Au Revoir 2014

I probably say this every year but my, doesn't time fly! It only feels like yesterday that I was compiling my round-up of 2013 and now here I am rounding up 2014.

January
The year started off like any other, cold and miserable. I had a bad knee and spent most of January and February with a limp. My knee proved to be a mystery and I still don't know what was wrong with it.

Favourite Looks of 2014

The countdown to Christmas is officially on...only two more days to go!

I thought I'd do a little round-up of some of my favourite outfits from this year. I tend to wear the same sort of thing, shift dresses and little skirt suits but I've had some new additions to my wardrobe this year and I always like to look back on what I've worn throughout the year (I think about clothes way too much.......).


Hairstyles of the 1960s: The Beehive

 


Style Muse: Judy Geeson


Judy Geeson is an English actress whose first major film appearance was To Sir, with Love in 1967. She starred in Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush in 1968, a film I watched for the first time this year after reading about Foale and Tuffin designing some of the costumes for the film.

Holiday Outfits: Cyprus


Today I thought I'd share a few outfit snaps from my recent holiday to Cyprus. A whole gang of us went to celebrate our friends getting married. The wedding itself was beautiful and we all had such a lovely day. 


Shorts Shorts

I'm a big fan of Iggy Pop's radio show on 6 music and a few weeks ago he had a show themed around Fashion where he played Shorts Shorts by The Royal Teens. I was recently in Cyprus and everytime I wore my handmade denim shorts that song came into my head.

Happy Halloween!


Hairstyles of the 1960s: The Bob


I love a good bob and there were some excellent examples of bobbed hair in the 1960s. Some of my favourite 60s models, actresses and singers all sported the style. The bob has been around since the beginning of the 20th Century and many women have turned to the hairstyle when looking for a dramatic change in appearance or to signify a change in themselves.

Style Inspiration: Belle de Jour



Belle de Jour is  a French film from 1967 starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel and Michel Piccoli. It is based on the 1928 novel by Joseph Kessel and is about a young woman who is compelled to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute while her husband is at work. The clothes worn by Catherine Deneuve's character are so stylish, here are a few of my favourites:

Revival Outfits


It's my favourite time of year again - Goodwood Revival time. This event is the highlight of my social calendar and is an event that my family have been going to since it first started - my dad being the classic car nut that he is.

Sixties Inspired: Orla Kiely for Clarks

Following on from the success of her first launch at Clarks, Orla Kiely is back with some gorgeous shoes for her AW14 collection.



Style Muse: Edie Sedgwick


Edie Sedgwick was an American heiress, actress, model and socialite best known for being one of Andy Warhol's muses. 

Instagram Roundup July - August

Well, we've certainly been having a lovely summer this year. I had to actually dig the umbrella out the other day when it rained as it has been so long since I've had to use it.

Today I thought I would do an instagram roundup of my summer so far, if you don't already follow me on there my username is @stylesixties.


London Life: My Favourite Vintage Shops


Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite vintage shopping haunts in the big smoke. If you're planning a trip to London then these shops come highly recommended. I tend to frequent stores that have a good selection of 1960s clothes, as that is obviously what I look for when I go shopping, but the majority of the ones listed below all stock a mix of decades.


Foale and Tuffin


Before Biba there was Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, two girls who met at Walthamstow Art College and went on to have a trailblazing career throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Like so many others in the '60s they just happened to be in the right place at the right time and they subsequently found themselves in the middle of the cultural explosion that was taking place in London that later went on to define the decade.

Dancing Feet


I am at my happiest when I'm dancing. I've danced in one form or another since I was a little girl, I started off doing the usual ballet, tap, jazz and modern but at the age of 16 I left my dancing school as Saturday jobs, GCSE's and socialising got in the way. It wasn't until 2012 that I started dancing again properly. I'd grown tired of the typical clubbing scene and wasn't interested in going out to dance to shit music anymore. I started looking into the swing dancing scene in London and found a class near to where I live, I managed to convince my sister to come along with me to the first few lessons so I wouldn't have to go in on my own (I can be quite shy!). I'm so glad that I went along to that class as I've made some amazing friends and gone to some absolutely brilliant events in the last two years. I couldn't imagine life without it. 

Style Muse: Vidal Sassoon


One for the guys this time. I've recently finished reading Vidal Sassoon's autobiography and thought his sharp style was worthy of being featured in the series. 

Vidal was born in Hammersmith in January 1928 and spent much of his childhood in East London. His mother, Betty, forced him to become an apprentice at a ladies hairdressers as she saw it as a way out of their grinding poverty. It was a good thing she did as Vidal went on to revolutionise hairdressing in the 1960s and his salon was the place to go and get your hair done. Photographers would camp outside his Bond Street salon, snapping the new haircuts as they walked out of the door.

The 60s Breton

One of the things I love most about 60s fashion is that it still looks relevant and cool today (in my humble opinion). If wearing a full on crimplene suit isn't your thing,  something as simple as a breton top and a-line skirt can give you a casual 60s look. Stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot were all fans of a stripe in the 60s. 


Style Muse: Jane Birkin

Playing Shop at John Lewis


Recently, I went on a little fabric shopping trip with my sister as she's been nagging me for a while now to make her a playsuit. She's even fussier than me (and that's saying something) so I told her she had to come with me to get the fabric. We spent the day perusing the fabric shops of Soho and ended up getting something from John Lewis on nearby Oxford Street. Their fabric selection has improved in recent years and they have some lovely mid-century inspired pieces in stock at the moment.

Me Made May - The Final Week

Well May certainly flew by, I had lots of fun wearing my me-made outfits and it was great seeing all the different things that people had made. So, for the last time, here is a round up of my me-made outfits for last week.


