

Our amazing Göteborg team knows all about where to hang out this summer!

Start off your day in our store in Arkaden (Arkaden 7). Take the escalator down to thrift heaven and enjoy!

Hungry ‘n’ up for a tasty salad? RUBS, located at Drottninggatan 38, believes that spice is nice and we definitely agree. This place nearby our store in Arkaden i a go-to and the innovative combinations of ingredients never disappoints.


Coffee levels runnin’ low? Swing by one of the top 3 best coffee places in Göteborg! Bar Centro, located at Kyrkogatan 31. There is no excuse not to order at least one espresso here. Friendly staff and continental atmosphere - what’s not to love. Psst! Also serve great lunches & excellent fika.

Check out their instagram here.

Tredje Långgatan is a must visit in Göteborg, at least if you're into great food, culture, creativity and new innovative concepts. On numer 3 you'll find Göteborgs Manufaktur. This store focus on ethically produced denim, and cares for the full lifecycle of the garment. This is not only a niche shop with well educated, service minded denim enthusiasts, they also offer reparations and adjustments to extend the life of the garments.

Time to travel back in time and experience an iconic Göteborg spot. At Kungstorget 7, you find Sjuans Ölhall. This bar, dedicated to serving beer since the start 121 years ago is a true Göteborg darling. Since 1900 it’s been beer only on the menu. Nothing else needed here. This is a must-visit if you want to experience the history of Göteborg and let your mind wander back in time for a while. The walls are decorated with sketches of the most frequent guests from the decades before us. 


Eye candy time! Le Village Antik, located at Norhemsgatan 24, is an antique dealer providing the Göteborgers with hand-picked furniture and art. Worth a visit just to glance at all the cool, historical, interesting pieces. 


Escapte the streets of the city for a while and take a walk up to Kungshöjd. The best view in the city centre of Göteborg! Enjoy the sunset from here, with the knowledge that the best bars are just a short walk away :)


Craving some french/italian vibes? Sti Cazzi got your back. Their purpose is to make all guests just enjoy life! This continental restaurant and bar is a relaxed, come as you are place serving food inspired by the french and italian cuisine. In the garage part of the house, you’ll find a few seats and a great wine bar.

Lookin' forward to see y'all in Göteborg soon! :)

Big hugs,

Beyond GBG team


Neighbourhood Guide - Zinkensdamm

Neighbourhood Guide - Zinkensdamm

Summer is here! If you’re passing by any of our Swedish stores, located in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö or Falkenberg - keep reading!

We've prepared an insider's guide to the areas around our Swedish stores. A guide with well selected staff favourites. Everything you need to spend time like a local.

First out: Zinkensdamm!

Beyond Retro Zinkensdamm
Brännkyrkagatan 82

Welcome to our beloved Södermalm store - this shop is located on a back street to the lively, big Hornsgtan. The area is a relaxed and attracts creative people in all ages. Start off your day browsing out 15.000 plus hand-picked vintage- and seconhand pieces, before you go explore this cool neighbourhood :)

A short walk behind our store - you'll find what we would say is the best view of Stockholm, this lovely place is called Skinnarviksberget. Perfect for an after work or a picnic.


Cross Hornsgatan and you'll find Krukmakargatan. A cozy street with several cool concept stores and some bars.

We love speding time at Papercut, Krukmakargatan 24. A small space - but filled to the top with inspiring, international magazines. This place is for sure magazine heaven!

Papercut online shop, or @papercut instagram

On the same street, just next door to Papercut - you'll find the artistic flowery Boz Art, and the concept clothing store Nitty Gritty.

Further down Krukmakargatan 22, you'll find the hidden gem Bar Hommage. This cosy restaurant and bar is located in an old fire station. The interior is dreamy and gives us serious parisian vibes. Sitting outside with a glass of cava in the summer transforms Södermalm to Marais for a lil' while.

A plus that you can bring your dogs <3

Check out their instagram, @restauranghommage

Strollin' down Hornsgatan, you'll soon reach a small square named Bysistorget. This is a Beyond Retro favourite spot, and foremost we love Kaffebar, located at Bysistorget 6. Perfect for a good Swedish fika, and great for working/studying as well as catching up with friends.

Close to Bysistorget you also find Mahalo, a vegan café/lunch place, Lao Lao - a chinese lunch place and the nice restaurant & bar Häktet

Keep walking down Hornsgatan, towards Slussen, and you'll come to Mariatorget. A really idyllic area of Södermalm. Here you'll find great flowers and fruits, park life, cozy restaurants and concept stores. The area of Mariatorget is vibrant, but still chill - the perfect place to meet up and hang out with friends.

