This week for Five Take, our theme was the 1960s. So far, this is the first time we’ve paid homage to a specific time period and it made me a little nervous! There is so much to draw inspiration from. How is a girl to choose?
When I think of this time period, one of the first things that comes to mind is a dress. Surprise, right? I’m talking about a sheath dress. When you think of “mod”, what pops into your mind? For me, it’s a dress shaped something like this:
A simple, classic shape that stands the test of time. In the 60s, there were many, many dresses of a similar style – usually in bright colors, bold patterns or even color blocked.
Turns out that the above doesn’t describe anything in my wardrobe (need to remedy this asap?), so I made it work with what I had in my closet.
Dress – Avenue, 26/28
Cardigan – Lane Bryant, 22/24, here.
Tights – We Love Colors, EE in Scout Green
Belt – Torrid
Earrings – Vintage screw-post earrings from my grandmother
Boots – Ros Hommerson via 6pm.com, 2010, $60
The 1960s were a turning point for fashion in a variety of ways and it is one of my absolute favorite decades. Mini skirts, go-go boots, short dresses, stripes, bright colors – right up my alley! Unlike other decades, the styles worn changed dramatically from year to year or even based on political affiliations.
I’m from California, people call me a hippie or tree-hugger all the time, does that make me an expert? Maybe my childhood obsession with tie dye and bell bottoms? Probably not.
The first dress I planned to wear was a cute black sheath dress with a little twist – but it’s a secret for now! I had planned to get it altered (before this challenge) but it didn’t happen. I’ve been searching high and low for a tailor in the Bay Area without much luck! Found a seamstress who has done plus size clothing/alterations but she couldn’t take anything until February. (Psst, do you know of one?)
I was going to wear the dress anyway because I didn’t remember it being that bad… but oh boy, was I wrong. The result was comical. It turned out looking more like a baggy hospital gown than a sheath dress.
Next up? Classic sheath dress from my closet. This dress is nearly identical to one I wore last month and it’s a very similar outfit too, oops. When thinking of the 60s within the context of my closet I thought bright colors, stripes and the highest pair of boots I own would be the best to pair with this classic silhouette.
Maybe I’m already subconsciously inspired by the 60s? Or in my last minute panic, I went for what’s comfortable and familiar for me. Ding, ding, ding.
Not there’s anything wrong with that… but I feel like this outfit is a bit of a cop out. I wish I would have planned a bit better this week, so I could push myself into doing something a little different, not back into
over well charted territory. But there’s always next week!
Makeup attempt. Someone teach me, quick! Or loan me a pair of steady hands.
After coming out of “vacation” mode… and considering today was my first day back to work, we’re lucky that I didn’t take pictures of 1960s inspired pajamas.
Don’t forget to check out how the others styled their 1960s outfit!
What is your favorite 1960s trend?