It’s time for Five Take again with Nicole, Becky, Gina, and Claire! And I’m so happy it’s here because I’ve been severely lacking outfit inspiration since this first week of school had rain, rain, and more rain, and then some sunshine with icy-cold wind.When Becky chose 1960s as our Five Take theme, I was a little worried. As much as I love looking at others’ vintage-inspired outfits and styles, I tend to still be clueless about what styles were when and how to channel a set style in my clothing. As every good modern researcher should do, I went to tumblr (hahaha) to find out what was popular to wear in the latter 1960s. A few things stood out to me:
1) High Necklines, Short Hemlines
Legs, legs, legs, and more legs. Most of the images I found had bare legs, but considering it’s January, I noted the need for tights to make a short hemline workable.
2. Stripes and 2-3 Colors
Quite obviously, I found a lot of styles that featured stripes, and usually the color story stuck to 2-3 colors. In these two images, the looks concentrated stripes in certain areas of the outfit.
3. Skip the necklace, add the earrings.
Most of the looks were quite striking, but also very simply accessorized. The women of the 60’s definitely knew how to rock an earring, though, to pull together a look.
4. Bold eyeliner and pale, pink lips
The drama of your makeup definitely was left to the eyes. With heavy eyeliner and exaggerated lashes, the rest of 60’s makeup was much softer.
So how did I interpret these four things in my outfit? I’ll warn you.. it’s not a homerun!
I decided on this ASOS dress since it incorporated the high neckline, short hemline (short for me, anyway), stripes, and the black/white color scheme. The stripes drape down on the hips, coming to a V on both sides. I think the dress looked better in person, but regardless it’s not a shape I’m used to wearing, and you’re not used to seeing me in it. I like that I have something out of the norm for me to put on when I feel like it. I had to really hold myself back from adding a necklace, and I could see this being changed up with different colored tights (maybe maroon?), but for now black will do.
I went with heavy liner on my upper eyelid and added a little bit of my pink MAC lipstick. I also put on circular earrings that have shiny stones on them. In hindsight, they don’t go with the outfit, but I was going for the big, circular shape more than the style itself.
ASOS dress, MIB tights, Target wedges
I tried to pull off the different trends I saw, but I’m definitely misplaced in the 60’s. The 1960s style seems to be all about the girl-woman, super sexy with childlike and innocent cuts and makeup. I’m not sure I pull off that duality well! Want to look at more 1960s fashion? All of the images of 60’s style came from this tumblr site.
What do you think of my take on 1960s? What trend do you like most about 60’s and how do you wear it in 2012?