The Autumnal weather's arrival can be a bit of a downer for many of us, but when it comes to fashion purchases it brings a whole new excuse to spoil yourself. The colder months bring many more retro options, with great knitwear like this Ped X-ing Sweater from ModCloth tapping into a great vintage look.
The 1970s was undoubtedly a decade of indulgent luxury, with the birth of the disco era and the popularity of decadent holidays in the Riviera sunshine. With that comes a striking fashion aesthetic that's captured well in this Stripe Bustier Bikini from Urban Outfitters.
The two piece manages to capture a contrasting hyper-femininity at the same time as creating a structural silhouette, capturing that later seventies love of daring shapes. The mix of stripe directions highlights the seaming structure, while the lines are kept clean and simple enough to carry the design.
It's available now from Urban Outfitters UK for £35.
Among the many iconic prints that fashion has retained from the fifties and sixties, perhaps the most simple and effective is the Breton stripe. Taken from nautical attire, its translation into fashion still has an air of retro appeal in pieces like this Toulouse Stripe Tee from French Connection.
The t-shirt's structure has subtle detailing that makes it stand out from the crowd, with a slash neck and short capped sleeves creating a silhouette that leans heavily enough on fifties and sixties beat kid clothing to retain the vintage aesthetic.
It's now available from French Connection UK for £27.
Undeniably fifties influenced prom styles have been seen all over the high street for the past few years, with a twist on the style for every body shape and taste. While there are some designers still rehashing those same styles, this Stripe Prom Dress from Marks and Spencer's Autograph collection has moved into the early sixties to bring something new.
This dress combines the best of the cutesy fifties feel with some sharper sixties elements, creating a dress with plenty of retro appeal. The large monochrome stripes work well against a structured skirt shape, with the oversized bow adding a wonderfully over the top kitsch element.
Get yours from M&S now for £79.
Playsuits and shorts with vintage flair are back for another Summer season, adding something a little different to the many dress and skirt options on the high street. For the braver retrophiles amongst us, Topshop bring us this Two Piece Playsuit.
With a hint of fifties swimwear style to the piece, it's reminiscent of the 60s use of those style elements in daywear. The combination of a crop top and matching shorts is not for wallflowers, but effectively evokes the obsession with the girlish that pervaded much of mid sixties fashion. Finished in a nautical navy stripe the pieces can carry a vintage charm when worn separately too.
Get yours from Topshop for £28.