This season, we’ve got the best of many worlds as designers draw inspiration from several different decades. While 1970s style continues to be popular after the maxi-dresses of summer, here at Littlewoods we’re also in love with some modern twists on earlier decades!
One key thing to remember when looking at retro-styled clothing is the importance of keeping it fresh. Opt for brighter colours, interesting textures, and pair with accessories that look modern, rather than dated. This Love Label Split Midi Vintage Dress in bold red reminds us of glamourous 1930s women, with its gathered sleeves and button front detail. The modern touch? A thigh-high split that adds a little sex appeal. Pair with a cute t-bar strapped shoe, like these burgundy South Houston Mary Jane Shoes, for added retro glam. We bet that women from the Thirties would also adore this Love Label Fringed Floral Kimono Jacket with its opulent pattern and waterfall-effect fringing: the height of luxury.
Fast-forward twenty years to the 1950s, a decade of continued appeal for fashionistas. This was a decade of extreme silhouettes, from tapered jeans to wide, prom-type skirts. Go for these Oasis Cherry Skinny Coloured Jeans in teal; fantastic for autumn and a flattering shade too! Channel a fifties teeny-bopper with flat shoes in tan for extra versatility, like the Love Label Orin Leather Brogue Detail Loafers. For a feminine look, this rusty red Oasis Pleat Skirt is a modern take on the gathered, fifties-style skirt. Nights out need heels, but we recommend opting for a low height and classic style, like these Lotus Symmons Court Shoes. Finish up with the soft South Superfluff V-neck Cropped Cardigan for the ultimate fifties-kitten look.
Designers also regularly revisit the 60s, most probably due to its psychedelic, expressive design that we all love so much! Sixties style isn’t afraid of being dramatic and playing with contrast: the iconic mini-skirt teamed with huge sleeves – like the Oasis Fluted Sleeve Shift Dress in a rich blue – makes for a flattering, versatile piece. For a textural twist on this design, choose the Love Label Bell Sleeve Lace Dress – its beautiful lace details and clean lines look great teamed with simple heels; keep the look modern by choosing a chunky heel with a patent finish, like these South Barbezac Patent Shoes. The final addition to any 60s inspired outfit should be a stylish coat. Our absolute favourite is the Oasis Peggy 60s Faux Fur Collar Coat in camel-coloured wool mix. With faux fur collar, double breasted front and nipped in waist, it’s a classic sixties style that looks fabulous on the modern woman.