Rokit Goes to the Classic Car Boot Sale
If you missed the Classic Car Boot Sale a couple of weekends back then where were you? Time to fess up. The lead up to the event promised loads of top quality nosh, craft beer, toe tapping tunes and of course, let's not forget, stalls of vintage wears as far as the eye could see. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Words by Danielle Morgan
The organisers of the car boot rounded up the country's finest vintage clothing, music and homewares traders, threw them all together in Lewis Cubitt Park just round the corner from King's Cross Station and told them all the bring their classic cars and scooters just to make things interesting. Where to look first?
From gourmet burger vans to the boots of 1940s Chevrolet pick ups trucks and '60s Ford Anglia's filled with vintage garments and homewares, there was something for everyone at the Classic Car Boot Sale. For a mere fiver, we snapped up vintage wears from '30s headscarves to '90s maxi's and '70s Bakelite.
Hosted by the Vintage Festival group, the event was just one of many held up and down the country that are bringing vintage fashion, culture and lifestyle back in a big way. From '60s Art Schools, to Roller Discos, Soul Casinos and not to mention the Classic Car Bootsale.
Dig for Victory
If it's cheap tat you're after then the Classic Car Boot Sale is not for you. Rare and collectible apparel was showcased against immaculate kitchenware, furniture and classic cars, and I wanted it all. You had to be prepared to rummage, but the deeper we dug the more precious the treasure.
"An unselfconscious celebration of 20th century popular culture."
65 traders clubbed together to flog an impressive Vintage stock of clothing and home furnishings so whether you were in the market for a Mexican novelty jacket or a '70s dinner service, this was the nostalgia event for you.
Food Glorious Food
Rows of gourmet burger carts and afternoon tea caravans lined up to offer us a seat from all that spending and to feast our weary stomachs. If your eyes are bigger than your belly, which mine definitely always are, then for future reference I would suggest laying off the slim fitting one piece and fully embracing an elasticated waistband. Don't find out the hard way, because I definitely did. Yum Jungle was our vendor of choice and it did not disappoint.
If it's a sly G&T or a craft beer that tickles your fancy then Lewis Cubitt Park was the place to be. A vintage double decker London bus converted into a full bar acted as the thirst quenching boozer we all needed when the sun came out to play.
Shake Rattle n Roll
No even would be complete without a toe tapping playlist and the music on offer at the Classic Car Boot Sale did not let us down. My acquired 1950s rockabilly and skiffle tastes were more than satisfied by the likes of Bill Haley playing overhead, with music over the weekend ranging from Rock n Roll to Northern Soul, Funk and Motown.
"Very different to the car boot sales in rainy fields I was dragged around as a child - much more glamorous!"
Beep Beep, Beep Beep... Yeah!
Let's not forget it wasn't all about the garms and the grub. For those of us who knew not a lot about the cars, sure they were pretty to look at and tag on Instagram. For those of your that are however, I have been informed that there was much to marvel at in the way of classic motors and they weren't just for looking at. You'd be stumped to find a 'No Touch' sign in sight as many of the cars were actually for sale.
It didn't matter whether you were in the market for a 1960 Citroen Ami or a 1940 Royal Enfield Motorcycle, the cars, bikes and scooters on sale at the event were not in short supply.
On the Street
If snapping street style is your bag then you were spoilt for choice. We couldn't get enough of the unique and original looks we were spotting on members of the crowd. From war time hair turbans adorning the heads of traders to Mods wheeling in on their scooters wearing original 1960s Fred Perry's, the retro revival was in full swing.
Lost in a sea of circle skirts and victory rolls, I scoured the stalls for anything and everything that caught my eye, but it was the immaculately dressed members of the crowd that were constantly stealing my attention away from bargain hunting. Ladies and gents of all ages proved that dressing vintage is as popular as ever and the only way to achieve a completely individual and unique look.
Steal Her Style
If you missed the Classic Car Boot then you're in luck; some of our favourite looks come from modelling what we wear on things we've seen on the street. You're never going to completely match your style to vintage, we've all been there when you see someone wearing a the dress of your dreams. Elatedly tottering over you ask 'WHERE DID YOU GET THAT DRESS FROM?' to which the smug reply you receive is... 'it's vintage'. Damn.
Well not to worry, because street style can often provide the best inspiration for your own take on a classic look. Here we've put together a few classic looks inspired by the stylish fillies we spyed.
Layering '70s style plaid over a 1940s tea dress is the ultimate nod to eccentric and unique vintage dressing, done in a feminine way here with heels and a kitch beret.
The 1950s rockabilly style is easy to recreate with a classic pair of high waisted indigo wash jeans, whilst a statement vinatge jacket will have you standing out from the crowd for all the right reasons. And what about her fiery do? We've got serious fringe envy.