As London Fashion Week draws to a close and New York seems a distant memory, we give you all the best tips for dressing on trend the vintage way...

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 4:33 PM




70's Chic



This season, the catwalks have been brimming with seventies inspired designs and we love it! But this revival is less disco diva and more sexy boho secretary. Think sheer and silky pussybow blouses teamed with high waisted flared trousers or shorts. Big floppy hats and hippy dresses will certainly be a summer staple and the maxi dress is here to stay. Another recent trend revival is the jumpsuit that will be bigger than ever this year. And lest we forget the wedge heel this summer's footwear must!





Bold Colour



Black is all well and good but we are so glad to see the return of bright and bold colours to the runways! Particularly blocks of orange, yellow, blue and pink! There are some great vintage find in bright colours. For oranges and yellows the best era has to be the swinging sixties and for pinks and electric blue look no further than eighties cocktail dresses and separates. Take colour and experiment the brave will conquer this summer!





Elegant Nudes



For a more subtle take on the 2011 trends, sheer and semi sheer nudes are a must. If you are pale skinned then stick to the creamy white nudes, tanned and olive skinned girls should veer towards peachy nudes and mixed race and dark skin-tones should go for nudes with a golden hue. Think floaty chiffon, fluid silk and thin draping satin for real glamour and style.





Club Tropicana



Moving on from the general floral trend of last spring/summer, this seasons floral print has got be be bold, brash and tropical! Bright shades, large palms and hoola flavours are a must! Look for fitted fifties dresses, vintage pencil skirts and vintage silk scarves to work the tropical trend.





Into the Blue



Maybe the forthcoming Royal Wedding has got us in the mood but the only colour that really matters this spring/summer is jewel-bright blue. Deep regal toned dresses, fitted jackets, chunky heels and floaty blouses all in this stunning shade. Have a good look through all eras as there are gems to be found!





And staying firmly with us from last season....





Lace



Think vintage and you very often think lace so there has never been a better time to embrace old school style. Lace has been seen everywhere this season, skirts, leggings, tops, dresses, gloves and even body suits. When shopping vintage go for feminine fifties pastels or dramatic eighties Madonna-esque black. And don't be afraid to mix and match a few lace pieces in one ensemble.





Animal Instinct



It falls in and out of fashion but there is always that huge delight when we can dig out the animal prints once again! Designers have gone crazy for the big cats this season, sticking mainly to black, gold and tan. Go full out with a leopardskin print dress or dip your toes in the water with a cute bag or scarf. Mix with lace or sequins full full on party glam!





To The Max



Just when you thought maxi dresses were a summer-only staple, the floor length phenomenon has been quite literally sweeping the floors of the very best catwalks. Both skirts and dresses are in, think more glitz and glam than cotton cool. Shop for vintage seventies evening maxi dresses and fifties floor length gowns. Lurex, glitter and sequins are even better!





So it seems you really can buy vintage and stay on trend, as more and more designers take inspiration from the past. And on my vintage.co.uk you can even search by trend making your gorgeous wardrobe updates even easier to find.



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