Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The the 60's era Became Iconic


Today, the influence of 60's fashion design can be seen
everywhere. top designers, high street outlets, and fashion
conscious trendsetters all seek inspiration from this
decade. The 1960's was responsible for revolutions in music,
film, and fashion, which may be why it is so well loved by
vintage clothing aficionados.

The 1960's was an era of innovation and new thinking.
Fashion was heavily influenced by the younger generations
who were spending their wages on clothes and music. A school
leaving age of fifteen meant that most teenagers over this
age had full time jobs and an income to facilitate this
spending.

Fashion followed three main phases but there were several
popular sub genres too. In the early part of the 60's
fashion followed similar trends to the late 50's such as the
full skirt and Chanel suits. This was followed by the up rise
of mini skirts, the Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon looks. It
was these that formed the 'definitive' 60's look and by the
end of the decade, the hippy look was more prevalent with
long hair, and maxi dresses.

The 60's style varies depending on your sex. For women, it
was the almost Carnaby chic look with mini skirts, short
angular haircuts, and knee length boots. For men, the 60's
brought the mod look with Italian slim fitting suits and
skinny ties. These were the looks that defined the era, for
many are still popular today, and still influence British
fashion and style.

Even if you take a look at the popular movies from the
1960's, these styles can be seen. Music too influenced the
fashion and vice versa. Many of the major bands during this
decade helped set the trends, which again were largely
bought by the younger generations.

The late 60's gave way to the hippy style, which was heavily
influenced by the music culture. Long hair, beads, and
kaftans were the order of the day and flared trousers and
jeans were being worn by anyone who had a real eye for
fashion. Not to everyone's taste. For some it was too
scruffy therefore, a blend of this and mod style emerged
where double-breasted suits with wider leg trousers bridged
the gap.

60's style keeps being re-invented. You only have to look at
the late 70's and early 80's, to see this when Two-Tone music
and fashion became popular with 60's inspired monochrome
fashion and a new take on the mod look.

Even if you look around your typical town or city, you are
likely to see someone whose style has been influenced in
some way by the fashion trends this decade had to offer. It
could be 60's dresses; maybe it is someone sporting a 60's
inspired skinny tie or polo shirt. Whatever it is, 60's
style, and 60's vintage clothes will continue to re-emerge
time after time after time.


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