Sometimes, our greatest inspirations for new looks come from the past. Which is why we love The American Vernacular, a recently launched (it started last November!) online vintage store with fantastic, bygone-era inspired taste. Each piece on the site comes with information about its brand history, written by TAV’s owner and founder, Bryn Lander. This week, Bryn shares her vintage style secrets with us and gives the downlow on how to score those glam, leading lady looks.
Top: Twiggy, Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, Barbara Streisand
Bottom: Edie Sedgwick, Diana Ross, Jean Shrimpton, Brigitte Bardot
Sixties culture was defined by the baby boomers who were just starting to come of age. Designers like Mary Quant, Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, Emilio Pucci, Bonnie Cashin, Givenchy, and the House of Biba challenged every tradition of fashion design and created the miniskirt, bold Warhol- and Mondrian-inspired prints, and dresses made of materials like plastic and paper. My favorite ’60s films that best showcase the looks of the era are Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Birds (1963), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Graduate (1967), and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
1. Velvet Eyes by Dior - Adhesive Eyeliner Appliques
Recreate Twiggy’s famed doe-eyed babydoll look with dramatic eyeliner appliqués, false lashes, and pale pink lips.
2. Ferragamo Two-Tone Spectators (The American Vernacular)
Known for creating the ballerina flat for Audrey Hepburn and metal-tipped stilettos for Marilyn Monroe, Ferragamo nailed the ‘60s footwear trend with these color-blocked low-heeled spectators.
3. Adult Bubble Clear Umbrellas with Colored Trim
Plastic, clear or colored, was an unexpected material made popular by ‘60s designers who used it to design raincoats, handbags, and umbrellas.
4. Rudi Gernreich Knit Wool Minidress (The American Vernacular)
Called him “a fashion prophet who came up with all of today’s trends yesterday” by Peggy Moffit, Gernreich’s futuristic designs in bright colors and synthetic fabric blends captured the era.
5. Leopard Print Tights by Topshop
The introduction of opaque seamless pantyhose (or tights, as we call them today) freed women from uncomfortable stocking girdles and made the mini a wearable and acceptable trend.
6. Black Velvet A-Line Minidress (The American Vernacular)
Sleeveless mini dresses like this one with a flared a-line shape were first seen in the mid to late ‘60s.
Get these looks! The American Vernacular is offering a 20% discount on any item listed in this week’s posts when you use checkout code: birchbox on the store’s site.