For a genuinely head-turning vintage look it's hard to beat some of the dedicated retro reproduction brands out there, consistantly bringing us looks for every possible occasion. This Classic Starlet evening dress from Tara Starlet is arguably one of their most stunning designs, with unmistakeable vintage flair on show.
Made of silhouette-sculpting black stretch-twill, the dress has sleek satin panels and delicate sheer lace detailing. Soft underwired cups and adjustable straps help to ensure a perfect fit as do the concealed hook fastenings all the way down the front.
The dress isn't cheap at £795 but it is a classic and if you're going to do underwear-as-outerwear then this sort of quality helps to ensure you look elegant rather than underdressed.
It's available from net-a-porter.com here.
The seventies was a decade known for opposing cultures, with the right on hippy folk movement living side by side with some of the most decadent trends of the 20th century. With the fashion for flashy riches, Riviera and disco styles have become a great inspiration for the current 70s revival.
Accessories don't come more achingly glamorous than a chic turban, like this one from River Island. With a folded design throughout, accompanied with front knotting, this is perfect for pairing with oversized shades and a golden tan at the poolside. Just don't forget your jewellery.
It's available now from River Island in beige or brown for £9.99.
Forties and fifties fashion is one of the quickest routes to luxurious retro eveningwear, with swing dresses never going out of favour. This Evelyn Dress by Pinup Couture combines classic vintage looks with modern construction to create a bombshell silhouette.
The use of deep green satin is instantly high end, combined with a detachable velvet bolero shrug that speaks of Hollywood starlet style. The swing-style circle skirt creates the idea silhouette, accented by a high waist and bust-enhancing neckline.
Get it online from Pinup Girl Boutique for $118.