How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – 60s Pants

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HSWI September 2014

The 60s were the heyday of mod style and mini skirts. But while the mod and mini movements are iconic and still looked back on as inspiration for today, people seem to forget the evolution of women’s pants that went down in the late 60s. Before the 60s ladies had trousers, riding pants, and what we would call today ‘mommy-jeans’. But the hippies and their love of flowing fabrics needed something a little more freeing and a little more fun, and two incredibly popular styles exploded onto the fashion scene; the ever-trendy bell bottom jeans and wide leg trousers.

How She'd Wear It with Style and Cheek - Bell Bottoms 60s Pants

1. TOPSHOP Faux Fur Collar Bomber Jacket

2. Lead Charm & Tassel Bracelet

3. Elizabeth And James Torrens Pinky Ring

4. Dean Davidson Castle Ring in Moonstone/Gold

5. Pour La Victoire Elie Mini Cross Body Bag – Pearl Multi

6. Wildfox ‘Luna’ 58mm Sunglasses

7. Heather Hawkins Braid Lariat Necklace

8. Frame Denim Le High Flare High-Rise Jeans

9. J.Crew Popover In Liberty Mixed Floral

10. B-Low The Belt Baby Bell Bottom Belt

11. ModCloth 60s Currant Scones Heel

So much of this outfit screams 60s from the bell bottoms and round buckle belt to the paisley printed peasant blouse and round sunglasses, and yet the look feels relevant for today. The bell bottoms and peasant blouse are obvious old school staples, but I chose to glam up this outfit with a lot of shine and glitz, which makes it more versatile and a little more timeless. Shiny glittery pieces will work in any era. While I chose to go overboard in styling with the furry coat and star and moon sunglasses, you could easily change the vibe by wearing booties and a peacoat.

How She'd Wear It with Style and Cheek - Wide leg trousers 60s Pants

1. MANGO Leopard Faux Fur Coat

2. Kate Spade New York Embossed Croc Metro Watch – Deep Caramel

3. Hinge ‘Ofcourse’ Bootie

4. Moorea Seal Etoile Studs

5. Natasha Couture ‘Jessi’s Bavarian Oblong’ Scarf

6. Tory Burch Fern Stretch-Wool Crepe Culottes

7. J.Crew Collection Cashmere Tunic

8. Labonia Leather Driving Gloves

9. Furla Candy Medium Satchel in Ink

This outfit is a mishmash of early 60s conservative and late 60s crazy. The wide leg trousers and animal print coat are almost early disco style pieces that continued into the 70s, while the structured bag and boat neck style sweater feel very specific to the 60s. Jewelry wasn’t piled on then like it is today but a slim watch and accessories such as gloves and scarves were important in a woman’s wardrobe. It isn’t quite cold enough for gloves but I couldn’t help but add the leather driving gloves after coming across this photo of a woman wearing a fur coat and short leather gloves and 60s hair with straight bangs. It looked incredibly chic.

– Julia of Style and Cheek