Look over your shoulder at the past for fashion-forward ideas. Fashion editor Bairbre Power goes time travelling
Summer is all about travel, but even if you're not going abroad, you can always distract yourself by becoming a fashion time traveller. Retro-feel clothing has moved beyond an initial flirtation with 'Mad Men' curves to a full-on affair with the 1950s silhouette, which shows no sign of going away next season.
Being fashion-forward often means looking over your shoulder at the past. A vintage input stamps originality over your outfit, but you don't have to go to specialist stores to achieve an authentic-looking 1950s vibe from the high street.
M&S has some peachy affordable separates which, when teamed together with an original eye, push your look right back to the glamorous decade. Instead of cranking up the cost with pricey, curated vintage pieces, this week we are embracing wardrobe DIY.
The simplest styling manoeuvre is wearing ankle, or should we say bobby, socks with sandals or suede loafers. They are pure 1950s. Grab a short blouse, tie up the front and wear with capri pants. Red nails, red lips and the very on-trend ponytail will add to the fifties-fication of your look.
This summer, River Island offered us a time capsule to travel back to the 1960s with Chelsea Girl, but if you feel like going back another decade, take a look at our shoot and at how stylist Catherine Condell achieved the look with modern-day buys at M&S. Forever 21 has separates to look out for, too.
Meanwhile, over at FeeG, Fiona Heaney has added lots of lavish embellishment on carefully sourced fabrics to achieve a 1960s look. It's not just about fancy necklines -- there are gentle features such as pleating detail at the waist in ever-so-soft stretch fabric.
For those of you always on the lookout for new labels, the La Rochelle dresses, new to Carraig Donn, have a girlie 1960s silhouette. The new collection is a tribute to the glory days of Hollywood glitz. It was the attention to fit with fabulously stretchy fabric that caught my eye in these curvy designs with va-va voom glamour.
The vibrant red dress has a deep V in the back, tapering into an A-line which hits below the knee. Such seeming simplicity is the result of great design.
The ecru-and-cream dress is long and lean and shaped to perfection. Flirty floral is used on the sheath lining -- these are sleeveless dresses to be worn with attitude.
The La Rochelle collection oozes femininity. The dresses are sexy yet demure for glamorous day and occasion wear.
Carraig Donn has added La Rochelle to its stable of affordable fashion brands. Cutie, Rise, St Martins, Vila and Soma are some of the sophisticated and irresistible names in store now.
Carraig Donn now has 23 stores nationwide offering stylish labels without compromising on value, and you can now shop online at www.carraigdonn.com.
Above: Knot-neck dress in green and gold lurex, with brooch detail, Â¤243, FeeG. Matching jacket available