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Bestdays: A vintage Adventure

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

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. 



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.


The Chunky Knit

Matthew Hurdle


Its that time of the year again, the clocks have gone back and its dark when you get up and its dark when you get home and your lunch consists of a cuppa soup. Safe to say that your short sleeve pattern shirt or your Levi hot pants have been tucked well away in your wardrobe for another year and out pulls the vintage chunky knitted jumper thats itchy as f*ck and the moths have had a right feast. Still smelling well used from the previous year and the many years before that. Worn with a long sleeve tee underneath (to prevent the itch rash) you're good to go really. Pair with some Levi's jeans or some corduroy trousers 

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The Overcoat Streetsyle

Matthew Hurdle


As most of us now spend far too much time on Instagram endlessly scrolling through pictures of cats and fashion outfits, there's one look that I see popping up more and more on the streetwear pages. That my friends is the overcoat.


Back in the day, perhaps you would have only seen the city banker sporting an overcoat, but in recent times it's a must have for the urban streetwear fashion enthusiast. 

Two great examples of how the overcoat takes the outfit up a notch; can be worn with baggy track pants or chinos with hoodies on top and some saucy sneakers down below. 


In my attempt at the overcoat look, I went for the sportswear inspired attire, with a Fila sweatshirt, some black Levi 501's and my Nike SB sneakers, topped off with the pineapple socks, for that je ne sais quoi.


Spring Watch: Cropped Trousers

Matthew Hurdle

Spring Watch: The rise of the cropped trouser.

If 2015 was the year of the filter then I assure you 2016 will be the year of the crop. Only I'm not talking in photographic terms when I talk about a crop.

This spring the cropped trouser will be the strongest look a man can pull off. So put your skinny jeans away for a while and let me talk you through some looks you can rock whilst "jacking up" those slacks.

The first look takes a simple plain black smart cropped trouser. Add in a striped roll neck neatly tucked into the trousers, think Harrisson Koiser from Peace a man who really rocks that Parisian look. Often donning a Breton stripe. Then I've gone for a vintage white corduroy zipped over-shirt sleeves rolled up allowing more of the stripes to be on view. Accessorized with a Topshop studded western belt. Finished with a pop of colour in a pair of converse hi-tops. This could look equally as good with any causal trainers or even some black brogues.

The second look is one slightly more daring. DISCLAIMER: CONATINS A DOUBLE PRINT. Here I've gone for a patterned black and white checked crop trouser (I dig these a lot). Then a short sleeved revere collared Hawaiian/floral shirt; the revere collar is also going to be big this spring summer so be sure to stock your wardrobe with lots of heavy prints and open buttoned collars. I've accessorized with a brown belt however i feel it would look better with a black belt. Finished with my trusty Topshop leather jacket.

As the weather gets warmer this look will really come into its own, I'll often be opting for a cropped trouser - as an alternative to shorts - and a basic lightweight scooped tee finished with a slip on trainer or summer shoe.

So crop til you drop. Thanks for reading this far.  
Big love ✌🏻️


Spring Watch: Scarfs

Matthew Hurdle

The must have accessory for me this spring is scarfs. Skinny scarfs/cravats/knits anything you can wrap you neck in.

Skinny scarfs are especially popular in women's fashion at the moment but that is no reason as to why us men can't get on board. I happen to find this look extremely cool, think Jagger or Noel Fielding. Noel is arguably the King of accessorizing. Be it a feather boa or a tie he almost always uses his neck area as the focal point of his outfits. Which are often garish to the extreme.
Here I've gone for the more subtle approach of a basic low scoop white tee from Topman and a Topshop boutique leather jacket. Simple and easy look but finished off with a Topshop £2, yes £2 skinny scarf makes the outfit far more exciting. A sort of rock and roll androgyny ready for a night grooving about town. (Excuse the pout I was summoning my inner zoolander)  #bluesteel

Another option is the cravat. My favorite scarf at the moment is one I got from Nick Grimshaw's range for Topman. It works with so many outfits and can be worn multiple ways.

Here it is worn very relaxed with a simple low loop. Again a topman black scoop tee and a topshop suede Mac. Perfect for any time or place.

