Published: 11/02/2013 13:55 - Updated: 11/02/2013 15:04

Sixties Fashion: Then and Now

Written byStephanie Sofokleous

In my eyes, the decade of the 1960s is the most inspiring and pioneering in terms of fashion. In the past few years, an obsession with vintage has overtaken our wardrobes, which has focused strongly on fashion between the 1920s and 1950s. However, one month into the new year and it is apparent that a change is on the horizon. With TV dramas such as John McKay’s We’ll Take Manhattan; a look at Jean Shrimpton (Karen Gillan) and David Bailey’s love affair, drawing the public’s eyes to the British fashion industry in the 1960s, it was only a matter of time before the fashion of the era became the new covetable trend. So it’s time to put down your pork pie hats, varsity jackets, and horn-rimmed glasses, and embrace the flamboyance of the Swinging Sixties. So how are the designers and high street brands of 2013 interpreting the legendary garments of the 60s?

When it comes to Sixties fashion, everyone thinks Mary Quant: black and white geometric patterns, and flattering silhouettes in the form of A-line and shift dresses. However, this year, one of the other trends featured on the runways of Spring/Summer 2013 fashion weeks is neon brights, so what better way to update the monotone hues of 60s fashion than to introduce the blinding shades of a neon palette. If these colours are a bit too vibrant for you, why not opt for a traditional 60s black and white geometric dress, and insert colour via your accessories. As well as this, in true 60s style, the hem line is working its way further up the leg, so if you learn one thing from this article, let it be this: On shift dresses, the hem is higher, and the print is bolder.

Designers such as Chanel, Moschino and Louis Vuitton have all had a part to play in this vintage revival, with Spring/Summer collections displaying climbing hem lines, displayed mid-riffs, and fluorescent A-line skirts and skinny pants. They are also leading the way in adapting 60s hair and make-up for the ready-to-wear generation of 2013, with mini beehive hairdos at Moschino, and oblique fringes and sharply defined make-up at Marc Jacobs.

For accessories, one of the staples for this trend has to be the leather satchel. Owing its revival to the very clever Google advert in which the story of the business savvy Mum and her creation of the Cambridge Satchel Company is depicted, this timeless accessory fits perfectly into this 60s revamp, harking back to the mod trend of the 60s.


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