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Fashion Trends from the 1960s that We Still Love and Wear in 2022

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Every season, a certain aspect of the ’60s fashion is referenced both on and off the runway. You can find updates on the trends of the ’90s and ’00s as well as 2010s that are still relevant here. This season, for example, street stylists wore white boots – a timeless item from that era. However, this is not the end of fashion’s decade-long influence. It was a pivotal time in fashion’s history and how we consume it. With its hourglass-shaped silhouettes and structured silhouettes, Dior set the standard for postwar fashion in the 1950s. As the sexual revolution led to a flood of new fashion options, hemlines rose while waists became looser.

Instead of one defining trend, it was a decade that saw many fashion tribes emerge, each with their own style. The trends were set by It girls, not fashion houses. Brigitte bardot was the queen of her beehive. Audrey Hepburn was the master of chic minimalism. Twiggy, with her elfish clotheshorse appearance, became the face Mary Quant’s vibrant minis. We’ve already discussed the glamour of Cher and The Supremes. All of these looks, while they may be different, have one thing in commun: They are still worn today. Scroll down to see the fashion trends of 1960 that we won’t let go of.

The Miniskirt

The miniskirt is a staple of 1960s fashion. In 1966, Quant had created minidresses and skirts that were six to seven inches higher than the knee. While she cannot claim to have invented it, Andre Courreges was the first to explore shorter hems in 1964. We can credit Quant with this silhouette’s eventual success.

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  • Reformation Margot Skirt
Leopard Print

Although floral is the most popular motif associated with this era, leopard print was equally popular. It was worn by Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities, ensuring its cult status.

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The Beret

The popularity of the beret in the ’60s was directly related to increased interest in French New Wave films.

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Tuxedos for Women

Although trousers are now more popular than ever, they were still considered inappropriate for women. YSL introduced Le Smoking in 1966. This tuxedo epitomized sex appeal, and was so powerful that restaurants banned it. Nan Kempner, a Socialite, was once turned away by a New York brasserie because she wore one. Fashion critics criticized the look, claiming that Yves Saint Laurent tried too hard to appeal only to young people. It was nevertheless a huge success.

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The Babydoll Dress

With the advent of the sexual revolution, women were free to choose their own style. For many, comfort was more important than form. The babydoll was loose around the waist, and shorter than the average dress. It was popular among young mods. They were a rejection of the sculpted styles so popular in the 1950s.

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The Pillbox Hat

Jackie O was a fashion icon for women around the world because of her elegant style. Her signatures were her boxy suits, large sunglasses and pillbox caps.

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Space-Age Fashion

The 1960s space race saw young designers scrambling to design out-of-this world styles. They believed intergalactic travel was inevitable and that we would all need to look stylish on the moon. Andre Courreges’s designs exemplified the space-age look with mod-inspired bonnets, dresses and boots in high-tech fabrics with clear lines. The look is complete: Chanel and Christopher Kane have taken intergalactic inspiration to create their latest collections. They introduced metallics, chainmail and otherworldly whites.

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Vinyl

In the 1960s, young designers were eager to experiment with man-made materials. They created outfits that were both easy to maintain and fun to wear, by utilizing the untapped potential of modern plastics as well as synthetic fibers such vinyl and nylon.

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  • Courreges Swallow Vinyl Zip Front Miniskirt
Mod

Mary Quant, fashion designer in 1960s, gave us many trends. But it wasn’t just the Peter Pan collar and the miniskirt. It was a mix of several looks that gave us the mod. This era’s influence is still felt today.

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  • Reformation Betheny Dress
The Off-the Shoulder Top

Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot made the off the shoulder top a fashion staple in the 1960s. This look was a bit risque, but it was perfect for a trip to the French Riviera. This top is extremely popular today.

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  • Reformation Jamen Knit Dress
Sunglasses in a Round and Large Size

In the 1960s, it was important to have round and large sunnies. These glasses are still worn today, whether they’re John Lennon’s classics or Jane Fonda’s cat eye hybrids.

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  • Gucci Nouvelle Vague Round Sunglasses
Contrasting Buttons

Fashion was still reeling from the frugal era of the 1950s. Contrasting buttons proved to be an economical way to update clothes and make them more directional in subsequent decades. This design trick is still being used today, with 2019’s obsession for tortoiseshell button as an example.

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Beatnik

Beatnik fashion was first introduced in the 1940s. However, it was still popular in the 1960s. The main characteristic of Beatnik fashion was a love for black, with a Breton shirt thrown in. This simple style was a standout for Audrey Hepburn.

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Tonal dressing

This era was all about bright colors. They wore one color from head to foot, a look that we still see during fashion month and on Instagram.

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  • H&M Jacquard-Knit Sweater Vest
Sequins

The Supremes’ signature look was glamour so it is not surprising that sequins were prominent. As the members of this groundbreaking girl group changed, so did their clothes.

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White Boots

White shoes (and boots) still have a place in our wardrobes thanks to Nancy Sinatra and her hit song “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” To see the street style of this season, you only need to look at it.

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  • Vince Maggie Ankle Boots
The Satin Blouse

We love Cher’s style, both now and in the past (yes, that lace bodysuit). Her style was cool back in the 1960s and featured a variety of satin blouses.

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Fringe

The fringe is still considered frivolous and largely non-functional. This was a style that Marsha Hunt adored in the 1960s.

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  • Line & Dot Jenny Fringe Jacket
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