James Dean in Warner Bros Film ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

The worldwide trend for t-shirts was popularised in the 1950’s by the movies. Tough guy images created for James Dean and Marlon Brando made a white t-shirt under a black leather jacket a standard look for young men at that time. During the 60s printing techniques advanced and t-shirts took on a commercial aspect. Advertising films, music bands and policticians. Slogan t- shirts were also popular with the protest movement. Since then T-shirts have become a moving poster for whatever cause, brand or idol you want to promote.

When buying t-shirts online most of us know what we want, whether that is a particular print or style. However, when buying vintage t-shirts online it gets complicated! For example, construction, print type and fabric content can all help authenticate a vintage t-shirt. At Repsycho we want to help you find exactly what you want and understand precisely what you are buying, so we endeavour to explain honestly and in straightforward terms each item. Nonetheless some clarification may help- so here goes!

T-Shirt Styles

Crew neck, V-neck, sleeveless, short or long sleeve are fairly obvious- but some are less apparent.

A mounted collar is sewn onto the top of the t-shirt, rather than sewn under the fabric. Often mounted collars hold their shape better than sewn-under ones.

Raglan tee which often has different coloured sleeves to the main body of the shirt but most importantly they have acute angle shoulder seams.

A ringer tee has different coloured collar and cuffs made from a ribbed material. They offer a distinctively vintage look.

T-Shirt Print Types

Screen Print: An ink medium is pressed through a screen and onto the t-shirt. The prep and process is fairly laborious therefore many vintage screen printed t-shirts feature only one or two colours.

All-Over Print, Megaprint: Screen print that covers the whole shirt, front, and back. A megaprint typically means every inch of the t-shirt is printed on, including the collar and arms.

Heat Transfer Print/ Iron-on: A chosen print pressed on a blank t-shirt using a heat press. The prints don’t always stand the test of time, often fading or peeling.

Mullet: A t-shirt is one that features a small print on the front, typically over the left breast, and a large print on the rear aka a “back-hit.” They were named this as an homage to the mullet hairstyle.

Ink Print: Printed on demand by a machine, one at a time. A white, 100% cotton t-shirt is placed in the machine, and the print is directed by an image you provide.

Sublimation: A modern digital process of printing that first involves printing onto a special sheet of paper, then transferring that image onto another material (usually polyester or a polyester mix). The ink is then heated until it disintegrates into the fabric. Not really relevant in the vintage t-shirt market.

T-Shirt Construction

Circular/ Tubular Knit: Made from fabric knit into a tube shape. As a result, t-shirts made with circular knit fabric lack side seams. Side seams are a fairly recent thing dating from around the millennium.

Single Stitch/ Single Dingle: This refers to the finishing stitch commonly used in the construction of a vintage t-shirt. The finishing on the cuff, hem and shoulder of the t-shirt has a single line of stitching secures the fabric edge.

Double Stitch: This refers to a t-shirt that features more modern double-stitching, two lines of stitching on the cuff, hem and shoulder. This became the norm in the early 1990s.

Condition

Deadstock Vintage: Used to describe tees that became excess stock or were unsold. Often in excellent condition. However, sometimes storage conditions and being left unwashed can adversely affect their condition. Also, sometimes there is a reason they were unsold- damage or mis-sizing, check carefully.

Distressed/ Trashed: Describes the condition of heavily worn t-shirts. Usually tees in this condition are riddled with holes, seam separations, stains, and a faded print.

Paper-Thin: This usually describes a vintage 50/50 t-shirt that has been so heavily washed and worn that the cotton has diminished.

Bacon Neckline: When the neck of a t-shirt starts losing its form and becomes loose and stretched.

Pilling: Tiny bunches/balls of fabric begin to appear on a t-shirt- very common with blended tees but not too much of an issue.

Fabric Terms

100% Cotton: The entire shirt is made of cotton, sometimes preshrunk.

50/50: A t-shirt that is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester.

Tri-Blend: Often refers to t-shirts made from cotton,

polyester, and rayon fabric. These t-shirts are durable and soft.

Rayon-Blend: Is a fabric that has rayon blended with cotton, also gives the t-shirt a softer feel.

Heathered: When different coloured fibres are combined to produce a speckled, subtle colour. Commonly used in tri-blend fabrics.

