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The ‘60s revolutionised fashion and the bold and colourful style of this era is still a fashion reference and strong influence for today’s trends. With the must-see exhibition on Mary Quant at the V&A museum in London, the mother of the mini-skirt and fashion setter of the Swinging ‘60s and the Chelsea Girl is inspiring us for this spring’s looks.
So here’s how to get Mary Quant’s look:
Of course, the first thing that comes to our minds when we think about the ’60s and Mary Quant is the miniskirt. Although there’s still a discussion about who invented it, Quant or Courrèges, Mary Quant and the Chelsea Girls definitely made them popular. If you want to go “all the way” ‘60s, wear colourful minis in PVC, leather or with fun prints with white ankle boots, if you think that’s too much, pair your mini with flat ballerinas or Mary Janes.
Baby doll dresses
Loose minidresses with an A-silhouette were a must in the ’60s and are perfect for spring and summer. Wear them with flat shoes.
Wide legged trousers
Flared trousers and Palazzo Pyjamas became popular in the ’60s and still look very chic today, we love them!
Turtlenecks and sleeveless tops
Pair your miniskirt or flares with an orange or purple turtleneck top for a typical ’60’s look. The sleeveless tops and colourful shirts with bold prints are as trendy now as they were when the groovy girls wore them to go for a stroll on King’s Road.
White ankle boots
White boots, in leather or PVC, were a must for the Swinging Sixties girls. This is a trend that is back with full power for this spring, as we saw in the street style during the last fashion weeks. We suggest white ankle boots, which are fresher than boots for spring but still keep your feet warm and dry, in case of rain.
Ballerinas and Mary Janes
Minidresses and skirts look great with flat ballerinas and Mary Janes; they suit the modern way of life Mary Quant made popular back then and today’s woman on-the-go. Avoid high heels and stilettos with your minis, although the hemline was high, the ’60s look was never vulgar, think more “Twiggy”, less “Kardashians”.
Bold and colourful jewellery in plexiglass or plastic is the perfect complement your look. You can dare and mix all colours, wear big earring, bracelets and necklaces, remember not to take yourself seriously because, in the ’60s, it was all about having fun!