Mod Girl Fashion 4

Mod Girl Fashion 4

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Fashion Scene 1

Fashion –  Summer Style

Most of us are familiar with that iconic image of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on that cream Vespa in the 1952 film Roman Holiday. That image to many is the epitome of summer style, although it may not be very practical. Getting on and off a scooter in a skirt is an issue all of its own and many men prefer not to risk getting their suits damaged or dirty by riding in them. So when we do want to be lazing on a sunny afternoon on or off the scooter how should we go about both looking and feeling cool? Here are some pointers


Sunglasses in the right shape and style will give anyone an air of beatnik cool. Retro-look styles are everywhere at the moment. The 60s was big on shades, so for a start your sunnies need to be over-sized, think Jackie O with those iconic black oval lenses. She apparently kept of a bowl of sunglasses by her front door so she could choose her style depending on her mood and the day ahead. Coloured plastics were big news too white, blues and browns look great, you can even match them to your outfit.


Unless you intend on going barefoot like Sandie Shaw you’ll need to think about summer shoe wear. Flats in the form of ballet pumps look great with a cropped capri pant and a flash of tanned ankle. Otherwise look for some geometric style sandals in summery whites or space-age silver featuring graphic cut-out shapes. Or if you don’t like putting your toes on show, you go for a slingback in either a pointed or round toe, although a pointed one does a lovely job of elongating your foot and making your ankles look slimmer.


Cropped tops and capri pants are a perfect late 50s/60s take on summer and still look smart but casual. Look for colourful floral or paisley prints, gingham or some Broderie Anglaise to pretty-up the look. Or try bold block colours to great a dense modernist silhouette. Sports-wear has always played a leading role in mod style primarily because the fabrics and styles were practical as well as chic. Polo shirts or even cycling-style tops look great with well cut white hipster jeans or cotton trousers. Oh and don’t forget the eternal appeal of a Breton top either in traditional blue and white or red and white. Team with a retro-style belt with a large square or round buckle and you’ll be pier pretty in no time.


Worn tied to the side round your neck or on your head, a brightly coloured scarf is a fab way to add a bit of retro chic to an outfit. Vintage scarfs are cheap and generally cheerful and the 60s and early 70s weren’t afraid of pattern or colour. This means you can be experimental with a scarf in a way that you may be frightened to with the rest of your outfit. So be bold.


The teeny weeny polka dot bikini originally introduced in the 50s became widely popular in the 60s although they were a little more forgiving than some of today’s styles. The bottoms were often more short-like and cut straight rather than high up the leg and the top was more bra than bare-all. Although in the mid 60s designers starting having a bit more fun with designs. Cutting out shapes to reveal parts not normally on display such as down the sides, often circles or panels that were filled in with mesh. In 1964 Rudi Gernreich went a stage further when he unveiled his bare breasted bathing suit called the ‘Monokini,’ which caused quite a stir when it was modelled by Peggy Moffitt in Women’s Wear Daily in the US. Pattern and colour was big news in bathing gear with pastels in spots and stripes in the early 60s moving towards bold and bright fruity colours in the mid to later 60s. Oh and remember to pack an umbrella!

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Claire Mahoney

At the age of 13 mod made perfect sense to me. I liked the look and the attitude - but most of all I liked the music. Secret Affair was my entry point, but they were soon playing second fiddle in my affections to The Jam. Paul Weller, of course, proceeded to break mine and many others hearts in 1982, when he put an end to that particular musical roller coaster – but what it meant was that, uninterested in anything else that was happening in music at the time, I had to look back. I was lucky enough to be given two plastic bags full of 60s 45s by my uncle who used to stock the jukeboxes back in the day. Their contents included a number of Stax originals, plus the Who and the Small Faces, as well as Motown classics from The Four Tops and the Supremes. So, when Phil Collins charted in the mid 80s with 'You Can't Hurry Love' it was nice to be able to say: “I've got the original of that!” It became quite an irritating habit of mine over the years. These days I still enjoy discovering new, old music, be it soul, rnb or jazz, as well as witnessing mod taken another turn among today's youth with bands like The Strypes. My day job as a journalist means I am lucky enough to be able to write about music and modernism now and again. Other than that you'll find me mostly on the dance floor or on eBay still looking for that perfect A line dress.

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