I've always found vintage fashion very fascinating. There are numerous classic and elegant styles found throughout history which still have profound influence on today's trends. Growing up in China, the only source I had to learn about vintage fashion were a few classic movies, such as Gone With The Wind and Breakfast At Tiffany's. To explore this field of fashion further, I walked into one of the most fabulous vintage boutiques in Seattle - Trove. I was amazed by their rich collections of vintage items that are original and yet still in perfect condition.
Cyrena, one of the owners, greeted me and kindly walked me through the history of vintage fashion with her extensive knowledge. Eventually, we decided to focus on the fashion of the 1960's because this time period saw drastic changes across all areas of American and European culture. We styled three outfits with vintage pieces to illustrate various trends of the 1960s, and in doing so, we also made the three outfits wearable and look great by today's fashion standards.
Most apparel silhouettes in the early 1960s inherited fashion elements from the late 50s' ladylike silhouettes. They were usually conservative and moderate.
This purple vintage dress has a beautiful rhombus pattern. It is classy and elegant with close-fitting waist and ankle-length cut. To spice up the look, we added a black fur shrug. I love how this shrug wrapped around my shoulder, it has a beautiful drape with soft fur around the bottom. For women of the 60s, a pair of gloves was a necessity when stepping outside the door. In today's environment, this outfit is perfect for formal events, such as a wedding ceremony or a classic concert.
As fashion moved into the mid 1960s, the skirt lengths moved from the ankle to above the knees. Eventually, a timeless fashion item was introduced, known as the mini skirt. In addition to the changes in length, dress silhouettes also changed to straighter and looser cuts. One popular kind of dress that shared these characteristics was called the "shift dress". The shift dress was known for hiding a women's curve.
The next outfit features a classic light yellow shift dress from 1960s. With its pastel color and its exquisite floral embroidery, this shift dress reminds us of spring. So, we paired it with a cute woven basket, floral earrings, sheer white gloves, and rainbow-colored heels. I'm so ready for a picnic on a sunny spring day!
Another trend set in the 1960s was the use of floral patterns in bold colors. Many floral patterns were developed by one of my favorite designers from that time, Lilly Pulitzer. This trend was reinforced by the famous Flower Power movement, in which people showed their support for non-violent opposition to the Vietnam war by dressing in floral clothing, or wearing flowers in their hair.
This bright red and yellow floral patterned vintage piece was actually considered a swimsuit in the late 1960s. Here we turned it into a modern trendy summer look, playsuit + leather jacket + cool ankle booties!
These three outfits are the results of my exploration of vintage fashion from 1960s so far. But, there are still many other famous and classic 1960s styles which I haven't had the chance to cover in this blog post - we'll have to save those for later.
Special thanks goes to Cyrena and Sarah of Trove, I could not have completed this blog post without their professional advice and their kindness for helping me in this journey. They have a very lovely store located in the heart of Ballard that you do not want to miss. Here are some photos we took from Trove.
Thank you so much for reading, please feel free to leave comments down below and discuss your experiences in vintage fashion.