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Bestdays: A vintage Adventure

Ramblings for team Best Days as we embark on our vintage adventure

Double D

Matthew Hurdle

 
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Double denim of course. The ever so versatile denim. If you're a vintage clothing enthusiast then for the love of god you should have a denim jacket or five. Another vintage staple just like the trusty flannel or corduroy. Match that with some Levi's washed denim jeans and KAPOW you're rocking the double denim baby!

Now its a common question that has unfortunately resulted in many fights, divorces and broken homes, should you or shouldn't you wear double denim?

Well the answer to that is YES. But if I was to ask the question, should me and the missis wear matching denim outfits with a cowboy denim hat? Then the answer would be NO, NO GOD NO!

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Worn in the correct way you are going to be rocking a look that will turn heads for the right reason. If you are living in fear that you will be ridiculed for wearing double denim then take small steps. Start off with different coloured denims before taking the plunge. Rock those black Levis 501s with a blue denim shirt or washed denim jacket.

Once you have gained the respect from your peers its time to go full on 90s Brad Pitt.  

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Or like a virgin material girl

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SHOP OUR FULL DENIM COLLECTION HERE

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SALE SALE SALE

Matthew Hurdle

 
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Now that we have welcomed 2018 in with a questionable rendition of Mariah Carey's Auld Lang Syne, a few tequilas and a tactical chunder, we are good to get this year started. Yeah I'm talking about the January sales!

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Whether you are after a new toaster, sofa, or a Champion 1/4 zip pullover now is the time to take full advantage of massive discounts on the vintage clothes we love. 

For all you students out there this time of the year could be a massive money saver whilst still being the most cool looking sociology student and not having to settle for pot noodles for dinner. 

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If you're into your fashion then you may know what the future trends will be so plan ahead and grab a bargain.  (FYI Ive heard real leather thongs are making a big come back) 

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It may be depressingly cold and dark now but don't forget summer is not too many months away so if you see any bargain t-shirts or shirts then get prepared. 

This shirt for £8 EIGHT POUNDS! BARAGAIN

This shirt for £8 EIGHT POUNDS! BARAGAIN

This tee is £7.50 BARGAIN

This tee is £7.50 BARGAIN

Both our Colchester & Ipswich stores are packed with sale items.

Both our Colchester & Ipswich stores are packed with sale items.

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Have fun bargain shopping guys, Remember to respect the shop keeper and fellows customers and most importantly que in a orderly fashion. x

 

PARTAYYY

Matthew Hurdle

 
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So in the last week or so you've probably had your Christmas works party and got far too drunk and most likely snogged the guy you've fancied all year. Not what it was cracked up to be was it? His breath smelling of the pickled onion crisps from the buffet and fags cause he's a 'cool' but anyways thats enough about my 2012 Marks and Spencers Christmas party.

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The next biggest party celebration coming up is not only the birth of our Lord & saviour Jesus Christ but the incredibly over hyped and anticlimactic NEW YEARS EVE! 

Got a big night planned? Hitting the streets of London or a illegal rave in the woods or just sitting at home stroking your cat eating Ben & Jerrys? Whatever the occasion you will need to see the New Year in sparkling fashion and what better way then to shimmy into 2018 with a sparking shimmering sequin number. 

 

The Sought After Branded Sweat

Matthew Hurdle

 
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Over the last few years we at Bestdays have seen the revival of the branded sportswear brands. 90s brands such as Fila, Champion, Nike and Adidas are bang on trend, taking us back to the 90s when Spice Girls were in full swing and Baywatch and Gladiators were my Saturday highlights. Is there any sign of this phase ending? Not yet 

 
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What gives a sweatshirt that 90s vibe? Well for me its the colours. Different coloured panels like greens and pinks with a retro logo. Basically I'm describing the sweatshirt below.

If you didn't want to stick out in the crowds too much then go for a more classic 90s sweatshirt with some subtle colours with a big embroidered logo.

One brand that has risen to the top is Champion and to be honest as a kid I hadn't really heard of Champion. I was more of a Adidas or Nike kid with the exception of my Kappa Poppers, who remembers those bad boys? Anyways Champion today are hugely popular with the streetwear scene so get a 90s Champion 1/4 zip then you'll be the coolest cat at your bus stop.