Code Nouveau cropped red leather jacket

Fashion of the 1980s placed heavy emphasis on cheap clothes and fashion accessories. Hair was big, make up heavy and visual style was everything- think Boy George, Adam Ant and Madonna. Apparel tended to be very bright and vivid in appearance. With trends spanning from ripped jeans and oversized jackets to puffball skirts and power suits, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion history.

T-Shirts and Sweats

Katherine Hamnett Slogan T-Shirt

In 1984 a music video by Wham! reinvigorated the iconic fashion tee- with its stark, black-on-white imperative, CHOOSE LIFE, designed by Katherine Hamnett. During the same year Frankie goes to Hollywood’s exhortation to RELAX cemented the fashion. Worn oversized and these tees quickly became a simple staple of everyone’s wardrobe. The basic t- shirt became a billboard for the slogan of your choice.

‘Stack ’em High’ Sweatshirt Design by Keith Haring

A natural extension of the expressive t- shirt was an explosion of designs for both tee and sweat shirts. Many have become extremely collectable, Keith Haring’s pop art designs enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity.

1980s Sportswear

ADIDAS Sports SHORTS
ADIDAS Zipped Colour Block TRACK TOP

There are several fashion trends which are synonymous with the 80s; maybe the most enduring was the advent of sportswear as a fashion item. In 1981 Olivia Newton-John had a hit with Physical and frankly I blame it all on her- it was all lycra, headbands and leg warmers thereafter! Fitness and body sculpting was a popular leisure pursuit and the clothing in which to pursue was a big market. Sports sponsorship and product endorsement became the norm instead of the exception, everyone wanted to wear their favourite sporting icons style.

Power Dressing

Glamazon Print Design BLOUSE
J A RESORTS Sequinned JACKET

Naturally, working women had to look the part, and they did so in menswear-inspired power suits. Instantly recognizable from their extended shoulders, an effect achieved by the large shoulder pads in the lining of the jackets and an oversized boxy look. For the summer shoulder pads in blouses were perfectly acceptable and bold prints too. Roll up your sleeves and get in the yuppie swing. Shoulder pads invaded all areas of 80s fashion so it was virtually impossible to find a dress or jacket without them.

1980s Jeans

EVISU Selvedge Jeans
PULL & BEAR Women’s Blue MOM JEANS

The 1980s were the decade for designer denim, with Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein leading the pack. Designer jeans came in many colours, patterns and styles. There were wide leg jeans, stretch pull on jeans and coloured jeans. Jeans were normally flat fronted but in the 1980’s pleated fronted jeans were very much a thing. Acid wash or stonewash jeans, previously only worn by subcultures like punks, entered mainstream fashion in the mid ’80s. But the predominant jean style of the decade for women was high-waisted with a straight or tapered cut. Oh and dungarees too!

Large Jumpers

Another very popular look was to pair an oversized sweatshirt or sweater with a pair of leggings. Luckily, there is such a large selection of legging styles available now that finding the perfect 1980s style is not difficult!

Jumpsuits

The jumpsuit, which started gaining fashion momentum with the disco movement of the 1970s, hit peak fashionability in the 1980s. Women in the ’80s could choose from a wide variety of styles, from casual to dressy, from colourful to sparkly!

1980s Dresses

Tiered Peplum Dress
RADLEY of LONDON Wrap DRESS
YOUR SIXTH SENSE Peplum Belted Maxi DRESS

Dresses are a great source of 1980s inspiration. Fishtails, peplums, wrap overs and – I may have mentioned- shoulder pads, all featured heavily in many creations of the day. Flounces and bows the bigger the better and asymmetric lines were very typical too.

ETC.

Another key look from the 1980s is the hair. Big hair was popular- heaped perms, backcombing and hairspray were big business! Equally popular was the more manageable Princess Di sweep, women wore short styles too, ooh and don’t feel shy about tying a scarf round your head either. Gloves with or without fingers, worked as a great canvas for your chunky bangles. Large earrings -dangling or not but big either way- and necklaces were all popular – guitars not obligatory!

At Repsycho we stock many 1980s items, browse instore or online for an authentic yet affordable look, please get in touch if you need advice.

Those of us who grew up before designer denim was a thing would often form a loyalty to one label and stick with it. For many, denim was the clothing of the rebel and the rock star, as well as the cowboy. The three big US denim brands developed in different regions and this has, to some extent, defined their success and coolness!

