Retro Revival – How to Wear Classic Prints in a Contemporary Way
Prints and patterns are EVERYTHING right now, and a great way to add some fun – not to mention colour – to your high summer wardrobe. We’ve looked to the past, and brought back some tried-and-tested favourites, including gingham, stripes, polka dot and ditsy floral. ‘Retro Revival’ is what we’re calling the movement, and today we’re showing you how to style these classic designs in a contemporary way.
During the 1940s, as the country recovered from war, there was a ration on pretty much everything, fabrics included. But as the economy recovered towards the turn of the decade, the fashion industry boomed. People suddenly had a little more change in their pocket, and a head-turning get-up was the best way to show your neighbours just how much change you had!
For a fifties take on the pattern and print trend, look to pin-up polka dots and school-style gingham, in navy and brown colourways. Back in the day, these housewife favourites would have been worn in a prim-and-proper (aka barely-breathable) style, but that was then, and this is now…
Polka Dot Wrap Dress – £22
Our Spot Wrap Minidress ties at the waist before falling to a flowy skirt below. Draw out the white polka dot pattern with tonal sandals, and pay tribute to the era with a contrasting headscarf. For more of a dare-to-bare vibe (and definite 50s no-no!), look to our gingham patterned Cold-shoulder Blouse. Leave the lower buttons undone, instead tying the front panels together in the knot, and finish the off-beat vibe with raw hemmed shorts and canvas sneakers.
Floral patterns flourished towards the end of the sixties, as people rebelled against the stiff-upper-lip of the previous decade, and embraced a more liberating sense of style… one that broke free from the kitchen!
Ditsy Print Cami Top – £14
Festival fashion took over, and as you can imagine, the old apron-over-pinafore look had no place amidst the mud, music, freedom, peace and love. To relive that sense of liberation, look no further that our Ditsy Print Playsuit, with its tie-back detail and high rise finish. Accessorise with a daisy chain or two, and wear your hair long and loose, plaited and matted!
Ditsy Print Playsuit – £22
For something a little more free-spirited, our matching Tie Front Blouse and Shorts not only borrow from the era with their all-over blossom pattern, but co-ord combos are totally trending right now.
Ditsy Print Tie Blouse – £15
From Britpop fringes to tracksuit poppers, the nineties were all about that care-free, off-duty attitude. Pot noodles, high tops and alco pops were the order of the day, and we’ve been trying to relive them ever since…
Ditsy Print Dungaree Shorts – £16
Dungarees were a must-have, (denim usually, accompanied by a denim shirt, a denim hat…and if possible, denim underwear), and they’ve made a timely return this season! We’ve updated the look in the form of our Ditsy Print Dungaree Shorts. Simply throw on a white crop top, slide in a hair scrunchie, and slip on some sneakers. But if you really want to nail that nineties vibe, tie our matching bomber jacket around your waist. Salt-n-Pepa would be proud…
For more summer-ready styles, check out Retro Revival category now, and as always, make sure you show us how you’re wearing this season’s patterns and prints over on Instagram using #NCpose!