When the colder weather really sets in, investment in a stylish dress coat is a must to complete your carefully chosen retro outfit. Luxurious heritage looks are ideal, drawing on decades of outerwear design inspiration in pieces like this 1923 Scarf Riding Coat from Wallis.
If the 1960s in fashion was all about daring colour injections, the seventies interpretation of that trend brought with it an altogether more muted use of prints and shades. This Blossom Print Dress from Wallis shows the influence of the crossover of the two decades, with a relaxed and folky take on florals.
For seventies chic there's nothing that quite lifts an outfit like footwear inspired by the era, providing an instant transformation for everything from flares to maxi dresses. That doesn't mean every pair has to be a dangerously stacked platform, though, as proven by these seventies-look Block Heel Sandals from Wallis.
The use of a thick-heeled, wood effect sole helps to create a mainstream retro chic instantly, with patent leather uppers in a classic burnt orange have that playful decadence of disco influence down pat. The chunky straps and t-bar are an ideal post-sixties style point, providing practicality and comfort at the same time.
Get yours from Wallis for £45.
The use of Eastern and African influences in vintage fashion is often best remembered in later sixties looks, worn on almost everyone from The Beatles to Woodstock kids. The hippy aesthetic didn't die with that decade, however, with the 1970s taking those influences further into the mainstream.
This Eastern Embellished Tunic from Wallis taps into that time in seventies fashion, with a print and loose fitting cut that provides a more polished version of folky sixties style. The use of intricate paisley print, rich bright colours and a loose chiffon fabric combines to create a look that's just ethereal enough for the masses of the era.
It's available now from Wallis for £36.
British and American fashion has for decades been infatuated with colours and prints from faraway cultures, with the sixties and seventies fully embracing African influence in the mainstream. The rich colours and print of this Tribal Maxi Dress share that influence, retaining a retro appeal too.
The maxi cut is a great backdrop to create an early seventies style, tapping into the time that hippy looks went overground. The halter neckline of this creates the sharper cut, while a long flowing maxi skirt keeps the bohemian feel intact. With a black bodice ensuring the print doesn't overwhelm the dress, the vibrant tribal print can shine.
It's available now from Wallis for £60.