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Vintage Inspiration: Beverly Goldberg’s 80s Sweaters

Sweaters. Jumpers. They have different names depending on which side of the pond you fall. But whatever you want to call them, when the cold month’s start to bite (and oh do they bite in the north of England!) I like nothing more than wrapping myself up in lots of layers of wool and acrylic.

As we head into the festive season, well, the brighter and shinier the better as far as I’m concerned! And if there is one era that knew how to do bright, shiny jumpers better than anyone else, it is definitely the 1980s.

One of my (not so) guilty pleasures is the TV series The Goldbergs, which follows a hapless family trying to navigate their way through aforementioned decade. The matriarch, Beverly Goldberg has some of the finest examples of 80s novelty knits known to man. Behold…

Beverly’s sweaters, and entire wardrobe in fact, is so magnificent that there is a Tumblr account dedicated to it!

I can only imagine how much fun it must be to be a costume designer or researcher on that show. This article on Glamour gives some idea of the sheer amount of eighties fashions they have to play with.

Want to recreate the look? Fortunately the internet is not short of vintage from this period. Here’s a few pieces I found on Etsy that wouldn’t look out of place on Bev. You can also check out the Frock Vintage Etsy shop for more fabulous 80s knits.

Vintage 80's Sweater - Beverly Goldberg -Purple and Black -Abstract - Saved By the Bell - Oversized - Plus Size - 3X

Vintage knit top, surfing waves sweater, retro 80s fashion

Pink 80s Cardigan, Vintage 80s Printed Pink and Grey Oversized Coatigan, Oversized Cardigan, 80s Striped Cardigan, Pink 80s Wool Cardigan

Vintage Beaded Jumper, Evening Jumper, Oversized Sweater, Floral Jumper, 80s Jumper, New Years, Party, Womens, UK, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

MATE collection: When You’re Strange

When it comes to music I like it how I like my clothes; vintage.

So I was very excited when I saw the latest collection from MATE, an independent and ethical clothing label designing, knitting, cutting, printing and making tees all in downtown LA.

The When You’re Strange collection is inspired by the lyrics of The Doors, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, as well as some low-key, easy wearing pieces that fit very much into Mate’s laid back aesthetic. Styles include tees, low cut tanks and baseball shirts.

Twinned with lace, velvet, leather and layered necklaces for a distinctly bohemian seventies vibe, the styling is on point. What’s not to love?

Vintage Style: Blue Monday

Happy January! I thought I’d start doing a few vintage outfit inspiration posts on the blog, I love putting together outfits – and what better way to do it than trawling Etsy and making a little collage – it doesn’t cost a penny, but satisfies my vintage hunting urges (that is if I can resist the temptation to buy the things I find!!)

I’ve taken my inspiration from the fact that today is known as ‘Blue Monday’ here in the UK, aka ‘the most depressing day of the year’. Boooo! So I thought I’d see off those winter blues with a few blue-hued threads. I’ve put together two looks, one fancy and one casual though you could easily mix and match both… how cool would that dress look with a pair of Converse? Or boyfriend jeans with a sequin cardigan and heels?


dress | cardigan | shoes | handbag


sweater | jeans | trainers | bag

And, seen as it is Blue Monday… a little music for you!

Vintage inspiration: Festival Fashion

This week it’s really starting to feel like summer for me. The sunshine is helping, but also the Solstice and the start of Glastonbury Festival are two key events that always remind me the seasons are a changing.

Festival fashion is so classically summer, and it borrows heavily from the sixties and seventies when the festival movement began. But I also like the grungey and ethnic inspired elements that typified Glastonbury in the nineties. Now it’s a melting pot of all of the above.

I’m going to my first every festival (well, one with camping), the wonderful Wilderness in Oxfordshire in August, so I’ve been trawling Pinterest and Etsy for some inspiration…

More boho luxe looks here -


The greatest summer party ever? Woodstock Festival 1969

Stevie Nicks..bohemian Rock queen

Perfect festival look. Floral skirt, vintage style Tshirt and lots of jewellery x

PAISLEY stella fagin MAXI dress kaftan moo moo muu muu BOLD graphic print. petite fit. front zip festival dress. bohemian cool hippie dress.

Are you going to any festivals this summer? What’s your style inspiration?

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