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Get the look: 60's Mod Style

February 26, 2012

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The Mod style of the early 1960's can be summed up in three words: geometry, color and accessories.

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Geometry

Stripes, lines, squares, circles and rectangles are big, bold and well-defined. There’s nothing puffy or flowery in this look! The look is slim and streamlined in the form miniskirts, sheath dresses and long trench coats.

Color

A single bright color that pops in bright hues like yellow, orange, red, hot pink and green, coordinated from head to toe, is a trend now known as “color blocking”. Or, choose to wash out all the color and go for thick black and white stripes, horizontal or vertical, your choice.

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Accessories

The important third point of this triangle of fashion is the accessories. Big, round glasses, a thick black belt, a thick, long head scarf (color coordinated with the outfit) tied loosely like a headband, a chunky gold bracelet and a long, necklace with a large pendant complete the look. Nothing about these accessories is small.

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Past and Present Style Icons

Fashion icons of the early 1960’s include British Supermodel Twiggy, inventor of the miniskirt Mary Quant, and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Recently, you’ve seen the Mod 60’s style showcased in movies like The Help, the TV show Mad Men, on Pippa Middleton, (sister of princess Kate), and often on Zooey Deschanel of the new hit TV show New Girl.

The late 1960’s saw the rise of the Hippie movement, which led to the Boho Chic style of flowing dresses, mix-and-match prints and lots of layers.  Learn more about how to get the updated Bohemian look.

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