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.
While the warmer weather continues for some of us, there's every excuse to indulge in summer clothing that manages to be both stylish and practical. This Sybil Striped Nautical Jacket from Missguided is an ideal choice at a price that's easy to say yes to.
The cropped shape lends itself well to a crossover fifties/sixties aesthetic, adding a femininity to the sailor-inspired piece. Made from a light jersey fabric, it's the perfect cover-up for summer evenings, too. The Breton stripe stays classic in navy and white, while the addition of anchor-emblazoned gold look buttons has a cool kitsch.
Get yours from Missguided for £22.99.
While the options for true vintage maternity wear might be limited to smocks and voluminous dresses, there's plenty of retro options available for expecting mums available from modern retailers. These Maternity Skinny Jeans from Topshop are ideal for creating a cool cropped mid-century look with all the comfort you need thrown in.
The skinny cut combined with a cropped leg create a cool capri style, ideal for fifties and sixties looks. The use of bright shades of red and teal add another element to the vintage feel, offering a great wardrobe basic. The jeans have elastic panelling at the waistline to accommodate for the baby bump, too.
They're now available from Topshop for £38.
Summer is the ideal time to reintroduce dresses and skirts into your every day wardrobe, but for those days where the weather isn't quite hot enough some cropped trousers are ideal. For an effortless fifties look, these Capri Pants from Bettie Page Clothing are a perfect choice.
The high waistline helps to create the fifties silhouette with a hip-skimming cut and fitted thighs. The slightly wider leg leads to a cuffed hem which taps into a nautical feel, ideal for pin-up styles from the era. Shown here in an unusual retro shade of olive brown, this pair deserve to be worn over and over.
Get yours from Bettie Page Clothing for $90.
In this weather it's an absolute must to find stylish outerwear that complements, rather than compromises, your overall style. This Our Girl Friday Jacket by Mode Merr has retro chic in spades, providing a great accompaniment to a variety of fifties look outfits.
The cropped style creates an instantly neat and tailored appearance, with the one button fastening offering something more sleek and luxurious than other options. The chic portrait collar is an instantly early fifties style, while the vampish red shade is an irresistible finishing touch.
Get it online in red or black from Mode Merr, priced at $70.
Among all the traditional femininity and pin-up chic, one of the most characteristic fashion trends of the 1950s was the crossover of menswear into women's wardrobes. From taking workwear denims into the mainstream, to wearing pieces of military garb, the fifties set the trend for decades to come.
This Tie-front Denim Shirt is an ideal choice for that injection of retro charm. It takes a men's shirt shape, in utilitarian denim fabric, and adds some sex appeal with a high tie front and sewn 'rolled sleeves'. Adaptable for many retro looks from fifties to 70s, this shirt is a truly versatile piece.
Get it online from Boohoo for £18.