The female form was celebrated on the catwalks this season, with hourglass silhouettes and an emphasis on waists, hips and bustlines. Take your cue from Mad Men-style - it's sex appeal gone sophisticated and ladylike (think long gloves, kitten heels and a skinny belt).
Prim and proper needn't be boring; prints and bold colours add a modern dimension to classic items, while pairing full-figured skirts with mannish jumpers (see Paul Smith and Dries Van Noten for inspiration) offers a modern twist on retro classics. Cardigans and fitted jumpers, pussy bow blouses, pencil skirts and fitted tops (that corset you got to rock the underwear-as-outerwear trend last season will work beautifully here) are all items you probably already own. Also, feel free to ransack your mum and granny's wardrobes for retro-style handbags and wasp-waisted skirts - after all, you can't beat an original.
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