There are certain patterns that are just classics— from them you can build a wardrobe you could hold on to for decades. A bustier, a pencil skirt and a cropped jacket make for a fun retro look, and by changing the fabrics, you can update these classic silhouettes so easily. Read on to see them all!
Who loves the 50s? Who loves flirty, feminine shapes that accentuate your curves and amp up sex appeal. I think all of the patterns below have potential.
A fitted bustier top can be a super fun staple to have in your wardrobe. Made in rich silks or cotton, a bustier can amp up your favorite skirt or jeans. You can turn this pattern into a dress too by fusing it with a skirt pattern.
A voluminous, gathered skirt feels very 50s and feminine. Pictured above are some inspirational pieces by Azzedine Alaia, Zac Posen, Kalanchoe (Modcloth), and TopShop. We offer two options here: the fitted bustier dress with sleeves, and a tank version.
A fitted pencil skirt hugs the hips and accentuates the waist, it’s the ultimate sexy-skirt. Depending what type of fabric you use to make it in though can really change the attitude of the look. Burberry, Giambattista Valli and Rick Owens do the pencil skirt so well. We have two pencil skirt options here as well: the stretch pencil skirt and a classic pencil skirt for wovens. If you love the top the model on the right is wearing, check out this fitted top pattern to pair with it.
Cropped blazers can be worn with dresses and jeans. They can dress you up or tie a look together. Be like Coco Chanel in a silk tweed cropped jacket, or more streamlined in navy or black suiting. Again, we have two options: one cropped jacket with invisible closure and the other has is a cropped jacket buttons. Alice + Olivia, Asos, Alexander McQueen blazers.
This coat to me say Jackie-O. It’s sweet and innocent and fun to wear. Cut from camel colored wool you have a sophisticated coat that stands out against all the black outerwear out there. Cut from a chunky knit, this coat can be a big, cozy wrap. If you’re not ready to dive into a coat project yet, try the 3/4 sleeve blouse for an easier alternative.