As I was doing some research on the trends of the 1960’s I had an epiphany. It turns out I only like the fashion of the early sixties, and not so much what came later, which is interesting because one could make an argument that the mid point of the decade is where the old world and the modern world were delineated. I know this was mentioned in the etiquette post, but I think the same could be said for almost any modern trend. For example, in America “we” still consider a very thin model to be a sign of beauty. Of course thin models were always used in fashion, but it was the advent of Twiggy that really started the stick-thin obsession. Americans are also focused on youth, which wasn’t necessarily a trend until the 1960’s.
One of the fashion icons of the 60’s was Jackie Kennedy. She favored simple shapes and wore virtually no patterns and her clothing was tailored and flattering to her figure.
Contrast Jackie’s style with that of Peggy Moffitt. Where Mrs. Kennedy’s style is somewhat subdued, Peggy’s ensemble pops with color, pattern, and texture. I happen to appreciate the look of the later 60’s but it isn’t a style that I find very flattering to wear. I am just too curvy for many of the styles, and I don’t like to wear my skirts that short. So when choosing a modern garment to exlempify the 1960’s, I ended up picking something that would fit better in the first half of the decade, and not the second.
I found the dress (here) at Anthropologie and fell in love. It is a gorgeous bright shade of red, and the fabric is stretchy, which makes the dress both flattering and comfortable. I especially love the ruffles around the neck and arm holes. And did I mention the dress has pockets? The jewelry is all old, except for the bracelet which I just picked up at Banana Republic (here).
Here is a second way to wear the dress. I just changed my jewelry and shoes, and it doesn’t look nearly as costumey as the first version. Side note: All photos were taken at The Parker, Palm Springs, where I am currently luxuriating. My sister was kind enough to come with me and took all of these pictures. The dog (Pete) is hers.