When I sewed my Red Floral 1940’s dress recently, I sort of knew I was pushing my usual personal style boundaries. I had never tried a genuine forties silhouette on me, but I thought it might suit my figure – and it did. But did it suit my personality? Not really.
I am sure I could pull off this style under the security of black, but a dainty floral in fire engine red is another story! Why then can I feel confident and at ease in an equally vibrant colour – my Fuschia Brocade 60’s Shift?
It is because the 1960’s are “my decade”!
Although my look is generally modern, I have always had an affinity for the sixties and it has influenced my dress sense ever since I can remember. My mini skirt days are over, but I still regularly wear skinny ribs, shift dresses, tights, boots, A-lines, skinny pants, pinafores, geometric prints and architectural details…sometimes all together!
That’s not to say I don’t like any other decade – I do! I love 50’s full skirts and cardigans, adore 20’s flapper dresses, and much more. But over the years, whatever tangent I take off on, I keep coming back to sixties style for some reason.
Is there a particular era that you frequently reference in your wardrobe – one that really suits your style aesthetic? Are you a fifties fan, or do you have a seventies sensibility, or are you mad for anything modern? What’s your decade?
|All illustrations in this post are from
“Fashion Illustration 1930 to 1970” (Marnie Fogg, 2010, Batsford, London)
It is a beautiful book – lay your hands on it if you can!