Sunday, 6 March 2016

My Favourite 1960s' Looks

The '60s give us so much to choose from when using those years to influence our style.  At the start of the decade '50s trends continue for a good few years, giving us some of those lovely 'Mad Men' looks.  Then as the decade progressed, colours became brighter, hemlines shot up and Twiggy, monochrome, Diana Rigg, folk, Mod, tie-dye and Pucci prints burst onto the scene.  I tend to incorporate quite a few elements of '60s style into my wardrobe, so it has been hard to choose what the '60s brought us that I couldn't now do without!

White sunglasses
Perhaps white sunglasses alone don't constitute a 'look' but I was sold on them ever since I saw a picture of Audrey Hepburn wearing a fab pair.  They work particularly well in a monochrome look, but I wear them with pretty much anything!  See my original post here for more photos of this look.

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Minidresses and boots
There is something so satisfyingly practical about minidresses and boots.  It doesn't matter if it's cold, or wet, or windy (or all three generally in Wales), it's a look that will see you through.  Hemlines are so short that they're covered by a coat - no soggy hems to dry out, or excess fabric caught by the wind.  Platform boots keep your feet dry and warm.

60s Boots

60s Sunset Poloneck Mini Dress

Fabulous Nightwear
Nightwear became a bit more playful in the '60s, with the arrival of the babydoll, in a cheerful array of coloured nylon.  I have thrifted a selection of original nighties, and also the psychedelic dressing gown pictured below.  It's fun, flirty and feels a bit younger than all that satin and lace that nightwear previously made use of.

Babydoll

Babydoll
I could go on about '60s style - I also love some of the folk/hippy styles that started to come in later in the decade - but the above picks are the ones I probably wear most often.

This post is my entry to become the face of the 1960s for the charity Oxfam, who are running a contest for vintage fans.

32 comments:

  1. Hehe this is funny - I have a post that's not a million miles away from this one in my draft folder at the moment! It probably won't be up for a while, but it amused me that we don't list the same things! Which just goes to show how much cool stuff there was in the 60s - and some trends I've been waiting to see come back round again for ages... I was going to include oversized sunnies in my list, but realised I don't own a single pair and felt like a hypocrite! I've got to rectify that this year. I love your white ones!

    The sun is shining in Cambridge, so I hope you've got a similarly sunny day over in Wales - have a lovely Sunday :) xx

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    1. I love those sunglasses, I think Chris got them for me for 50p! They're proper vintage ones. I could see you in a pair. I look forward to seeing what you make of the '60s in your post xx

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  2. I love the 60s, from the late 50s styles that blended into the decade to the Mod look - and you suit all of those so well! Although I have not succeeded in making the style work on me, I love seeing it on other bloggers and your 60s looks are always fabulous :D


    Deco Darling

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    1. Thank you lovely! I think we just have to keep trying, after all, each decade has such a wide variety - surely there's something for everyone? xx

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  3. This looks like a winning post to me! Good luck! Your 60s styles are super wearable and fun and definitely more modern so easier to wear for someone who isn't quite confident enough for the big dresses and fussy accessories of the 50s.

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your positivity!! I think that yes, the '50s silhouette can seem a bit more challenging than a '60s one, which is probably closer to modern styles. Though '50s stuff is way more popular now than it was 8 or so years ago, so I think it's a bit easier these days anyway! xx

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  4. You do the sixties proud, chic lady! Excellent point about the vast diversity of styles and influences that played out in the span of just ten years. It's amazing how different the style world was in 1960 compared to at the end of the decade in '69.

    Have a beautiful Sunday,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. That's what gives me so much awe Jessica, the difference between 1959 and 1969 - and the same for previous decades too, such as 1939 and 1949. A world apart!! Really fun to look a bit deeper at how fashions evolved. I am very much appreciating your recent post on '60s and '70s style bloggers! xx

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  5. Loving the sunglasses and that dressing gown!

