Bring out your fun, retro side with 60’s style party dresses
60s fashion is back with a bang and that means that vintage party dresses from the era are also making waves on the runway. Fashion icons from the 60s such as Bridgitte Bardot, Jackie Kennedy, and supermodel Twiggy are people whose clothing styles are being closely watched and emulated. Designers have taken it upon themselves to showcase their own tributes to the colorful and crazy 60s era, and all the big names, from Louis Vuitton and Moschino to Michael Kors are paying tribute in their own creative ways. A number of style choices are available for someone who wants to find a 60s style party dress which suits their figure.
Among the many party dress styles which became popular in the 60s, are shift dresses and A line dresses in bright, “pop” colors. Usually ending above the knee, these dresses are fun and great for wearing to casual parties and gatherings. Those who are hesitant about displaying too much leg can always adopt another popular 60s trend; leggings in contrasting pop hues which are worn to complement the dress and add to that unique 60s look. 60s style hair styles are integral aspects to the 60s party look, and the styles should always be “big” on volume.
Another quintessentially 60s style of party dress comes in the form of the velvet mini-dress, complete with a delicate lace collar and matching cuffs. This dress is an example of the ostentatious side of 60s fashion which was made popular by the trendsetting girl and boy bands in the day. Fans and fashion followers alike will enjoy this showy party dress, which can be worn in all lengths and will definitely be preferred by those who find short shift dresses uncomfortable. Accessorizing any 60s outfit involves two common aspects; big, voluminous hair styles, and chunky boots or platform shoes.
The Angel Dress is one of the most iconic dress styles to have emerged from the 60s; it is a micro-mini dress with a flared skirt and long, wide trumpet style sleeves. Usually constructed from velvet, crocheted lace, chiffon or cotton with psychedelic patterns, this dress is ideal for parties and is recommended for those who are comfortable with their bodies due to its short length. A popular alternative is the cowl neck “Monk dress”, which can be worn to either expose or hide the head and neck area. The length of this dress is usually knee length, and is said to be the 60s version of the popular “little black dress”.
The 60s were all about rock n roll, psychedelic colors and comfortable but fashionable clothing. Given that the era was, in fact, all about fun parties and being fashionable, the party dress options available from this era are endless! The quickest way to channel the 60s party dress is to choose one in bright, pop tones and to pair it with heavily-teased hair, bright makeup and a pair of platform heels. Enjoy this timeless trend and have fun with the bright array of colors and fabrics.