How to Do Vintage with a Modern Twist for Spring

This spring, fashion is celebrating a return to retro with vintage-inspired silhouettes in a sunny colour palette. The look is romantic, vivacious and irresistibly feminine—and easier to pull off than ever with Tu at Sainsbury’s vintage-meets-modern spring collection. The line is poised to help you reinterpret the classics with pretty dresses in charming prints, swingy full skirts, kicky sandals and swimwear fit for a pin-up. Fifties motifs like lively florals and graphic stripes combine with contemporary trends from the Spring 2015 runways like wedges, tie-front tops and mixed patterns. Put a modern twist on vintage fashion with these four affordable looks from Tu at Sainsbury’s that blend old with new for a style that feels totally timeless.

Rose Print Dress + Cork Wedges + Spring Whites

Rose Print Dress + Cork Wedges + Springy Whites

1. Crochet Top White, £18; 2. Floral Dress, £20; 3. Blue Cork Wedges, £20


Here’s one way to look effortlessly gorgeous this spring: slip into a feminine dress in a classic fit-and-flare silhouette covered with a bloom of roses in a saturated vintage palette. Add a contemporary touch with a pair of cork wedges in an inspiring colour —one of this season’s biggest footwear trends. Team up the look with a spring layer in fresh white and provide the finishing touch with a flirty high ponytail.

Pin-Up Swimwear + Tie-Front Top + Espadrille Wedges


When it comes to making a statement on the beach, retro-inspired one-pieces are the new itty bitty bikini. This flattering halterneck swimsuit in bold red has all the sass of the pin-up models of the 50s, especially if you step out in a pair of two-tone ankle strap espadrilles with a chic braided wedge. For a poolside cover-up that keeps your bathing beauty look current, layer on a tie-front shirt in an Aztec print.

Retro Stripes

Retro Stripes look

1. Multicoloured Dress £22; 2. Floral Skirt, £18

Stripes are once again having a moment this season, and you can give your spring wardrobe a cheery makeover with striped pieces that couldn’t be easier to wear. We love the freshness of the pattern play on this dress, which mixes graphic horizontal and vertical lines with a scattering of pretty blossoms. Another clever mix of florals and stripes, this skirt features bands of cerulean buds for an update on timeless blue and white nautical striping.

Hot Rod Red + Sweet Prints

red printed pieces

1. Red Gingham Dress, £20; 2. Cherries Skirt, £18; 3. Bandana, £6;


No colour evokes the spirit of the 50s like red. Make your look stand out with scarlet pieces in sweet prints inspired by vintage designs. Delicate gingham is a key style element this spring, and this timeless dress packs a ton of feminine charm with details like a lace hem, criss-cross back and sweetheart neckline. If you’re in the mood to enjoy being a girl, a retro cherry print covers this twirly circle skirt in this season’s favorite midi length. Accessorise any vintage look with this red paisley bandana, which can be worn as a headband, ponytail accent or even knotted around your neck.

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