Make sure to check out some of our favourites places surrounding Mariatorget, such as: Stikki Nikki Gelato, St Paul Bageri, Sankt Pauls Bokhandel.

Enjoy your Södemalm visit! Soon to come, a guide to Stockholm City, Göteborg, Malmö and Falkenberg.

Lots of love,

Team Beyond Retro Zinkensdamm

Our latest upcycled sneaker!

Our latest upcycled sneaker!

We are thrilled to share our involvement in the latest Converse Renew launch – the limited-edition Converse Renew Tropical Shirts Chuck 70!


By continuing to reimagine the classic sneaker, we can show the potential of used clothing, and by utilising innovative design with vintage expertise, we keep creating something new!

A quintessential vintage piece, approximately 7,000 Tropical shirts were diverted from landfill and transformed into a vibrant array of one-one-a-kind Converse Chuck 70s, continuing on Converse’s creaticve legacy 

For this project, we lept into the world of bright, bold, fabrics. We delved into mountains of used clothes to find the most special, authentic prints that are unique and relevant for customers today. The shirts chosen weren’t appropriate for sale, but had so much potential for upcycling. By choosing a dazzling array of iconic prints, the limited collection evokes the joyful spirit that makes Hawaiian shirts so timeless and celebrated.


Since working with Converse in 2019, we've upcycled over 62,000 pairs of jeans, 1,800 workwear pieces, and now 7,000 Tropical Shirts with Converse -- saving them from landfill. By using our sourcing and grading experience in secondhand apparel, we're always seeking new ways to reuse, recycle and remake used clothing, and continues to find new, innovative solutions to the crisis of stuff.

We want to continue to enact real change for our climate and encourage new perspectives in the fashion industry with the potential of used clothing as an input to ‘new’ manufacturing.

With an ever-growing desire for conscious consumption, there are so many opportunities to create exciting upcycled products for modern customers that are just as desirable, if not more so, than new. With partnerships like ours with Converse, we can encourage a more circular conversation.

So... Happy Earth Day vintage lovers! Check out the collection on converse now, or shop our Hawaiian shirts here

Hawaiian Shirts Guide

Hawaiian Shirts Guide

The Hawaiian shirt is a true vintage classic, an iconic look that has lasted through the decades and is now a staple in the summer style staples. Whether you’re inspired by a retro film or your uncle’s holiday style, there’s no doubt that its influence is everywhere in fashion. So we’ve decided to delve into the history of this iconic shirt, from its origins to the big pop culture moments that have kept the Hawaiian shirt back to the forefront of men’s fashion.

The Origin of the Hawaiian Shirt

Even though Hawaii was self-governed in the 1880s there was still a massive presence of US-run businesses. Seeking cheap labour, American business owners recruited from all corners of the world, from China, Korea and Portugal, but most importantly to the Aloha shirt, Japanese immigrants. 

Why was this important?

Aloha shirts have strong Japanese roots as these immigrants often brought with them bright kimono fabrics. Filipino and Chinese immigrants also play a role by bringing barong talongs, a type of traditional untucked shirt, and multicoloured silks.

These foreign influences, paired with Hawaiian native Kapa cloth clothes, were instrumental in creating the Hawaiian shirt.

Fast forward to the 1920s where Gordon Young, a student at the University of Hawaii, worked with his mother’s dressmaker to create a ‘pre-aloha shirt’. Using Japanese Yutaka cloth, known to be used by Japanese women for work kimonos. Patterns included blue or black bamboo and geometric designs on white backgrounds. Soon enough, these became popular with his classmates in Hawaii. Young later attended the University of Washington, bringing his shirts with him, turning heads aplenty and sparking a lot of fashion debate.

It wasn’t until the 30s that the Aloha shirt really started to increase in popularity. The key to this was Ellery Chun, a local businessman who had just graduated from Yale in 1931. He transformed a Chinese dry goods shop into the first mass producer of Hawaiian shirts, coining the term “Aloha-shirts” and making them a must-have of Honolulu.


The Mass production of Hawaiian Shirts

Shortly after, Hawaiian shirts went into mass production. Alfred Shaheen was at the forefront of this, during the 50s his textile company ‘Shaheen’s of Honolulu’ was the largest producing Hawaiian shirts in Hawaii. Aloha shirts for men were his big speciality, but his range also included sarong dresses for women, the first of their kind being made in large-scale. As sales boomed, Shaheen hired teams of artists to design new motifs for fabrics, with artists experimenting with prints and producing non-traditional coconut tree’s, oriental fish and surfers.

Other big names such a Kamehameha and Duke Kahanamoku, as well as Shaheen’s of Honolulu, helped turn the Hawaiian shirt from a novelty tourist item into a commercially traded product.

