Now that 'retro' and 'vintage' is an seemingly all-encompassing thing now, it can be tricky finding something that's simple and actually captures that 'timelss' look from years gone by. However, rummage amongst the loud 80s patterns and ironic t-shirt slogans and there's still a load of gems to be had.
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.
For unmistakeably vintage inspired looks it's often the most simplistic pieces that have the most impact, opting for meticulous design and manufacturing instead of over-the-top retro details. This Dice As Nice Dress by designer Eva Franco has a chic structure that creates an instant fifties feel.
Some styles never date and go on being reinvented season after season – these Platform Peep Toe Shoes from Topshop are one such style.
This latest incarnation comes in classic shiny black leather with a whopping 5.5 inch heel, somewhat mitigated by the platform sole. The peep toe adds to the pin-up vibe and leg lengthening appeal - a perfect accompaniment to the Autumn/Winter season's pencil skirts starting to appear in the shops.
In addition to black, there are metallic silver and champagne colour options, and a pink pair with black polka dots.
The shoes cost £62 from Topshop – check them out on the website.
When we think of sixties cape styles, most people recall luxurious coats and jackets. The unique silhouette wasn't just used in outerwear however, making this Pippa Lynn Cape Blouse a chic little sixties look item that stands out from the crowd.
The use of a flowing fabric allows for the swing shape to really shine, with a collarless neckline and three quarter sleeve length giving some delicate and subtle femininity. The use of a warm beige and red polka dot print adds some cutesy retro charm in keeping with the vintage inspiration.
Get yours online now from ASOS for £48.
For the ultimate in feminine retro frocks, fifties style swing dresses are hard to beat. There’s a number of retro reproduction brands with their own take on this style, with the UK’s own Brighton Belle adding their stunning designs to the market.
Using a wide variety of fifties fabrics, from quaint and girly gingham to sexier satin numbers, there’s an option for almost every rockabilly and lindyhopping gal out there. The dress includes all the structural points you want from a classic swing dress, with an exaggerated circle skirt, sweetheart neckline and the addition of a tie detailing at the bust too.
Get yours from Dollydagger’s Boutique lines now, starting at £79 each.