Inspired by… HMS Pinafore

We get a cheeky backstage look at HMS Pinafore, and translate the twenties glamour and nautical naughtiness for your day-to-day style…

1920s Cambridge Arts Theatre HMS Pinafore nautical


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 Photos by Will Seymour


Now here at the Tab we appreciate that it’s deepest darkest February, and that a little bit of guilt-free escapism is absolutely necessary at this time of year. So in honour of those flights of fancy that keep us all going, and to get the most cynical of fashionistas’ hearts aflutter, here for your delight and delectation are some fabulous shots of the current production of HMS Pinafore. Having been thus inspired, here’s a little insight into how to translate some of that roaring twenties glamour and nautical naughtiness into your own wardrobe.



For the timid, invest in a striped Breton tshirt or jumper (oh-so-chic), a military coat (shiny buttons are a MUST), and some fab art deco costume jewellery- guaranteed to get you noticed and to make liven up a normal day outfit (brooches and drop earrings are an especially easy way to embrace this trend).
For the braver at heart, however, this era offers oodles of fashion inspiration. Drop waist dresses, chiffon ruffles, jewelled headbands and feathers: the sky’s the limit when it comes to any black tie occasion, or indeed just to liven up Monday morning lectures. Similarly, embrace all things nautical and create an daring outfit in red, white, and blue (anchor motifs optional) in order to snare yourself a sailor…


Top marks to the chicest among you who can work the classic Louise Brooks bob, and combine the twenties/sailor theme- just too chic for words. Make like a badly behaved flapper with a Navy boyfriend and it’ll be allright on the night. Viva Gilbert and Sullivan!

HMS Pinafore is running at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from the 1st- 6th February.