With the 60s fashion revival comes a desire for a wardrobe update that takes in (at least) two things: colour, and mod 60s-inspired cuts. But if you’re shopping for a curated wardrobe of high quality, long-life pieces that will take you beyond right now and into 2012, you’re better off resisting the psychedelic prints and opting for the classics.

Perusing Acne’s flagship in Stockholm recently it was their wool-crepe shift dress that stood out as having both a quality fabrication and a ’60s silhouette that’s classic yet now. In a bright yet not glaring grape purple it’s the kind of piece that will float effortlessly between spring and autumn depending on your accessories (though, if you’re after a true, true classic that transcends colour trends it also comes in black).

acne purple shift dress

acne wool crepe shift dress

Made from 100% wool, it’s available online at Net-a-porter.com.

A reminder for Australian readers: free shipping from Net-a-porter runs out on October 7.

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