>Say bonjour to fuller figures and longer hemlines as the skirt and dress silhouettes of the late ’50s / early ’60s swing their way back onto the scene as a 2010/2011 Spring fashion trend.
Full skirts: the ’60s housewife
Think Betty Draper: the overflow of ’50s prom style dresses into ’60s day wear. Full, below-the-knee circle skirts, cinched in waists, and prim, proper styling. For Spring 2011 look to bright, fresh colours and pastels, and prints like florals or stripes.
The granny skirt
Don’t panic about the name of this one; this look actually was commonly known as the granny skirt back in the ’60s.
Longer, usually gathered or pleated, often with a ruffled hem, the granny skirt is as it sounds: a young take on grandma dressing. It falls rather than puffs out too much and is more understated – think sixties office girl. The key to pulling off this look today is to either make it completely effortless, or surprisingly sexy.
- Avoid looking dowdy by pairing with a fitted top; or sex it up with a sheer blouse.
- For an authentic look pair with flats or dainty kitten heels. To modernise, stick with a pair of high heels.
- Sweeten it up with a pair of little bobby socks under shoes a la Marc Jacobs
The bombshell: sheath skirts and dresses.
A straight cut sheath or pencil skirt is the ultimate in creating a 1960s hourglass shape – not only cinching in the waist, but clinging to the hips as well.
- Look for skirts that are straight, high waisted, below knee with a kick pleat or slit at the back.
- You can also look for fitted sheath dresses. These are great sleeveless or with classic three-quarter sleeves.
- The peg-top skirt is another alternative – full at the waist with small darts or pleats, and tapering narrowly to the hem.