While we most often associate polka dots with 50s design nowadays, their use in 20th century fashion was by no means limited to that one decade. Showing a keen eye for crossover sixties style, this 60s Spot Dress by Yumi uses the spot print in a more modern style.
With so much of the appeal of mid-sixties inspired clothing lying in its structural, often buttoned up elements, it can be difficult to find pieces suitable for more stifling weather. Happily the look can still be achieved with much more summer-friendly fabrics, as shown in this Rossana Peter Pan Collar Blouse from Missguided.
The androgynous high collar and bust-minimising loose fit are still present to create that sharp mod-inspired feel, while a loose sheer fabric creates both a lightness and a daring glimpse of flesh. The contrasting black collar has an easy retro feel, with brass-look buttons to finish.
It's available online from Missguided for £16.99.
Simplicity and chic are the quickest route to effortless mid-sixties looks from any garment, making a well crafted shift dress the choice that the high street continually revisit for retro fare. This Peter Pan Shift Dress from New Look is a subtly styled dress with evident vintage influence throughout.
Perfect for the Summer, the loose and light fit of the shift dress helps create that androgynous silhouette much loved in that era. The addition of a bell cuffed sleeve and peter pan collar adds some unmistakeable retro feel, while the mustard heart print rounds out the sixties influence.
It's now available from New Look for £27.99.
It's a great statement dress for the new season and a much-needed splash of colour after the drearyness of the past six months. The 1960s-style Peter Pan style is flattering and there is a zip fasten at the back with small button keyhole sleeves. The fabric is floaty and breeezy – ideal for a hot summer day.
If turquoise isn't your choice there are a range of other colours available, each has a black tie bow. Get yours from New Look online for £26.99.
I think it's fair to say that Fearne Cotton is a love/hate kind of person. Loved by the media, PRs and fashion labels, she's perhaps not so popular with the wider public. Anyway, she's certainly loved by Very, fronted its ad campaign and now designed a vintage-inspired collection for the company, which includes this Vintage Silk Dress at Very.
As you might have guessed, this is inspired by the 1960s, a Peter Pan collar dress in a dip-dye fabric that produces a contrasting pink and white finish, completed with a silk lining for the inside.
Available online, you can grab one in most sizes for £55.
For a truly timeless sixties look simplicity is often the key, with the mid-decade styles relying on great cuts and fabric choices to create a sharp style. This Blue Spot Blouse from Topshop imitates that aesthetic well, offering a top with a subtle chic.
The use of a slightly sheer chiffon fabric adds some daring femininity to a conservatively cut shirt with long sleeves and high collar. The peter pan collar, combined with a peep hole notch at the back, add unmistakeably retro elements, along with a simple dark blue polka dot print.
Get it from Topshop for £38.