1960s Fashion: The Women Who Made The Decade Achingly Cool

1960s Fashion: The Women Who Made The Decade Achingly Cool
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1960s fashion has long stood as one of the most noteworthy sartorial decades in history, and we've charted the famous faces who helped make it so iconic with their unique and fresh style

1960s fashion has undoubtedly helped revolutionise the industry to make it the diverse place that is is today. 

After the seriously prim '50s, the 1960s saw both women and men embrace fashion like never before. For us gals, sleeves were volumised, hemlines shortened and dresses were loosened, veering away from the nipped in waist and fitted bodice that defined the fashion of the decades before it. 

Being the era that launched the original troupe of It girls and arguably the female sexual awakening, the 60s was definitely all about the ladies, and that shows in its fashion. 

Colours became more vibrant and clashy, and we embraced print like never before — from psychedelic florals to ornate paisley, print came in many guises but as long as it was an OTT pattern, it was in.

Of course, the change wouldn't have been sparked if it wasn't for the designers and the top celebrities of the day embracing the new era with open arms. Once Mary Quant invented the mini skirt, there was never going to be the option of going back...

Starlets of the 1960s helped spearhead the revolution, with the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy, Raquel Welch and Francoise Hardy leading the way. From shaggy knitwear and taper trousers to blouson dresses and embroidered shirts, each star had her own unique take on the era's hottest trends.

So, to honour what really was the swinging Sixties, we pay homage to the ladies who defined its mood in our edit of the biggest and best fashionistas of the day. After all, they're still a pretty HUGE source of inspo for fashion today...  

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