Ah the 60s: a pioneering time for fashion. A time when we slowly but surely chipped away at the status quo and embraced unique style. Some features are creeping back into fashion now, but it isn’t the same as the dresses that Mum used to make.
The typical daytime style was bulbous hats, rounded jackets that tapered at the hem, silhouettes with deep armholes and of course the mini hemlines. Evening was all about the long-waisted dresses, overblouses, fitted waistlines and full skirts.
The bright and psychedelic colours, the crazy patterns and those daringly high hem lines… Let’s reminisce on what our dresses used to be like.
- A-line skirts with cinched waist
The tight a-line dresses were a staple, with or without sleeves they were the perfect mix of elegance and everyday. The silhouette came in at the waist and out again finishing just beyond the knee.
- Shift dresses
Elegant and simple shift dresses inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy were all the rage in the early 60s. Of course these were paired with pillbox hats, short jackets and over-sized buttons.
- Full skirted evening gowns
Evening wear was elegant, full-skirted gowns with a low décolletage and a tight waist. The silhouette became more fitting but without accentuating curves with wider shoulders to accentuate the bosom.
- The mini dress
In 1967 I remember the world falling in love with legs! Although our mothers may not have liked it, the dresses we wore rose above the knee and showed off our legs, often accentuated by coloured or patterned pantyhose and knee high boots.
- The sleeveless shift
The sleeveless shift was often very short as well, in fact some resembled shirts more than they did dresses. But, they were super groovy paired with tall white boots and thick eyeliner. The waist line was very lose, with more of a box shape to it.
What was your favourite outfit from the 60’s?