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Tobacco Shift Dress from Miss Selfridge Petites


This Autumn/Winter season's mainstream fashion seems to have taken influence from a wide variety of retro looks, some designers with more success than others. Miss Selfridge seem to be on a winning streak, especially when it comes to sixties dress design.

This Tobacco Shift Dress from their Petites range has unmistakeable sixties inspiration, providing a perfect minidress for the colder months. The sleeveless a-line shape, peter pan collar and tuxedo detailing are all pitch perfect for the decade. It's the unusual tobacco shade, however, that's won us over, providing a less seen vintage shade that's irresistible.

Get it now from Miss Selfridge for £40.

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Sleeveless Houndstooth Dress from Matalan


Like many budget clothing stores in the UK, Matalan's latest womenswear output has taken the brand from functional to fashionable for all consumers. This Sleeveless Houndstooth Dress displays their newly found eye for style, with a sixties influenced dress for less.

The sleeveless a-line shape provides the basis for a great mod look, while the monochrome houndstooth print is sharp and chic. The addition of black trim at the pockets and peter pan collar adds some structure and effortless mid-sixties feel.

Get it now from Matalan for only £18.

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Moleskin Cutwork Dress from Dorothy Perkins


With the minimalist cuts and silhouettes that characterise many mod-style dresses, it can be easy for designers to play it safe with sixties looks. Truly charming reproductions, however, don't forget the use of intricate textures and fabrics to spice up the decade's most enduring styles.

This Moleskin Cutwork Dress from Dorothy Perkins has all the sharp and uncomplicated chic we expect from mid-sixties looks, with an a-line mini dress that's high neckline and capped sleeves are ideal. The use of an intricate cutwork design in this classic ivory fabric, however, adds another dimension that only serves to enhance the retro appeal.

It's now available from Dorothy Perkins for £38.

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Sunray Pleat Shift Dress by John Zack


While many modern reproductions of sixties dresses lean heavily on busy prints, there often lies a truer vintage look in those with sharply observed structure. This Sunray Pleat Dress by John Zack chooses to focus on a unique silhouette, providing a dress that has an instant mid-sixties vibe.

The blue-grey colour is an authentically muted choice that leaves room for the textured pleating to look more subtle and stylish. The a-line cut and mini hemline are accentuated by the babydoll effect of such loose and flowing fabric, while a high neckline and basic sleeveless cut are sharp and chic.

Get it online from Oli for £39.

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Forget Paris Dress by EC Star


For faithfully sixties mod looks it's hard to go wrong with sharp and stylish monochrome. This Forget Paris Dress by EC Star has a pitch-perfect mid-sixties style, thanks to its angular print and sleek silhouette.

The combination of a mini hemline with a high polo neck and short sleeves makes for an effective retro silhouette, countering the daring length with a bust-minimising top. The use of monochrome zigzag pattern provides a unique and stylish twist on classic stripes, while keeping the mod influence intact.

Get it online from EC Star for $109.

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Bow Shift Dress from Oasis


The shift dress has evolved throughout the decades, but many modern designs still retain all the classic retro appeal of their 1960s counterparts. This Bow Shift Dress from Oasis has some thoroughly 21st century touches, while keeping that vintage feel.

A head-turning shade of red adds some vampish appeal to an otherwise demure and girlish mid-sixties look. A straight cut, bow detailing and high neckline combine to create a mid-decade silhouette, with a mid thigh hemline to finish the look.

It's available now from Oasis for £55.

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