No one wants to hear this but Autumn is just around the corner- some might argue it is already upon us! However, hopes for an Indian summer aside, it is time to prepare our wardrobes for the approaching season.

Judging by the catwalks of 2019 a few recurrent trends look set to dominate, many of which are available to buy at a snip at vintage stores throughout the land and online too!

Breathe in it’s the return of the cinched waist - well maybe not that extreme! However, belts are back to wrap around everything from dresses to coats and cardies and anything else you fancy…

Flowers are not just for hippies! Floral prints look good all year round but in the darkening days of autumn they can brighten the spirit – wear darker colours with bright floral patterns.

Lee Bender ‘Bus Stop’ Flared TROUSERS

Frank Usher dress from the 1970’s in purple with a white and orange flower design

Some extreme versions of the tiered ruffle were in evidence on the catwalks this year - the more extreme the better.  But if you are in fear of appearing like a vintage chintzy lampshade a few mixed little ones should suffice!

Pretty 1980s dress with a multi-tiered/ruffled skirt and a 1970s tiered skirt

Thank goodness my posh shoes are back in fashion- yes, it’s a return for the pointed toe! Footwear never looked so good…

Yellow was pretty prominent on the catwalks – but it has to be a bright and bold egg yolk yellow- no simpering pastels!

Bold 1980’s jacket with bright yellow design

The one we have all been waiting for- yes, I can’t believe it but the triumphant return of the cape is upon us! Whether you choose a modest caped cocktail dress or a’ is it a coat- no it’s a cape’ cape be brave and give it ago. CAPES! Bloody brilliant!

A cape with it all- red lining, slits for hands and a checked pattern too

As usual, many of the styles at the fashion shows are completely over the top and unlikely to be worn by the majority of fashion followers.  Perhaps not for everyone the full facial floral face mask from Richard Quinn or the extreme puffer coat from Burberry. Nonetheless the catwalks are the source of fashion trends, so let’s look at a few of the recurrent themes at the many shows earlier this year.

Always a firm favourite with lumberjacks checks and plaids are moving front and centre of the fashionable look this autumn. Whether you wear them alone or mix it up, make sure you don’t confine them to shirts!

Vintage inspired green check trousers by Run & Fly

Vintage 1980s women’s cropped jacket

Shades of dark yellow -or some like to call it brown - is the colour for coats, jackets and all outer coverings. Actually, one of the more easily achieved trends this autumn and winter- hurrah!

Patchwork coat in shades of brown – belted!

Animal prints as long as they are faux! All styles and for all items of clothing- the fauxer the better- cool! Just beware of going the full Bet Lynch with this one!

Leopard print 1980’s dress – oh and is that a tier too?!

J LAXMI sheer, split sleeve, beaded top

BYROTER of London 1960’s Cocktail DRESS with discreet cape

We all love sparkles! This year the party season trend continues with perhaps a little more restraint- less can be more, maybe…

Just a few of the many trends for the autumn and winter season 2019. All of the pictured clothes (catwalk clothing excluded) were available in store at Repsycho, Bristol or online at Repsycho.co.uk at the time of writing. We have a varied and ever-changing stock- before you buy give vintage a try!

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!

Both men and women wear kimono, men’s tend to have subdued colours and geometric patterns while women’s favour the floral. Many kimonos are made of silk and silk blends, as they are handmade they don’t usually have labels to confirm the fabric type but silk is usually quite rough to the touch.

Michiyuki is a style of Japanese jacket/coat, with its signature square neckline and snap or button closures, is worn over the kimono for warmth and protection. Most michiyuki have a “secret pocket” beneath the front panel, accessible by the right hand. Though there are versions for men, most michiyuki are made for women. There is no standard length, and some can be as long as the kimono beneath it, which is more common for the style of michiyuki that is designed as rainwear.

Recently it has become very fashionable to wear kimono style jackets, they are widely manufactured and sold on the High Street but did you know it is really alternative to wear a real Japanese kimono? Why should you settle for a copy when authentic kimono are beautiful and handmade by experts too!

Kimono has come to denote a long, T shaped robe with collars and long, wide sleeves. They are wrapped around the body and secured with a belt/sash or obi. Traditional kimonos are handmade with fantastic attention to detail, tiny stitches and fabulous styling.

