Wednesday, April 6, 2011

High Street Vintage Style Report

Retro is definitely 'in' this season, with most of the high street showing some leanings towards the vintage.

L-R (all from New Look: Love this take on Elsa Schiaparelli's classic sweater - a trompe l'oeil Peter Pan collar knit dress (they have one or two similar designs on the theme). Although a little short for my tastes, this lemon print sundress (did they get the inspiration from Gertie's?) has a great 50s / early 60s flavour. Although the s/s11 trend is supposedly 70s, I'm seeing a lot of 60s mod minidresses (I can totally see Carys in these).

50s-style sundresses have enjoyed perennial popularity over the last few years and show no sign of fading from fashion. L-R: Floral pencil dress from Dorothy Perkins; A very 50s painterly seaside print from Marks & Spencer; 50s yellow rose print from Monsoon.

Ah, retro knitwear! Original vintage knitwear is generally rare and pricey, so it's always good to have a high street resource. Unfortunately during the winter everything's in acrylic, but now that spring is here we get affordable cotton knits. Even better, it seems that New Look is finally answering my prayers and producing knitwear that is both waist length and fitted, for people whose bust measurement is actually bigger than their waist (why are cardigans and jumpers always made square? Cheaper to manufacture, I suppose). L-R: Lacework sweaters have a retro vibe - they remind me of the knitting patterns in all my vintage magazines (if only they had puff sleeves!); These cropped cardigans are useful, waist-enhancing and available in a rainbow of colours - what's not to like? This stripe/bow sweater is my favourite - it comes in blue (which I have), peach and black.


  1. Great selection- love the flower dresses!

  2. I thought you were going to ask if the inspiration came from this dress posted a few weeks ago on Sew Retro. lol They are almost identical!

  3. I hadn't seen that one - how funny!

    xx Charlotte

  4. I (of course) like the knitwear! It's very difficult to find modern knits in a good shape. Straight down is usually fine for a cardigan you plan to wear open or that's meant to be more casual, but does not always work well for pullovers or things that should have a more tailored fit. In those instances I usually buy a bit smaller of a size for negative ease, so it gives a better line.

  5. I was just thinking how lovely these all look, and then I saw my name!! These are all so cute, thanks for the heads up, I shall have to put a few of these on my summer wishlist!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue


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