Often when the high street attempts to interpret the more psychedelic vein of sixties fashion, the result can be an overblown and cartoonish image. With a more Autumnal colour palette and some simplistic styling, however, Matalan have managed to create a more chic image in this Heraldic Print Shift Dress.
Simplicity and chic are the quickest route to effortless mid-sixties looks from any garment, making a well crafted shift dress the choice that the high street continually revisit for retro fare. This Peter Pan Shift Dress from New Look is a subtly styled dress with evident vintage influence throughout.
Perfect for the Summer, the loose and light fit of the shift dress helps create that androgynous silhouette much loved in that era. The addition of a bell cuffed sleeve and peter pan collar adds some unmistakeable retro feel, while the mustard heart print rounds out the sixties influence.
It's now available from New Look for £27.99.
Sometimes it's the most simplistic and versatile items that become wardrobe favourites, especially when it's a stylish accessory you can turn to almost any outfit. This cool, sixties inspired Box Bag from New Look is a piece that could become an everyday essential, and at a price which belies its good looks.
The rounded box bag structure has a great retro feel, toeing the line between sharp lines and a more youthful appeal like so many sixties designs. The use of a mustard shade of faux leather, along with the gold chain strap and hardware, keeps the vintage colour palette in place too.
It's now available from New Look for just £15.99.
For an instantly recognisable shot of US fifties fashion in any girl's wardrobe, a diner style dress is a great choice. For a hint of that Americana feel, without falling for cliché or cartoonishness, this Betty Lou Dress by Heartbreaker Fashion is very worthy of a look-in.
The structure features a full swing skirt, button through front and sleeveless cut, with a contrasting shirt collar and waist ties creating accents to the slinky silhouette. The dress comes in two shades, mustard and ketchup, for an added wink to the kitschy inspiration.
Pre-Order yours now from Heartbreaker for $95.
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.
For an instant shot of sixties looks, a well chosen colour palette can often be key. This Mustard Contrast Satchel from Topshop uses a great pairing of vintage shades in a leather look bag that has plenty of retro appeal.
The tapered, sloping sides add a sixties look to the classic satchel, creating a shape that has all the sharp and angular appeal of the decade's aesthetic. The use of mustard and rich brown faux leather together adds to the impact of a design that's instantly recognisable as a nod to timeless vintage looks.
It's available now from Topshop for £32.