The 60’s were a groovy time in fashion. Early in the decade, fashion was still reminiscent of the 50’s – very ladylike, structured, restrained (think Audrey Hepburn). Later in the decade, you could see the 70’s coming – androgynous, unstructured, very unrestrained (think Janis Joplin).
But in the mid-60’s, the mod (short for “modernist”) culture emerged. It started in England and drifted across the pond. Mod fashion was characterized by bold colors, simple lines, crazy patterns, Peter Pan collars, knee-length shifts and mini-skirts. Folks,it’s baaaaaaack!
Mod fashion is enjoying a bit of a revival this fall and winter and I, for one, am thrilled. Many examples were seen on the runways of the Fall/Winter fashion shows last spring, but in case you’d rather not spend hundreds, or thousands, of dollars on a single dress, there are lower cost options for 2011 Mod.
The first is a color block, pleat neck dress from The Gap (on sale for $39.99). The second is a color block shift from Asos.com ($73.18). The last is a Mod print shift from Dillards ($138). With any of these dresses, you could keep it simple and wear nude or black pumps and the same with your handbag.
With the Gap or Asos dresses, I’d keep the shoes neutral but funky, like the platform above. And I’d carry an orange (or red or blue) purse for a little color.
The Dillards dress brings plenty of funk on its own so I’d definitely go with neutral accessories and let the dress be the star. But these buff-colored platform booties (below) would be its co-star.