Style watch: 50s and 60s chic makes a classical return

Mad for Mad Men’s wardrobe? Love Audrey's simple and yet elegant attire? You're in luck then, as these two decades 'lady like' looks are back.

By KATHRYN RUBIN
January 13, 2011 10:45
3 minute read.
60s fashion

60s fashion. (photo credit: Associated Press)

When most people think of 60s fashion, images of shockingly teeny tiny miniskirts, tie-dyed shirts, peasant blouses and go-go boots, swirl to mind; however, while these retro styles are some the looks of 60s, they belong to the later part of the decade. This year fashion designers will be traveling slightly further back in time – to the early 60s and late 50s.

Think Jacki-O's infamous pink  suit, think Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, think classic chic as the styles of the late 50s and early 60s make a graceful "ladylike" entrance.

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Not so "desperate housewives"
The 60s are often associated with the birth of the miniskirt; however this is not the only skirt that defined this infamous decade. Before the rise of the mini (in the late 60s) woman's fashion gave way to a different (and longer) look.  While short skirts have ruled our closest for some time now, this year fashion designers will be lengthen our hemlines as they return to slightly more demure "full" skirt that flowed through the late 1950s and early 1960s. To add a touch of the 21st century, designers have well designed this piece in an array of fresh pastels as well as floral patterns and even stripes.

Pucker up and be bold...
By far the most noticeable style on the runway, the statement lip will be one of this year's  biggest trends. Inspired straight from the 60s notorious big bold and red

lips (as seen on Mad Men), this year will see woman pucker up and dab on lipsticks and glosses from hot pinks to dark berry shades to even bright orange. 

A lady like do
What better way to complement all these 50s/60s clothes than with these decades infamous do. Spring/Summer 2011 fashions shows saw models pin up their long locks and sport the notorious vintage twist.  Leading the pack is none other than the infamous "beehive" hairstyle (or B-52).  Invented by Margaret Vinci-Heldt in the early 60s, this over the top do, reached new heights in the mid 60s – becoming a symbol of this fashion classic era.  


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