The chicness of 70's style has quickly given way to 60's Mod. But really what does Mod mean?? I know it's a style of dress originating in the 60s in England, that Twiggy is pretty much the poster child and that miniskirts and bold geometric prints are mod, but that's really it. So I decided to do a little research on the subject!
|Mary Quant looking stereotypically mod|
Obviously a reaction to the "be a lady" culture of the 50s, mod fashion was slightly androgynous with sleek, short hair that reminds me of space helmets, heavy eyeliner, aforementioned miniskirts, hot pants and colored tights, flats and waist hiding shift dresses. Colors were bold and many, black and white super graphic and oversized prints also tres chic.
|On the left Jean Shrimpton as a mod astronaut; on the right Twiggy in one of those shift dresses 99% of women don't look good in|
So, how in the world do you actually get the mod look?
I would say there are a few essential pieces that can easily bring you to the era of the swinging 60s!
- Colorblocked Items. It's already in style, but it never occurred to me that it had mod roots until now!
- Short Shift Dress. Now shift dresses can be tricky, especially if you have curves! A belt can help prevent you looking like a sack, but it does diminish the "mod-ness" of the look a little.
- Swing Coat. Look for a colorful one with large buttons for an extra mod look!
- Turtleneck. A great layering piece when trying out the style!
- Miniskirt. Of course! Look for a-line shapes, definitely not full or too tight.
- Riding Cap. I haven't seen a resurgence of the riding cap yet, but it is one of the most mod pieces out there!
- Colored Tights. Probably the most affordable way to rock mod!