Transport Yourself Back To The 60's With This Trend Report

By Sisi Tsoi

In recent times it appears like we've been moved back to the middle of the 20th century in terms of style. Some call it the Mad Men effect; there's no denying that the hit drama set in 1960s Manhattan has had a major effect on both of them apparel and home design fashions. Whether or not women are wanting to emulate Joan Holloway and Betty Draper, or are unconsciously wanting to get back to a period of financial prosperity (neatly sidestepping the rampant misogyny of the day!), there's no denying that the retro variations have returned in a great way.

Precisely what are the advantages of this? Well, the shape and cut of dresses and skirts from the era are clearly aesthetically pleasing. Both flared and pencil skirts, the two principal silhouettes are universally flattering - and the shift dress, unquestionably the quintessential type of the youths at the time - has preserved its popularity thanks to its functionality and true advancement.

Before this time women were dispirited from showing off their legs, but with the sexual revolution and second wave of feminism, the girls were willing to be in charge of their own bodies, and that included what they wore.

If you need to participate in with the craze but are concerned it's already on the out, brush away those problems! At London Fashion Week, everyone's much-loved punk grandma Vivienne Westwood, exhibited a collection which has been described as 'fifties housewives on acid' - in the greatest sense, needless to say! Beautifully fitted dresses, neat blouses paired with pencil skirts, and retro bathing suits reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe were noticed on the catwalk to much exhilaration.

Westwood revealed us that you may preserve the traditional designs of the mid-century pieces, but enhance them in other ways - through color, prints and accessories. Quirky plaids, brave baroque and kooky berets were all in tow, authenticating that for this dame of the fashion world, it's still only about having fun.

Also remember to keep an eye on the high street as designer influences are appearing their faster and faster every year. It's never been easier to find your ideal vintage dress so get to it and make your friends jealous; when they ask you where it's from, say 'It's Vintage' with a smile and be safe in the knowledge that they can't copy your fantastic look!

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