Friday, 29 May 2009

How to do 1960’s Style on a Budget

So we’ve covered the fifties, what about the swinging sixties? Peace, love and a helluvalot of eye make-up! If you want that 1960’s look on the cheap then this post is for you.

The Icons

Past ~ Twiggy



Present ~ Duffy


The Colours

The 1960’s colour scheme had two extremes; stark monochrome or psychedelic colours and patterns, including bright orange, yellow and green; you’ve got no chance with middle of the road beige's and brown's. Check out these finds from Old Age on etsy, they have loads of great 1960’s dresses at a steal:

All dresses from Old Age


The Staples

1960's style on a budget is easy with only a few vital items to mix and match with what you already have. Here are a few examples:


1. A bright swing or trench coat will do wonders for your mood on those grey days.

2. A framed angular bag will help you store all your goodies in true sixties style.

3. Eyeliner is a must for the 1960’s aesthetic. Get it perfect and it will become the defining component of your look.

4. A sleeveless shift dress is a great option for a sixties summer look.

5. Chunky, colourful jewellery will give any outfit that sixties edge.

6. A few mini dresses in block colours can form the basis of many a great 1960's look.

7. These boots are made for walking. Invest in a stylish pair of 'Go-Go' boots to complement your minis. Great for dressing up or down.


The Hair
Image thanks to LOV-E

Think Bardot; think bouffant; think big! A can of hairspray and a session of backcombing are the only true tools of the trade for this look.

Strawberry Koi Vintage shows you how to achieve a classic bouffant 'flip' look easily.

There is a super simple teased look here.

And a Brigitte Bardot/Amy Winehouse brilliant beehive here.


The Shopping Hotspots

1960’s style, to my mind, isn’t a look that’s hugely ‘in’ right now; the 50’s pin up is far more popular and, for that reason, it’s still possible to find some amazing thrifted items in your local second hand and charity shops.

Dress from Ballyhoo Vintage

Ballyhoo Vintage have some great items, but I think they’re a little pricey so, if you’re serious about the sixties, get out in your local area and scour high and low!

That said, there is a hint of the sixties look creeping into the mainstream stores, so if you’re not a vintage princess, but still want the look, it can be done.

Topshop often have a sixties vibe running through their collections, like this knitted tape dress, easy for mixing and matching.

Dress from Topshop

As always, Modcloth have your vintage inspired look covered with some great 60’s items in bright jewel colours:


Dress by Modcloth Coat by Modcloth

Extra Inspiration:

Check out this 1960's fashion film shot in Rome.

60’s fashion from Flickr.


Are you seriously swingin' 60's? Do you have any ideas to add to the mix?

1 comment:

Sherin said...

I love how the 60's was so much fun for fashion, with all those bright colours. I'm currently obsessed with past styles, so I'm really into looks from the 40's 50's and 60's.

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