From hippies to housewives, the vintage styles of the late 60s and early 70s were totally fab. I’ve always seen this era in fashion as transitional and rebellious. For the first time, women were showing off their legs in mini skirts, going braless in halter-tops and embracing nature with hippie styles.
When my Mom posted the above photo of her in 1971 for ‘Throwback Thursday,’ I was completely fascinated by the fashion and how gorgeous she looked. So I asked her to send me more photos of her late 60s/early 70s style.
In the above photo, she’s wearing the short-lived craze known as the maxi skirt. Having grown up in Caracas, it was probably a short-lived fad for her as the mini skirt was more favorable for the tropical weather in Venezuela. She’s also wearing Native American-inspired beaded jewelry that was very popular. I love both the necklace and the belt!
1969 – Low rise velvety bell-bottom pants with wide belts were the rage. Jewelry was anything that looked hippie like beads or flowers as reflected in my Mom’s necklace.
1972 – It’s hard to see in this picture, but if you look closely at the makeup, the line in the middle of the eyelid is one color shadow while the shadow on the bottom is a completely different color. I should try this sometime.
1973 – Pig tails with long 70s hair. My Mom often wonders how salons stayed in business during the 70s because she never had anything done to her hair as long and natural was the style of choice.
I’ve recently gotten back into Mad Men. Like millions of Americans reliving the 60s through this hit series, I’m very much looking forward to the season finale on Sunday. Though I’m quite intrigued by the story, I mostly watch for the fashion. Now that the show is exploring life in the late 60s, I’m loving the shorter hemlines and often find myself scouring vintage shops in search of styles fitting that of Sally and Megan Draper.
Not having found a genuine late 60s mini dress, I fished through my closet looking for something similar. When I came across this short striped dress and Jackie O. sunglasses, I decided to enjoy a beautiful day with a luxurious walk along the Hudson River.
Macy’s just unveiled their exclusive Marilyn Monroe Collection dedicated to the sassy style of the 21st Century Hollywood icon. If there’s anywhere for Miss Monroe to come back to life, it’s in a movie theater. So Tribeca Cinemas was the perfect place to hold the preview. This flirty and fun collection, said to be a modern take on the starlet’s retro style, will be available at 150 Macy’s stores and online in March. I’ve always been fascinated by the life and mysterious death of the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Having been captivated by many Lifetime movies about her, I can’t wait to dress like the girl once known as Norma Jean.
I’m so happy that this collection is launching just in time for spring. I adore all of the reds, pinks, and figure flattering styles. The soft blues, cherry prints, and polka dots give the collection a soft girl next door quality. I could totally see myself wearing various pieces on the boardwalk this summer during a beachside weekend. With prices from $29 to $89, you don’t have to be on a Hollywood budget to snag a sexy halter dress or gingham tie-front button-down top. I think Macy’s needs to come out with a Jackie collection next. After all, it’s only fair.
Lets face it, the 60s are so hot right now. You can’t seem to escape it. Every network seems to have its own 60s show and Mad Men-inspired outfits are lining the windows of Banana Republic. In light of this recent obsession, I decided to Jackie O-ify my outfit today. Since I’m already a brunette and the proud owner or an oversized pair of sunglasses, making the transition to the ultimate 1960s socialite in 2011 New York City was easier than I ever imagined it would be.
I guess some socialite styles are truly classic. All I’m missing is the pillbox hat. Do they still sell those? Because I think I might be interested in someday owning one as a tribute to American fashion history and overall fabulousness. However, I’m not quite sure how long I will be staying in this era. Like every NYC fashionista, I live in leggings. Should it start to feel a bit more like fall, I may be reliving the 80s very soon. Just as I like to relive the 60s without the whole naive housewife thing, I like to remember the 80s without the hideous shoulder pads.