Retro Revival – How to Wear Classic Prints in a Contemporary Way

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.


Fifties Fling


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!


girl wearing nobody's child polka dot printed blousePolka Dot Blouse – £15


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…


girl wearing nobody's child polka dot wrap dressPolka 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.


girl wearing nobody's gingham print cold shoulder blousePolka Dot Wrap Dress – £15


Sixties Sensation


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!


girl wearing nobody's child ditsy print cami topDitsy 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!


girl wearing nobody's child nobody's child ditsy print jumpsuitDitsy 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.


girl wearing nobody's ditsy print tie front blouseDitsy Print Tie Blouse – £15


Nineties Nostalgia


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…


girl wearing nobody's child ditsy print dungaree shortsDitsy 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…


girl wearing nobody's child ditsy print bomber jacketDitsy Print Bomber Jacket – £25


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!


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