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Tropical Print Maxi Dress from Miss Selfridge


The high street is currently awash with maxi dresses, with most using seventies style as their source of vintage inspiration. Offering something a little different is this Tropical Print Maxi from Miss Selfridge, using a fifties-look exotica print on the thoroughly modern silhouette.

The bold colour palette brings to life a print that takes inspiration from fifties styled florals, reminiscent of the Hawaiin hula girl influence on the pin-up scene, and later in mainstream fashion. The simple, strapless maxi shape is a modern cut, but is still simple enough to let the retro influence take the fore.

It's available from Miss Selfridge now for £40.

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Gingham Swimsuit from JETS by Jessika Allen


For many of us the return of the one-piece swimsuit in recent years has been a welcome surprise, taking vintage inspiration back into the mainstream of beach looks. This Romance Gingham Bandeau Swimsuit from Jessika Allen's JETS line is a stylish retro choice that rivals the most head-turning bikinis.

The sleeveless bandeau cut adds instant fifties chic to this piece, balancing the full bottom half to create a vampish hourglass with killer curves. The pin-up influence is leant a sweeter cheesecake appeal with the use of a classic blue gingham print throughout, making it easy to wear on any sunny occasion.

It's available online in the UK from Net-a-Porter for £170.

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Silk Tulle Prom Dress by Dolce & Gabbana


For most of us the pricetags of high end designer fashion mean even a look at couture is best avoided, but on a few very special occasions there's just no resisting a peek. This Strapless Silk Dress from Dolce & Gabbana is a stunning item that might just be worthy of going out of your way to get your mitts on.

The style takes clear inspiration from fifties prom dresses, but the cut, fabrics and design are a cut above high street looks with the same idea. The full skirt and high waist create an exaggerated femininity, tying in with a sweetheart neckline to achieve the ideal silhouette. In a sumptuous silk, the floral design is irresistibly classic too.

It's available from Matches Fashion in the UK for a staggering price of £3185.

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Ivalyn Sequin Dress from Missguided


Since the resurgence of maxi dresses on the high street some years ago, the offerings have been largely casual and summery. Tapping into a more glamourous aesthetic, this Ivalyn Sequin Dress from Missguided provides a different retro influence for your Christmas wardrobe.

The simple shape and cut of the dress allows accessories to adapt it into a variety of retro looks, from a high glam 50s Hollywood look to a late seventies chic. The strapless cut shows just enough flesh to contrast the long skirt, while black sequins provide a sparkle without the expense of beading.

It's available online from Missguided for £44.99.

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Strapless Spot Swimsuit from Warehouse


Simple and stylish one-piece swimsuits are always a tricky purchase, with fit and flattery often being compromised for style points (and vice versa). The influence of a retro look has meant that the one-piece is thoroughly back to its best with versions like this Spot Swimsuit from Warehouse.

Providing a simple and chic retro style, this swimsuit's strengths lie in the silhouette with a lower leg cut and seaming to create a curvy silhouette. The strapless cut may not be for everyone, but for those who can the cut bares just enough flesh to keep this style ageless.

Get it now from Warehouse for £30.

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