Or a bit of the mod look and wear it high to the neck with an all black outfit, let the colour in the scarf do the talking, although I have added in my favourite bit of detailing in fringing on this H&M suede jacket.
I'm currently building my scarf collection for this spring as I feel they really are the must have accessory. I find a trip down to Best Days Vintage is always great for my scarf needs. A great collection of the funkiest of patterned scarfs/cravats. Check them out.
Big Love ✌🏻️

Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals

Jez Dixon

Well Ho Ho Ho if it isn't that time of year again. Can I be frank with you reader? No? Well then I shall be earnest. My last couple of Christmi (that's the plural) have been somewhat mediocre compared to previous years. I'm a big Christmas guy. I will always immerse myself fully in Christmas spirit but the joy levels haven't been up to scratch. Well let me tell you it's back baby and I'm going balls deep into Christmas. I sincerely hope you are too.


December 18th (that's this Friday) is Christmas jumper day. Now I know that you are a keen witted individualist and you won't be told what to wear and when to wear it but on this day you're going to put that aside and you're going to embrace Christmas like you did when you were 8. The good thing about the Christmas jumpers at Bestdays is that every one of them is unique so you can join in without being the same as everyone else.  The bad thing about our Christmas jumpers is that some of them are absolutely hideous. But then isn't that the point? I would comfortably claim that we have the best collection of bad Christmas jumpers in the state. (He likes American things now).

Here's our friend Chelsea in her bestdays "ugly" Christmas jumper. Her words not mine.

Here's our friend Chelsea in her bestdays "ugly" Christmas jumper. Her words not mine.

The day after boxing day is a Sunday and it won't feel like a Sunday because you'll have that weird "what day is it?" feeling and you'll want to drink. A lot. We have just the place and occasion for you to do that. Imagine a club night with loads of live bands, DJ's playing tunes you love and moneybeing raised for charity. You've just imagined this months Leisure written and hosted by v bar, bestdaysvintage and The Robin Cancer trust. We also celebrate steve's birthday on the 27th (even though it's actually on Christmas day). I know he would love you to be there because he often feels like his birthday is somewhat neglected. Jesus is the ultimate thunder stealer.


Have an ace Christmas wherever you are and see you soon. Love you byeeeeeeeeee. Jez xxxxx


Matthew Hurdle

Here at Best Days Vintage we are preparing ourselves for the craziest day in retail. That day is Black Friday. Not just in Essex but worldwide, people will be waking up at the crack of dawn to make their way through the hordes of people to start their Christmas shopping or just to bag a 50inch TV to watch the footy on. Here at Best Days we are not only doing Black Friday but Saturday AND Sunday. I know right? We must be mad to inflict such craziness upon ourselves. We are offering a huge 30% off of everything. YES EVERYTHING. (excluding Jez. Jez is not for sale) 

After all that shopping you are going to want a alcoholic beverage right? Well luckily enough we have our Club night Leisure at Colchester's finest Vbar. Featuring live music, special cocktails and drink deals.

With Christmas only around the corner you should seriously be thinking about what ridiculous Christmas jumper you should wear to your works party. After all if you're going to approach your work colleague who you've fancied for ages you need to be looking your best. Luckily we have the Christmas jumpers sorted but whatever chat up line you decide to use is totally up to you. I find the 'Can you file a workplace safety incident report? i just fell for you' never worked for me. 



Matthew Hurdle

Another week here at Best Days HQ and boy has it been a busy one. We are in the process of releasing our first video on our new Youtube channel, which gives you an insight into not only the vintage clothing selling side of things but our love for music and lamps. I love lamp. Featuring many aspects of the shop, the preparation of clothes, and a behind the scenes look of our online Asos boutique. It features our diva model Connor who is Mariah Carey-like in his demands. Working conditions must be at a cosy 22 degrees and he only eats red M&Ms. Co-incidentally he does also have a 5 octave vocal range.

Conner meeting his idol on a shoot. No red M&Ms were conceived on this day

Conner meeting his idol on a shoot. No red M&Ms were conceived on this day

We also include highlights from past events from our monthly alternative club night Leisure which showcases local bands plus up and coming London bands and plays the hottest alternative indie tunes. This month's Leisure is a Halloween special with a Heaven & Hell special so get out your halos and your horny devil costume and come join us.

Not only is Best Days Vintage the hottest vintage clothing shop in town but occasionally once in a while when the working day has ended we get out the disco lights and the glitter ball and transform the shop into a music venue and host our very own free in-store gigs, creating a intimate gig setting with discounts on clothes for one night only. Recently we had F.O.X ,who supported Depeche Mode on their stadium tour, pop down for a stadium-worthy performance with a eye retina burning lighting display.

In other news the darkest Friday of the year is fast approaching. Yes I’m talking about the day where manners go out the window, you turn into a magpie searching for that golden egg and you will stop at nothing until it is in your grubby little hands. It’s Black Friday. Expect massive discounts across the shop and Jez armed with pepper spray to control the masses.