Though the 1960s may be fondly remember as a decade that made waves in fashion, it wasn't just the youth market offering up iconic pieces. Thanks to the big name brands like Chanel, a decidedly more prim and chic style pervaded too, making this Velvet Trim Jacket from Topshop a nice take on a more grown up 60s look.
Just because high glamour is the order of the season doesn't mean there's any less room in your wardrobe for more demure retro pieces. This Deluxe Suit Dress by Stop Staring! might not be the right choice for your Christmas party, but its undeniable chic is too good to pass up.
Capturing a cutesy wartime feel, there are forties elements aplenty in this faux-suit dress. With exaggerated shoulders and a flared waist creating a great vintage silhouette, the black pencil skirt shape is a great subtle accompaniment. With tan and black working together in the jacket, the dress has a subdued femininity that would delight any land girl.
Get it now from Stop Staring! online for $218.
While a more subtle military influence is all the rage in mainstream fashion at the moment, there are times when our retro wardrobes call for something altogether more literal. This Olive Military Dress from Bettie Page Clothing takes the trend at face value to create a wonderfully kitsch dress straight from the forties and fifties wardrobe.
The structured tailoring makes a real impact, creating a bombshell hourglass silhouette on any frame. With a square neckline, double breast buttons and cutesy pleating at the hemline, the dress has plenty of military details to boast about. The rest is kept classically vintage themed, with wide shoulders and a slim pencil skirt cut creating a killer late forties look.
Get it online from Bettie Page Clothing for $134, also available in grey.
The big brands love to jump the gun on seasons, but every so often there's a piece that bears buying well in advance. This Off Shoulder Knit Dress by Christian Dior might not get a run out until the Autumn, but with looks like these it's certainly worth talking about.
Channelling a classic Dior look from the late fifties and early sixties, the dress has all the femininity and sharp sex appeal of early Dior designs. The off shoulder neckline shows just enough flesh to counterbalance the formality of the pencil skirt and professional bodice design. With a high, defined waist it creates those killer vintage curves you can't deny.
Get it online from Browns now for £900.
Classic suiting and tailored items are very much the order of the day in women's retro fashion, thanks in large part to the popularity of Mad Men. Thankfully this means many more truly vintage inspired pieces for all of us, like this Bow Neck Jacket from Christian Dior.
This jacket's exceptional tailoring and structure have an instantly late fifties/early sixties impact. The ideal choice of outerwear for either a sharp work environment or a special social event, this is one of few designer pieces that will really belong in (and out of) your wardrobe for years to come.
Made from 100% wool, it'll set you back £1300 from Browns.