Updated: Dec 18, 2020
Revival Vintages top to toe guide to help you achieve a 1960s look.
Whether attending an event such as Goodwood Revival or if you just love sixties fashion, here we give you all of the information you need for a top to toe authentic 1960's appearance.
Women's Fashion Fashion was geared towards the interests of the younger generation. Long hemlines were replaced by miniskirts, pastel prints were now bright and florals had a bold psychedelic stylisation. Known as the ‘mod’ look, the 1960s certainly created a huge change within the fashion industry.
Mary Quant most famously designed the ‘mini’, the most iconic look of the decade. The hemline rose higher and higher as the years went on and by 1966, most rose to the upper-thigh. You just cannot do the sixties without a mini shift dress.
"One week he's in polka dots, the next he's in stripes"
Sang The Kinks, the most dedicated followers of men's fashion were the Modernists in their sharp Italian suits and pointed Winkle Picker shoes. " We hope to stay smart forever, not shoddy like our parents," a London mod told the Sunday Times in 1964. American college styles were also popular with tight jeans and Polo shirts.
In the early 1960s shoes still bore 1950s features such as sharp toes, stiletto heels. As the teenage look clothing became more mainstream women's shoes also became more girlish. Mary Jane straps, rounded toes and flat or square heels. The focus on comfort was also a backlash to feet imprisoned in tight shoe designs and uncomfortable high heels. Developments in plastics technology in the 1960s led to the production of affordable footwear in every shape and colour.
Boots were an indispensable accessory for both men and women. When Andy Warhol met Mick Jagger in 1963 he admired his boots from a dancewear shop. At first, guys had to resort to dancewear shops or theatrical suppliers for their boots. Within no time they had the Chelsea boot with elastic side panels. The Beatles also popularised this style of 60s boot consequently they were nick-named Beat or Mersey boots.
Matchy Matchy Accessories
Shoulder bags that had been popular in the 1940s due to their practicalities with workwear and uniforms made a come back in the 60s. As women embraced the trouser suit, hot pants and straight short dresses they had a more casual feel to them than the prim frame bags. In 1965 Vogue advised 'Totalisation', ie matchy-matchy accessories. For example, polka dot hats, shoes and bag.
Again the development of plastics led to an explosion of highly coloured handbags in unusual shapes and styles. And chain metal designs reflected the space travel fashion trends spearheaded by designs such as Paco Rabanne.
Hair and Make-up to finalise your look
The hair and make-up of the 1960’s was there to make a statement. The doll-like look was another sixties aspect again attributed to model Twiggy. With her pale skin complexion, the white eyeliner, black kohl pencil to the upper lids and heavy fake eyelashes made this a truly iconic look. Hair was also big in statement, with the very famous beehive and the short and cute pixie crop being the most popular look of the sixties.