The high street's retro trend du jour for this Winter is undoubtedly twenties and thirties influence. Thankfully eschewing the more obvious end of flapper style, many womenswear retailers are offering a more subtle take on the era's fashions with pieces like this Etienne Dress from Monsoon.
While seventies fashion is the order of the day for most of this Summer's high street designs, there's still plenty of alternative vintage influence available for those willing to do some digging. This Embellished Vest Dress from Miss Selfridge offers an unmistakeable flapper style that doesn't fall for the usual clichés.
The drop waisted, loose dress shape is ideal for creating that twenties and thirties androgynous silhouette. With a vest-sleeve to provide some daring flesh on show, the nude pink tone is an ideal base for the sparkling embellishment that takes art deco lines as its inspiration.
Get yours from Miss Selfridge now for £70.
The use of Eastern and African influences in vintage fashion is often best remembered in later sixties looks, worn on almost everyone from The Beatles to Woodstock kids. The hippy aesthetic didn't die with that decade, however, with the 1970s taking those influences further into the mainstream.
This Eastern Embellished Tunic from Wallis taps into that time in seventies fashion, with a print and loose fitting cut that provides a more polished version of folky sixties style. The use of intricate paisley print, rich bright colours and a loose chiffon fabric combines to create a look that's just ethereal enough for the masses of the era.
It's available now from Wallis for £36.
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.
Among the many sharp, mod inspired sixties pieces available at the moment, there is still plenty of room for a more dreamy and ethereal silhouette in a vintage look wardrobe. Still clearly retaining that sixties influence, this Embellished Collar Dress from Miss Selfridge offers a more girly retro aesthetic.
The chiffon fabric creates a great bell sleeve look, enhanced by the accented cuffs to match the collar. The neckline and peephole detailing at the collar are the key to the dress's retro appeal, however, adding some subtle impact to a dress that's feminine without being over the top.
It's available now from Miss Selfridge for £50.
When perfecting the pre-war aesthetic in fashion, it's all about perfecting the line between luxury and subtlety, a look exemplified by the flapper trend of the twenties and thirties. This Starburst Embellished Vest from Miss Selfridge provides a modern look back at the era, with plenty of vintage inspired details.
The beading and embellishment taps into the unbridled luxury of the decadent twenties, without falling for tackiness thanks to the muted colour palette throughout. The loose fit of the top allows for a small amount of revealing flesh, while maintaining the boyish figure effect that characterised much flapper fashion.
It's available now from Miss Selfridge for £45.