The value of vintage denim is a phenomenon which has been illustrated by a recent Guardian story . It tells of a chap who ‘excavated old denim in abandoned silver mines in deserts across California, Nevada and Arizona. Used by old miners to lag pipes and block holes, these vintage denim pieces (some dating back to 1873) have been sold for up to $100,000’.

Levi Denim

Levi’s is an iconic brand, maybe the coolest of the lot and as such, it is clearly the Californian brand. Best known for its jeans and jackets the company was founded in 1853 by Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco. They have since become one of the most recognised clothing items around the world.

Modern jeans were primarily confined to the working west, cowboys, lumberjacks and railroad workers. By WW2 hardwearing blue jeans with rivets were declared, in the US, an essential commodity for those in defence work. Between the 1950s and 1980s, Levi’s jeans and jackets became popular among a wide range of youth subcultures, including greasers, mods, rockers, and hippies.

Though maybe not an icon of cool, Bing Crosby was said to be a Levi’s lover and was even gifted a specially made denim tuxedo by the company.

Levi 501

Levi’s popular shrink-to-fit 501s were sold in a unique sizing arrangement; I can clearly remember myself and my siblings excitedly taking turns to sit in the bath to shrink our new Levi’s– closely overseen by our mother. The company still produces these unshrunk, uniquely sized jeans today although, thankfully, preshrunk ones are also available!

Aided by a popular TV ad campaign in the 80s, involving a launderette, a bag of stones and an attractive male model stripping down to his boxers, Levi jeans enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity. For a long time, the only jeans to be seen were 501s. Levi’s range encompasses denim jeans, jackets, footwear, clothing and accessories – vintage versions of which are a collector’s heaven.

There are many, many online resources which explain the intricacies of selvedge seams, rivet placement, stamping and brand labels. If you think you have an old Levi item, it’s worth looking them up!

Wrangler Denim

Wrangler jeans are one of the most recognisable names in denim jeans, jackets and casualwear. Its distinctive W stitched into the pockets makes it stand out from the crowd. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wrangler clothing presents as workers clothing, maybe less hip than Levi’s but certainly stylish as well as being tough as old cowboy boots!

The Blue Bell Overall Company first made Wrangler Jeans. They employed Bernard Lichtenstein, a Polish tailor, who worked with cowboys, to help design jeans suitable for rodeo use. Subsequently several well-known rodeo riders were convinced to endorse the clothes. The story goes that the Blue Bell workers took part in a contest to give the jeans a brand name. As a result the winning name was Wrangler, synonymous with the name for a working cowboy.

Working Cowboy Denim

The Wrangler Jeans featured several innovations: strengthened seams, rear pockets positioned for comfort in the saddle, ‘no scratch’ rivet pocket reinforcement, a zipper fly, and use of a strong tack in the crotch instead of a metal rivet – that last one seems obvious! Future designs included creating jackets and shirts to suit the needs of working cowboys – to address performance, durability and comfort.

The functional design still plays a big part in Wrangler clothing designs today, which now also include t-shirts, shoes and accessories. However, they now are also stylish and modern to appeal to a wide variety of people – not just cowboys!

Lee Denim

Lee Jeans is a legendary American denim brand that has been creating genuinely iconic jeans, jackets and retro clothing for over 125 years—initially based in Kansas and prominent in the East and Midwest. Certainly Lee Jeans has a lower profile than the other brands; however, this very understatement makes them a more original choice – the brand of the individual.

The company was formed in 1889 by Henry David Lee producing dungarees and jackets. Later in the 1920s, Lee introduced a zipper fly and continued to expand. During the next two decades, the company became one of the leading manufacturers of work clothes in the US. In 1954, Lee expanded into casual wear – a development which continued into the 1970s, when Lee shifted focus from the workwear business and began catering to fashion cycles.

Lee designed the 101 Cowboy Pants in 1932, which evolved into Lee Riders, followed by their iconic 101J jean jacket and old blanket-lined, corduroy collared Storm Rider Jackets. The slimline 101J’s fit was short and attractive, giving Lee sex appeal!

Star Appeal

Furthermore Lee was the denim of choice for many film stars – James Dean clearly wears Lee in Rebel Without a Cause, and many photos show Steve McQueen was a fan too.

An early example of product placement was evident in a 1963 critically acclaimed film called Hud, where the wearing of Lee clothing seems to have been a prerequisite!

Repsycho regularly stocks vintage and used denim items, when we first began as market traders, denim was our main line – indeed 501s have consistently been among our best-selling items for over 30 years.

