For effortless retro sophistication, look no further than this Tie-Neck Knitted Dress from Anthropologie, which will ensure daytime chic with the minimum of effort.
Polka dots and tattoo print are always classic choices for 50s-look outfits, but finding something a little bit out of the ordinary is always a rare treat. That's what makes this Atomic Wiggle Dress from retro brand Miss Fortune stand out from the crowd of reproduction dresses.
There might be a lot of very demure and oftentimes twee retro fashion floating around. There's always something with a decidedly more edgy take on vintage looks to be found, however, thanks to rockabilly and psychobilly brands like Hell Bunny.
This Mrs Johnson Wiggle Dress combines a modern, punky aesthetic with classic fifties inspiration to create an in your face brand of retro clobber. The wiggle dress shape, with its heart-shaped neckline and halter is cute and classic. At the back, the addition of a corset style lace-up adds something more daring, without forgetting the retro roots of the dress.
It's available online from Soho's for £33.99.
Wiggle dresses are a perennial go to for the sexier end of fifties styling, creating the bombshell silhouette that the decade is so known for with ease. For a dress that has all the vampish appeal without being too much for the daytime, this Sateen Bandeau Dress from Oasis is a great choice.
The dress has a definite fifties structure, with a kneelength hemline that's balanced by a sweetheart neckline and halter strap. The tailoring is spot on, with a high cinched waist and just enough hip-hugging to create a great hourglass. Finished in a sweet floral print, the colour palette has a sunny feel that just treads the line of wholesomeness.
It's available now from Oasis for £55.
Dolce & Gabbana are a design house well known for their decadent style, creating fashion that is often over the top in its luxurious fabric and cut choices. This Ocelot Buster Dress is an ideal representation of that long standing reputation, with elements of classic designs from the brand itself.
The dress has a wiggle style cut and structure, creating a daringly sexy silhouette with its figure hugging fit and skinny straps. The ocelot print provides a chic twist to the sometimes tacky all-over leopard print, but treads that line between trashy and vampish in an ideal fifties-look style.
It's available from My Wardrobe in the UK now for £395.
Marks and Spencer might be last on most people's list of places to look for a vampish retro look, but you can count yourself pleasantly surprised thanks to this Stripe Jersey Dress from their new collection. Taking inspiration from an early sixties style, this is a dress to turn heads.
The jersey fabric is the ideal choice to enhance the wiggle dress style of this piece, with the contrasting stripe and black panelling creating killer curves too. The high slashed neckline ideally balances a slinky fitted bodice, while capped sleeves add some youthful appeal.
It's now available from Marks and Spencer for £45.