Coathanger Loves…Swinging 60’s Fashion

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Are you a “dedicated follower of fashion”?

Fashion has moved on immensely since the 1960’s, but it was this era that introduced many iconic styles which follow through to modern day runways today. With iconic fashion icons such as Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn, the stylish women of the 60’s have given stylists today more than enough inspiration for garments going forward for decades to come.

Styles of the 60’s

1960’s Patterns

The 60’s were all about geometric shapes and bold patterns – the bolder the better. Large floral print dresses and boxy print garments were all the range in the mid-1960s where it was rare to see women in neutral colours or classic black garments. Below is a classic example of a dress women would wear in the 60’s; a cream dress with striking green and blue patterns.

swinging 60s floral dress£70.00 at Rokit

Another gorgeous example of a textured patterned button up coat which ladies would have worn a similar style in the sixties:

topshop pink sixties long coat£85.00 at Topshop


Glamourous rounded collars were a popular fashion statement in the 1960’s, which introduced the modern day ‘peter pan’ collar. More elegant that a clean cut collar, rounded collars added a bold statement to an outfit. Collars were a common addition to casual day dresses throughout the sixties and the start of the seventies.

cara delevingne sixties collared dress

Bold Statement Accessories

Unique, vintage inspired jewellery was very common in the sixties. With women searching shops for unique brooches and large vibrant earrings, an outfit was not complete without a statement piece. Top handle bags were also extremely popular during this era, thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s spin on the look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

sixties clutch from the gathering goddess£110.00 at The Gathering Goddess

The Origin of the Short Skirt

Women began reducing the length of their hemlines very early 90’s which quickly became a trend, one that has followed us through to the 21st Century. Whilst maxi skirts were still a staple in many wardrobes across the UK, A-line mini skirts and dresses were the height of fashion. A fashion icon who sported this look was the stunning Jane Birkin.

short hemline skirt