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Cherry Spot Cardigan from New Look


In chillier months it's an absolute must to include a well chosen cover up with every retro ensemble, something that compliments the look without distracting from that perfect frock. This Cherry Spot Cardigan is a simple and versatile choice with New Look's usual affordability.

The skinny knit allows for a feminine fit that won't spoil the overall feel of an outfit, with the cutesy cherry print providing an extra element of retro kitsch. Ideal for a Spring fifties look, the white background makes this versatile enough to wear day or night.

It's available now from New Look for £19.99.

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Utility Dress by Tara Starlet


Utility Clothing was introduced towards the end of 1941 by the British government to cope with the short supply of fabric. The Incorporated Society of Fashion Designers, lead by the likes of Norman Hartnell, Digby Morton and Hardy Amies, created over 30 different utility clothing designs that became hugely popular and are still greatly evocative of the period today.

Darlings of the vintage reproduction scene Tara Starlet have paid their tribute to 1940s wartime fashion with their version of the classic Utility Dress. The pin spot dress, accented with white buttons and piping, is available in 5 colours. Pitch perfect 40s chic for attending all those vintage events over the spring and summer months.

The Utility Dress is £75 from the Tara Starlet website.

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Spotty Jumper from H! by Henry Holland


It's no secret that British designer Henry Holland's biggest inspiration has long been the eighties aesthetic, a trend that's just as prevalent in his line for Debenhams as in his high fashion designs. This Spotty Jumper from H! by Henry Holland provides an easy to wear look with undeniable 80s credentials.

The oversized, longline cut of the knitwear creates a great retro silhouette, while the scoop neck prevents the look from being unfeminine. The large polka dot pattern also nods to the eighties' love of fifties reinterpretation, while the choices of a primary colour palette provide the bright and bold finishing touch.

It's available now from Debenhams for £35.

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Nadine Polka Dot Shorts from Boohoo


Mini skirts are dresses are always the first choice for sixties looks, among both shoppers and sellers alike. For something a little more unusual, these Nadine Polka Dot Shorts from Boohoo provide an interesting clash of both sixties and eighties styles.

Using a culotte style short instead of the skirt, the high waisted shorts rely on a sixties aesthetic for the silhouette and print choices. With the conversion into loose and wide-legged shorts, they're reminiscent of the 1980s' love for reinvention of retro eras, providing a piece that's adaptable and interesting for a range of retro looks.

They're available now from Boohoo online for just £12.

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Comedy Hour Dress from ModCloth


Much of the fifties and early sixties fashion fodder of 2010 was dedicated to that ultra-vampy Mad Men aesthetic, with curve-hugging silhouettes and plunging necklines. If you're after something from the era that's a little off the beaten track, try this Comedy Hour Dress from ModCloth.

The use of the shirt collar design is reminiscent of a classic fifties American style, leaning on the use of menswear styles that emerged in the decade. With a full skirt falling to the mid-calf, the short sleeves and sweet polka dot fabric combine to create a dress that's demure and chic – without veering into the dreaded Stepford Wife element.

It's available online from ModCloth now for $99.99.

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Stina Spot Neck Jumper from Monsoon


Finding the more everyday options for a fully dedicated retro wardrobe can often be the most difficult, with the myriad options for eveningwear now available. If you're after the ideal accompaniment for your capri pants or pencil skirt for the daytime, this Stina Jumper from Monsoon could be a contender.

The simple and chic slim knit of the jumper is only enhanced by a scoop neck to add some of the fifties' signature sex appeal. The addition of a polka dot ribbon detail and bow at the neckline creates an instantly vintage inspired look, without being too over the top for every day wear.

Get it now from Monsoon for £45.

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