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With fashion's eternal love of recycling ideas and adding new twists, it should be no surprise that retrospective design is no new thing. The 1980s had a particular fondness for fifties styles, reinterpreting pieces with a unique eighties slant.
This Polka Dot Jacket from Warehouse is really reminiscent of an eighties reimagining of fifties style elements. The 50s polka dot print is used in a simple but structured blazer, with the rolled 3/4 sleeves and hip pockets helping to create that relaxed androgyny of eighties mainstream fashion.
It's available from Warehouse now for £65.
With the summer truly in full swing, simple and stylish frocks are always the order of the day to keep cool in more than one sense of the word. This Polka Dot Shift Dress from River Island is an ideal choice, with plenty of mid-sixties chic and practicality combined.
The shift cut instantly creates a mod-style silhouette, with a sleeveless cut and high neckline providing balance to the more feminine A-line skirt and mini hemline. Finished in a light green polka dot, the addition of a contrasting bow detail at the bust adds that youthful feel of the mid-sixties with ease.
It's available from River Island for £39.99.
Even the most perfectly chosen retro dress is nothing without the right footwear and accessories, making it tempting to snap up hundreds of pairs to suit every outfit. These Polka Dot Courts from New Look are the ideal choice to pair with a wide variety of looks, making accessorising simpler.
The shoes are subtle and classic, with a round toed court shape that is versatile. A stiletto heel adds some vampish appeal, while the polka dot is a sweet touch that lends itself to day or night time looks. Also available in black, this red pair capture a great fifties feel that doesn't need to try too hard to work perfectly.
They're available now from New Look for just £22.99.
Swing dresses are some of the most desirable and instantly recognisable retro fifties frocks you can get. While there may be many fifties inspired designs on the high street, there's nothing that can compete with great reproduction designs like this Covergirl Swing Dress by Stop Staring!
With a classic swing silhouette, featuring a halter neck and circle skirt to the knee, there's no denying the fifties appeal of this piece. The real stand-out feature of this design is the bustline, featuring a sweetheart cut and a contrasting panel under the pleated fabric. Finished in a striking white and red polka dot, this dress doesn't put a foot wrong.
Get it from the Stop Staring! online store for $154.