Retro Buys For Your Holiday Wardrobe

This summer, opt for key vintage-style pieces for a stand-out vacation look

Want to channel a bit of vintage-style chic a la Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot? Who doesn’t!

When you’re packing for your hols, the right swimsuit is key – and retro cossies come in all shapes and styles. If it’s a Sixties bikini you fancy, try an itsy-bitsy one with layers of girly frills and ruffles. For a more Fifties vibe, go for a low-leg one-piece in polka dots, or a high-waisted, big-pant tankini, ideally with a frilly skirt detail like this one. Just top it off with a floral swimhat!

Boux avenue Binki

Buy me: South Pacific Floral Longline Bikini Top, £30; South Pacific High-Waisted Bikini Briefs, £20. Both bouxavenue.com

When it comes to dresses and skirts, Fifties-lovers should opt for long, jive-style, gathered skirts nipped in at the waist. Sweetheart necklines and shoulder-baring strapless cocktail dresses also tick the boxes, as do bold Hawaiian prints.

Sixties girls should pick a straight up-and-down shift, preferably in Mondrian-style op-art, or tune into early Twiggy with a mini crepe dress with pearly bodice buttons and a demure Peter Pan collar. Pick of the pops, though, for us is this fabby playsuit in a summery botanical print with a frill neckline.

Littlewood Playsuit

Buy me: Myleene Klass Floral Frill Neck Playsuit, £62, Littlewoods.com

If you’re not ready for full-on retro, just go for a few key accessories. A pair of aviator sunglasses, in brilliant blue or golden yellow, should do it. Or throw on some layered strings of beads in sweet sorbet shades. Finally, tie a cotton printed bandana around your head with a natty bow on top and you’ll be instantly Sixties cute!

Accessorise Sunglasses

Buy me: Montanna Aviator Sunglasses, £12, Accessorize

Finally give your fave holiday wardrobe items a fresh lease of life with the amazing new fragrances for Bold & Lenor. The new Limited Collection embraces top designer Giles Deacon fun approach to fashion with beautiful products designed to add that extra layer of scent to your outfits. Choose from Diamond & Lotus Flower, Peony & Cherry Blossom or Amethyst & Floral Bouquet.

The Giles Deacon for Bold & Lenor Limited Edition Collection is available nationwide.

Prices may vary and items are subject to availability due to summer sales.