Vintage Values

Vintage frocks from specialist shops

floral dresses
  • pictures David Merewether
  • styling Cherry Whytock

American 1940s black and white striped cotton dress with yellow flowers, £65 from The Retro Centre, Hastings, tel 01424 460068; Poodle bag, £45, from Found, Hastings, tel 07909 956991; vintage black straw hat, pearl necklace and shoes, all stylist's own. 1950s pink and yellow flower shirt-waister dress, £35 from The Retro Centre as before; straw hat with flowers, straw poodle bag and green shoes, all stylist's own.

floral dresses and handbags

1950s blue and white floral print short cotton dress, £55 from Found, Hastings, tel 07909 956991; Poodle bag, £45, from Found, as before; pearl necklace and turquoise shoes, stylist's own. 1950s pink and white floral print short cotton dress, £55 from Found, as before; 1950s pink handbag, £25 from Found, as before; pink pearl necklace, stylist's own; bracelet and shoes, model's own.

long dresses

pink net dress with matching jacket, £65 from Found, Hastings, tel 07909 956991; pink flower corsage, £6 from Found, as before; gold cigarette holder and gold bag, stylist's own; cream shoes, model's own. 1930s pink floral print chiffon dress, £135 from Found, as before; grey metallic shoes, stylist's own.

pleated dress and short black dress

cream satin Ossie Clarke Quorum dress with pleated inserts, £290 from The Wardrobe Agency Boutique, Hastings, tel 01424 434268; shoes, stylist's own. Black short Christian Dior dress with buckle details at neck, £120 from The Wardrobe Agency Boutique as before; black sequined beret, £20 from The Retro Centre, Hastings, tel 01424 460068; black shoes, stylists own.

sheer black dress and cream linen dress

sheer black 1930s dress with small cream print, £38 from The Retro Centre, Hastings, tel 01424 460068; bracelets, model's own; black shoes and black headband, model's own. Cream linen American 1950s dress with brown and black silk detailing, with matching bolero, £85 from The Retro Centre, as before; straw hat, pearl bracelet and wedge shoes, stylist's own.

Our thanks to Benenden School for allowing us to photograph in Hemsted House and the school grounds