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The Jukebox & Retro Fair: What Should You Wear?

If you haven’t yet made it to one of The Jukebox & Retro Fair events, then you are missing out. If you love cosplay, modern history, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jive Dancing, vintage clothing, classic cars, food and drink, then you will absolutely love the fair because it offers all that and much, much more too.

The Jukebox

To really get into the spirit of the day, I would always recommend dressing up. I do it every year and it just makes it that little bit more special. The thing that I like about it best is that in my normal life, I’m a bit shy to throw on the vintage clothing and rock out. It’s the whisper of my heart, but I just feel embarrassed walking around like that at work or down the local. I do have tell-tale accessories, such as my Mary Quant hand bag (love that!), but there’s only a few places where I can go all out and rock my favourite vintage fashions.


If you love the vintage look, but you want a place to experiment before venturing out into modern life, then The Jukebox & Retro Fair really is a great place to take your baby steps into the vintage look.

If you don’t have any vintage clothes then go along to the festival and check out their vintage clothing UK fair. It has an excellent range of clothes, and specifically caters to the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s fashions. Alternatively, you can visit our shop and buy similar clothing online so you're ready for April’s festival.

Now, I’m going to talk you through the type of clothes that you should wear to the festival. Of course, you can wear anything you want, but if you want to dress in the spirit of the show, then this advice will help you to get it right.

OK, so I like to be authentic in my clothes, and because this is the jive/jukebox era, I stick to clothes from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, and in particular in the jive style. Here are my top tips:

1. Jive music is a type of swing music, and it’s called swing because you literally swing from side to side in rhythm with the music. You need clothes that will swing too, and this means big, full skirts, and in my opinion, the swingier the better!

If you can swing the skirt around without flashing your knickers (at least not too much) then you’ve got the perfect dress.

Just writing about it makes me feel excited! And that’s such a big part of it: it's fun, bright, and optimistic.

2. Given my last sentence, you shouldn't be surprised to learn that jive styles prefer bright and fun patterns. I particular love the deep electric blues of the era, but you can find plenty of other fun colours too.

3. And if you're too embarrassed to wear bright colours or you just don’t like them, then don’t worry, because you can spice it up by choosing fun patterns, such as polka dots or floral patterns instead.


As you can appreciate, the trick is to wear clothes that are fun, energetic, and swingy! Look at some of the dresses in our collection for more ideas on what to wear to next year’s jive festivals.

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