It's often tempting to shy away from bold colours when buying a heavy coat, opting for neutrals to wear with everything. For truly vintage-inspired looks, however, an injection of the right colour palette can be the most effective choice. This Double Breasted Plaid Coat by designers Tulle is anything but dull, yet still manages to keep an edge of classic design.
Christmas wear doesn't get much sharper than this newly-launched Brutus Christmas 2010 Heritage Tartan Trimfit shirt.
It's a long-sleeved Brutus (as opposed to the short sleeves on the rest of the range), with an archive cloth and original detailing – rolled button-down collar (each shirt is specially packed so that the roll remains intact), matching breast pocket and placket and shaped and darted for 'perfect waist fit'.
Extra sizes now, with the options to go XL if you wish. Available online, £55 secures you one. get a detailed look at that collar roll over the page.
When retro fashion references London they most often dive straight into Carnaby Street in the mid sixties, often eschewing the many other heritage fashions England's capital has to offer.
This Kensington Dress from ModCloth has turned that around, plundering the wardrobes of a more upper class and traditional type of young London lady. The use of a subtly shaded tartan print adds some heritage feel, with a structure that treads the line between youthful and demure well. A circle skirt with a slightly revealing neckline creates a turn of the sixties look that will still pack a punch.
It's available online from ModCloth for $89.99.
An old school bag with an old school print – the Fred Perry vintage-style tartan shoulder bag.
It's a timeless flight bag from Fred Perry Laurel range, boosted that by that bold tartan pattern printed all over, even on the adjustable canvas strap. It's the hand luggage you'll never lose.
Finished off with the Laurel logo in the bottom corner, it sells for £50.