The influence of graphic prints and bold designs really came to the fore of womens fashion during the 1960s, and the use of structural lines and patterns is still reminiscent of that era. This Graphic Print Shift Dress from Oasis perfectly captures that look, making vintage style truly wearable today.
Colour choices can be a make or break choice for designers looking for a retro aesthetic, but there's no putting a foot wrong with a classic monochrome palette. Ideal for sixties looks, Warehouse have used it with effortless style in this Two Tone Tunic Dress.
The top features Jaeger's signature print of the season; a design inspired by a vintage nineteen-sixties monochrome floral print. It's made of brushed silk and and the classic colourway has a grainy, faded glamour perfect with skinny black jeans and a leather jacket for a chic, relaxed look.
The top costs £199 and is available from Jaeger online.
Much of the fifties reproduction fashion available both in the mainstream and from dedicated retro brands leans heavily on a hyper feminine look. But from the decade that truly brought menswear into womens fashion there's plenty of untapped influences to be explored.
This Jet Pocket Shirt from Dorothy Perkins is a great fifties-styled piece that manages to combine a masculine influence with some feminine flair. The use of a bowling/diner style collar and pocket detailing creates an instantly rockabilly mood, with the sleeveless cut and loose fit keeping things just androgynous enough.
It's available from Dorothy Perkins for £20.
`Higher end designers may be moving away from early sixties suiting, thanks to the waning love affair with Mad Men style, but there's plenty of choice left in more affordable outlets. This Classic Suit Jacket from Matalan provides a hint of upper class 60s chic for the office or beyond.
The sharp cut achieves its retro credentials thanks to the feminine cropped bodice and slim sleeves, with a high collar creating just the right tone. In a bright monochrome colour palette, large buttons create the perfect Chanel-inspired styling without the price.
It's available now from Matalan for £28.
If yu're looking for a sixties look that reaches beyond the Swinging London scene, there's few more recognisably classic than Chanel inspired pieces. This Listia Contrast Trim Dress by Malene Birger takes instantly recognisable queues from the design house's sixties fare, resulting in a dress that's truly timeless.
The use of monochrome colours is subtle and understated, using black trim to accent the simplicity of structure. The elegance of luxury fabrics and flattering cut are left to shine, just as Coco would have had it.
It's available online in the UK from My Wardrobe for £162.