10 things to love – and borrow – from the 60s look (even if you’re a 50s girl at heart)

My love for the 60s has really grown lately – and to clarify I don’t mean the early 60s where the styles still looked a lot like those of the late 50s, I’m particularly talking about the looks more traditionally associated with the decade. In fact, I’ve got two more outfit posts on the way with 60s-inspired looks, both of which I’ve previewed here.
When Oxfam told me they were looking for bloggers to be the face of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, my first instinct was, of course, I’d want to be championing my first love, the 50s. But the more I thought about it, the more I kept returning to the idea of representing the 60s instead. So now, here I am, with this entry to become Oxfam’s face of the 60s! And why? There’s just so much to love about the 60s that goes so far beyond go-go boots and monochrome mini-dreses and I would love to raise awareness of the great styles from the decade. The 50s will always be a favourite among vintage fans, so it would be nice to show the world what the 60s can do!
And just as with the 50s, there’s simple ways to borrow as little or as much as you want from the era to put fun vintage twists into your outfits. So, starting as I mean to go on, I thought I’d share my favourite ways to add a bit of 60s style and see if I manage to convince anyone else to look at it in another way… there’s surely something here to fit and flatter everyone. As I say below, tell me one person who doesn’t look good with big hair…?
Colour co-ordination
(Full outfit post to come soon)
60s inspired colour coordination
I will post about this outfit in more detail very soon – it was one of those looks that was made up entirely out of things I’ve had in my wardrobe a while and that, on their own, weren’t particularly of any certain look, but put together and matching like this, suddenly things have gotten a bit mod around here! The 60s ladies were my colour-matching soul sisters – so many outfits were meticulously coordinated and I just adore how finished this looks. I <3 matching.
…And fun tights
(From this post)
60s inspired mustard tights with bootsWhite, mustard, navy, orange, olive… tights seemed to come in any and every colour – as long as they matched the rest of your outfit, of course. In the UK, you won’t get very far in the colder months with bare legs and it’s difficult to find skin-coloured hosiery that actually keeps you warm. After wearing black opaques to death for months on end it’s so nice to have a different colour once in a while. I’m particularly partial to dolly white and mustard yellow – so easy to put with so many other colours.
High necks
(From this post)
60s style high roll neck top
Oh the 60s, you constant friends of warmth. There is a theme with these first entries to my list, if you hadn’t clocked it yet – this decade just catered for the winter in a way I can’t help but appreciate. Even if you don’t like traditional turtlenecks, this broader roll-neck style is a pretty stylish alternative. And a high neck is pretty handy for brooch wearing, so what’s not to love about that?!
Long-sleeved dresses
(From this post)
Long-sleeved stripe dress
Cap sleeves, half sleeves or even 3/4 length sleeves are all well and good until you live in a climate like the UK’s and have to get through well over half a year of cold weather. Long sleeves on dresses just didn’t seem to be a popular choice in earlier decades, but they abounded in the 60s. While I’ve talked before about finding mini-length dresses not ideal in the warmth arena, I can’t help but admit they’re darn cute looking, especially with long sleeves. And if you put some knee-high boots on, the shivers are minimised.
Long boots
(From this post)
60s style Bright & Beautiful dress with long black boots
Why did previous eras fail to come round to the idea of long boots? I get it in the 40s – materials were scarce, but what was the 50s’ excuse (side note: someone’s probably going to tell me now)? I actually love the look of long boots with a midi skirt (hanging past the top of the boots) and wear these black ones and the tan you can see a glimpse of above constantly. So toasty, so stylish. They also help make my short legs look longer – bonus!
Pretty shift coats
(From this post)
60s style grid print pastel shift coat
So I might have mentioned this: it gets pretty cold and miserable round here. There are times when I’m out and about that I pretty much don’t take my coat off all day. If you’re wearing a coat for that long it’s no longer a cover-up, it’s an outfit itself. The 60s got that. They liked a pattern, colour and a cute shift coat. Put it all together and you’ve got outerwear as lovely as what’s underneath. Or maybe even lovelier with a coat that’s practically a dress itself! And unlike a 50s swing coat, it won’t drown the petite among us…
Loose dresses
(Full outfit post to come soon)
60s style loose shift dress with dog print
One of the things I love about 50s styles is the emphasis on a nipped-in waist. But some days, something tight round my middle is the last thing I want – like when I’ve put pasta in my gluten intolerant stomach, for example (I’ve never been very good at not eating what I want to eat!). Where do you go with that in the 50s? It’s a dilemma. Step up, the 60s. Trapeze dresses, loose shifts, babydolls – take your pick but enjoy the fabric freedom! Bright & Beautiful have an amazing range of dresses like this. I will admit that because I’ve got something of a bust, fabric hanging straight down with no shape at all does bring about the impression of a tent. Sometimes that was the desired look, but as I’m so short it isn’t great for me – but see how I tightened the shape with a cardigan skimming my sides in this picture? Problem solved.
Big earrings
(From this post)
60s style big pink glitter earrings
There were a fair few things that the 60s looked at and thought ‘Yeah, like that, but massive,Β please’Β and thus we find ourselves at the ‘bigger is better’ part of my list. You know what people liked in the 60s? Humongous earrings. Look at fashion photos and the models have often got giant plastic hoops swinging from their ears – all perfectly coordinated to their outfits of course. I’ve only recently become a convert to earring-wearing and I am particularly loving the big ones. They add such a fun, playful touch to outfits – I’m surprised at what a difference they make in fact. You can buy repro types so cheaply these days from the likes of Bow and Crossbones (my favourite), why wouldn’t you try them out? The great thing is that a lot of the styles traveled through the decades and can be seen in the 40s and 50s too, so one pair can suit different looks.
Big hair
(From this post)
60s inspired big hair bun with satin bow
So this is one of the first things people think of when thinking of 60s style, right? And you know what, I’ve had an epiphany about big hair: it looks good on everyone. Seriously, have you ever seen a beehive and thought it looks rubbish? I thought not. And unlike the formal, structured hairstyles of earlier decades, a bouffant can be made messy and at the height to suit its wearer, so there’s one to suit everyone. There’s also lots of ways to cut corners on big hair, and I personally don’t find it anywhere near as much of a mission as curling my hair. I will often have a half-bouff at the weekends – it’s flattering and can be worn day to night. What is not to love about bigger hair? The 60s were onto something.
Big eye makeup with subtle lips
60s nude lip with thick eyeliner


Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a red lip and eyeliner. That will never, ever change. But you know what I don’t love? Re-applying red lipstick, or worrying about when I need to reapply it. A bold lip is high maintenance even with the world’s most long-lasting product or technique. Some days I don’t want to bother with the upkeep, but I still want something… hello, 60s nude lip! Get the right nude shade for you and you’ll be surprised at how good it can look and when it wears off it’s so much more subtle. And how does it look even better? With lashings of eye makeup. Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but I do think a heavy eye and subtle lip can be very feminine and flattering when done right. I don’t really go in for some of the bright eyeshadows, but you don’t need to to borrow from this look. Just think Brigitte Bardot.
You know, I could go on but I ran out of illustrative pictures πŸ˜‰ I haven’t even mentioned fun prints on trousers and oversized sunglasses, frankly only because I don’t own them yet! One day though…


  1. March 10, 2016 / 8:34 am

    goodmorning CiCi…W the 60s!…what a nice outfits! so breathtaking looks…You're a great Artist of Style!

  2. March 10, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Morning! Oo yes you have given me even more reasons to love the '60s!! This is a great post, isn't it amazing how many '60s influences we wear everyday without thinking about it? Good luck xxx

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      I think that's what I came to realise when writing this post – thankfully, lots of 60s goodness is still around in the present day πŸ˜€ Good luck to you too!! xx

  3. March 10, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Nice photos! I'm deffo a fan of the looser 60s dresses – much kinder to apple bodies than 1950s styles.

    Do we get to vote on this Oxfam thingy or are they making the decision?

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      It's being decided by an independent judge, I believe… which actually makes me feel quite relieved. I have never won a popularity contest in my life!!

  4. March 10, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Amazing entry you have done here. You have made the 60s very accessible and easy to dip into. There is a lot that we already wear without realising it's a 60s look.!

