Style Inspiration – vintage festival fashion

Fashion has always taken centre stage when it comes to festivals. So in honour of Coachella here’s some vintage style inspiration for your festival style this year.

Whatever your tastes, there’ll be a festival look that speaks to your inner happy camper. So let the festival fashion frenzy begin!

Necklaces – We say, ‘pile ‘em high’. It’s all about the layering. We just love how Jane Birkin did it. Perfection.

Jane Birkin
Jane Birkin

Headgear – Simply put, a festival essential. Whether you go for a scarf headband à la Raquel Welch and Patti Harrison or go full blown flower power like Joni Mitchell and Drew Barrymore, the right head wear will do wonders for your look.

Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
Patti Harrison
Patti Harrison
Top left: Joni Mitchell, top right: Woodstock, bottom: Drew Barrymore
Top left: Joni Mitchell, top right: Woodstock, bottom: Drew Barrymore

Gypsy chic – Festivals and gypsy chic go hand in hand and the style icons of times gone by wore the original look so well. The likes of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac really made this look their signature style.

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks

The tassel – Tassels scream festival and vintage divas such as Chaka Khan and sultry siren Raquel Welch (again) knew how to work them.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan
Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

And finally…The crochet dress. These are everywhere right now but the vintage ones are the best. Whether you go for rainbow brights or ethereal white cotton and crochet mix, you can’t go wrong.


70 crochet dress


crochet dress 1975


We’d love to see how you’re wearing your vintage this festival season so tweet us @stylebybello and we’ll retweet.

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Here at Style By Portobello we just love spring. The less we wrap up, the more accessories we get to show off and as we all know, accessories make an outfit. So if you’re looking to add a touch of “je ne sais quoi” to your look, a vintage scarf will make a big statement. 

Style By Portobello vintage scarf

There’s the skinny scarf, the square scarf and the neckerchief, the rectangle, and then the fabrics: silk, cotton and acetate to name but a few. The combinations are endless as was shown on the catwalks for S/S 2016.

Photo c/o
Photo c/o

Wrapped, knotted or left open, scarves are an essential in any fashionista’s wardrobe; especially vintage  ones as the designs are so unique. Scarves are always a big hit in our Bello Boxes which is why we’ve launched a new offering  - Scarf Sets.


For £15 you will receive two gorgeously stylish, hand picked vintage scarves from Portobello Road market delivered straight to your door. Our team of stylists work wonders unearthing one-off patterns and designs that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. On top of that, they are super easy to style. So here’s some style inspiration to get your creative fashion juices flowing.

We love how Tatyana from blog,, styled one of the scarves from the scarf set we sent her.



Then we’ve got Sophia from blog, Brunette Swirls, adding some flair to her outfit with her Style By Portobello vintage scarf whilst on a weekend break in Belgium.




And we can’t get enough of @lellavictoria’s standout styling, using her Style By Portobello vintage scarf on her bag.

IMG_0227We’d love to see how you wear your vintage scarves. It’s all about sharing the style inspiration so tweet us @stylebybello and we’ll retweet.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage fashion and vintage style, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter.  To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to

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Vintage style Icon: Madonna

madonna 80s

Madonna has been a fashion icon since the late 70s / early  80s and even to this day (at the age of 57), this singer, songwriter, actress, entertainer and businesswoman refuses to be a wallflower.  And that’s exactly why we love her style so much here at Style By Portobello. To us, she’s a true vintage icon, one whom has left her stamp on the world and one whom isn’t easily forgotten. Throughout her successful career, Madonna has been here to shock her audiences and the controversial lyrical content of her music was what first got her noticed; songs like ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and ‘Like A Virgin’ really helped to push boundaries in pop music and from daring lyrics to a wild stage presence, Madonna has always been one to stand out from the crowd. Unsurprisingly, her dress sense was no different. And here we take a look through some of our favourite looks throughout the decades. From beauty to fashion, here are some of the most iconic Madonna photos of all time…

The Famous Red Lip

madonna red lips 80s

At the 1984 MTV Awards, Madonna rocked up in a lingerie style bridal dress complete with a “Boy Toy” belt and she finished off her look with her famous red lipstick. She told reporters that she did the makeup herself and was also heard saying, “Red is the sexiest a mouth can ever look.” From then on, Madonna was rarely seen without it.

