This dress is modern, but almost a classic in its own right. It's from Boden circa 2005, when they were spearheading the revival of the 1940s-styled tea dress. The tea dress has since become ubiquitous on the high street, albeit mostly in itty bitty, thigh-skimming mini lengths.
For the outfit, I went for proper, all-out vintage chic with demure crochet gloves and cherry hat. A fairly simple outfit overall, but apparently effective: I don't think I've ever had so many compliments on my outfit! One older gentleman stopped me as I was walking to Joanna's and asked, "am I young again, or is this the new fashion?" "It's the old fashion!" I told him. He laughed. Another told me I reminded him of how his older sisters used to look. Various ladies - young and old - also stopped to comment.
I don't know whether it's Chichester (maybe because of the Revival, folks here 'get' vintage?) or if it's a general rule elsewhere, but I have to admit I've never once had a negative reaction to the way I dress. At least not one that was expressed strongly enough to enter my consciousness (I did once hear some schoolkids call out sarcastically "the 1960s is that way", but I have no idea if it was actually aimed at me, since I didn't look).
Dress, Boden; Shoes, purchased in Thailand; Necklace, car boot sale; 1950s hat, ebay; crochet gloves, can't remember; Handbag, ebay.