What’s big for next year?
Recession thinking keeps us on track – no gross indulgence; rather subtle consumption mixed with super quality. That means less fast fashion and more high quality, keep-me-forever pieces.
One of my favourite themes for 2011 is the early 60s ladylike look, made famous by Mad Men. It’s nostalgic, romantic, with below the knee circle skirts, cinched waists and prim and proper styling. Pretty, pretty , pretty!
The key is to think ‘granny dressing’, but with a modern, sexy punch. And the best item to wear is the granny skirt (this is the silhouette du jour). This is a longer length, usually pleated skirt that falls rather than puffs. It also usually has a ruffle detail on the hem. Think sexy 60s secretary.
Another key 60s look is ‘the bombshell’. This is where your hourglass frame comes in. Look for straight-cut sheath dresses (fitted is also a good look), or slim-line, high-waisted pencil skirts that fall below the knee, with a back slit.
If you want to stick to the theme, accessorise your lady-like look with kitten heels, red lips, cateye glasses and a wide, waist-cinching belt. Wear hair sultry sex kitten, or in a 6os beehive.
To modernise, dress our ladylike 60s woman in boyfriend blazers and slouchy sweatshirts. Try shorter hemlines and knee-high socks (over at Gossip Girl this look is everywhere). Look for more edgy fabric in the right silhouettes (like leather) or pair a high waisted skirt with a cropped top to show a little midriff. Finally, skip the classic 60s hairdo, and go 2011 with a messy topknot or side braid.
This is such a feminine, pretty, classically sexy look!
Images via Fashionising.