National Vintage Awards – What To Wear!

So you’ve probably heard on the grapevine that we’ve recently been shortlisted as finalists for two National Vintage Awards (wahoo). Now as much as we’re excited to potentially be picking up an award or two (touch wood, but we have some fierce competition), there’s one important thing to figure out first……WHAT TO WEAR! With the glitz and the glam of an awards ceremony you have to get your outfit right, it is our special evening after all! Things are as busy as ever here at the BDV castle so we’ve got our interns Callum and Beth on the case to find out what’s hot!

Here’s what Callum recommends for our plus ones!

Two-tone shoes are back in and men who wear pink suits and bow ties are seen as cool (thanks Callum – you learn something new everyday!) There used to be a certain stereotype about men preparing for award – the white shirt/black tie combo has always been deemed a favourite by most, even the most fashion conscious. However, in light of the increase in metrosexual males, and furthermore movies such as The Great Gatsby, men are starting to wear more adventurous attires to events (we can’t wait to see the choices of some at the awards!) Here are some of my suggestions on what to wear for an awards ceremony.

The navy suit

The navy suit is both stylish and smart AND a firm favourite amongst A-list celebrities. Team it up with a crisp white shirt and you’re sure to make a statement. We recommended this gorgeous vintage navy suit from Tweed Mans Vintage.


The shoes – Two tone is BACK!

Rumour around the fashion vine is that two tone coloured shoes are back in. Now one thing every man should have in his wardrobe is a pair of brogues, but why not stand out from the crowd and grab yourself a pair of brown and white co-respondent shoes to inject some personality into that navy suit. Brooks Brothers do a beautiful pair commissioned for their Great Gatsby collection which I just LOVE!


The accessories – It’s all about the bow-tie!

So you’ve got the suit and you’ve got the shoes. However, what makes a suit go from good to great are the accessories. One accessory that seems to have made it back into the hearts of many is the bow tie. Bow ties are funky, fab and definitely not a faux pas!  Picked right you will look dashing, confident and your whole combination will look balanced. Picked wrong and all your hard work could go to pot! My suggestion for a bow tie is to experiment with as many as possible, go big, go bold, go velvet, go gold. There’s endless supplies of bow ties around, however if you’re stuck for ideas Vintage Bow Ties do a great selection.

Fella’s keep an eye out for Callum’s next blog where he’ll show us how to tie a real bow tie.

Over to you Beth…

I’ve taken my inspiration from the Oscars! There have been some simply breathtaking dresses grace the red carpet since founder Mary Pickford caused a stir at the first award ceremony in 1929 when she wore a daring bow tie to the chest! Here’s a few of my fav’s which I’m sure Alex and Sam could pull off!

At the 1954 Oscars, Givenchy’s muse and friend, actress Audrey Hepburn stunned in the iconic floral creation. Time Magazine voted it the Best Oscar dress of all time did you know! There’s lots of local dress designers who’d be happy to knock you up a gorgeously fitted replica.

Audrey Hepburn at the Academy Awards, 1954

Simply the most stylish and iconic lady of all time!

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda looks radiant in this stunning number as she picks up her Oscar in 1979!

Jumping back into the present, ‘vintage’ has been the dress of choice on the red carpet over the last few years. Alex and Sam tweeted during this years Oscars that one of their favourite vintage dresses was one chosen by the gorgeous Calista Flockhart in 2008 – a 1970s Valentino number – lets see who else has been turning to the past to turn heads….



Penelope stuns the crowd in 2009 in a vintage Pierre Balmain piece! This princess cut gown is a reminder of the past with a nod to today!

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Natalie Portman opted for a fun polka-dot vintage Christian Dior dress in 2012 after giving birth 8 months prior. Doesn’t she look just lovely! This dress was actually sold by RARE Vintage in New York to a London based couture collector at £32,000 just after the Oscars! MAD!


Thanks Beth and Callum for your fashion advice (true fashionistas)! Best we get our shopping shoes on and hit the streets! To find out what we choose and what the movers and shakers of British vintage do, check out our twitter account where we’ll post pictures up throughout the night and inform you of the 2013 vintage winners! (FINGERS CROSSED!)

We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x

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