Vintage Look Hosiery
The Goodwood Revival is a three day motor racing festival that is held every September at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex. It has been running since 1998, displaying the types of road racing cars and motorcycles that would have been competing during the circuits original heyday, of 1948 till 1966. Most people who attend the revival dress in period clothes and it is one of the worlds most popular motor racing meetings and is the only one in the UK that recreates the golden era of motorsport from the 1950s to 1960s.
This restored circuit is unchanged from its golden period except for the inclusion of a chicane at the start finish line. There is a pedal car race for children called the Settrington Cup. As many of the visitors wear period clothing to keep with the feel of the revival no modern vehicles are allowed within the circuit perimeter for the duration of the event (except for emergency vehicles). There are also theatrical sets recreating the eras as well as historical aircrafts on show.
The festival showcases Grand Prix cars from the 195os and 1960s, GT cars, historic saloon cars and Formula Juniors. Many famous people from the world of driving and celebrates have taken part including Sir Stirling Moss, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and Rowan Atkinson to name just a few.
What To Wear
From the glamour of the 1940s, to the fabulous 1950’s and then the swinging 1960’s you are spoilt with choice as to which vintage look you want to go for at the revival. No matter which look you go for from pencil line skirt, tea dress or mini skirt an essential of any vintage look is your tights or stockings (no respectable woman was seen without them!)
1940s hosiery with the invention of nylon were sheer and nude coloured but darker than the natural skin colour. They had seams up the backs where fully fashioned styles were sewn together. Stockings had reinforced toes and heels with a Cuban design on most. Cuban heels were a square edge block of darker reinforced knit that could be seen above the shoe heel. While certainly fashionable they were mostly a practical design.
1950s saw a return to fashion after the war years and ladies wanted to look sophisticated again with the return of hats, gloves and flared skirts that reached the calf. The two main choices when it came to hosiery in this era was seamed or not. Black fishnet tights also became a respectable look that many women in the 1950s embraced.
1960s saw an explosion of colour when it came to women’s hosiery. Wearing tights that matched the bright colours of their dresses and skirts. As their skirts become shorter the need for more opaque tights became a must. Knee high socks also became popular during this period. Checks, stripes, herringbone, dots, chevron etc you name it in the 1960s stockings and tights came in it.
Goodwood has produced a small guide titled ‘Dress and Style at the Goodwood Revival’ which can be a help to those not sure what to wear and no matter which era you go for don’t forget your hosiery!