When it comes to Winter dress designs from the high street, it can be tricky to wade through the high glam of Christmas party dresses to find something more demure and classic. This Paisley Print Dress from Whistles is a rare find, with chic late sixties looks and not a sequin in sight.
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.
Though it has been a British staple for over 20 years, Whistles is one of those brands that is often overlooked on the high street. Their recent lines, however, have focused on a cool and sophisticated aesthetic that draws heavily from vintage inspiration with great success.
This Colour Block Blouse is an ideal example of their use of subtle design and high end manufacturing and materials. Made from 100% silk, the blouse has an androgynous air of mid sixties style, with contrasted trims at the collar and placket creating sharp structure in both colour options.
It's available now in both shades from Whistles, priced at £125.
A simple way to creating a true retro impact from fashion is to keep the design classic and simple, relying on the cut and draping to flatter the silhouette. That simplicity works best with well chosen fabrics, like in this Silk Waterfall Dress from French Connection.
The rich navy silk fabric does all the work, allowing for effortless draping of the dress across the body. The waterfall sleeve detailing adds some high end flair to a classic forties-inspired tea dress shape, creating eveningwear with real vintage credentials.
It's available from French Connection now for £135.
Who better to turn to for seventies revivalist fashion that the designers who made their name in the decade itself? That's the key to the great looks of Diane von Furstenberg's latest designs, like this Jafar Silk Shirt Dress with its pitch perfect seventies looks.
The relaxed fit of the dress is key to its high end, luxurious feel, using a rich silk fabric that creates femininity out of the menswear-inspired shirt design. The use of a true seventies-glam tan shade adds a hint of that much-loved Riviera style, with a waist-cinching belt to tie it all together.
It's available online in the UK from Net-a-Porter for £400.
Oasis do a retro-style dress better than most and their latest New Vintage summer collection is no exception.
There are five dresses in the range including this Monet Print Prom Dress; a show-stopping floral silk number with a single strap and ruched bandeau body. The skirt is classic prom-dress with a nipped-in waist and full skirt with net underlay.
At £150, the dress is at the top end of the Oasis price spectrum but the romantic style won't date so should carry it through for many seasons to come. The range also includes fabric bags and scarves in similarly nostalgic prints.
View the whole collection here.