Has anybody seen the drama series Mrs Biggs starring the eye-catching Sheridan Smith – the story of the wife of the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs? Well I am addicted and was shocked when my boyfriend agreed to watch it with me, never mind also buy me the DVD so I can watch it more!! Where is this going you ask? I could talk about my obsession with it all day, but from it I have gained a new passion for the fashion trends of the 1960s.
I am in love, of course, with the 1960s styles for women. I think it is clear to see that women’s fashion trends from the past decades have rotated many times and the classic pieces never go away. I also think that this is beginning to trend with men and this is especially evident with brands such as Anerkjendt which resemble the sixties’ style with the quirky and edgy designs.
My inspiration to write this blog for men’s 1960 fashion trends arose when my boyfriend brought new light to my opinion of his sense of style by uttering the words “I wish men could pull off that look nowadays!” A complete shock from a modern dressed man!!
After another watch of the entire series of Mrs Biggs and a browse through the Mainline Menswear site I reached the conclusion that there are some classic gems out there to enable you to dress in the style of a 1960s man. I set out and put it to the test on my extremely willing boyfriend and dressed him in both a casual and smart outfit in the style of the 1960s era. My task was made easier having classic Wayfarer Ray Ban sunglasses and Brogue shoes to play with because they don’t seem to have disappeared since the original 1960s!
My boyfriend said he felt (and I thought he looked) like he had gone back in time wearing the smart outfit I selected of drain pipe twill Anerkjendt trousers with a bright crisp white Ted Baker shirt under a tailored black Pretty Green blazer jacket, teamed with smart Oliver Sweeny black leather Brogues and a pair of classy gunmetal Ray Ban shades. What a transformation! I was even surprised how great he looked in the casual outfit which carried over the use of the drain pipe trousers, this time worn with a casual twill Anerkjendt shirt, bulky tan leather Oliver Sweeny Brogues and accessorised with a classic pair of tortoise Wayfarer Ray Ban sunglasses.
The sixties was a decade which provided people with a new lease of life – experimenting new things, and in the case of fashion, it was less formal and easy wearing with a slightly more laid back approach to styling. Although it was still quite formal compared with today’s modern trends, I, and I think my boyfriend would agree, that injecting a sense of class and elegance into this current casual modern day era promotes confidence to all men, who like my boyfriend, may be curious about wearing quirky, vintage inspired styles and creating a unique look.
P.S Don’t forget that some of the most well-known fashion icons of the 1960s were the likes of The Beatles! They also rocked the turtle neck knit jumper and blazer jacket ensemble (similar to the image from Mrs Biggs above). Try it!