Retro Done Right – the Demure Dress

Vilda Magazine retro dresses



When considering the idea of retro style, a handful of associations immediately surface (old-school, complicated or overly fussy, to name but a few). But while some aspects of this trend are certainly a lot of work (perfectly coiffed hair, matching accessories and confining undergarments) there is a way to channel this soignée spirit with a more modern and effortless attitude.

Utterly ladylike and figure-flattering, this season vintage-inspired dresses offer a subtle update on this timeless trend. Perfect for daytime affairs, these frocks will take you straight to the dinner date, so it’s worth taking the time to find the one.


Vilda Magazine illustration David CamilliWith this look, it’s all about the silhouette – a longer hemline, floating and swirling around, requires a more fitted bodice and waistline to balance the proportions. Don’t be afraid to have fun with colours and textures – a quirky print will add a hint of summery feel to any casual attire, while a touch of dainty lace creates a more romantic mood.

Paired with contemporary accessories and minimal styling, this prim and proper frock will look current and cool for many season to come. A summer splurge you definitely won’t regret.









Vilda Magazine retro dresses vintage vegan fashion


1. Lace V-neck dress – Zara

2. Strappy frill dress in ribbon print – People Tree

3. Floaty abstract print dress – Monki

4. Paisley print dress – Topshop

5. Fit-and-flare dress – COS

6. Lace top pleated dress – Reiss

7. Summer stripe split neck dress – Tibi

8. Stripe midi dress- French Connection

















Photos from All the Pretty Birds,, and


Illustration by David Camilli

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Kasia Gumowska

A professional fashion writer (and addict), consider Kasia your trusted source of trends and shopping inspiration. Born and raised in Poland, she's a Londoner at heart, always hoping that her next trip to this magical city will jump-start a promising career, or at least a romantic love story… A girl can dream, right? In the meantime, Kasia enjoys an early morning rice milk latte and vegan cakes, which she bakes herself in her tiny but very own flat in Milan, where she lives, works and shops, obviously!

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