Vintage denim clothing is adaptable, sustainable and just plain wearable; Levi’s, Wrangler’s and Lee vintage denim are all of this and cool, too – and worth its weight in gold!

There is an old saying about fashion being cyclical – well, of course, it’s true, and it’s brilliant too! It means we can find all sorts of true-vintage items that have endured the mean streets of yesteryear and are ready to rock again!

True-Vintage Quality

Many true-vintage items are well-made ones – they have made it through without bursting at the seams, stretching out of shape or fading to a pale memory of former glory. They are the survivors – treat them with respect!

True-vintage fashion can include the unbranded, the handmade and the high street – now the sought after as they become increasingly unique with every passing year.

It also consists of the upper crust vintage designer pieces which are often well documented, photographed and equally sought after. Is it just as exciting to find an old St Michaels label as an Ossie Clark labelled item? Hell no, but it is still quite a buzz to a true-vintage fashion detective!

Black and white 1980s-90s Adidas zip-up track top

Black and white 1980s-90s Adidas zip-up track topVintage clothing is a continually changing phenomena; 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s – which decades are vintage, which only second hand?

Who decides the delineation of such things – the retailer, the buyer or the great hipster in the sky? It is a very subjective notion; the best advice is: if it’s cool and you want it, buy it!

True-Vintage Fabrics

The development of fabrics, sizing and manufacturing styles can all help to identify and age true vintage clothing.

Older fabrics can be more sumptuous and substantial than modern counterparts, well cut and assembled. Sizing can be an issue with preloved clothing, improved nutrition and exercise regimes mean we are generally bigger – taller and wider.

Changes in fashion and the move toward more comfortable clothing means we no longer require tiny waists and pointed busts. Sizing has developed, and a medium in 1960 could well be a small or extra small today. At Repsycho, we try to measure each older vintage item carefully and include the information in our listing.

Labels from retro brands can be really great too – some are pretty; some are small works of art, and some are simply nostalgic reminders of the past!

The great thing about modern fashion is there is no specific ‘in thing’ – wear what you like! Fashion through the ages has been used to denote your status and wealth.

Today it is more about how you feel, how you want to be seen, who do you like? We have the freedom to express ourselves – with preloved clothing we also have the affordability, well we do at Repsycho!

Post-war fashion blog article (pt.2)

Many of the gorgeous vintage fashion items we see at Repsycho have an interesting label – research has proved that many also have an amazing history!

The British fashion industry certainly produced some cracking designs in the post-war era! Sadly, some of these design labels have left little information about either the designer or the label.

Frank Usher

Anne and Max Bruh, refugees from Nazi Germany, started the Frank Usher label in 1946. Due to restrictions at the time, the couple bought an existing company and repurposed it- hence the totally unrelated name Frank Usher.

Known as a brand that notes fresh, high-end details on the catwalk and used them to create affordable, ready to wear designs. Although the fashion world at the time sneered at the brand, Frank Usher clothes were popular, well made and flattering and they also stand the test of time.

Rhona Roy Fashion

Rhona Roy was a very nice brand but we know little about it. It traded during the ’50s until the ’70s, making really pretty cotton dresses very well! Dress patterns were also available. There was a mainline labelled simply Rhona Roy and a line for teenage girls too.

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Post-war fashion

Britain has produced some divine design since WW2 and some of its fashion designers are the most respected. Their creations have become extremely sought after and in terms of vintage fashion at Repsycho over the years we have picked up a few gems!

Mary Quant 

Probably the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. With an original take on design, Quant created modern, fun fashion, bright, colourful and bold. She popularised the mini skirt, hot pants, the skinny rib jumper and brightly coloured tights– her designs are iconic. Mary Quant was central to the development of London fashion – simply put she dressed the ‘Swinging Sixties’.

In 1963 Mary Quant launched the Ginger Group Line to deliver cheaper, mass-produced goods to the populace. She also marketed cosmetics and underwear using the famous Quant daisy design. At the end of the decade, Mary Quant was the leading UK fashion designer.

Ossie Clark & Celia Birtwell

Ossie Clark was a British fashion designer who became popular in the 1960s-70s. The fabric designs of Celia Birtwell complemented many of his best creations. Together they became a creative and productive partnership during this era.

In 1971, shortly after their marriage, their friend David Hockney painted Birtwell and Clark in Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy which is on display at Tate Britain. They had many famous clients, including Mick Jagger, the Beatles and Liza Minelli. Peter Gabriel used a Clark creation for the cover of the Genesis album Foxtrot.

