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Blog #2: Identifying Styles - 1950's /60's/ 70's

Updated: Aug 11

If you are somewhat understated in your present style, you may already have a

connection with the fundamental designs of the 1950's. The most identifiable elements from the 1950's would be wide brimmed hats, cropped fitted pants, cardigans, chiffon scarves and flat shoes.


Some times referred to as Retro, the style of the 1960's was driven by British designers with Mod (Modern) style leading the way. The understated designs and colours of the 1950's were now replaced with bright, bold and geometric patterns. Clothing began to imitate art. New versatile and enduring fabrics such as polyester and crepe evolved into both every day and evening wear.


There are several identifiable elements of the 1960's but none had the impact on fashion trends as much as the unmistakable mini. Women of all sizes began to show off their legs and join this trend setting craze. No sooner did the Mini take fashion by storm, than it was followed by the other extreme, the Maxi (calf length). Other new fashionable elements included coloured tights, knee high vinyl boots, hot pants, the baby doll look and chunky fabricated jewellery.


The late 1960's and 197o's saw a major shift in fashion as youth,, affected by social turbulence, aligned themselves through expressive clothing styles. A revolution in clothing style evolved with everyone simply doing their own thing, making macrame and beaded purses, dyeing their t-shirts, wearing peasant tops, stitching words and symbols on their bell bottom pants and layering their look with fringed vests and jackets. Amid all this activity, the most identifiable fashion statement of the 1970's had to be the single most versatile article of them all, the break out of blue jeans as fashionable wear clothing. Everyone from children to seniors began to wear....simply.....blue jeans.


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