Spring 2013 Trend: It’s A Mod Mod World

April 2, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Trends


I remember being in high school and wearing a frilly white blouse with army pants (hey, it was the 80’s) and someone asking me if I was ‘a mod.’ I had no idea what a mod was. Now I do, but it dawns on me many might not. The term ‘mod’ is short for ‘modernist.’ The mod lifestyle originated in London in the early 1960s and was considered a movement, not just a fashion trend like it is today. The movement really developed with teenagers who wanted to look different than their parents so they adopted a style of bold, bright fashions in a-line shifts and streamlined clothing often with big graphic prints. If you look back to when the Beatles first began and how they dressed (whose music was also popular with mods)…you pretty much have the picture. By about 1967 the mod movement died and was replaced by the hippie culture. The mod style has been revived many seasons since then and guess what? It’s back in a big way for Spring ’13.

Many Spring ’13 RTW runways gave a nod to 60’s mod by showcasing bold graphic prints and retro shapes including; Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Lisa Perry (whose entire aesthetic is consistently mod). Here are some mod picks we found for you should you want to try this style:

1. Quay Black & White Square Sunglasses, $41.56

2. Lisa Perry Symmetrical Circle Dress, $795

3. Rue du Mail Double Buckle Shirtdress, $1850

4. Michael Kors Ribbed Wool Sweater, $895, Crepe Circle-Pocket Skirt, $695, and Patent Oval-Buckle Belt, $425

5. Alice + Olivia Cady Cuff Shorts, $165

6. Pierre Hardy Color-block Suede Shoulder Bag, $795

7. Lisa Perry Moonstone Dress, $795

8. Christian Louboutin Dufoura, $1,195

9. Giulietta Stretch-silk Crepe and Georgette Dress, $1625

10. Nanette Lepore Piped Long Duster Coat in Sunshine/Black, $548


– Lauren Dimet Waters

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