The Big Retro Revival

by Danni Rodgers
(London, UK)

Have you ever made a purchase only to take it home and have your parents get all nostalgic on you, remembering a piece of clothing or furniture that they had that was ‘just like that’?

It’s scary to think but as all good styles make a revival at some point, this may well be you in a few decades time. From the cinema screen to the pages of the magazines the last few years has seen rise to a mainstream acceptance of the retro revival. The style of Fifties and Sixties pin up style heroines and the slick back quiffs of handsome heartthrobs are back in business.


Retro fashion styles have usually been restrained to the rails of vintage stores and the odd item inherited from parents and grandparents. In recent years however, the high waisted hems and flattering fitted outfits of time gone by have begun to make their way back onto the catwalks and back into the designs we buy on the high street.

For guys, retro fashion brings back the tight fitting fashions of the Levis ‘shrink to fits’ and crisp white tees and this season the leather jacket has even made a comeback. For the gals it’s all about the calf skimming skirts, capri pants and structured, stomach flashing shirts that make the most of small waists. The retro revival has brought back flattering styles in the swimwear department too, this time with the added benefit of modern lycra material guaranteed to not go baggy on the bum.

Check out some of the latest styles and get swimwear from 365 to have you feeling like Ursula Andress on the beach.

On The High Street

The high street is now vintage boutique galore, from shops selling original vintage clothing to the big brands selling their own vintage ranges. The likes of Topshop and Miss Selfridge are amongst those who now stock independent retro clothing ranges and there are numerous smaller retailers who have found success in the creation of vintage designs – still all the great style just without the musty smell.


The huge popularity of TV series such as Mad Men has brought about a wave of workers wanting to replicate that smart retro style. The smouldering sight of Joan Harris (played by the curvaceous Christina Hendricks) and the dashing Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) have inspired the world to formalise their work gear.

Although in the 21st century they may be a Havana cigar down, there’s plenty more style idea’s to help workers mirror the glamorous New York advertising agency atmosphere.

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Updated: November 1, 2012 — 9:02 pm

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