With party season almost upon us there's no better way to ensure you're cocktail-ready than investing in the Louche Bonne Dress from Joy.
The classic fifties style circle skirt is an item that many retro brands offer, with most utilising a bold colour scheme or print to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes, however, the order of the day is a more versatile version, making this Essential Elegance Skirt by Moon Collection one that's ideal for your every day wardrobe.
The circle cut, with its two layered design, creates a classic swing silhouette that creates a chic hourglass shape. With a neatly tailored high waist and full hips, the designers haven't skimped on the fabric volume, allowing for the movement that's often missing from lesser vintage odes.
It's available online from ModCloth for $69.99.
Most people tend to characterise sixties fashion as being wall to wall miniskirts and a-line dress cuts, but there's plenty of variety to be found when looking back the decade's style. This Skater Dress from Miss Selfridge might be a less edgy sixties style, but it's certainly just as headturning as many.
The high neckline and capped sleeves create the bust minimising silhouette so popular in sixties mainstream fashion, while the full skirt from a high waistline takes a traditionally fifties shape and adds some modernity. Finished in an irresistibly summery orange shade, you'll wear this time and again.
Get it now from Miss Selfridge for £42.
Each time the Summer season rolls around on the high street, sun dresses inspired by a variety of eras hit the rails. Fifties inspiration is always a popular option, thanks to the decade's use of feminine and flowing silhouettes.
This Spotty Dress from Peacocks' By Design range takes a late fifties/early sixties aesthetic and keeps thigns simple and classic. The sleeveless bodice balances out a full pleated skirt, carrying the large polka dot pattern with ease. Finishing touches like a vintage-look brooch and ribbon waist add sparkle without making this piece too dressy for the sunshine.
It's available now from Peacocks for £35.
Much of the fifties looks available from reproduction brands and the high street of late have erred on the side of structural, vampish looks. If rockabilly style isn't for you, a more traditionally fifties look can be achieved with items like this Poppy Print Skirt from Dorothy Perkins.
The circle skirt style is given a softer edge with the use of a flowing cotton fabric, eschewing the heavily structured alternatives. The poppy print utilises the floral trend without falling for cliché, and adds impact with its colour palette too. Finished with a long hemline, this skirt is ideal for a more conservative and classic fifties inspired wardrobe.
It's available now from Dorothy Perkins for £30.
When looking towards the 20th century for fashion inspiration, consumers and designers alike can often forget the gems that can be found in crossover eras. While fifties and sixties inspired styles are usually very distinct, the pieces which aim for the time in between are often the most intriguing.
This Yellow Button Circle Skirt from River Island utilises elements of fifties style, combined with some sharp 60s updates. The circle skirt is given an update with a shorter hem and matelot buttons, while the high waist and a-line silhouette remain intact. Finished in a chic mustard yellow, this skirt is versatile and instantly retro.
Get it from River Island now for £26.99.