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Tropical Print Maxi Dress from Miss Selfridge


The high street is currently awash with maxi dresses, with most using seventies style as their source of vintage inspiration. Offering something a little different is this Tropical Print Maxi from Miss Selfridge, using a fifties-look exotica print on the thoroughly modern silhouette.

The bold colour palette brings to life a print that takes inspiration from fifties styled florals, reminiscent of the Hawaiin hula girl influence on the pin-up scene, and later in mainstream fashion. The simple, strapless maxi shape is a modern cut, but is still simple enough to let the retro influence take the fore.

It's available from Miss Selfridge now for £40.

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Tribal Halter Dress from Peacocks


The continuing popularity of maxi dress shapes in high street summer collections is great news for lovers of retro fashion, with many pieces relying on a seventies aesthetic as inspiration. This Tribal Halter Dress from Peacocks captures that mood in a piece that's surprisingly affordable.

The use of a halter neckline adds some sex appeal to the loose maxi fit of the dress, ensuring the busy fabric doesn't swallow your frame. With a print that displays obvious African influence, the colour palette too points towards the sixties and seventies affection for exotic influence throughout fashion.

It's now available from Peacocks for £28.

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Pleated maxi skirt


Matching 1970s maxi with 2011 pleats this pleated maxi skirt brings everything in one.

You can choose from maroon or black and the skirt fits right in with every fashion design we've seen in recent weeks so you can be sure to be bang on trend. Pleats are everywhere and this skirt pays attention to them but in a subtle way. The maxi skirt is flattering and comfy and provides a loose hippy-style but with a tight waist band creating chic lines for both a day or evening outfit.

Buy yours from ASOS online for £45.

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Tribal Print Maxi Dress from Wallis


British and American fashion has for decades been infatuated with colours and prints from faraway cultures, with the sixties and seventies fully embracing African influence in the mainstream. The rich colours and print of this Tribal Maxi Dress share that influence, retaining a retro appeal too.

The maxi cut is a great backdrop to create an early seventies style, tapping into the time that hippy looks went overground. The halter neckline of this creates the sharper cut, while a long flowing maxi skirt keeps the bohemian feel intact. With a black bodice ensuring the print doesn't overwhelm the dress, the vibrant tribal print can shine.

It's available now from Wallis for £60.

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Ivalyn Sequin Dress from Missguided


Since the resurgence of maxi dresses on the high street some years ago, the offerings have been largely casual and summery. Tapping into a more glamourous aesthetic, this Ivalyn Sequin Dress from Missguided provides a different retro influence for your Christmas wardrobe.

The simple shape and cut of the dress allows accessories to adapt it into a variety of retro looks, from a high glam 50s Hollywood look to a late seventies chic. The strapless cut shows just enough flesh to contrast the long skirt, while black sequins provide a sparkle without the expense of beading.

It's available online from Missguided for £44.99.

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Fluted Maxi Dress from ASOS


Maxi dresses have become a staple on the high street over the past few years, and are now branching out in their sources of inspiration. While many provide a slightly hippy style, this Fluted Maxi Dress from ASOS taps into a sleek seventies aesthetic.

Made from a fine knit fabric, the dress is light enough for everyday wear while being luxurious enough to carry the weighty flow of seventies Winterwear. With a simple, longsleeved fit, the moss green or black shades have a hint of later beatnik chic.

Get it online from ASOS for £46.

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