Getting a faultlessly retro look together means taking care of every detail, from the carefully chosen dress to killer accessories. The shoes can make or break a vintage look, making pairs like these 60s Block Boots from Urban Outfitters so appealing.
For an instant shot of sixties style, the subtle line between femininity and androgyny is the perfect aesthetic to follow. This Colour Block Funnel Neck Top from New Look manages to effortlessly combine the two with an unmistakeable nod to British sixties style.
The sleeveless cut shows just enough skin to balance a bust-minimising cut in the bodice, with a funnel neck adding that extra retro edge to the silhouette. It's the structural lines of the colour blocking, however, than truly make this top, finished in a striking combination of orange-red and black.
It's now available from New Look for £16.99.
Though it has been a British staple for over 20 years, Whistles is one of those brands that is often overlooked on the high street. Their recent lines, however, have focused on a cool and sophisticated aesthetic that draws heavily from vintage inspiration with great success.
This Colour Block Blouse is an ideal example of their use of subtle design and high end manufacturing and materials. Made from 100% silk, the blouse has an androgynous air of mid sixties style, with contrasted trims at the collar and placket creating sharp structure in both colour options.
It's available now in both shades from Whistles, priced at £125.
For seventies chic there's nothing that quite lifts an outfit like footwear inspired by the era, providing an instant transformation for everything from flares to maxi dresses. That doesn't mean every pair has to be a dangerously stacked platform, though, as proven by these seventies-look Block Heel Sandals from Wallis.
The use of a thick-heeled, wood effect sole helps to create a mainstream retro chic instantly, with patent leather uppers in a classic burnt orange have that playful decadence of disco influence down pat. The chunky straps and t-bar are an ideal post-sixties style point, providing practicality and comfort at the same time.
Get yours from Wallis for £45.
With every batch of new Christmas frocks in the shops it's beading and sequins that we see most of all. For something a little more subtle and classic, this Colourblock Ponte Dress from Dorothy Perkins is an ideal choice.
Using blocking to create a decidedly sixties inspired pattern, the dress' shape follows that inspiration too. A large, flared sleeve compliments the high neckline and shorter hemline to create a shape that's structured and striking. Finished in a muted mocha shade, this dress has a timeless appeal.
It's available now from Dorothy Perkins for £36.
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