Can you believe it? We have come to the last installment of our How We Wear Vintage series! Anyone else shedding tears or sorrow over this fact? Oh wait! I nearly forgot: we have an amazing contest going up tomorrow with $120 worth of prizes. Forget the tears; I can hardly wait for tomorrow!
Today we are going to talk about the 1960’s. This decade really hovered around the youth who were just born a decade earlier during the baby-boom of the 50’s. At the turn of the decade, most of those “babies” had grown to teenagers. Since the youth dominated a great majority of the population, it makes sense that they greatly influenced the trends of the time: rebellious fashions (think the introduction of the Bikini *shudders*, mini skirts, etc.), and super playful, bright, mod styles. It is really incredible to me how things can change so drastically over a period of 10 years. In the 50’s, it was almost unheard of to wear a skirt even remotely above the knee. Enter the infamous Twiggy of the sixties who wore nothing else than skirts and dresses that would have shocked the mothers and grandmothers of that time. Personally, I like to look at the earlier part of this decade which lends itself to the modest, ladylike styles of the 50’s which we discussed yesterday.
As you can see, there are some styles in this collection of images that harken back greatly to the 50’s, and some that do not coincide in the least! I like to think of there being two sides of the 1960’s: the rebellious, youthful side; and the polished, sophisticated side.
On the youthful side, playful silhouettes and colors were employed enormously. At the beginning of the era, structured garments, such as the shift dress, were popular. The stiffness of this type of garment added to the mod-ness of the effect which it gave, also complying with the rebellious, youthful spirit of the time. Towards the latter end of the era was the beginning of the Hippie and other cultural movements that were very rebellious to the previous decade’s morals; which impacted the fashions towards more easy-going, free-for-all styles.
On the polished, sophisticated side, you have mature women harkening back to the 1950’s polish and femininity, while still keeping on trend through the raised hemlines, and youthful, mod flair. I tend to gravitate more towards this side of the sixties, purely from morality’s sake; as I am not one to adore short hems and rebellious fashions.
As you can see, I definitely styled this board after the polished, mature side of 1960’s fashion. Let’s dig in, shall we?
On the left, I channeled a youthful, college-campus mode through the sporty sweater and laid-back Keds. Sophisticated crops bring in a more structured, mature aspect; and I employed the imperative mod-ness of the 60’s through the bright red earrings and polka-dot scarf (buy it here!)
To the right, I went with a very board-walk, sophisticated house-wife type of look through the classic shirtwaist dress and sling-back kitten heels. Pearls add in a polished touch; and the classic boater hat and vintage sunnies complete the look.
How We Wore It
Though the era of the dress to the left of this collage is still under debate, I think it can lend itself to the late 60’s quite nicely. Jessica wore this dress in effortless charm with simple earrings and classy flats.
I channeled more of the laid-back, subtle styles from the 1960’s through my autumnal color story and casual layering. It’s really amazing what one item of clothing can do to make an outfit look vintage-inspired. My crops, for example, truly harken back to this era so perfectly; the outfit couldn’t have had the same retro style without them.
Beauty & Hair:
I adore this video about the history of vintage makeup by Lisa Eldridge! It explains so much, so perfectly.
A very fabulous, 1960’s beehive tutorial
This original 1960’s makeup tutorial from Glamour Daze is truly fascinating!
Shop sweet 60’s styles at ModCloth
Boden is a never-ending source for sophisticated, retro styles.