It could be fresh off the streets of mid-1960s swinging London. But this 1960s-style pleated mini skirt is actually off the shelves of Zara.
Thanks a Vermillion Dress from ModCloth
Thanks to Mad Men's inspiration, much of the sixties inspired fodder in women's fashion in the past few seasons has taken a more mature slant on the era's output. If you're more a fan of the youthful, modernist looks of that time then pieces like this Thanks a Vermillion Dress from ModCloth are well worth a look.
Pleated Skirt Dress from ASOS
Much of the current sixties influenced pieces available this past few seasons have relied on a fairly narrow definition of the era's style. Branching out from patterned shift dresses is this Pleated Skirt Dress from ASOS, providing something less seen in high street prices.
Red Leopard Print Shift Dress from Topshop
One of the most enduringly appealing aspects of mid-20th century womenswear was the ability to cover everything up and still ooze sex appeal. Fifties inspired looks arguably capture this mood best, with items like this Red Leopard Shift Dress from Topshop displaying that sexy sophistication.
The shift dress shape is simplistic, tailored to create a defined waist and accentuated hips. While a high neckline and knee-length skirt cover up, the use of a racy red leopard print taps into the pin-up aesthetic to create instant retro appeal.
It's available now from Topshop's Edited collection for £46.
Pleated Goddess Dress by Halston Heritage
Of the many legendary designers who defined the 1970s, it may just be the designs of Halston that most define the decade for many of us. Creating silhouettes, innovative fabric uses and a sense of high luxury that remains a signifier of the disco era, it can only be a welcome thing to have many of the designs back to buy thanks to Halston Heritage.
Delving into the Halston archives, they're bringing us designs inspired by the originals, but made from modern fabrics that allow for a perfected fit and feel. This Goddess Dress has a decadent Grecian feel, in a bronzed pleated fabric that flows with your walk.
It's available online in the UK from My Wardrobe for £472.
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.