Glamour influenced Clark’s designs; often romantic, free-flowing dresses. He liked to use printed silk chiffon and crepes, famously designing almost transparent pieces for his ‘Nude Look’. Menswear included ruffled shirts, silk scarves and snakeskin jackets.

Laura Ashley 

Although traditional handicrafts and Victorian patterns were the initial inspiration, Laura Ashley’s quintessentially English designs became very popular after Audrey Hepburn wore an early scarf design in the film Roman Holiday. Founded in 1953, the company moved from Kent to Wales in 1961 and clothing bearing labels from this era are particularly sought after.

During the sixties, Laura Ashley developed its designs and was well known for its dreamy, floaty maxi skirts and dresses and the stylised Prairie dresses which are particularly associated with the brand.  In the the early 80’s the brand began to incorporate the frills and pin tucks of the ‘Sloane Ranger’ – an altogether crisper, posher look that Lady Diana Spencer popularised. 

Ashley’s designs are easier to find than many other designers and maybe more affordable. But are nonetheless indicative of several decades of British design.

Marion Donaldson Design

During the early 1960’s, Marion Donaldson began designing and making dresses at her own home for resale in local shops. Specialising in mini skirts and dresses in the early years, her creations were flamboyant, modern, bright and pretty cool too! Initially selling to shops in Glasgow, the popularity of her designs grew, and she designed for the London market. At one point working with Liberty’s of London using their fabric- these designs became some of Marion Donaldson’s most successful.

Marion and her husband/partner David decided to remain designers/manufacturers- never having their own retail outlets like other famous designers, maybe partly explaining some lack of recognition for the brand and also some of the commercial rewards too.

 An oval mirror which the Donaldson’s bought at an auction inspired the brand’s iconic art nouveau label.

The Marion Donaldson brand has been credited with bringing ‘Swinging London’ to Glasgow, and she herself is sometimes referred to as ‘the Scottish Barbara Hulanicki‘ (Biba). Marion Donaldson Ltd traded from 1966 until 1999, her quality designs and remain sought after today.

Janice Wainwright Design

Janice Wainwright studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Kingston School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. During the late 60s she worked as a designer for Simon Massey, in 1968 she began to work as a freelance designer. Her work during this period was bright, youthful and simple. Wainwright was one of the few designers to use Celia Birtwell textile designs- a real sign of respect from the Clark/Birtwell partnership.

In 1970 she started her own label, Janice Wainwright at Forty Seven Poland Street. Her designs were longline, flattering creations and often used jersey, crepe and chiffon. From 1974 she began to drop the cumbersome label name for just her own. A feature of her work was the different decorative techniques used.

Jean Muir Design

In the ’50s Jean Muir worked as a fashion sketcher and seller for Liberty’s in London. She was later employed as a self-taught designer at Jaeger. At the beginning of the ’60s, she established the firm Jane and Jane. In 1966 Muir started her own business with her husband, selling clothes to selected shops worldwide. Jean Muir’s clothes have fluid lines and elegance. She particularly liked working with dark, plain colours in jersey, crepe and suede.

Although the fashion industry adored Muir and she counted many stars and celebrities as her clients and friends, she considered herself a dressmaker! She was a hard-working, stickler for perfection. Qualities which helped earn her a reputation for precise tailoring and exquisite design.

Vintage clothing is brilliant, but for some it’s just too much hard work. Locating, fixing, cleaning, then it doesn’t bloody fit! Well, whatever your nut loaf with true vintage shopping, vintage-inspired clothing could be the answer.

Why Buy Vintage-Inspired Clothing?

Vintage-inspired clothing is exactly that, contemporarily made clothing but using the styles of the past- primarily the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The advantages are numerous.

Usually, vintage inspired items are spanking brand new- if you like that sort of thing!

Vintage-inspired clothing is more readily available than true vintage.

Vintage-inspired clothing has modern sizing- phew!

Obviously, with modern fabric comes modern care instructions!

The really amazing vintage-inspired piece will match a great vintage style with a really cool pattern design. Perhaps something which would not have been popular in its original era but looks unique now- a modern take on a classic style.

This is the great type of vintage-inspired clothing we like to stock at Repsycho. We’ve listed some of the brands that we have on offer below!

