Sixties siren call

The 1960s was an era characterised by music, mayhem – and a fashion revolution. Designers are constantly taking cues from its playful quirks.

This season is no different, with Burberry capturing Jean Shrimpton’s elegance, while Prada models strutted the catwalk in graphic print dresses.

The eye-popping hues and stylish silhouette not only crept into collections across the catwalk, but dominated fashion week, becoming a trend in itself this season. Whether smart or slouchy, for daytime or dusk, you can hone retro tones into an outfit at any opportunity.

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Wardrobes away from the androgynous trend, the Sixties is about femininity. Turn it into work wear with A-line dresses, two pieces and belted or cocoon coats. Structured silhouettes held by felt or wool fabrics are sure to demand authority in the office. Hug an oversized clutch bag and wear with a pair of Mary Jane heels.

For a more playful approach, stick to the A-line dress (the key item for the Sixties trend) but use it to introduce colour and print. Find them in vibrant shades, graphic patterns and geometric prints – think mod with a ladylike twist. Look out for bracelet sleeves, pretty Peter Pan collars or bow details, all of which enhance the retro feel whilst adding extra femininity.

The Sixties would not have been the same without the miniskirt, which is why it’s reared up again this season. If the thought of raising your hemline raises hairs on your arms, then fear not and pair it with cream wool or brightly coloured tights. Knee-high boots or penny loafers will complete the look. Team your miniskirt with a polo neck and throw over a mod style coat, such as the black and grey striped one from Marks & Spencer, see far right.

You can relax into the Sixties style with slightly more bohemian grace, choosing light shades and layering fabrics. Accessorise with a floppy Fedora to retain the retro vibe.

For evening wear, channel Bridget Bardot with sexy, figure-skimming dresses. A nipped-in waist, accentuating the hips and bust, is perfect to show off curves and flaunt a sexy silhouette.

Get your hair spray out to take hold of this trend with a Beehive and draw on a flick of eye-liner. Although it’s achievable for evening wear, all this preparation may feel too stylised or frankly too time-consuming for day time.

Instead, head back to the bohemian theme with messy, loose hair, parted in the centre, with a long floppy fringe. Shorter lengths should mirror Twiggy’s iconic crop.

Whether it’s diva at dusk, rocking the mod look or Boho Bardot, there is a Sixties style icon for all occasions, so back comb your bouffant and enjoy 2011’s retro revival.