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04.09.2015- Style Spotlight: 60s Chic

Although the 1970s are definitely having something of a style resurgence, 60s chic is also making a real impression on the trend radar- and I'm delighted to see some of my favourite vintage inspired shapes making a comeback to the shops. Now that the new season is well and truly underway, there's a definite back to school feeling in the air, and although I'm still clinging on to the vain hope that summer will make one final, glorious resurgence before October arrives, in reality I think I'm wishing for far too much! The 60s has probably always been my favourite decade in terms of style, and it's an era which is now firmly back at the forefront, thanks to labels including Marni, Saint Laurent and Lanvin embracing hallmark shapes of the era. With the richly constructed aesthetic of 60s London coming to the fore in Brian Helgeland's forthcoming Legend (a film which I am far too excited to see!), and the Saatchi Gallery embracing the era into 2016 with their headline exhibition focused on the birth of The Rolling Stones, the 1960s are providing an array of inspiration across the board. So, without further ado, here's a little look at some of my top shopping picks to set the new season rolling in swinging style:

Floral Print Collared Dress, £48, Warehouse/Chiara Monochrome Top, £45, Dahlia/Bright Floral Tunic, £32, Topshop/A Line Wrap Dress, £42, ASOS/Blue Striped Polo Jumper, £38, Warehouse/Slim Pocket Coat, £59, Topshop/Limited Edition Isabella Carla Brogues, £295, Clarks/Jeepers Peepers Oversized Round Sunglasses, £3.50, ASOS

If you've been on the Warehouse website recently, then you'll be well aware that their new season pieces are seriously swoon-worthy. I've already drawn up a wishlist as long as my arm of favourites, and this printed dress is well and truly up there as a new season essential. The print is absolutely perfect for autumn, and the collar detail adds a lovely retro touch too. Regular readers will know that I've been a huge fan of Dahlia for a fair few years now, and their selection of autumn offerings is well worth investigating if you're looking for some vintage inspired shapes. This blouse is a brilliant investment piece, particularly as the contrasting black and white detail lends itself so well to so many different looks- and is especially in tune with the monochrome magic of 60s style. We all know that I also find it almost impossible to resist a quirky print, so I'm pretty confident that this blouse from Topshop will end up in my wardrobe sooner rather than later- and, for the first time in a fair few months, I'm really impressed by what they've got in store at the moment.

Geometric designs are instantly evocative of a classic style, and this dress from ASOS is a brilliant homage to some of the more graphic designs which punctuated the period so wonderfully- and, as the weather gets chillier, I can imagine it looking great layered over a fine black knit and opaque tights. Speaking of knits, this stripy jumper is another knockout from Warehouse, and a dream for styling with some high waisted trousers and loafers to tap into a beatnik feel. With practicality in mind, this slim fit coat from Topshop is another ultra-versatile autumn addition, and one which you'd be hard pushed to find at a better price on the high street.

At this time of the year, I invariably find myself faced with a rotation of footwear- and this year I'm determined to take a more sensible approach to new season shoes. These gorgeous brogues from Clarks are firmly in treat territory at the moment, but I can see them being a fantastic, long wearing investment- and there's just something about this style of shoe which encapsulates autumn perfectly, don't you think? Finally, in slightly more affordable territory, these statement sunglasses from ASOS might be a little bit of an optimistic inclusion, but they are absolutely perfect for injecting a touch of distinctive 60s chic into your day to day wardrobe without breaking the bank!

Are you a fan of 60s style?

(Image credit: Warehouse, Dahlia, Topshop, ASOS and Clarks.)


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