Could the 1960s really be the most stylish decade of them all? According to a new study, the public have decreed that it is – and, despite our love for many of the 20th century’s most fashionable years, there’s no denying the swinging sixties were a whirlwind of newness; one that mapped out the path for today’s modern woman.
From the radical micro minis of Twiggy, Mary Quant et al. through to the shape-shifting hair-cuts of Vidal Sassoon, the shock of the new was never so greatly felt as it was in this time. Fashion centered around our fair capital – with London producing the hippest photographers, designers, It girls, music and mega-trends. Much of that Brit-cool hasn’t changed and this potent decade of mind-altering, erm, prints, go-go boots and far-out new fabrics continues to influence both vintage-loving ladies and forward-thinking catwalks alike.
But how to make retro look up-to-date? Well, to avoid a fancy dress slip-up, you’d be hard pushed to find a better icon than Alexa Chung. Sure, she has the waifish bod to suit the decade’s most challenging hem-lines and shift silhouettes, but she also has that mod-ish attitude. Deconstructed beehive, no dramatic makeup and some dolly-ish flats bring her time-warped dresses into the here and now. Or you could take a cue from the era’s latter moments, where free love and good vibes paved the way to the invention of the hippy. See Suki Waterhouse for more inspo.
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