A ’60s Fashion Flashback

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The ’60s were a decade of change, innovation and ever-evolving fashion trends, so it only makes sense that they are making a comeback in 2020.

This era started off with more conservative wear—think Jackie Kennedy,—then it ended with miniskirts, tie-dye and bright colors and mod style. It was a revolutionary time for breaking fashion norms and allowing women to truly express themselves through their clothing.

Celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Diana Ross, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy and Marsha Hunt were the it-girls of this age and were looked up to as fashion icons, and still are today.

This decade didn’t have one singular trend but instead, thousands appeared and they were just a few of the women who defined it.

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The fashion trends of the ’60s followed suit with the social, political and even musical changes that were occurring during this decade. The short skirts, bold makeup and heeled boots were all seen as rebellious at the time, but have made their way into back 2020.

Influencers like Tezza, Kacey Musgraves, Sydney Sweeney and Halsey have been spotted in ’60s-inspired attire and VALLEY is here to help you do it, too.

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Here’s VALLEY’s favorite fashion comebacks from the ’60s.

The Go-go Boots
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Nancy Sinatra did it best and popularized the go-go boot, which became iconic footwear in the ’60s. These boots typically went below the knee and came in all different colors, the most popular being white. They came in different heights ranging from a tiny kitten heel to a block heel and were usually made from patent leather or vinyl. These boots were almost always styled with dresses or a mini skirt.

Mini Skirts
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Designers Mary Quant and André Courrèges have been credited with the creation of the mini skirt, which may take the prize as the most significant piece of clothing that came from the ’60s. This item is still as hot of a trend as ever and eventually transitioned into other pieces like the minidress.

Daring Prints
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Printed dresses, blouses, skirts, pants and about any other piece of clothing imaginable were an essential trend in the ’60s. From floral prints to psychedelic to houndstooth to stripes and checkerboard, this era had it all. The bolder the print, the better.

Shapeless Dresses
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Sculpted styles from the 50s were out and comfortability was in. Shapeless dresses like the shift and babydoll dress, loose-fitting dresses that sit high above the knee, were seen as another rebellious clothing choice from women.

Button Downs
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Photo posted by @60swonderland on Instagram

Buttons played a huge role in the ’60s and were seen on dresses, hats, and especially sweaters. This look is especially trendy today and we have this decade to thank.

Tonal Dressing
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Colors played a huge factor in ’60s clothing so tonal dressing, or wearing different shades of the same color from head-to-toe was one way to make a statement, and it still is. Colors like slime green, brown, mustard, orange, brick red and blue were the go-to of this era.

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Accessorizing was essential during the ’60s.

Women added all different types of hats to their outfits ranging from Audrey Hepburn’s bucket hat to Twiggy’s beret to the typical floppy hat, women loved their hats during this age.

Sunglasses were the must-have accessory in the ’60s and were usually oversized and colorful. Circle, oval and square-shaped glasses were an important fashion statement that we still love to this day.

Hair scarves and bandanas were just as big in the ’60s as they have been this past year. They were usually worn around the head and tied just under the chin or at the nape of the neck.

Where To Buy

Since the ’60s is coming back, finding pieces inspired from that decade is becoming much easier than ever before.

Miracle Eye a smaller, family-run clothing shop that handmakes all of their clothing. Going on their site is like time traveling back to the ’60s and we are here for it. They even make face masks so you can look groovy from top to bottom.

Photo posted by @miracleeye on Instagram
Photo posted by @miracleeye on Instagram

House of Sunny is a popular online shop that has pieces so fun, even Kendall Jenner has been spotted in their Hockney dress. This shop definitely gives off some ’60s vibes, especially their two-piece pattern sets.

Photo posted by @houseofsunny on Instagram
Photo posted by @houseofsunny on Instagram

If you’re on a budget or just aren’t looking to spend a bunch, try thrifting! Thrift stores have great vintage pieces that are sure to spice up your 60s look. Try looking for retro colors like burnt oranges, purples, reds and funky prints to recreate a blast from the past type outfit.

’60s fashion has heavily inspired our fashion trends today and is definitely having a moment right now, so be sure to tag us @VALLEYmag with your favorite ’60s look!


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