A yukata is a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. It is very lightweight, cool, and comfortable compared to a traditional kimono. You can wear it to a casual party, events in the spring and the summer or indoor events in all seasons. They can also be your lounge wear.

A haori is a kimono shaped jacket. Originally worn by men only; women were allowed to wear them after the Meiji era and women's ones became popular in the Taisho era (1912-1926). The haori does not close but is worn open or kept closed by a string that connects the lapels. Haori are versatile garments, as they translate well into western-world outfits too, looking good when worn either dressed up for the evening or dressed down with jeans.

The 21st century has witnessed something of a kimono renaissance. Elegant kimono in beautiful modern fabrics can be seen increasingly on the streets of Japan, while second-hand kimono’ are becoming popular too, often re-styled or combined with other items of dress. The resurgence of interest in kimono is particularly apparent in the summer, when department stores are full of yukata (summer kimono), which are much simpler to wear than formal garments. After the Second World War kimono were often viewed as a product of Japan's feudal past or a symbol of women's oppression, but today they are just another choice in the wardrobe.

At Repsycho we have been selling authentic Japanese kimono for several years; people buy them to wear as jackets, dresses and as dressing gowns and lounging wear too, they are especially popular during the festival season. These are genuine handmade Japanese items which often still have tacking stitches in the clothing denoting that they have not been worn. Our kimono come in various colours and styles, gorgeous designs and often have beautiful linings too! Genuine Japanese Kimono can be hugely expensive, we offer the opportunity to own one at a snip!

Ugg was originally a word used in Australia to describe utilitarian footwear worn for warmth by surfers during the 1960s. Numerous claims have been made as to who actually invented the Ugg boot, that the name came from a description of a pair as ugly, or that they were based on World War I pilots’ boots. When surf culture became a worldwide trend in the late 1990’s the footwear naturally followed, they symbolised a sporting but cool, relaxed lifestyle. UGG Australia (many other brands are available) exploded onto the fashion scene, popularised by celebrities, they rapidly became the casual footwear of choice.

Obviously, the popularity of this unspectacular boot drove the development of the basic design, more colours, buttons, bows and zips, then embroidery, sequins and crystals! Interest grew and the development continues today.

In Australia, UGG’s are used largely as slippers; using this as a starting point Ugg Australia have developed many styles of slippers for both men and women, all of them with the sheepskin innersole.

Stylish, waterproof and unusual, style no. 1001573

Chunky and waterproof men’s Harkley UGG boots

Whatever the critics say, the UGG Australia brand remains popular- doesn’t everyone like comfortable footwear? There are enough different styles and shapes to suit every taste- there are even great men’s styles if you look! They are incredibly durable boots, shoes, slippers and sandals, they feel plush and cosy, they also feel well made. Recollecting their origins and the vibe that made them popular, today it seems that they still have the whiff of the surfer, relaxed, cool and hip!

At Repsycho you can obtain genuine used and vintage UGGs at reasonable prices. We describe the condition of each item fully and honestly to provide you with the UGGs you want without breaking the bank.

Classic UGG boots are plain with no adornment, made of sheepskin with no frills, pull on and flat. Available as a short or tall boot originally only available in a couple of colours.

UGG have developed hugely and there are many collections available, cold weather, waterproof boots and leather ones too, knit boots, trainers, sandals and heels. The list seems to be endless!

The Kensington, leather, buckled boots

UGGs are the fashion world's marmite brand; detractors seem to especially dislike the classics, they have been variously denounced as ugly, dangerous to drive in and have even been banned from an airline! However, the UGG Australia brand is definitely alive and kicking despite many reports of its demise. Diversity has certainly widened the market, as have several major advertising campaigns, marketing more attractive male products and establishing UGG Australia as a ‘premium’ lifestyle brand.

UGGs can be quite expensive for most of us and although it is a well known addage that buying quality saves money in the long term it is also true that the thrifty or those with bills to pay and the new UGG wearer may be a little reluctant to spend so much money- quality used UGGs could be the answer! The insoles of UGGs are often replaceable if required and a very effective cleaner for UGG boots and shoes is available online, however many used UGGs are in such excellent condition that these items are unnecassary! Unfortunetly UGG Australia seem to have an abstract idea about the sizing, comparisons do not always match- generally the EU sizing is the nearest to reality. The answer is to try on UGGs in a shop and see which size is your best fit, then buy a quality used pair from Repsycho!