Run & Fly

A British brand based in Leicester, England. Known best for their iconic dino pinafore. The collection includes, sweet knitwear, cute dresses and cool shirts as well as many other fab items in a variety of designs and colours!

This brand utilises amazing retro prints of dinosaurs, buzzy bees, animal prints and flamingos to name only a few of their unique design repertoire! Run & Fly are a vibrant company, producing their clothing in England and mashing contemporary and vintage styles in an exciting and quirky modern twist. Run & Fly is full of funky character!

The Pete Chenaski Experience

As its name conjures up the idea of Jimi Hendrix and psychedelia, the clothes of the Pete Chenaski Experience deliver! The brand has a range of shirts that cater for all needs. Whether you want a cowboy shirt, a seventies shocker or a party frill this brand has something to please all.

Many Chenaski items are limited edition – making them quite exclusive and helping to ensure a unique look for their wearers.

Madcap England Clothes

During the 60s and 70s, Mod clothing was neat, sharp and above all hyper-cool. Madcap England specialises in vintage-inspired clothing from the Mod era. Creating a stylish and colourful brand which is unique without being outlandish.

The collection includes quality, knitted polo shirts as its cornerstone, as well as smart jumpers, hip shirts, cool t-shirts and more. Madcap – named after Syd Barrett’s first solo album, ‘Madcap Laughs’ from 1970. Madcap clothing- not just for Mod’s!

Relco Vintage-Inspired Clothing

Relco began as a specialist Mod outfitter during the sixties with sharp, neat designs. Since then has developed to include more cool, retro and vintage-inspired styles including Punk, Ska and Skinhead styles.

Relco has a well-earned reputation for quality and stylish designs and products. At Repsycho we stock jackets, shirts and braces which are so exceptionally well made we will be expanding our range very soon!

Real Hoxton London

As its name suggests, Real HOXTON London is a quality brand based in East London, concentrating on retro styles from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s- with a modern edge.

Repsycho stocks a few lines from the Hoxton range which includes classic Monkey Jackets and some cool hooded raincoats.

Ada Binks Acrylics

Ada Binks is a unique jewellery and accessory brand based in Brighton. They supply retro-inspired statement pieces and limited-edition ranges made in a variety of colourful acrylic.

In-store, we stock a range of Ada Binks beautifully crafted dangly earrings and studs which complement both retro and contemporary clothing.

Maz Accessories

One of the UK’s largest hat suppliers, provides a finishing touch to an outfit. At Repsycho we stock top hats and fiddler caps for that extra bit of swish to your look.

Revive Vintage-Inspired Eyewear

Repsycho stocks Revive Eyewear in-store, providing cool glasses for men and women in a range of vintage style designs that will give your look the edge this summer!

Grinders Shoes & Boots

The Grinders brand came to major prominence during the late 80s to early 90s. Their boots spearheaded the new ‘work and utility’ street look which eventually ended up on the fashion catwalks!

Grinders street boots of today were originally worn by Skin Heads and then by Punks in the UK, who often only owned one pair of boots. Grinders had to be capable of withstanding anything the elements could throw at them, and yet still be comfortable enough to wear all day, every day!

Today Grinders boots and shoes continue to be made to that high standard, they are unisex, stylish and hard-wearing.

At Repsycho we keep our eye out for great vintage inspired brands and new lines from our regular suppliers. Therefore our range frequently changes and updates. Stay up to date with our new stock instore or online.

Obviously, sweatpants and tops are a really popular choice, most of us have them and have had them for many, many year- maybe it’s time for an update?

This outfit from Fred Perry consists of a crew neck, long sleeved sweatshirt and tracky bottoms in loopback cotton. Slightly oversized, it’s designed with contrast piping in Floral Liberty London fabric. The bottoms have a colourful Liberty print side panel on the outside of each leg and an elasticated, drawstring waistband and side pockets.

Have a look at our Vintage Inspired range of clothing, we stock some great items but for living is lockdown surely a comfy pair of dungarees are the ultimate must have?!

We sell a range from Run & Fly in fabulous cord or a smaller range in twill fabric. The design are pretty cool- we have the iconic dinosuar design in grey or gold, a ‘Buzzy Bee’ and for the more cosmic among us an ‘Out of this World’ design of planets stars and rockets.

As better weather is apparently on its way maybe it is a good time to look for shorts for the garden and balcony- even if we cannot look forward to Wimbledon those of us with a garden can manage our own versions of the tennis tournament and it is important to look the part too!

