As I prepare for my senior fashion show, I can’t help but be inspired by all the ’60s influences in the collections of my peers. The ’60s were a fashion era I had always pushed aside, preferring its gloomier younger sibling that was the ’70s. Why had I been fighting against ’60s fashion this whole time? I adore Twiggy, spent hours as a child pretending to be an astronaut in cardboard space ships and 1967′s The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Disney films. Thankfully I’ve been surrounded by so much metallic leather in ’60s silhouettes recently that it’s impossible not to obsess over this fashionable decade.
This week’s Fashionista caught my eye by combining ’60s bluntness with the carefree vibe which I love about the ’70s. This Fashionista chooses Twiggy appropriate sunglasses and pairs them with black animal print worthy of The Jungle Book‘s black panther, Bagheera. Although the rest of her ensemble stays truer to the ’70s, her choice in a monochromatic grayscale color palette keeps her look sharp enough to satisfy the ’60s. I like that her skirt combined the ’70s maxi skirt with the contrasting mini of the ’60s. Sheer maxis over minis is a gorgeous way to stay cool and add depth to your spring looks — a far better option than the shorts you’re probably gravitating towards.
This skirt from Pitusa (a personal favorite), gives the same maxi over mini look this Fashionista rocked. I’d go with the cream and coral option; the color combination is one of my favorites on tan skin and the eyelet fabric maintains the ’60s/’70s vibe this week’s Fashionista exuded. If you prefer this Fashionista’s choice in a sheer chiffon style, keep an eye on Pitusa’s website for their new chiffon inca skirts! I adore a monochromatic style so I’d recommend channeling your own favorite scale — I’m going with cream and coral. Oversized T-shirts provide fun choices in styling; I’d wear this cream style a few sizes too big and knotted on the side. Don’t be afraid to play with color even when you’re limiting yourself to a scale. I’d keep this look playful with a neon bralette peaking out from under my T-shirt. Throw on these kicks and sunglasses to make Twiggy proud. If you get cold, find a ’60s/’70s afghan blanket and make it your new favorite scarf.
For more inspiration, ask your parents to recommend some sixties movies. Valley of the Dolls is one of my guilty pleasures! If animal print isn’t your thing, watch The Graduate; Mrs. Robinson will change your mind with metallic sheer jungle prints. Still need some inspiration? Find your mom’s high school yearbooks, then find her high school wardrobe.