It’s true what they say; “Fashion fades but style is eternal“. Which is why fast fashion often crashes and burns after the season is over, whilst vintage will always retain its timeless charm. This week, we’re celebrating one of the most incredible decades of our time. The 60s, a time where women were completely empowered by their wardrobes. Here are some of the most iconic wardrobe items of the swinging sixties!
THE MINI DRESS / MINI SKIRT
The iconic mini skirt was introduced into the fashion world by legendary fashion designer Mary Quant, who was a key part of the Mod and Youth fashion movement. And her chosen vessel to express her art? No other than the amazing Twiggy – who wore the mini skirt beautifully.
THE GO-GO BOOTS
Working hand in hand with the mini dress / mini skirt phase, go-go boots were all the rage back in the 60s.
OVERSIZED JACKIE-O GLASSES
The glamorous First Lady of the sixties, Jackie Kennedy (better known as Jackie O) made history with her chic, enviable style. Her most iconic accessory has to be her oversized sunglasses – and boy have we kept that trend going ever since!
PSYCHEDELIC / BOLD PRINTS
Big prints and loud colours were a huge part of this inspiring decade. The sixties was all about expression and optimism, and bold prints like these were incorporated not just into fashion, but also interior design in the home.
Jackie-O not only inspired big, oversized sunnies and elegant pillbox hats, but she also led the way with the ultra-chic boxy jacket. Boxy jackets can be long or short and can be extremely flattering for most body shapes.
THE PETER PAN COLLAR
The adorable Peter Pan collar made a huge comeback in recent years. But it first made tracks in the swinging sixties and looked great with the iconic mini shift dress.
60S HEADBAND / HEADSCARF
Think Woodstock 1969 when the hippie movement was at its peak. Headscarves, headbands and forehead bands were popular throughout the decade and they’re still one of our favourite accessories today.
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