While there are gazillions of articles out there on the hottest fashion trends, I’m always interested in looking at what styles were in vogue decades ago. Not only do I often prefer the actual vintage styles, but I also like to refer to past looks for outfit ideas when shopping for new clothing. It never matters to me whether something is trendy at the moment. If I put together an outfit and I like it, then I wear it. The days of caring whether people thought I was “in fashion” are long gone. And I find that having this open mind about dressing myself creates more opportunities to expand my outfit choices.
But I do appreciate that past fashion gets re-interpreted constantly. That just ensures I’m able to find new versions of styles I like, in case I can’t find the originals!
For this post I’ve included some of my favorite outfits that were featured in the April 1969 issue of Vogue Magazine. Many of these looks are timeless and would incorporate very well into a modern wardrobe.
Dresses or skirts over pants-I’ve seen lots of dresses or skirts worn over pants in the past few years. But most of them show skinny jeans or leggings underneath. I’m really liking the idea of an open front skirt or dress worn over high waisted wider leg pants.
I think this adorable German fashion blogger, Rina, did a great job of putting together the pants with dress look. Am going to have to experiment with this at some point.
Checks– Personally, I feel the more the merrier when it comes to checks and plaids. Below are examples of the trend back in 69.
This maxi dress by Mainbocher is done in a houndstooth chiffon with matching ruffled wrap. It’s not often you see a checkered pattern on a dressier fabric.
Windowpane check pantsuit by Oscar de la Renta and a Leslie Fay red gingham check shirt dress. I really like the idea of layering a chain belt over a scarf tied at the waist.
A cute gingham shirtdress I found online. But I’d probably wear it as a tunic top.
Authentic 60s houndstooth check dress. Large. From MadLex Vintage
Palazzo pants- Here are a couple of fabulous versions of palazzo pants from 1969. Love the mod floral prints on both and would wear either one of these outfits. Wide leg pants have been popular for a few seasons now. They can be difficult to pull off if you’re on the shorter side. Trick is to find them in light, drapey fabrics and wear heels to elongate the leg.
A new version of the palazzo pant look-2 piece set from LuLu’s
An authentic 60s psychedelic print palazzo jumpsuit from Lotus Vintage. Size Small
Fringe-Love all these 60s versions, even the midriff baring ones that I know I wouldn’t dare to wear now! A top similar to that long sleeved one in the middle would work though.
Something like this one from Revolve Clothing.
Black and white- The mod fashions of the 60s were a perfect canvas for bold graphic prints. I love this black and white daisy and zebra stripe print, along with the flattering style of the dress itself.
Some authentic vintage 60s black and white print dresses I found on Etsy.
Left to right-
60s trumpet sleeve floral print minidress. Size Small. Available at Denisebrain
60s psychedelic floral maxi dress-Medium. From GoldenBoy Vintage
60s mod print minidress. M/L. From SeekCollect
Sheer- No matter what the decade, sheer fashions have always been popular. And no matter what your age, there is always a way to rock a sheer look.
This chiffon jumpsuit is a great way to add some sheer without baring everything!
A sheer maxi skirt like this could be layered over tights or leggings. For summer you could layer a long sleeveless tunic over it and go with bare legs.
Or layer a sheer floral print tunic over a tank top and leggings.
Which one of these looks would you try for yourself?
Till next time……