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Mod Girl Fashion 2

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

It’s a cover up!

There’s certainly a nip in the air, but in terms of clothes that’s generally a good thing when it comes to dressing a la mod! For this issue of NUTSMag, we have therefore decided to take a casual glance at the Mod winter wardrobe for women and what key pieces any girl about town would be keen to sport whilst keeping out the elements.

Button up!

First up it’s coats. The 60s was a wonderful era for outerwear. Cuts and shapes were simple and sharp, although there was also a real penchant colour-wise for anything bright and bold. An enduring favourite from this period which is very much back on-trend is the swing coat. This universally flattering-style where the shape flares out at the bottom, originates from the 1930s. However as hemlines began to shorten so did the coat in length and shape. It is now one of the 60s most iconic coat styles.

Many of the 60s coats tended to drape to create a strong silhouette rather than fit the contours of the body, much like the shift dresses of the period. The ultimate example of this is the cape. Put one of these on with a pair of block heeled boots and a ‘Baker Boy’ hat and you are pretty much spot-on in the 60s style stakes. Versions in Welsh tapestry designs, plaid and checks were very popular. Many original versions of these can be picked up on eBay. In terms of the high-street the 60s influence hasn’t loosened its grip this season and there are some nice Modish coat styles up for grabs. Take a look at French Connection’s Glorious Oversized Coat: or some alternatives – a Classic (black with a white collar number) from Hobbs. Also Boden and H&M are reliable sources of well cut, well designed retro styles. Designers in the 60s were also experimenting with the then latest man-made fibres, this combined with a love of space-age looks, meant there was plenty of shiny plastic looking coats available. They may not keep you warm, but if you are wearing polyester underneath you will probably be cosy enough.

Tight spot!

The 60s were a decade of liberation for women in lots of senses, not least in the hosiery department. Tights freed women from girdles, suspenders and stockings and kept them a whole lot warmer. The boom in mass production meant they were relatively cheap and widely available and not just in shades of  ‘American Tan’. Reds, yellows and whites were massively popular as were geometric spots and stripes. Missi tights do a whole range of colours and are widely available on eBay. Also the Tight Spot stocks the whole gamut of styles and colours including quality brands such as Falke and Pretty Polly.

It’s a wrap!

A well chosen scarf will up the Mod style aspect of almost any outfit and provide an accent of lush colour and pattern to a winter coat. Personally I like to see girls wearing ‘Tootal’– type scarfs, ascots and cravats as well as the boys. They look great tucked under a large collar. As well as the classic ‘Tootal’– which are currently widely available, high-quality versions are also available from various online and offline outlets (via a simple search) in a stunning array of polka dot and paisley colour ways.

To top it off!

Haircuts were such a big deal in the 60s that headware and hats tended to stay in the shadows. However there were a couple of key looks that still cut a dash today. The classic ‘beret’ puts a gamine spin on any outfit and looks great with short hair or a bob and can be worn pulled down on the head rather than on a slant. The love of crocheted styles filtered across into headgear with crochet beanie hats and berets being very popular too. Original Mod and dressmaker Gill Evans makes them faithful to the original designs. ‘Baker Boy’ hats or as news-boy caps as they were called in the US were also a hit. For a neater more ‘beatnik’ look you could opt for a Beatles or Greek Sailors’ cap. Traditionally these come in cord although a nice tweed pattern would still look cool, especially with your new cape! For more formal outfits the pillbox style as sported by Hepburn and Jackie O oozed a sharper more highly tailored style along with the mildy amusing fashion for helmet and spaceman style head-gear. Fab!

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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November 20, 2013 By : Category : Articles Fashion Front Page Style Tags:, , , , ,