Thanks to TV shows like Mad Men, Call the Midwife, and Grantchester, the trend for late 1950s and 1960s dresses is going strong. Full swing dresses, pencil dresses and house dresses remained in the early 60s. Jackie-O was the style icon for dresses with flats and pillbox hats.
Twiggy and her futuristic style made 1960s dresses, black and white go go dresses, jumper dresses, and mini skirts return fashion to a more youthful shape. Then came the late 60s hippies with their tribal prints and earthy throwbacks. Learn more about 1960s dress styles and fashion history here.
Today, mid to late 60s dresses are back in style in bright colors, colorblock, and flower power prints. Popular 60s dresses today are mod dresses, shift dresses, and hippie dresses with above-the-knee lengths. Use the 1960s menu to complete your 60s outfit with shoes, jewelry and accessories.
60s Dresses, 1960s Style Dresses
What are 60s style dresses called?
In the early 60s, the dresses were still in the swing dress or pencil dress style from the 1950s, except now they were knee length and not quite too snug fitting.
In the middle of the 1960s is where we see all the new iconic 60s dress styles such as the shift or skimmer dress, smock dress, tunic dress, mini dress (mid thigh high), tent dress (also called a swing dress), jumper dress, drop waist dress, sun dress, and shirt dress. Party dresses were sometimes called hostess dresses or cocktail dresses.
Shift dresses with a mod print or colorblock pattern are simply called mod dresses today.
Shift, tent, or tunic dresses with a very hippie, trippy, or psychedelic pattern area called hippie dresses today.
What colors were worn in the 1960s?
The 1960s saw color trends change every few years. It was a busy decade for evelving fashions. In the early 60s light pasetsl, espcially baby pink, were trendy. In the mid 60s is when we see the bright psychedelic colors – sunny yellow, bright pink, lime green, orange, teal blue, sky blue and deep purple. In the winter as well as the late 60s, colors went to earth tones – beige, olive green, navy blue, mustard yellow, gold, black and white or cream.
What to wear with a 60s dress?
A pair of tights or pantyhose to hide 60s leg hair is a must (this was before woman started shaving their legs.) Shoes would be low kitten heels or dressy flats. You could wear white go go go boots too.
You could add some very mod jewelry or sunglasses or keep it classy with a cloche hat. Gloves were out of fashion but a scarf tied around the neck was very chic.
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