Revival Style

Many Revival visitors go to great lengths to dress in period style and achieve that authentic look. The resulting step-back-in-time spectacle plays a key role in making the Revival such a unique event.

While you’re not required to dress up (unless you qualify for central Paddock access, in which a jacket and tie is necessary for gentlemen, and a dress or suit for the ladies), you’ll feel much more involved if you do. So make sure you dress up in your tweeds and trilbies, frills and frocks to fully immerse yourself in this nostalgic and bustling atmosphere, at the biggest and best motor racing party of the year. 


To recognise all the effort and creativity that many guests put into their outfits, we run the Best Dressed competition – our team of judges prowl the Revival site looking for the best sartorial ensembles and once a shortlist of stylish Revivalists has been found, these finalists are invited to a prize-giving, with one man and one woman going home with the prize each day. Find out more about the judges, the competition and the prizes here.

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For women…

The shortage of fashionable fabrics – and the loss of design direction from Paris – resulted in the rise of ‘Utility Fashion’ for ladies, defined by knee-length skirts, sensible flat-heeled shoes and square shouldered jackets that recalled the cut of uniforms. A Girl in Uniform – For that post WWII era, why not try a uniform, always a smart and neat alternative! Be a WREN, land girl, police woman or nurse for the day!

With clothing and cloth rationing but a dim memory, the 1950s ushered in a bold and glamorous look, headlined by the glossy styles of post-war Paris. The result was tailored hourglass-accenting cuts and a smart polished look. For that sophisticated couture look, epitomised by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, try wearing a voluminous dress clinched with wide belt, slender high heels, glamorous hat with matching sleek gloves, and seamed nylon stockings.

If the classical style of the English country garden is more appealing, how about a floral summer frock or twin set and pearls and matching tweed suit, accompanied by a ‘church’ hat, fox fur, small handbag and gloves to match.

The political and social upheaval of the 1960s was reflected in its groundbreaking fashions – it was a decade in which the bikini, mini skirt, bell-bottom jeans and Capri trousers made their debut, and it saw the clash of the Mods and the Rockers. Carnaby Street and Chelsea’s Kings Road influenced the fashion world, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton dominated the catwalk and fashion fully embraced the sex ‘n’ drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’roll mood that defined the Swinging Sixties.

For that Jackie Kennedy look try a short boxy suit in pastel colours with oversized buttons. If you’re inspired by top models of the day such as Twiggy, Colleen Corby or Jean Shrimpton, try a velvet mini dress with lace collars and matching cuffs topped off with false eyelashes and pale lipstick.

For the chaps…

For men, the wartime austerity resulted in the Utility suit, with its distinct lack of pleats, sleeve buttons and patch pockets. For men and women, accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves, cravats and waistcoats were vital to lift their rather drab mend-and-make-do outfits. A man in uniform is always a pleasing sight for the ladies, so why not wear an Army or RAF uniform from the period – in keeping with Goodwood’s WWII RAF history?

In the 1950’s men opted for sleek hairstyles, narrow and sharper cuts for their suits, moved away from hats, embraced casual knitwear, khaki trousers and blazers. The influence of pop culture had a pronounced fashion influence – the anti-authoritarian Brylcreem-enhanced Teddy Boy burst onto the scene, rock ‘n’ roll reverberated through the fashion world and the Mods emerged. Why not try a debonair look by wearing a blazer, turn-up flannels, accompanied by a cravat, a Panama or Homburg hat; and don’t forget a touch of Brylcreem – of course. Accessorise with a rolled-up umbrella, cigarette holder or eye-glass and finish off a top-class and sophisticated look that Cary Grant or Terry Thomas would be familiar with.

Suits drifted away from pale, toned shades, menswear was now bright and colorful. It included frills and cravats, wide ties and trouser straps, leather boots and even collarless jackets. Ties were worn even five inches wide, with crazy prints, stripes and patterns. For that dandified look opitomised by Brian Jones, try wearing a crushed velvet or stripped double-breasted suit, brocade waistcoat and a shirt with frilled collar. In the late 60’s the androgynous hippie look was in style. Both men and women wore frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, and headbands. Perhaps you might prefer a mechanic’s white cloth overall (with charcoal for oil stains), leather boots, and accompanied by a flat cap, leather belt and clockwork stopwatches.

And the little ones…

Girls love to dress up in their Sunday-best summer dress, knitted cardigan, white ankle-length socks and sandals. Hair could be plaited if long enough and covered by a straw hat, and accessories include a satchel and hockey stick! Straight from the pages of Enid Blyton.

Boys just suit a pair of short trousers, blazer and knee-length socks. Remember a cap, tie, catapult and conkers go well with this outfit. Freckles always add to the appeal, creating the perfect ‘Just William’ look-a-like.


Top Tip

The Revival Market gives you plenty of opportunity to buy items of clothing and accessories to help complete the look. You will also find many charity shops will supply the basics at little cost, and you can have fun searching through the rails of outfits in fancy dress shops.

Groundlings Theatre has a fantastic range of over 11,500 costumes from all different periods.

Tel: 023 9273 7370

The Goodwood Revival Hair and Beauty Salon allows Revivalists to indulge in vintage hair and beauty treatments all weekend. Stylists will re-create hairstyles from Marilyn Monroe’s classics to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic beehive and Grace Kelly’s infamous barrel curls.

Back by popular demand, expert vintage make-up artists will complete the perfect glamorous look. You book your place here.

From beehives to Hepburn eyes, try one of these eye-catching looks to complete your vintage style:

1940s Landgirl

1950s Glamour

Swinging 1960s




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