A great shirt or blouse is a wardrobe staple you'll find yourself wearing with everything, but finding the one that suits you perfectly can be a difficult task. For something a little less ordinary, this Mustard Frill Collar Shirt from Miss Selfridge has a nice hint of sixties cool.
Polka dot print is a fabric choice that is perenially associated with retro styles, particularly 50s looks. The second decade that favoured the famous spots was the 1980s, malking this Carson Bustier Dress from Boohoo an ideally cutesy eighties look.
The dress has the ideal structure for the era, too, with a ruffle skirt and spaghetti straps creating a great prom silhouette. The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice finish off a look that's instantly retro, and versatile enough to dress up or down for day or night.
It's available from Boohoo now for just £20.
While much of the high street's latest collections have moved away from retro influence, there are still some unusual pieces to be found that will satisfy. This Lace Collar Top from Miss Selfridge provides something a little out of the ordinary, with some thirties style design points.
The drop waist is an immediately 1930s cut, while the collar and colouring are reminiscent of a pierrot style outfit (without looking like a full blown costume). The overall effect, with lace details and sleeveless cut, provides a top that could also pass well in most sixties wardrobes, adding an unusual retro piece to any wardrobe.
It's available now from Miss Selfridge for £28.
The shift dress has evolved throughout the decades, but many modern designs still retain all the classic retro appeal of their 1960s counterparts. This Bow Shift Dress from Oasis has some thoroughly 21st century touches, while keeping that vintage feel.
A head-turning shade of red adds some vampish appeal to an otherwise demure and girlish mid-sixties look. A straight cut, bow detailing and high neckline combine to create a mid-decade silhouette, with a mid thigh hemline to finish the look.
It's available now from Oasis for £55.
Thanks to a return of nautical influence on the high street, horizontal stripes are in abundance in current womenswear. While they may not be the easiest print to wear for some, they are often a fast and easy way to a retro look in your wardrobe, just as with this Stripe Vest Dress from Miss Selfridge.
The black and white stripes eschew a stereotypical nautical colour choice of navy, while the red oversized bow ties in with the theme without looking clichéd. With a figure-hugging cut this dress draws on a fifties wiggle shape, giving it an extra retro dimension with an eighties-look ruffled hemline.
Get it online from Miss Selfridge now for £22.
With many pre-1960s retro looks, the style is never complete without the right undergarments to compliment it. Creating an ideal silhouette to layer your well chosen threads upon is a must, making pieces like underskirts worthy of investment.
This Reversible Petticoat from American Apparel provides all the volume you need for a fifties evening look thanks to multiple layers and ruffling details. For less ramped up looks, though, the reversible skirt can be worn inside out to minimise the ruffles and create a more demure skirt shape.
Available in black or white, it costs £52 from American Apparel.