Friday, 20 January 2017

Why I love sixties fashion

Recently, I was given the opportunity to write a guest post for the legendary Dreamcatcher Blog written by Cathy Cassidy! You can find it here or simply continue reading to see it on my blog. Thanks so much for this Cathy and thank you to everyone reading!

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What I love most about the 1960s is how different this period is to any other that had gone before. Skirts were shortened, colours intensified and fashion boundaries were broken. The teenager was born and young women no longer had to dress like younger versions of their mothers. Fashion broke so many rules and came up with so many innovations in the sixties - the now so-popular bikini came into fashion in 1963 and the miniskirt, symbolic of the decade, is still a timeless fashion piece today.

There was so much diversity in what people wore, too! Fashion mirrored the social movements of the time - the early sixties were relatively conservative with styles reminiscent of the late fifties, such as classic prints and knee-length dresses, whereas by the late sixties things had changed beyond all recognition.



It's no surprise that the sixties was a decade of great change in other ways, too - this was the decade when man first walked on the moon, when women gained more equality and when British pop sensations such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones took the world by storm.

Fashion was not about to be left behind. Skirt lengths became ever shorter and men wore tunics and capes and began to grow their hair longer! Many of these styles seemed to come from the streets - suddenly fashion was for everyone, and not just the rich elite who could afford designer clothes. Young designers such as Mary Quant opened shops selling the things young people wanted to wear - youth was leading the way in fashion for the first time ever. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before London stole Paris' position as the centre of the fashion world!



I think my favourite era of the decade is probably the mid point, around 1964-1966. Fashion was at the point where people were choosing how they wanted to dress, and prints were bright but not yet overly busy. Culottes, box-shaped PVC dresses and even paper clothes were popular. This rebellious and energetic vibe is one that inspires me and one I try to carry over into my own fashion choices - only with my own flair, of course! (Wait... aren't flares 1970s?!!! Haha!)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

11 comments:

  1. Excellent post babe! I agree, that this was such an era of diversity and change, and I love it! :) I love the 70s most of all, because of going against the previous expectations from society- like growing long hair + wearing free and floaty clothes. I love this post. You rock x
    rosiemaearoha.blogspot.com

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    1. You rock! Thanks so much- I love the 70s too! xx

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  2. Ah, the 60's fashion truly was stunning, not to mention the music too from the Beatles. Lovely post as always Marti! Xx

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  3. The 60's era was THE best on the fashion side of things! I love this post - it's not just a run of the mill post! How do you come up with such good ideas?!?

    Lou Loves // www.louloves01.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much- you are far too kind! xx

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  4. Wow, I didn't realise that it was you that wrote this post! I know that I haven't commented on your posts before but I recognise your name since you comment on Beth and Rosie's post quite often. I remember really enjoying this post on Cathy's blog because I have an interest in history and fashion so it was a great mix! I have a few colouring books with 60s fashion in them which I'm really excited to start colouring too! Great post, loved it! :D

    megansmegablog.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. What a cool blog post! I write letters often because my best friend lives on the other side of the planet to me (I am in England and she is in Australia), so those kinds of posts are intriguing to me. I am glad more people write letters! I also write many fashion posts, too!
    I was wondering if you could give my blog a look - I am quite new as I started in late December, and I am struggling for publicity! Feel free to comment on anything you like!
    Thanks!
    anaeldaydreamer.blogspot.com

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    1. That's so cool! It's the same with me- one of my close friends lives in New Zealand! Of course I'll check your blog out :)

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  6. Wow excellent post. It’s a beautiful thing to see people 1960s looks incredible in sorts dress. Thank you for sharing with me.

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