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    1. The dressing gown makes me smile!! xx

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  6. Fab looks, your endless legs are perfect for your 1960s-influenced minis. I love white sunnies, too. Poundland do so good ones which are great for festivals.
    You're right, minis are great for terrible weather, they've been my go-to all this week, no hems trailing on the floor! xxx

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees the logic in short hemlines in bad weather, my husband thinks I should wear longer stuff in the wet and wind but I explained very recently that I don't want excess soggy fabric thank you very much!! I have never even thought to look in Poundland for sunnies, thanks for the tip, you know I love a bit of a bargain too xx

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  7. The sixties will always have a place in my heart. I went through a real Mod phase in my mid-20s and tried to emulate the looks my mum wore during that time. She still had a few pieces left that she had made especially for her that I then wore and I still have her gorgeous emerald green suede coat which I adore and will never let go of.
    I love the first picture of you in this post. You really do look like you could be grooving in the background on Top of the Pops!! xx

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    1. Oh I'm suddenly seeing a great series of posts by us all, with a "Before we were vintage" theme, you in your mod phase, me in my Emo phase, pretty sure there were a few goths too!! Ha!! That's wonderful that you have some pieces from your Mum, my own mother got a bit ruthless and threw it all out. xx

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  8. This style looks so good on you - I especially love the blue and black dresses, which are a perfect fit! Kx

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    1. Thank you so much! It's definitely a very wearable one, so I often wear mini dresses in all the wet weather we have xx

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  9. Love how you do the Sixties! Mini skirts were so revolutionary at the time - and still look fabulous today. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I can imagine how shocking they must have been, especially with tights, no shapewear etc. It must have felt very liberating!! xx

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  10. very cute! I love the 60s night dresses. Ive been getting a little bit more into 60s looks lately, I love the pants from the era

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    1. Now '60s pants is something I am yet to explore! I keep finding tiny ones at vintage fairs that I can't fit into. I'd love a trouser and top set, maybe in shocking pink, something like I Dream Of Jeanie would wear xx

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  11. Wow, you can really rock a 60s look! Love the blue dress worn with that adorable hat. The 60s and 70s had some amazing mod printed loungewear, a lot of which are perfectly appropriate for wearing out and about, like that fabulous dressing gown. I could picture it over a mini skirt or shorts with high platform heels. Very nice find!

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    1. Now that's a good idea about wearing things outside of the boudoir! I did think the dressing gown would look good thrown over a bikini at a pool party, but I would have to live in California for that kind of thing..! xx

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  12. Yes to all of this! Audrey in Charade is pretty much my 60s style icon - it's so mod and cool and fun. I've gotten really into clean, bright colored 60s shift dresses recently, they're so comfortable and easy to wear.

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    1. I absolutely love Charade, I used to watch it over and over with my Mum!! Isn't her ski-wear in particular ultra modern and really striking? I wouldn't mind a bit of Givenchy myself! xx

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  13. Those sunglasses are fab, and I think they're one of those accessories that are 'strong' enough in themselves to flip the rest of the look over into the 60s.

    I love the way your 60s and mine are so different, and I know Vix's 60s would be different again; it really is a decade with something for everyone.

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    1. Absolutely Mim, I like that sentiment! Xx

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  14. This style suits you very well and you might be onto a winner! Sending some good luck all the way to Wales from Belgium. I'm new to blogging but have been following you for a while, behind the scenes ... I love it that you're in Wales, as it's where I've been going on holiday for the past six years xxx

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    1. Well hello there Princess! Whereabouts do you holiday? Thank you for the good luck wishes! I have been to Belgium, to Brussels! Xx

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    2. I holiday in St Dogmaels North Pembrokeshire, on the border with Ceredigion. Nice to hear you have been to Belgium. I'm near Antwerp, which is well worth a visit. Xx

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  15. The white sunglasses ! for me it totally screams vintage. I am the only one from my group of friends who owns a pair.

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  16. I love 60's style! Those minidresses with the boots are fabulous looks! I'm also loving those white sunnies!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  17. I love you in 60's style! Such great looks plus 60's is so fun! <3

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