Fashion is forever looking to the past for inspiration. From the ladylike glamour of the 1950s, daring new hemlines of the swinging 60s to the Woodstock flavoured hippie chic of the 70s, there is a look that everyone can dip into.

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If shopping vintage is a minefield to you – and let’s face it, genuine vintage pieces can tug at the purse strings! – look to the high street and online retailers for new and retro inspired clothing.

To make the job easier, here’s our pick of 5 purse-friendly vintage inspired looks:

1. 60s Mini Dress

The mini dress is the definitive 60s wardrobe must, as popularised by Biba. In the decade that man visited the moon, space was a big theme in popular culture so work a futuristic look with a metallic dress that will glisten and shimmer on a night out with the ladies. Barberella eat your heart out!

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Meanwhile, colour blocking was a big trend that has lasted the test of time. Go bold with a Studded Colour Block Dress.

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2. The Classic LBD

A sartorial staple, every woman needs a LBD in her life. Go full-on Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a Textured A-Line Dress that will streamline your silhouette with its flattering knee-length flare cut. Or choose a more daring mini dress with embellishment detailing for a ladylike finish. We’re loving the Embellished Waist Dress.

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3. Lace

When looking to the past, fabrics and textures are key. Lace is an instant way to bring a vintage feel to an outfit and will look great dressed up or down. For a cute and playful look, try a lace babydoll dress teamed with black opaque tights like the Lace Overlay Mini Dress. For a contemporary twist, try working a 50s style shift dress in a bright eye-popping colour like the Tapestry Shift Dress.

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4. Prints

Florals, geometrics, polka dots… There are so many options when it comes to retro prints so don’t be afraid to experiment! A ditzy floral shift dress like the Multi Floral Midi Dress evokes instant Mad Men glamour while a fabulously psychedelic Paisley Print Dress brings a 70s inspired Woodstock flavour.

Meanwhile, polka dots are an easy way to do retro and are so versatile: go dotty for a High Waist Polka Dot Skirt or bring some class and elegance to a day at the races or wedding with a Polka Dot Mesh Fan Fascinator.

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5. Jacket

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If you don’t want to go head-to-toe retro, a vintage inspired jacket is a great way to bring a touch of timeless style to your look. The Chanel tweed jacket is an absolute classic and instantly pulls a look together for a classy, Parisian feel. To get the expensive look on a budget, a Metallic Tweed Jacket is an absolute steal.

For those days when you just want to throw something on that will look smart and chic, every girl should have a trench coat in her wardrobe. Try a Pleat Shoulder Longline Jacket which will look elegant teamed with jeans and ballet pumps.

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