A/W Trends - The Swinging Sixties

Back in spring the fashion world dictated what we should be wearing as the nights draw in and Autumn descends.  As hesitant as I am that anyone should dictate what I should or shouldn't wear, I have to say that this year I am delighted!

The Sixties are back - and my God have the fashion houses bought back mini skirts and knee high boots in style!

Left to Right: Betsey Johnson, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Miu Miu, Tory Burch

I have always loved the Sixties. Twiggy's iconic image lined the walls of my university digs and I have spent many an hour swaying to The Velvet Underground and 13th Floor Elevators.  Even now, I spend my work hours trying to contain the seat-giggling as The Beatle's blast through my headphones.

Yes - I love the Sixties - short skirts, high boots, bouffant hair, and extravagant eyes ... what isn't to love?  

Unfortunately, Sixties fashion doesn't always love me.  Boxy shift dresses hide my curves and finding knee-high boots that fit over chunky calves can be troublesome to say the least.  High necklines make my boobs looker bigger - a department I really don't need any help with - and polo necks make my head look like its floating above a sea of knitwear.  

But I've never been one to back down from a challenge and I'm determined to make this season's 60s revival work for me and my curves - and it seems the high street has the same idea! 

Clockwise from top left: Check collarless coat, Next; Kelly Brook Texture Dress, Simply Be; Odette Flocked Fabric Boxy Shell Top, Boohoo.com; Asta Knee-high stiletto boot, Duo; Navy and Black Check Skirt, Dorothy Perkins; T-Shirt in Mono Photographic Floral, ASOS Curve.

Kelly Brook's new range for Simply Be ticks all the right buttons.  Her Texture dress in monochrome gives a perfect nod to the 60s with its mini skirt and rounded neckline and the cinched in waist means your figure won't be swamped.  Pair sleek hair, stacked heels, and a smokey eye for real 60s sophistication.  Even better - this dress goes to a size 24.

High on my A/W wish list is the navy and black check mini skirt by Dorothy Perkins.  I can't wait to prance about the office in this flirty little skirt paired with opaque tights, knee-high boots and a sheer white shirt.  The skirt is a steal at only £18 and ranges from size 6 - 22. 

Port zip front crepe dress, Wallis

Another piece that is soon to be hitting my wardrobe is this port shift with zip detailing from Wallis.   the simple shape is the perfect nod to the sixties but the v-neck means my chest won't dominate the day.  It's a truly versatile piece and will look great in the office with dark tights and boots or with bare legs and court shoes for evenings.  I'll keep my hair simple and sleeked back in a high-pony tail and wear slim, chandelier earrings to lengthen my neck and give myself a long, sleek silhouette.  
I'll post pictures of myself in this dress as soon as it arrives so be sure to check back! 
As for 60's styling in pieces I already own ... well, this week I'll be channelling my inner Twiggy (with curves) and showcasing outfits that hit this trend in every possible way. 

Don't forget to check back.

C x