80s Disco

madonna 80s fashion

This is definitely one of Madonna’s most recognised looks of the 1980s and it features see-through fishnet, messy crimped hair, bright neons and bold jewellery. We love this disco look and nobody rocks it quite like Madge!

Underwear as Fashion

madonna iconic outfits

Madonna was undoubtedly one of the most influential people pioneering this controversial trend. In 1989, the singer performed on stage wearing a lacy corset with men’s baggy trousers for a sexy yet slightly androgynous appeal.

The Madonna Brow

madonna eyebrows 80s

Cara D may be the bushy browed queen of the catwalk but Madonna was sporting thick, bushy slugs way before anyone else back in the 80s. She embraced her natural assets and let her brows go wild and she completed her look with her infamous red lip and her tomboy hair.

Androgynous Style

madonna 80s

Madonna was always known for her slightly boyish sense of style; from the oversized blazers and heavy leather to dungarees and hip hop style pants, her look was always sexy but androgynous at the same time. This is a still from her 1989 video ‘Express Yourself’, to which she explained: “The message of the song is that people should always say what it is they want. The time I learn how not to edit myself will be the time I consider myself a complete adult.”

Pinup Girl


Madonna began to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe in the early to mid 90s by cleaning up her look and oozing femininity. Gone was the fishnet and crimps and in came the luscious blond locks and soft brows. But despite her polished Vogue Cover, she was still looking as fierce as ever.

What’s your favourite photo of Madonna? Tweet us your favourite image on Twitter and we will give you a retweet!

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Interview with Rock On Holly: Let’s Talk Vintage!

vintage style blogger

Holly from Rock On Holly is one of our favourite style bloggers and last year she styled a fabulous outfit on her blog featuring some gorgeous Style By Portobello pieces.  She showed us how to work one of a kind vintage pieces into a high street wardrobe, bringing the two worlds together seamlessly – so we decided to catch up with her this week to find out what she’s been up to since. And like old friends do, we laughed, we talked, and we also did a spot of time travelling; that’s right, we travelled back through the decades in our Style By Portobello time machine to dig a little deeper into the skeletons of Holly’s vintage wardrobe. We’re so pleased that she let us interview her, and here are her answers about how she rocks a stylish wardrobe, how she should have been born in the 1920s (we totally agree), and how her fashion sense relates more to James Dean than Audrey Hepburn! ;)

Q1: Tell us a bit about your personal style…

My personal style is quite relaxed. I like “slouchy” loose fitting items. Ripped jeans and a denim jacket are my go to pieces day to day! When I’m vintage shopping I’m always on the hunt for great patterns, prints and of course, vintage leather. I love vintage accessories like bags to add a unique finishing touch to an outfit.


Q2: If you could travel back in time to any decade, which one would you choose and why?

I would probably choose the 1920s / Downton Abbey days! I love the glamour and styling of that era. The dresses and headpieces were so decadent – and of course, I love a good party!

Q3: If you could be any vintage icon / vintage movie star, who would you be?

Grace Kelly. she was gorgeous, stylish and talented.

Q4: Which old fashioned movie would you like to star in?

I would probably be Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis – her red hair and glossy red lips were so unique and different to the blonde bombshells around at the time!


Q5: Which vintage icon / musician / movie star best represents your wardrobe style?

I would love to say Audrey Hepburn, but it’s probably more like James Dean!!

Q6: And finally, what are your tips for girls who are interested in trying vintage for the first time?

I’d say start with accessories to build up your confidence – a scarf, bag or brooch can instantly update your look. And also, try on everything!! Sizes have changed over the decades and you’ll be surprised what will / won’t fit you!


Thanks to Holly for answering our questions and taking this trip through the decades with us! If you love her chic sense of style as much as we do, make sure you check out Holly’s blog > Rock On Holly. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily OOTD pics and much more.

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