With the good weather in mind don't forget that sunbathing is also an (in)activity where poor attire is a definite no-no. Most of us has gardens and balconies that are overlooked- keep up cool appearances with a retro swimsuit or possibly a groovy towelling headband!

It has to be said that living in isolation affects people in different ways; I have just been video talking with a mullet and his mini mullet son- clipping their hair with a beard trimmer seemed like a great idea at the time! Actually, toddlers look cute whatever the hairstyle!

Many of us have taken to living in comfortable clothing - pyjamas or sweatpants- the elasticated waistband is king for all now - not just the M&S shopper! However, it might be advised to keep some standards when we shrug on our lockdown attire- we wouldn't(hopefully) wear dirty clothes so why give in to the unattractive? After all most of us are regularly skyping, whatsapping and zooming- make sure you look your best!

Personally, I think it’s important to get dressed on a weekday, pyjama wear is a weekend pursuit which is even acceptable in a Covid-free society. So, for those of us who remain well enough to care, here are a few ideas for Corona-Fashion!

Tracksuits can also be a smart move as they are ideal for your daily exercise regime and there are many great options available.

This Adidas Tracky top is really cool and for a brighter, perkier look try one of our 80’s shell suit tops!

Pyjama Sundays can always be improved by an unusual twist! Bin the fleecy dressing gown- its too warm anyway and try a new look.

What about a vintage Hanro dressing gown with a buttoned high neck and flared 3/4 length sleeves. This amazing item has a full length, off centre zip closure. The geometric pattern is of blue and purple diamonds on a black background, blue trim- very striking.

Also available are several authentic, handmade kimonos for women and men. This full length kimono is black with a geometric pattern in olive green and small rectangle shapes in red and grey. Lined in cream and dark red. Very cool! This amazing, vintage, short kimono purple with a floral pattern. Traditional kimono styling with rectangular split sleeves and an open front. Lining also beautiful! The short ones also look really cool with jeans so good for post isolation too!

Finally, lets think about more formal occasions, it might be nice make an occasion, maybe mark a birthday or just to regularly think about dressing for dinner! In this event we can help with a range of cocktail dresses, suits or maybe just a groovy shirt.
A wowser of a zoot suit from the 1980’s with a wool check, long jacket– Kid Creole style! Made in England with ‘Stark Realism’ label.
Or this Vintage Floral DRESS by Kitty Copeland. A fantastic square neck, 3/4 length sleeve, dress. Wrapped waistband and pleated skirt. The fabric design is very pretty, a rose print in red and green/brown.
If a suit is a step too far, we also stock a range of amazing, Vintage Inspired shirts by Chenaski and Relco- just the thing for a special evening in!

Whatever you are doing during this surreal episode, a new outfit can lift the spirit- hopefully Repsycho can help! We will continue to supply as stocks and the postage system lasts, stay safe.

For centuries, the dirndl has been the traditional dress for women in the German-speaking region of the Alps, and notably in Bavaria and in Austria it is still considered the regional or national dress. Traditionally, a dirndl comprises a skirt, a bodice (these can be joined) and the dirndl blouse. An apron may be worn over the skirt too - don’t believe the urban myth that says the way you tie your apron ties denotes your availability! Over the centuries, the dirndl has won many fans - each year this style of dress is showcased at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich.

The bodice of the dirndl is usually a front fitted, corset style item. It has ties or buttons to ensure a snug fit and emphasis and enhance the bust and shape. It often has elaborate trim as well as embroidery or ribbon embellishments and pretty buttons too.

The skirt of a dirndl can be either a separate piece or attached to the bodice. They are fairly wide and have plenty of swing and sway. Skirts come in various lengths although mini dirndl skirts are now widely viewed as tacky! They can be plain or highly decorated with ruches and frills or with spectacular prints.

Dirndl tops are cropped under the bust so that the bodice fits snugly around the midriff, however they are also proving to be very popular as a top in their own right- just the thing to show off that 6 pack! Dirndl top designs differ greatly and allow the wearer to display varying degrees of cleavage, shoulder and arm. Sleeves encompass everything from elbow or to full-length for colder weather to light off-the-shoulder styles for warmer weather; Many have ruches and ruffles or sheer lace arms.  Puffed sleeves are popular to emphasise slimness at the waist. Most dirndl blouses are white although black, beige and cream ones are becoming more popular and are often enlivened with braid, buttons and tonal inserts.

