“Take me to a better time” you whisper over the sound of your Peggy Lee vinyl, her cover of Summertime whining through the hot air.  “Summertime and the living is easy”.  Celebrate summer by taking a pause from the fast-paced lifestyle that surrounds you.  Turn off your phone.  Soak in the sun.  Listen to the cicadas while you roast hot dogs on the grill. Make summer lemonade with life’s lemons.  Living will never be easier.

A current retro take on fashion makes it possible to go back to a simpler time.  Think bold patterned summer dresses, timeless eyewear and flattering swimwear.  Have a retro summer.

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Retro swimwear is both aesthetic to the eye and flattering to the shape.  Curvy women such as Marilyn need not fear the beach, their curves will be celebrated and accentuated with tailored cuts and beautiful prints.  Styles range from figure-hugging one-pieces to the “itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini”


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1. Juicy Couture Miss Divine Hearts Button One-Piece

2. Trina Turk Kaleidoscope Flower Push-Up and Retro Hipster

3. Modcloth Seasons of the Sun swimsuit top and bottom


Frame your face and protect your eyes with a range of retro sunglasses.  Cat-eye frames are mysterious and add a touch of whimsy to any outfit.  Or try the round-frame look, perhaps a touch more bold,  but definitely a “groovy” piece to compliment your colourful Pucci dress or kaleidoscope inspired swimwear.  Finally, the classic wayfarer continues to be a natural choice; effortlessly stylish on all counts.


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1. Miu Miu Glitter Cat-Eye

2. Wildfox Couture Twiggy Frame

3. Rayban Original Wayfarer



The mix of pattern, vibrant colours and perfect tailoring make the retro dress a coveted summer wardrobe essential.  Wear in the day to create an effortlessly put together look, or transition into evening wear with grandmother’s pearls and a pair of peep-toes.  Either way, you’ll turn heads.


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1. DVF Miriam Crystal Embellished Dress

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Stacey Print Dress

3. Suzannah Oriental Print Petal Bloom Dress


Images taken from:

Dsquared Fall Campaign, Harper’s Bazaar (harpersbazaar.com)















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