Our 6 Favourite Hawaiian Shirt Moments In Pop Culture

From Here to Eternity, 1953.

Hollywood in the 50s really embraced the shirt. Shaheen was big on celebrity endorsement, encouraging all the biggest Hollywood stars to wear his pieces, helping them break through to more mainstream fashion in America. They became immortalised on the silver screen with Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Montgomery Clift, and Burt Lancaster all wearing them in the 1953 movie classic, “From Here to Eternity.” making them a staple in movie fashion history.

Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii, 1961.

Elvis was THE style icon of his time, breaking boundaries in men's fashion throughout his career, capturing the imagination of the world. When the King of Rock n Roll starred in Blue Hawaii, he was the perfect model for Shaheen’s Hawaiian Shirts. Coupled with an iconic soundtrack and set in paradise, Elvis made the Hawaiian shirt the perfect item for a summer holiday on the beach.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I., 1980-1988.

This American crime drama set in Hawaiian became an overnight success, ranking in the top 20 TV shows in the US for most of the 80s. As the key character, Tom Selleck’s stardom exploded, and his relaxed summer style featuring multiple Hawaiian shirts in a dazzling array of colours and prints, along with short shorts, baseball caps and accessorised with lots of chest hair and a giant tash, became one of the most recognisable looks of the decade.

Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1994.

Just when you thought the Hawaiian shirt’s loud colours had been left in the 80s, the outlandish comedian Jim Carrey somehow brings it back for his bizarre character in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Not the most obvious source of style inspo, Carrey works an open Hawaiian shirt over a white t-shirt and flashy trousers making it modern, fun and wonderfully weird.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Romeo + Juliet, 1996.

This was quite possibly the best film of the 90s, with Baz Luhrmann adapting William Shakespeare’s classic without changing the language, but updating the location, music and style, taking it to dizzying heights of cool. Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his 90s heartthrob status for life in this film, and his beautiful collection of Hawaiian shirts, also worn by his crew The Montagues, showcase how to make this look effortlessly cool.

Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998.

A modern classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a trippy adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s American Dream novel that became a cult hit. Johnny Depp took his wardrobe into his own hands, managing to get a hand on items that really did belong to Thompson himself, including his iconic Hawaiian shirts. This bad boy take on the relaxed summer look was combined with hazy yellow sunglasses, bucket hats and converse, perfect for an endless, potentially trippy, summer.


How to style a Hawaiian shirt

Feeling inspired by our top classic Hawaiian shirt moments? We've chosen 3 easy styles perfect for everyday wear whether your off on holiday, having a weekend at a festival or just hanging out with your mates.


Hit the beach in a classic Hawaiian shirt and add some fresh colours to your holiday wardrobe. Whether you're looking for scenic beach prints, palm leaf patterns or a novelty parrot motif, we have a Hawaiian shirt for every occasion. Style with beach trunks or shorts for an easy breezy look to handle the heat.

Festival Ready

Shop bold Hawaiian print perfect for a summer full of festivals. Layer over your favourite vintage t-shirt to put your own style stamp on this classic look. Don’t forget your favourite 90s sunnies to hide tired eyes!

Skater Street Style

This low key look is perfect for a weekend in the city, at the skate park or the pub. Pair with your trusty old pair of Vans and jeans and you’ve got a great look for day to night.

Already got your vintage Hawaiian shirt but it needs some TLC? Check out our vintage care guide to sewing a button to help you keep your item for longer!

A Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses

A Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses

Always wanted to know more about this iconic era? Delve into the 70s with us and see how this decade's style STILL inspires us today, and how the power of the past can still influence our future. With graphics, florals, prairie, lurex and more, you'll be a pro at spotting a 70s dress in no time, and learn from all the original vintage style icons how to nail 70s style, and how to update the look for today. 

Dress Styles of the 1970s

- As the 60s gave way to a new decade, Emilio Pucci’s graphic, floating florals in earthy tones captured the new mood. Floaty and full ‘bell’ sleeves took prominence.

Victorian  and Edwardian influenced prairie dresses in sweet pastels dresses hung from under the bust to define the new ‘Empire line’ shape. Floaty and full ‘bell’ sleeves took centre stage.

Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses

- Hems dropped to ‘midi’ calf and then ‘maxi’ ankle lengths.

Ozzie Clarke and Celia Birtwell’s designs exploded in limes, cobalts and oranges. Flattering bias cut floor length 1930s inspired shapes hugged each curve.

- The development of more affordable metallic, lurex fabrics perfectly ushered in a longer silhouette to dresses as the opulence and hedonism of disco drew the 70s to a close. 

Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses


70s Icons!

Nina Simone
A huge proponent of the black civil rights movement as the 70’s dawned, both in her music and her life, Nina was a fearless style icon. Mixing the prints and shapes of the day with incredible native African headwear, she took black iconography to new heights.


Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses Nina Simone

Stevie Nicks
As Fleetwood Mac became one of the most popular bands in the world, Stevie’s long hair and flighty dresses were a perfect match for the free flowing liberation she showed onstage. Still an incredible influence to many, her ability to seamlessly accessorise with top-hats and long scarves elevated her dresses to an ethereal plain.  


Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses Stevie Nicks


Jerry Hall
That party girl/actress/model Jerry Hall dated two of the biggest rock stars of the 70s is in no small part due to her incredible agility in harnessing her sultry statuesque figure in the most sensuous dresses of the day. Maxi lengths of the 70’s were perfect for her endless legs and height.


Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses Jerri Hall


Bianca Jagger
After her legendary entrance into Studio 54 on horseback, jet-setting Nicaraguan socialite and former actress Bianca was a true proponent of sizzling 70s fashion, equally at home in a floaty gown as she was in sequins. 


Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses Bianca Jagger


Diana Ross
Shrugging off The Supremes in 1970 Diana became a style icon in her own right throughout the decade. Draped in bias cut 30’s inspired satins, dramatic maribou and sometimes even Elton John, her tall slender frame was perfect for the new shapes the decade brought. Her status as disco diva at the end of the decade brought her to a new audience.

 Beyond Retro Guide to 1970s Vintage Dresses Diana Ross


How to wear 70s style now
- Pick out those wild psychedelic prints to match with trainers, heavy boots or even comfy, cute jellies for the beach!
- Let those winged, bell sleeves float with a pair of leg winding espadrilles, wedges or platforms. Great for bigger frames or set it off with a brown belt for nipped waists.
- Use the satin goodness of those 70s  dresses to elevate those newly permitted nights out to the pub! Dance your night away like Diana!
- Pair those fab 70s dresses with a velvet jacket or faux fur suede for those cooler autumn days.


Want to learn more about iconic vintage dresses? Check out Our Guide to 60s dresses and Our Guide to 50s dresses here! 

Lockdown Looks

Lockdown Looks

Who else is completely frazzled by lockdown? It’s completely understandable, 2020 has done enough to us all, no wonder it’s going to impact on how we dress as well! Whether you're still working hard and keeping the world turning, or sitting at home trying to keep your world from turning around, we’ve come up with some looks to give you a hand with it all.

Working From Home

Beyond Retro Lockdown Looks Sweatervests


Let's be real, Zoom meetings don’t need to know what you're wearing on your bottom half, or if you haven't changed your pajama bottoms in a couple of days. That’s just between you and your socially distanced delivery person. 

For optimum comfort and professionalism you might wanna go for a pair of elasticated tracksuit bottoms, a shirt and maybe a sweater vest and that’s an outfit you won't be embarrassed to show your deliveroo driver!

Disco Infurlough

Beyond Retro Lockdown Looks Party Dress


Does every room in your house sparkle from constant boredom cleaning? Then it’s time for you to sparkle too! We all have a special outfit in our wardrobes that we’ve never quite had the grand enough occasion for, well now is the time to put it on, grand occasion or not! 

Put on your best sparkles and do your own karaoke in the kitchen, use your broom as a mic stand. Or take out the bin bags and make your neighbours jealous. Or even just take some cute selfies to post and pretend like the world is normal.

Even though the days are darker and so is the world, we all deserve to sparkle and shine!

The Socially Distanced Walk

Beyond Retro Coats


This look is all about layers. You want to show off all of your amazing drunken late night purchases at once, with the added benefit of becoming impenetrable to not only the cold but all those germs. Plus the bigger the layers, the easier it is to distance yourself from others. 

You can go for 00s style dresses and skirts over jeans, or your new rad t shirt over a hoodie. These obviously have to be paired with your most ostentatious coat over the top, the fluffier and brighter the better.

Or go for the historical Balenciaga AW 2018 multi layer coat look and pay tribute to the OG king of layers, Joey from Friends.

Daily Exercise

Beyond Retro Sportswear


If you're missing the gym or you’ve decided that this time off is the perfect time to become the ultimate master yogi we’re freshly stocked with all of the sports brands that’ll make it look like you know what you're doing. Unfortunately we don’t have any sports injury supplies in stock for the next day when it’s feeling apparent that you didn’t know what you’re doing.

Luxe Lounger

Beyond Retro Lockdown Looks


It doesn’t all have to be tracksuits and fluffy dressing gowns. Sometimes you need a hint of luxury in your life. Mix things up with a silk slip dress or some 60s tulle night wear or walk around your lounge with a glorious kimono billowing behind you and pour yourself a glass of the second cheapest wine Tesco has to offer.