Another year and another glorious Goodwood Revival down. For me, as you have probably read here every year, the cars and racing come secondary to the fashion on display and this year was no disappointment.
I went along on the Saturday, which is the Revival's Ladies' Day. Not to get all British or anything, but we really lucked out with the weather this year! It can be hit or miss – I've shivered in a coat and worn nothing but a vintage swimsuit in previous years, and this time round, it was sunny enough to need sunscreen and go stockingsless... not that most of the chic ladies went bare-legged, embracing full-on vintage glamour from head to toe. Hats, high heels, fur stoles and period-perfect accessories were everywhere!
The highlight of my day was attending the Best Dressed competition, which takes place at the Veuve Clicquot tent. Throughout the day, discerning 'spotters' go around the site, dishing out cards to the crème de la crème of costumes, either with a commendation or the coveted blue card, which earns the recipient a place in the final parade. The judges (headed up by Nick Clements of Men's File Magazine, then deliberated and picked runners up and overall winners. The mens' category included best uniform, won by a chap in a 50s fireman's outfit, and the winner was in a pristine 1940s suit with hat and umbrella. On the ladies' side, a new category for best mini-skirt (to mark the 50th anniversary of Youthquake) was won by a pair of twins in the best late 60s outfits I saw. Well-deserved!
(Some of) the ladies!
Back Over the Road after a stop to have our photos taken with a Captain Birdseye-alike at the fish finger boat (no idea), I watched two policemen battle it out on vintage bikes in The Chap Olympiad's Umbrella Jousting, excellently compered by Tristan Langlois (who, as you may have spotted, does double duty on the Best Dressed) as Spitfires flew overhead.
As for my outfit, I conversely didn't dress up to the nines, preferring to keep it casual for the day in a late 1940s wrap dress and a pair of reproduction 1940s platforms by Miss L Fire and my lovely mum wore some 1920s inspired finery. Perfect for a day of action in the Chichester countryside!
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