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What is Retro Fashion?

What is Retro Fashion?

Retro is a big buzzword in the realm of fashion today that conjures images of bygone decades complete with vintage cars, pin up girls, and rockabilly icons.


The oblong Box Shop
The Oblong Box shop

But what exactly is meant by the word ‘retro’ and why is it so popular now? Simply, what is it about this retro fashion that we all love so much?

retro dress @ lady v london
Lady V London

Believe it or not, the term ‘retro’ to describe a certain throwback style has been around since the 1970’s. It’s actually a shortened version of the French word ‘retrospectif’ from which we get the English ‘retrospective.’ So the retro fashion is literally one that looks back at something in the past. It’s no wonder then that the most classic fashion items that come to mind are styles from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Lolita Girl Clothing

Today, many brands and shops are interested in making these vintage looks new again, tailoring them for today’s men and women. Taking their inspiration from the pin up girls and rock and roll guys of yesterday, they’re crafting modern versions of styles that have lasted through the decades. It seems that the demand for retro fashion is not fading anytime soon!

Kitty Rose Couture

From brands like Doll Deluxe and Modern Vintage  pin up dresses and skirts to the rocking looks of Trashy Tart and Catfight Collections, it’s easy to find everything from vintage jeans and jackets to shoes and accessories. These hot items like those at Vintage Galeria are anything but out of date.


Fashionistas worldwide are harnessing their bombshell beauty with bold colors and fun prints that proclaim personality and independence. Gorgeous pin up dresses are now available for every body type, including plus sizes and kids’ clothing. Everyone can feel like a rockabilly star in a classic retro style that looks and feels great.

Retro Dress @ Vivien of Holloway
Vivien of Holloway

The retro fashion mania doesn’t stop at great daytime and evening wear. Now you can find lifestyle accessories too, from kitchen decor at Modcloth to the tote bags of Coco Fennell to cute add-ons at Miss Vintage. Live life in style with retro fashion items everywhere! Retro fashion is here to stay so take some inspiration from the past to move forward with bold and beautiful steps!