Not necessarily sportswear but a big brand back in the 90s was Tommy Hilfiger. With its bold coloured logo and the big spell out sweaters its a current must have for any vintage clothing enthusiast

The Good the Bad & The Ugly Christmas Jumper

Matthew Hurdle

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The good the bad and the ugly Christmas jumpers are now in full swing. With Christmas jumper day coming up on the 15th December the pressure is on to get  this years most ridiculous Christmas jumper, whether it be one that jingles, dangles or just plain ugly.

Where did this craze come from I hear you ask? Supposedly, it all began with one partyIn the early 2000s, a couple of Canadians thought it’d be fun to throw a party where everyone had to wear ugly Christmas sweaters. What started as a small gathering for them and their friends has since grown into a huge tradition where hundreds of people gather in Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom for the annual Ugly Sweater Party. From there, it’s spread to the U.S and U.K, as contagiously as the winter flu. And now, here we are!

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With the trend of that 'Ugly' Christmas jumper ever increasing, theres plenty of the modern mass produced Christmas jumpers available. But why be like everyone else, shop around for the true vintage Christmas jumper or cardigan. The one made in the 80s or 90s out of 100% wool thats itchy as fuck and was created with every intension of being a festive beauty. Merry Christmas all, stay vintage x

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Tis The Season To Be Tart Ann

Matthew Hurdle

 

Once the first cold snap hits the shores of England and the urge to grab the knits and the fleece sweaters is paramount to your outfit, Don't forget those tartan prints. Typically made from wool, not only are you getting a variety of patterns you're getting that extra bit of warmth. 

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The joy of Tartan is that it can go grunge, punk, classic, classy, or anywhere in between. Skirts are a great classic vintage staple and will never go out of fashion. Styled with a denim or leather jacket for classic vintage punk vibe.

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Don't ignore the tartan blazer for gods sake! Can class up your act or wear super casual like the image below with some Levis.

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Sorry fellas I haven't forgotten you. Tartan trousers are bang on trend and available in all big stores and some naff ones too. A great alternative from the jeans you've no doubt had to peel off your legs. Style with a nice chunky knit and some Dr Martens. BOOM thank me later

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Failing everything I've mentioned sometimes all you need is a tartan scarf to set your outfit alight and blossom in the cold winter breeze. Until next time folks, no dramas baby lamas 

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The Trusty Flannel

Matthew Hurdle

 

If you love vintage clothing then the chances are you own a multiple array of flannel shirts. Its a timeless classic that can be worn with almost anything.

Typically thought of as just worn by cowboys and wood chop choppers its a 90s grunge classic. Worn tied up round your waist or with a crop top with some levis and some vans.

 
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Have a banging t-shirt with a phat print but want to wear it during the colder months? then layer that bad boy with your trusty flannel like my good friend (although he denies ever knowing me) A$AP Rocky

So next time you pop out to get some milk and need something to throw on, why not grab the flannel. Shop our collection of shirts by clicking the picture below

Cord To The Roy

Matthew Hurdle

 

When I say corduroy the first thing that pops into your head is some old professor that smells all musty and has a handle bar moustache with crumbs from his cheese sandwich. No? Just me then. 

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Well if you're a true lover of vintage than you will surly have some sort of corduroy in your arsenal and if you don't then this Autumn/Winter you should get involved. Corduroy its self gives a great vintage vibe with its velvety but yet ribbed surface and comes in micro-cord or the real chunky cord. Due to its slightly thicker fabric its perfect for layering up this Winter. Pair your corduroy with smooth, solid garments so the texture of the material can really stand out.

Shop our cord shirts here.

Shop our cord shirts here.

Here with have the classic micro cord shirt which makes a refreshing change from the abstract shirts you've been rocking during the Summer months. Worn oversized with either jeans or some chinos so that ultimate vintage skater look. 

 

Why not try something a little different and buy a cord jacket for that warmth factor or try some cord dungarees for that 70s look.  Or even take a break from wearing jeans every once in awhile by grabbing a pair of corduroy pants, which will keep you warmer and add some intrigue to your outfit. Sport your corduroy pants some retro sportswear brands.