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      Exactly! And berets are on that list too, I just thought everyone is probably sick of me going on about them by this point πŸ˜‰

  5. March 10, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Love your entry! I love 60s fashion and all of the different looks you can create with it. Looking forward to seeing more of look number 1. x

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      It's the next post to come πŸ™‚ x

  6. March 10, 2016 / 11:16 am

    What a lovely collection of outfits. I really like you in 50s looks, but there's absolutely no doubt that the 60s is a fabulous style for you too! Kx

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      I think it suits the short among us especially well πŸ˜‰ x

  7. March 10, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Oh I love this post so much. It's definitely fun to add a 60s touch to an outfit, and these are all so spot on! I will have to borrow some of these tips in the future. One I always gravitate to myself is adding white eyeliner to my bottom lid to give a super mod look, even if I'm wearing 50s clothing, it's a fun pop!

    • March 10, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Glad you like it πŸ˜€ Funny you should say that about white eyeliner – I just bought one, finally, at the weekend and I am already really enjoying wearing it with pretty much everything! Where have they been all my life…

  8. March 11, 2016 / 2:13 am

    Love all these aspired 60's looks/styles, you look great wearing the 1960's style! πŸ™‚

  9. March 11, 2016 / 11:30 am

    The 60s is that one decade I just cannot do – I went and bought 60s dresses, tried the makeup but just didn't like it on me which is a shame because I love the style so much, such a fun decade in terms of fashion and makeup. But this is why I love blogs, I have so much appreciation seeing this decade on others who pull it off so well like you and Porcelina do!

    Deco Darling

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Aw I quite liked seeing you in these styles – but I think you have to be quite careful with cuts on shifts if you've got curves, like we both have! It can be easy to go very wrong… Glad to entertain you anyway πŸ˜‰ x

  10. March 12, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    This is a lovely idea for a blog post, with lots of inspirational looks. You look so elegant in all the images. I especially like the beehive, and the larger than life earrings! They suit you perfectly. I look forward to seeing the complete outfit posts you have planned.

    I hope you're having a fab weekend!

    Saba xx


  11. March 12, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I love some of the 60's styles as well (colouful stockings and their makeup in particular) and I have to say that I wear long boots with 50's style midi skirts all the time. That's kind of mandatory in Finland where our winter last for 5 months and where summer is like a little bit over 2 months at best. Plus I just happen to love long boots. πŸ˜€

  12. March 12, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    "Yeah, like that, but massive please." What a great way to sum up some of the biggest trends of the 60s! I don't think I realized before how much of the 60s you incorporated into your personal style, but it's an era that certainly works well for you. Shift dresses and coats are certainly a big hit with me as well, and I've got a couple that I specifically refer to as my eating dresses because the waistline is so forgiving!

  13. March 12, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Wauw this post is incredible!
    I love how you sum up the 60's with all sorts of pictures with details and outfits!
    I never thought that 60's was nice, but seeing this makes me think twice about it.


  14. March 12, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Fantastic post idea! I've said it before, but I'll say it again, mid-century fashion fans should not be too quick in dismissing the importance and inspiration that lies in the 1960s looks, as this terrific post amply (and very stylishly!) demonstrates). From a colour pairing to a jewelry idea, there's much to translate from that decade into the looks of earlier time periods, too (especially since the 60s often revived past decades in terms of their styling cues, the 1930s very much included). Thank you for penning this marvelous post, sweet Cici!

    β™₯ Jessica

  15. March 13, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Love all of these looks! I've been leaning towards the 60's side of things lately after reigniting an old passion for A-Line mini skirts! It was definitely a fun era style wise! The only thing I struggle with is the big hair – mine just doesn't seem to like being 'up' there! I need a bit more back-combing practice I think!

  16. March 14, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Great selection of style points to make a look more 60s. I like all of these. If you know where to get some good mustard coloured tights do say as I am in a hunt for some. Big hair, big sunglasses, big earrings – what's not to like?!

  17. Anonymous
    March 15, 2016 / 5:44 am

    the first photo is great:so powerfull look and pose!cannot wait to see the post about this stunning outfit!

  18. March 17, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I adore all these looks on you! I love the 60's! It was such a fun time for fashion! I can't wait to see more outfit posts from your loose dress with the dog brooch! So cute!!!

  19. March 19, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    This is a great post. I've never thought about how much of my wardrobe is actually influenced by the 60s. I now need to know how you did your hair all buoffanty and lovely, where that subtle lip colour is from? and where you get your tights! xx

    • March 20, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      My hair was a little bit of backcombing, twisting and pushing up before pinning into place. That's all there is to it, honestly! The lipstick is Mac matte Kinda Sexy and the tights were from Primark last year, but they have this kind of thing knocking around a lot so could still be there! x

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