All hail the return of Seventies and Nineties trends – but give them your own spin to master this season’s look

We could look at next season in terms of yet another glut of retro re-treads. There are the Seventies and their influence evident in flares, dungarees, prairie-dress florals and midi skirts.

The Nineties are also back – slip dresses, trainers, army fatigues… I could go on, but viewing spring/summer 2016 solely through a vintage lens wouldn’t do the clothes justice. Because while it’s true that designers from Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to Celine’s Phoebe Philo seemed to be looking back for inspiration, the end results are fresh and relevant.

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Take flares – they’re ubiquitous but, in 2016, there are so many variations, from Roksanda’s striped high-waisters (more Coco Chanel circa 1930 than disco era) or Jonathan Saunders’ silky tracksuit-meets-tuxedo stripe slouchers to Alexander Wang’s sexy little ankle-kick flares, with everything from a Bay City Roller crop to a sexy All Saints girl-band drape.

We can’t forget the pyjama pant either – really, we can’t. From Dolce & Gabbana to Zara, it will sweep all before it. Perhaps literally. What counts with flares, and in fact with everything we wear now, are proportions (give your legs as much length as possible, with platforms if necessary, but ensure they’re comfortable) and the attitude with which we wear it.

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