Yes, we know the ‘70s are having a bit of a moment this season: bell bottoms, dreamy bohemian dresses and enough fringing to rival any Western film, but, with so many exciting styles introduced in the ‘60s, it’s impossible to ignore this decade. From the world’s first supermodels to the effortlessly cool it-girls, the ‘60s brought us so many style icons- here are our favourite trendsetters of the decade.
It’s not hard to see why the model and photographer was a firm favourite of Mary Quant's. Boyd wore the modish mini dresses the ‘60s are so famous for: think slick lines, geometric shapes and bold, contrasting colours. By the end of the ‘60s, however, Boyd favoured a more bohemian look, wearing psychedelic printed mini dresses, stacks of bangles and an incredible pair of purple gladiator sandals.
‘The Shrimpton’ was one of the first to be dubbed a supermodel and one of the first to don a mini skirt. What do we love about her style? Those A-line shift dresses, ladylike pointed loafers, boxy coats and brightly hued tights. In short, everything.
Another ‘60s supermodel, Twiggy was infamous for her cropped hair, bold eye makeup and huge lashes. Vogue described her as an ‘extravaganza that makes the look of the sixties’, and they couldn’t have been more right. Twiggy embodied ‘60s cool, wearing shift dresses in delicious pastel shades, sometimes with exaggerated collars, checks and stripes.
Beginning her singing career in coffee houses, Faithfull released ‘As Tears go by’ in 1964, hitting no. 9 in UK charts. She embodied effortlessly cool rock chic with a wardrobe chock full of mini-dresses, figure hugging leather trousers, knee high boots and fur coats (huge sunglasses obligatory).
Sparking trends that are still present today (take Bardot necklines for instance), no round-up of sixties style can be complete without a nod to this lady. We love her minimal style: ladylike blouse, Breton stripes, and statement prints, finished off with her signature messy updo.
Words by Anam Rahim