Style Muse: Chantal Goya


Me Made May - Week 4

This week I had four me-made outfits to wear to make up for only wearing two last week! 


Monday was a gloriously warm and sunny day so I wore this floral cropped blouse and cream 70s midi skirt. The blouse was made from my own pattern and is perfect for using up smaller pieces of fabric.

Isle of Wight Adventures


Last week I went on a mini break to the Isle of Wight, I used to holiday there as a child and have many happy memories of the place. The island is actually one of my favourite places to be and I really should try and go there more often. 

Me Made May - Week 3

Hello lovelies! It seems another week has gone by which means that it's time for another round up of my me-made outfits.

Last week I went on a little trip to the Isle of Wight. I used to visit the island regularly as a child and haven't been back for about 10 years so it was nice to go and visit all the old haunts.  I stayed in The Bungalow (part of Vintage Vacations), so for a few days I got to pretend that I was living in the 1960s - it even had an English Rose kitchen! I didn't actually wear any me-made outfits during the trip and it wasn't until Saturday that I actually wore something me-made so there are only two outfits this week.


Me Made May - Week 2

Another week has gone by which means that it's time for a round up of my me-made outfits.


I was actually a bit under the weather this week and didn't get round to wearing any me-made outfits until Thursday. I was still taking it easy so just popped out for a bit to get my nails done (I have a slight obsession with gel polish). For this I wore my curtain shift dress which I made nearly two years ago to wear to a wedding.

Space Age

The 1960s was a decade of space exploration and looking to the future, the race to space and the launch of Telstar (an American communication satellite from which the first live transatlantic television feed was relayed) all played their part in influencing the fashion designers of the time. In 1964 Pierre Cardin launched his Space Age collection and André Courrèges presented his Moon Girl collection to great acclaim. 

Me Made May - Week 1


Can you believe it's May already? This year, for the first time, I'm participating in Me Made May. My pledge is to wear at least one handmade item, three times a week for the duration of May and I plan to document my progress in weekly update posts. As I already wear my handmade items regularly, this challenge is mainly to get better at remembering to take outfit photos.

So, without further ado, here is a roundup of my me-made outfits for week 1.

Pinterest's Festival Embellishment Workshop

Last week I received an email from Pinterest UK asking me if I'd like to attend a goldwork embroidery workshop at Hand & Lock in association with Mastered. I didn't have to think twice about accepting, Hand & Lock is the most prestigious embroidery design brand in the world and has been around for nearly 250 years (amazing!), it counts the British Royal Family amongst its many clients.


Upon arrival we were able to explore the lovely workrooms and admire all the amazing embroidery that was on display. I have a new found respect for hand embroidered items and now know why they cost so much - so many hours go into the making of a piece and the embroiderers are insanely talented.

Style Muse: Anna Karina

Coco

Hello lovelies, I trust you all had a good bank holiday weekend? Mine was a very busy affair involving a ska festival and Italian fashion exhibition at the V&A, a northern soul dance workshop and an all nighter on the Sunday where I danced into the small hours until my feet literally would not let me move anymore! I still can't believe that the weekend is upon us yet again, where does the time go?

Todays post is all about Coco. I'm a bit late to the party but I've finally got around to making one. I used an orange double knit fabric, it being my favourite colour and all.

Style Muse: Colleen Corby

Make it easy in Crimplene

Now, as I'm sure you know, I have a lot of love for crimplene. I recently posted about a skirt that I made from this fab piece of blue/purple crimplene and now it's time to share with you the dress that I made using McCalls 9552 from 1968.

The dress went together without a hitch and I just love the panel seaming in the front and back which gives the dress a lovely shape.


London Street Style



Mini Skirts

No 60s dolls wardrobe would be complete without a mini skirt or two. André Courrèges had been experimenting with hemlines as early as 1961 but it wasn't until 1965 that this iconic skirt became popular in London when Mary Quant raised the hemlines of her skirts.


Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian Dress

Roger Vivier's Pilgrim Pump



At the beginning of the 1960s, the radical change in silhouette demanded a dramatic change in the style of footwear worn by women - shorter skirts required a flatter shoe!

Dressmaking Inspiration: 60s Brights

Ladies Who Lunch


Today I went for lunch with a friend in nearby South Woodford. It definitely feels like spring today so I decided to go for a late 60s flippy mini dress by St Michael (in crimplene naturally), white tights and taupe Salvatore Ferragamo vara shoes. 

It's on days like this that I like to pretend I'm a posh lady who lunches - a girl can dream right?

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What I Wore: A Curtain Dress and Orla Kiely

Happy Friday lovelies! I realised the other day that I haven't done an outfit post in a while, it's hard to find the time to take decent pictures at the moment but hopefully that should all change soon.


Do The Watusi





The Watusi was a dance craze that became popular in America during the 1960s (it was the second most popular dance in the US after the Twist!).

The dancer stands with knees slightly bent and moves backwards and forwards by one or two small rhythmic steps. The arms are held straight and flail up and down in time with the music, with the head bobbing slightly to accentuate the arm flailing.

Sixties Inspired: Orla Kiely for Clarks




The Mystery of JH Lynch

Little is known about JH Lynch, the artist whose exotic prints such as 'Tina' and 'Nymph' were sold in their thousands during the sixties. Joseph Henry Lynch was born on 28 October 1911 and died in 1989 at the age of 78 (having destroyed many of his original paintings). His prints were sold in Boots and Woolworth's here in the UK and proved to be extremely popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a household staple (my dad remembers his Nan having the prints in her home).

Tina 
Nymph

Style Muse: Twiggy






No style muse series would be complete without Twiggy, the 'face' of 1966 and one of my ultimate style icons. I once had cropped hair just like Twiggy's when I was a model for Mahogany, a hairdressers in Mayfair.

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