| Andrea Abrell |
BERLIN (dpa) – Fashion houses like Gucci, Valentino and Versace have picked up the theme of the Swinging Sixties and that look is now showing up on Europe’s streets.
The 1960s was an amazing decade.
“It was an age of youth, freedom, upheaval and a departure from tradition,” says style expert Inka Mueller-Winkelmann. “Everything was different. It saw the birth of a new attitude to living and was lived very provocatively.”
In terms of fashion, the 1960s was about getting attention at any price.
“And that is probably what makes us so fascinated with that era to this day. It’s been in vogue repeatedly over the years,” says Mueller-Winkelmann. “It was a crazy decade of freedom.”
That attitude to life was naturally reflected in fashion and is being reflected in today’s Sixties revival. Floppy hats, pastel colours and platform shoes are all back in fashion.
“Half-boots with block heels and checked toes are also in. Round sunglasses, rectangular handbags and jeans with high waists are also typical Sixties attire,” says personal shopper Andrea Lakeberg.
With such a wide range of Sixties fashion on offer, it’s easy for everyone to find something to join in the trend, even if you don’t want to immerse yourself in the look completely by buying a full Sixties outfit.
Even that is easy to put together, according to fashion expert Stephanie Zarnic: “A mini-skirt with a polo-neck sweater and knee-high boots with heels is all you need to make a clear 1960s statement.”
If you don’t have slender legs, you could wear a maxi skirt or a pair of baggy trousers. You could also try on bell-bottom jeans with a caban coat with gold buttons, a brown floppy hat and brown high boots, suggests Lakeberg.
“Pullovers, trousers and dresses are elements of the Sixties style that are easiest to mix and match without looking conservative,” says Mueller-Winkelmann. But you will need to pay attention if you plan on wearing original clothes from the 1960s.
They can make you look like an oldie without looking stylish.
Colour plays a major role in getting the Sixties look right. Very bright colours like orange are part of the decade’s colour scheme but you must not go overboard.
“Always play safe with colour by choosing muted tones. Night blue matched with brown and denim blue with light brown camel are safe matches. They look classy but not too loud. You could also go for a clashing look like a mini skirt with a sporty baseball jacket or bell bottoms with a knitted cardigan,” says Andrea Lakeberg.
But what do you do if you don’t even look remotely like a vamped-up 1960s person at all?
“You could then try going for the accessories, like the big round sunglasses,” says Lakeberg. “They look great with any outfit, and they just subtly allude to the Sixties without going in boots and all.”