A folk costume or tracht, might be a traditional dress, but that does not mean that it cannot be trendy at the same time! Growing interest in traditional clothing since the millennium has led designers to rediscover and reinvent the style. Today the so-called "mini-dirndl" is a best seller. That's probably not surprising though as these shortened folk dresses have had a fair amount of celebrity endorsement- and not just from Julie Andrews!

An acceptable alternative to the dirndl bodice is the traditional blouse. These blouses often incorporate many elements of the dirndl but are lightweight, can be less revealing and are generally easier to wear.

Dirndl dresses have bodices which are designed under the assumption that you’ll be wearing a specially cropped top. These tops are very popular and come in numerous styles and designs, suitable for different occasions and times of the year.

Whether you are going to an Oktoberfest celebration or simply following fashion, a dirndl is a brilliant choice but it can be an expensive one too. Before you invest in a reproduction high street must have or a cheap fancy dress option browse vintage – you won’t be disappointed! At www.repsycho.co.uk we stock (as available) original, quality dirndl items at reasonable prices so you can look authentic, individual and amazing!

Tennis shorts first made their appearance in 1932 when the British tennis player, Bunny Austin, chose to wear shorts rather than the traditional flannel trousers at Forest Hills and then at Wimbledon. Although ridiculed at first, the less restrictive and cooler shorts soon became the norm. During the next four decades changes to men's tennis fashion were minor. The length of shorts varied slightly from decade to decade.

The 1970's gave us outrageously short shorts, which were also tighter to show your arse and legs off to the best effect - whether or not you had a nice arse! For this reason, pockets were often left out altogether from women’s shorts - they didn't want to spoil the line! Men's shorts usually include pockets, some of the coolest are those with towelling pocket lining - to keep the balls dry?! During the 1970s colour was added to men's tennis apparel for the first time since the earliest days of the sport when white was considered the only acceptable colour as it masked signs of perspiration! However, this was largely reflected in the shirts, tops and headbands worn by the players- shorts remained largely white.

Players branding began way back- Rene Lacoste was a champion in the 20's and Fred Perry the 1930's, these brands have become leaders in tennis wear throughout the world, certainly no other players have had the same success. Sports brands and sponsorship came aboard tennis in the1970’s and 1980s. The top players were and continue to be stars in their own right, so the key brands were keen to promote themselves through them. Colour, designs, and prominent logos on light breathable fabrics began to appear while player endorsement drove sales. Today players branding is a big business - most have their own logos included on individualised name brands which are also available to the public at vastly inflated prices. Brand endorsements are one of the biggest influencers of modern tennis style.

Summer sports means one thing for certain: TENNIS, and for sure you are going to need some cool tennis shorts. Obviously, you could buy some run-of-the-mill, off-the-peg sports shorts but you could go for a hip look! There are so many cool styles of tennis short from which to choose going back over many decades.

Obviously, women still wore skirts on the whole, however, Pauline Betz, one of the women who dominated the immediate post-war Wimbledon years, sometimes wore shorts -albeit loose shorts that resembled skirts! The outfit worn by American tennis player Gertrude Moran at Wimbledon in 1949 was a hint of trends to come. She wore shorts under her skirt with lace that peeked out as she played. Photographers lay flat on the ground to try to get pictures of the lace shorts - of course they did, bastards. Mod fashion took the 1960s by storm and showed up in tennis uniforms, graphic shorts were popular, though still worn under a tunic or dress.

The much maligned 1980's provided a huge variety of shorts style, white shorts were rapidly replaced by brightly coloured shorts made from synthetic moisture-wicking materials like lycra. Designs included shorts with peg pleating to the front and turn-ups at the hems, or maybe pastel coloured abstract designs to the pocket linings, waistbands and sides - more tasteful than you might expect and just the thing to make you stand out on the court. During the 1990s, the short-shorts favoured during the 1980s were dropped in favour of baggier, Bermuda style shorts. Players like Agassi started wearing colourful lycra cycling shorts underneath these shorts – for men a trend that continues to this day. Women on the professional circuit continue to wear both shorts and skirts with the shorts remaining short but emphasising a focus on performance, comfort and ease of movement.

At Repsycho we sell vintage shorts of all styles and brands for a snip. Most of our shorts are branded ones; for instance, Adidas, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Nike. We also sell shorts which have been tennis star branded with their own individual logos - eg Becker, Lendl and Edberg - have a look at our website, all you need to do is find a style to suit you and click!