Welcome to the 60’s

It is no secret that fashion has changed dramatically over the years as we now associate distinct styles with specific periods of time. With this in mind, I thought I would have a bit of fun on my blog and create a mini series of posts, where I recreate a look from each decade but add a modern twist to it. As we’re currently in lockdown here in the UK, I am trying my best to use garments already in my wardrobe but hopefully, this will show you just how easy it is to create a throwback look of your choice without having to splurge out on a whole new wardrobe!

So, first up is the 60’s; an iconic era remembered for it’s invention of the shift dress, super short skirts and empowering social norms. It was a time where people started to use fashion as a way of expressing themselves, and, although a lot of the trends from the sixties were very controversial at the time, it is safe to say that they have now made a huge return back into our wardrobes that we know and love today.

Before creating this outfit I thought it was only right to check out some of the styles on Pinterest (shock!) for some authentic inspiration… It quickly became clear to me though, that big hairstyles, bold makeup and psychedelic colours were also three other major trends that helped defined the fabulous and free swinging sixties…

I have Mary Quant to thanks though for my personal fave trend of this era: the miniskirt. Back then, the miniskirt was seen as a cultural icon that resembled a shift in societal dynamics between generations. Essentially, it was one of the most playful and rebellious garments exposed to our society and to the world. Since making a major comeback, it is now (in my opinion) a timeless summer wardrobe staple that you will never fall out of love with.

So, to recreate my favourite trends from the sixties using my current wardrobe; I paired this simple everyday black denim miniskirt with my favourite polka dot crop top from, yes, you guessed it… Zara. I added a playful red lip and styled my hair with an iconic sixties flick at the end – which, ngl, I’m kinda here for, as it reminds me of the current trend all over my Insta of people recreating Bella Hadid’s iconic ponytail.

My 60’s inspired look

As you can see, I decided to keep this look fairly simple as I wanted to avoid clashing a lot of prints. However, to add more of a sixties vibe to my get-up, I finished the look off with these retro white ankle boots from Primark and a velvet black headband. My mini tote bag from Kate Spade makes the whole outfit practical, and perfect for a day of shopping when we’re finally allowed out the house again!

Do you have any favourite trends from the sixties? If you do then I’d love to know in the comments below!

Keep an eye out for my next few posts that will recreate trends throughout the decades, and hopefully give you more inspo to experiment with garments in your own wardrobes! In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all my latest fashion obsessions by following me over on Instagram 🙂

Lydia ❤