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1960s – Eras of inspiration

by | 16 September 2017 | Inspiration

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Eras of inspiration

The 1960s arrived with freedom. From women’s rights and civil rights to the sexual revolution, this era was all about expression, and its feel good vibes are the perfect mood to channel for your wedding day.

The breezy bride

The 60s was inspired by a culture shift, with the trends reflecting this new found society. Silhouettes were loose and free flowing, with fun details that provided plenty of personality. Look to unstructured baby doll wedding dresses with shorter hemlines made from fabrics such as lace, taffeta and silk. Shift dresses will bring a more formal feel to your bridal gown, but if you still want to go floor length, take your cue from the era’s simple column dresses with an empire line.

A 1960s treat for the feet

The women of the 60s wanted comfort. Fed up of the constraints of historical fashion, they demanded flatter shoes that were easy to wear. Dolly style Mary Janes are perfect for the period, modernise yours and choose some with heels if you want some extra height. The dancing shoes of the 20s and 30s also came back into fashion in the 60s, so they’re a great choice for your wedding day footwear.

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Big glamour

Make a statement with some 60s inspired beauty. Big hair and bold makeup is a must, whether it’s the beehive styles of the early 60s, or the simple bobs of the later years. Black eyeliner flicks and big lashes are called for when it comes to makeup – it’s all about the eyes for your big day.

Eyeliner and lashes - 1960s

Eyeliner and lashes – 1960s

Retro bridesmaids

In the age of the mini skirt, short bridesmaids dresses are definitely the way to go. A-lines and mini shifts are the perfect silhouette, while colour palettes should be vibrant. Pastels will channel the early 60s while jewel tones will nod to the latter years.

Image courtesy of Bell Street Photography

Image courtesy of Bell Street Photography

Spruce groom

There’s nothing snappier than a 60s groom. Go for mod styling with slim suits, ankle grazing trousers and dapper style details, or give it some rebellious biker style with a leather jacket. Channel the era’s artsy vibe with Warhol-inspired beatnik minimal – swap your shirt for a roll neck, or perhaps even a Breton tee if you’re planning a casual beach or countryside wedding. If you’re more about the debonair details, go all out suave and think Sean Connery’s Bond in a slick suit with a dicky bow and a floral button hole.

Riding in style

Nothing spells the 60s like the scooter. Hire a set of scooters for your groomsmen, or find a cute 60s car such as a vintage Fiat 600 to whisk you away at the end of the night. Alternatively, go for some old school splendour in a classic such as an Aston Martin DB5 – it’ll add fuel to those Bond vibes, ejector seat permitting…

Aston Martin DB5 1960s

Signs of the 60s

Brighten up your colour palette with some 60s style decor. The prevailing flower was most certainly the daisy, but think big with oversized blooms such as dahlias and gerberas for your centre pieces and bouquets. Look to graphic patterns for the tablecloths, and vintage props such as vinyl records, old suitcases, record players and telephones.

Are you all for the excitement of the 1960s? We think it’s the perfect vibe to bring to your wedding, but let us know what you think of the theme in the comments box below…

About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as and Debenhams.


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