From Twiggy to Alexa Chung, mod fashion has endured the ages. Here are the signature styles to look out for and how you can rock it.
Mod style has carried through into the 21st century. From mod styled bands both in the North and South of England as well as celebrities who have taken the look, the Mod style has kept on going. It’s not only the boating blazers of the Bowies and Townsends who made this style what it is today, the women of the Mod era have become staples of both British culture and counter-culture and have kept the style going. Continuously revamped and reworked, the Mod style is as present today as it was in the 60’s, just made subtler and incorporated into other styles. Fashion evolves, and to know how to work the new you need to get to know the roots.
Women’s fashion in the 60’s
The 60’s was a period of dramatic change for the way that young people perceived fashion and clothing. With the more conservative looks of early icons like Jackie Kennedy and her suit dresses falling out of public favour, the late 60’s saw the mind expanding and body liberating likes of models such as Twiggy showing the world of women how they could be more adventurous in their style. With modern art and progressive thinking driving the cultural revolution across the world, women’s fashion began to change drastically. By the end of the 60’s it wasn’t just men whose fashion had changed but women’s also, proving that fashion needn’t come at heavy prices.
There were dramatic changes for women’s hair throughout the 60’s and there are several key hairstyles which became popular among women mods.
This included the pixie cut. Popular to this day, this neckline layered, and short cut came with a bold fringe and a dramatically short back and sides, with longer hair on the top. These haircuts were popular with mod models such as Twiggy, who made the look what it is today.
The bob or Vidal Sassoon cut was a throwback to the earlier bob of past decades, except now it had been reinvigorated with allure. This came alongside the male fashion of the mop top, made popular by The Beatles and were recognised as the female equivalent of this. With a stylish simpler cut than early incarnations, the bob was back and was associated with artists, celebrities and fashion designers as diverse as Cilla Black and Mary Quant.
Also known as the B52, this bouffant and page boy big hair hybrid was an example of the gaudy and tailored hair of the 60’s. With lots of hairspray and thickness, the beehive truly was the bomb.
Whilst pant suits and mini skirts were in, dresses needed to catch up as well. The pop art explosion of the 60’s meant that there were bold prints such as checkerboards and stripes on dresses which reflected the draw to bright pastel colours. As the 60’s went on, these became subtler with the start of the hippy movement, but the bold prints and stock colour dresses of the mods remained. The jumper dress became a signature look for mods, these easy to wear and thick materialled dresses cutting off years of age and returning hip women to a child like look.
With PVC and vinyl materials back in with shoes, they became far more eye catching. With brogues sporting monk straps and frills it became apparent that mod clothing UK was drawing attention to the feet. This in part was down to the shorter hemlines of skirts and dresses which meant that there was more leg on show. With colour back in, heels became less popular whilst the late 60’s saw flat heeled boots benefitting from an interest in all things futuristic. The use of PVC was a part of this future looking trend and reflected the bold coloured modern art movement which sparked the rise in the Modernists of the UK.
Mod fashion now
So how is the mod trend reflected in the modern age? Has it managed to be passed down the generations and if so, how can you get involved with it?
Brogues and monk straps
Not only seen on men’s shoes, monk straps are still very popular today due to the branching out of companies such as Dr Marten. The difference is that now shoes are far more muted in colour than they were in the 1960’s.
Especially popular in the looser and collared styles, minidresses are still in due to their ease of wear and their ability to match with many other styles. These cute dresses have again muted in colour, but those bright numbers are still available in the more vintage fashion ranges up and down the high street.