Retro Hogmanay style

Here’s a thought for you – bring in the new year in retro Hogmanay style! For the night we look to the future, step back in time, fashion-wise, and rock a decade gone by!

For our retro Hogmanay style guide we’ve picked four fab fashion decades – the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Lets start our retro Hogmanay style guide back in the 1950s. The decade of wiggle dresses, full skirts, bobbysox, headbands and cutesy cardigans. We’ve chosen an outfit that gives you that retro Hogmanany style, but with a modern, wearable twist. You don’t want to look like an extra from Grease, okay?

Hogmanay retro hogmanay style 50sTeam a gorgeous wide flared skirt (perfect for dancing, £49.99, H&M) with a beautiful 1950s style shell top. This beaded top from H&M (£99.99) is luxurious and will see you through the decades! Add simple pumps (£17.99, New Look) in a metallic shade for a bit of seasonal sparkle, and a vintage style clutch bag (£30, Jenny Packham @ Debenhams), and top the outfit off with a beautiful pale wool coat (£150, Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams) any Hollywood movie star of the 1950s would have loved.

Moving into the 1960s for our retro Hogmanay style, means one thing for us – bright psychedelic prints. There are many looks to 1960s style – from beatnik to hippy, to Mad Men style, but we’ve gone for a simple Mod-inspired look.

retro hogmanay style 1960sA psychedelic print shift dress (£35, Red Herring @ Debenhams) in a simple shape screams 1960s to us. Team with white accessories – they just loved their white in the 1960s. A simple pair of white courts (£14.99, Schuh), and a white bag (£14.99, H&M) are perfectly matched. Add a black coloured funnel-neck straight wool coat (£125, JOY) for the ultimate 1960s vibe.

The 1970s retro Hogmanay style guide does not include afro wigs, The Village people outfits and yellow flares, okay? Just, no. The 1970s were a stylish time, contrary to popular belief.

retro hogmanay style 70sWe’ve chosen to focus on the more chilled out hippy vibe for our 1970s retro Hogmanay style, with a gorgeous floaty maxi dress (£250, French Connection), a white fake fur coat (£34.99, H&M) and simple accessories. Platform shoes are a must (£29.99, Schuh) and a fringed bag (£24.99,H&M) rounds this decade’s outfit off nicely.

Finally, 1980s retro Hogmanay style. The 1980s embraced the jumpsuit with all its might. Party like it’s 1984 in a fantastic fringed, low back jumpsuit from H&M (£34.99), and add a bit of 1980s bright with this great duster coat (£34.99) from New Look.

retro style hogmanay retro style 80sAn iridescent cross-body bag (£15.99, New Look) is retro-cool, and strappy sandals (£50, Schuh) are 1980s-tastic, in a seasonal silver of course. Finally, sweep that hair into a side ponytail and wear just one solitary feather drop earring (£10 (for the pair), Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams).

Have a Happy New Year in retro Hogmanay style, folks!

Grace Kelly style

Grace Kelly was the Hollywood starlet who became a real-life Princess when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The Alfred Hitchcock muse had her own, effortless, Grace Kelly style, which has transcended time.

This Friday the biopic, Princess Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman is released, and we had eyes on the fashion, of course. The film doesn’t do Grace Kelly style justice, if the truth be told.

With the help of Hitchcock himself, and Hollywood costume designers Edith Head, Helen Rose, and Oleg Cassini, Grace Kelly style became an actual, defined thing. Her cool, icy blonde, charm was carried over into her classic, faultless, elegant wardrobe. Grace Kelly style meant twinsets and pearls, nipped in at the waist flared skirts, shirtwaister dresses, demure styles, pared down colour palettes and simple lines.

According to Mika in his song, Grace Kelly, “all her looks were too sad”. Whilst Princess Grace would never set the fashion heather on fire, we disagree. She had something.

How do you recreate classic Grace Kelly style? It’s actually quite simple, and we think you can do it with just ten key items.


Grace Kelly wore floral capri pants and a white blouse when she met her future husband at Cannes in 1955. Capri pants epitomise Riviera chic, La Dolce Vita, Mediterranean retro glamour. Choose bold prints and florals and match to plain, simple tops.

grace kelly style capri pantsCapri pants, £45, Louche @ JOY


Capri pants, a simple blouse. A pencil skirt and a simple blouse. A full skirt and a simple blouse. Grace Kelly style is easy when you have a simpe, preferably white, blouse in your wardrobe!

grace kelly style blouseBlouse, £35?, JOY


A skirt that is nipped in at the waist, and flares out is the epitome of Grace Kelly style – and all 1950s retro movie star style, come to that. Modernise the look with a denim fabric. Keep it simple for summer in white.

Grace kelly style skirt fullWhite denim fit and flare skirt, £34.99, H&M


Okay, if you really want to do this Grace Kelly style then, then a Hermes Kelly bag is the one you need. But that’s not really likely for most of us is it?! The Kelly bag was originally called the Haut a Courvoie bag, and was first given to Grace Kelly to carry by designer Edith Head. to hide the Princess’s baby bump! Everyone loved it, and the bag was forever known, thereafter, as the Hermes Kelly. Choose a similar boxy, framed style to get the look.

Grace kelly style handbagBag, £29.99, New Look


Grace Kelly – and most women in the 1950s/60s wore dresses a lot. Simple day dress styles, in pale pastel colours worked well. Choose something in sea green – Princess Grace’s favourite colour.

grace kelly style day dressDress, £55, BHS


Prince Rainier gave his wife lots of beautiful jewellery and she adored a Van Cleef & Arpels pearl and diamond set. She became known for wearing pearls. If your budget won’t stretch, there are plenty costume versions out there!

Grace kelly style pearlsPearl earrings and necklace set, £6, Claire’s Accessories


To go with the pearls, it has to be a twinset. Why do so many older ladies love this combination? Think about it…they were young when Princess Grace wore them, and they loved the Grace Kelly style! Team with a full or pencil skirt, or capri pants, or denim for a modern take.

grace kelly style twinsetJumper, £6, cardigan, £10.50, BHS


The pencil skirt, or wiggle skirt looked sexy on Marilyn Monroe, but is rather more demure in the Grace Kelly style of wearing it. Colours were muted, and it was teamed with a matching jacket, or a twinset. A simple linen pencil and shell top is a great structured yet easy summer office look.

grace kelly style pencil skirtLinen pencil skirt, £70, French Connection


Princess Grace attended plenty of Royal engagements which called for beautiful, opulent gowns. She also wore many in Hollywood. Choose a full length gown with embellishment for the Princess look.

grace kelly style  evening gownEvening Gown, £54.99, New Look


To really complete the Grace Kelly style you need something on your head. Grace loved a hat, but she loved headscarves and turbans even more. Search them out in vintage shops, or stick with a straw hat for summertime chic.

grace kelly style hatHat, £12.99, H&M

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