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!