How to dress in the 1960's mod style

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How to dress in the 1960's mod style
Black and white are typical mod colours. (stripes image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Mod fashion originated in London in the early 1960s. The style focuses on bright colours, exaggerated patterns and horizontal and vertical lines. Mod fashion stands for minimal and modern, and you can easily re-create a mod look with a few key pieces of clothing.

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Things you need

  • A-line skirts and dresses
  • 3/4-length sleeved shirts
  • Black trousers
  • Cropped jacket
  • Clunky shoes

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    Mod shirts are characterised by having 3/4-length sleeves. This can be for a blouse or a sweater. Typical colours from mod fashion are white and black, but you can incorporate bright yellow, orange and pink as well.

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    Mod dresses and skirts are A-line and either mid-thigh length or just below the knee. Go for crazy patterns or stripes with lines that pop. The miniskirt was worn to rebel against the restrictive long skirt that was so popular in the 1950s.

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    Trousers for men are classic black trousers. The perfect example of the mod look in men can be seen in the early images of The Beatles. Woman can wear fitted ankle or capri pants in a variety of bright pastel colours. Capri pants can be easily confused with culottes, which are knee-length shorts that have wide pleated legs. They give the illusion of wearing a skirt, so make sure you can see the difference.

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    Mod shoes are chunky knee- or ankle-high boots for women, that are made from patent leather. You can also try loafers or clogs. They can be worn in a variety of colours and even gold or silver metallic.

Tips and warnings

  • A great mod accessory for women is to wear acrylic dangle circle earrings in a variety of shades to match your outfit.

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