The Goodwood Revival is literally a step back in time. Everyone dresses for the occasion with some people pulling out all the stops for the event. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to join in with the fun.
Regular visitors to the Revival say their experience of the event is further enhanced by taking part in the historical theme by dressing up. We at Mad Hatters personally attend the event each year so are able to give you first hand advice on what you should and shouldn’t wear.
For this years event, we have created a section on our website which is dedicated to clothing for the Goodwood Revival weekend. We have carefully selected the best fashion’s from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and put them all in one place ready for you to hire. The costumes come in a variety of sizes so there really is something for everyone.
The 40’s, 50’s and 60’s were all key periods for fashion, much of which wouldn’t look out of place on the high street today.
Traditionally, ladies fashion during this period was immaculate, smart and sophisticated. It was very rare for ladies in the 1940’s to wear trousers, so our rule is to always wear a dress or skirt for these types of events. The 1940’s look was very tailored and smart. Ladies generally would wear a dress with fascinator hats, fur shawls and little gloves. The dresses in this era are very much like you would see within an office today.
For 50’s dress we recommend a dress with a swing skirt, or a top and swing skirt. In the 50’s, bigger was better, so the bigger your skirt the more authentic it will look. These looks really look complete with red lipstick and stockings.
The swinging 60’s was a revolution for fashion and was a decade which really broke traditions. This decade included the creation of the mini skirt and the bikini, it was the period where women really stood up for what they believed in and it showed through their choice of clothes. Clothes were used as a means of expression.
All costumes we have mentioned are available through this website for a small hire fee. Don’t get caught out and ensure you are dressed for Goodwood. We also have a mini blog site which provides more detail into different costumes and eras. If you require any assistance please give our team a call who will be more than happy to help.