A mod­ern take on vin­tage styles of­fers a fresh ap­proach to tidy ca­sual dress­ing

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But­ton-up dresses, crisp flares, prim blouses — wardrobe sta­ples of a well-dressed Sloane from the past, and the kind of pieces that make trans-sea­sonal dress­ing ef­fort­less. Who would have imag­ined prim and proper pieces could be so cool? It’s the school of Alexa Chung’s mod­ern mix of retro-in­spired style: sep­a­rates that make a con­vinc­ing case for light lay­er­ing and tidy, ca­sual out­fits are per­fect as the weeks progress into spring. The Brit style icon de­buted her Alex­aChung col­lec­tion in June, in­spired by her love of vin­tage shop­ping and an­droge­nous shapes. Think pussy-bow blouses teamed with denim, the per­fect con­trast that works across sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Vin­tage pieces are im­por­tant here, try re-work­ing ex­ist­ing wardrobe faith­fuls or trawl through your favourite vin­tage stores for the per­fect T-shirt or top to layer un­der over­alls and sleeve­less dresses. Sev­eral up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers have also looked to clas­sic sil­hou­ettes with a slight nod to the 70s — Paris Ge­or­gia Ba­sics and Wynn Ham­lyn are two ex­am­ples of emerg­ing brands cre­at­ing well-made pieces, per­fect for any cool girl about town; and for this sea­son’s stand-out coat, look to the retro red Va­len­cia trench by Kate Sylvester, a piece that of­fers up plenty of street cred.

Kate Sylvester trench coat $799. Wynn Ham­lyn top $440 and flares $299.

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