Create a vintage-inspired look for Spring 2012

This season, vintage is back in a big way. Last year designers, such as Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui in NY Fashion Week and Fendi and Prada in Milan, presented their Spring 2012 collections with a clear theme: the Retro Demure lady from the 40s and 50s.

  The 1950s Housewive: Jonathan Saunders

As you can see from this Jonathan Saunders design and Marie Claire article (above) pastels are key in creating this look, as are pettiskirts to create a full-skirted effect. This retro 50s housewife style made recurring appearances on the Spring 2012 catwalk and most designers chose to recreate a cinched waist silhouette, fresh cotton fabrics and cute retro prints.

The vintage rockabilly style has been a popular alternative fashion for years (think Dita Von Teese) and has now finally gone mainstream; Where once you needed to shop online in specialist stores (such as Vivien of Holloway pictured left) to get your 50s look, this season these ladylike cardis, full-skirted dresses and retro accessories can be sourced on the high street (Primark, Topshop, ASOS and H&M below).


  Diner 8


And don’t forget to style up your 50s look with a pretty pettiskirt from!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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