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Embellished Prom Dress from River Island


Among the end of sale rails and the last of the Winter season's fashion fodder, the high street is beginning to show us a taste of the Spring months to come. While it might seem a lifetime away, some retro retail therapy might be just what January calls for.

This Embellished Prom Dress from River Island has a cutesy fifties vibe that's ideal for the warmer weather. With a high neckline and fitted waist, the circle skirt combines to create the perfect vintage silhouette. The light cotton fabric provides a unique take, moving away from the heavy, stiff fabrics of many fifties looks to create a convincing retro look.

It's available now from River Island for £44.99.

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The Alika Dress by Bettie Page Clothing


Among many strong US rivals, Bettie Page Clothing is another dedicated retro design brand that really holds its own. Bringing great forties and fifties looks again and again, they've impressed once more with their new Alika Dress.

Available in a wide range of era-appropriate colours, the dress is truly novel in its design – available in a choice of pencil skirt or circle skirt, there's an option for every taste. With both skirt choices providing a true retro chic, the dress uses flattering fabrics and great cut to create the ideal vintage silhouette.

Get yours online from Bettie Page Clothing, starting at $134.

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Kettle Corn Dress by Emily and Fin


For the Christmas party season the high street is always determined to encourage us into buying a statement dress that only gets worn once. This Kettle Corn Dress by British designers Emily and Fin provides an alternative that's just as special, with classic and timeless looks you can wear again and again.

The dress has a perfectly pitched silhouette, with a fifties style circle skirt and fitted bodice. The off the shoulder straps create an effortlessly elegant neckline, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn's chic affinity for the little black dress.

Get it online from ModCloth for $109.99.

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New 50s A-Line Skirt from Vivien of Holloway


One of the UK's best vintage inspired designers, Vivien of Holloway, is always the place to find perfectly on point retro pieces to treasure forever. Providing a more versatile option than many of their occasion dresses is this brand new 50s Style A-Line Skirt.

Using a classic high-waisted circle skirt style, the silhouette is immediately fifties. Wearable with or without underskirts to change the impact, the addition of bright white trimmed pockets adds some kitschy housewife appeal, while the polka dot print and button fastenings keep it chic and simple.

It's available now from Vivien of Holloway for £45. Also available in red or navy polka dot fabric.

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Scarlet Dress by Dollydagger


While recent years have seen many retro elements make their way into high street dress design, there’s nothing quite like those all-out vintage look pieces to turn heads. This Scarlet Dress from Dollydagger Boutique is a dress with effortless style that will outlive any fashion trends.

Made in the UK, the soft rose print poplin fabric is ideal for summer months, with both structure and lightness combined. The uniquely fifties bell-shaped skirt can be worn with or without underskirts to suit day or evening time wear – with no expense spared on a luxurious five metres of fabric in the skirt section alone.

Pre-order it now from Dollydagger online for £130.

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The Kensington Dress from ModCloth


When retro fashion references London they most often dive straight into Carnaby Street in the mid sixties, often eschewing the many other heritage fashions England's capital has to offer.

This Kensington Dress from ModCloth has turned that around, plundering the wardrobes of a more upper class and traditional type of young London lady. The use of a subtly shaded tartan print adds some heritage feel, with a structure that treads the line between youthful and demure well. A circle skirt with a slightly revealing neckline creates a turn of the sixties look that will still pack a punch.

It's available online from ModCloth for $89.99.

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