This season it’s all about that ’60s mod style. I was clicking through trends for fall and came across this look straight off the runway and was instantly inspired. I’ve been known to be a ’70s gal at heart, but truth be told I’m now a bit torn on my favorite of the two iconic decades. Thankfully, I have room in my closet for both. While the ’70s was the bohemian era of singer/songwriters of Laurel Canyon, the ’60s brought us The Beatles, the British invasion, and clean, tailored silhouettes in bold, high-contrast prints and shades. Mad Men has been bringing this retro style back into view, and now we’re all finding ways to make it brand new. If you had the impression that mod style is for go-go girls in white patent leather boots, think again! Finding styles with feminine fits and flattering lines will make you feel fashion-forward and classic all at once.
1. Secretary Skirts and Sweater Shirts
The pencil skirt was a classic then, and it’s a classic now. This shape will never, ever go out of style. I paired the mustard yellow wool skirt with a color-blocked sweater with a peter pan collar. Note the color palette of this look: it isn’t matchy-matchy but is complimentary in the shades of yellow, soft blue, tan, and cream. And the leopard print shoe gives it additional style cred.
2. Mad Men-Inspired Dresses
This dress could be seen on an episode of Mad Men — it’s so simple yet bold. To get a similar structured silhouette that keeps its shape, look for a dress made of jacquard material (like the one I have on). For added retro value, find one in a mod print of polka dots in a vibrant color-combo like blood orange and fuchsia — another trend for fall!
3. Turtlenecks and Minis
The mod era is all about the mini, but if you’re like me, the mini skirt isn’t the most practical style for running after or bending down to pick up a 2-year-old. If you, too, want to keep it covered, you can mimic the look in just a longer style; look for a higher rise on the waist and a length that hits just above the knee. Turtlenecks are also groovy; add stripes and you are outta sight!
Nothing is more elegant on a woman than a boat-neck collar. This style shows minimal skin in the right places, elongates the neck, and gracefully highlights the collar bone.
5. Dress Coats and Stripes
This look is probably one of my favorites of the bunch. Try a sleek dress coat in a mod shade of pink or blue and pair it with slim ankle pants in a bold navy and white stripe or print. Mix in another pattern with a leopard clutch for a small statement.
6. Fit ‘n’ Flair Dresses
Another tip for sporting ’60s style is to look for a dress that gives distinction to your waistline. The fit ‘n’ flair dress is a perfect example. While it fits snug at the bodice, the circle skirt flares out over the hips. This is one of the most flattering styles you can wear in any decade. Pair it with opaque tights with a pattern like stripes or polka dots and you’re good to go.
7. Peter Pan Collars and Pixie Pants
The peter pan collar has been making a statement for the last few years and is showing up again for a youthful look that is both quirky and fashion-forward. It’s a great option when you’re getting dressed up for more conservative occasions or the work place. Tuck your top into a pair of pixie pants in classic black or white, and add a pop of color like red to keep it exciting.
8. Bardot Collars
Bring out your inner Bridget Bardot with a high cowl-neck tunic. This top is a spot-on throwback with the polka dots, slit pockets, and three-quarter-length sleeves. Keep it easy and pair it with slim pixie pants that hit at the ankle, another classic ’60s staple that will flatter your figure.More On