Vintage Vantage: It’s A 1960s Holiday

Fountain of 30

November 19, 2012 • Magazine, Vintage

It’s holiday time – and that means it’s time to curate a whole new wardrobe for all the fabulous fetes you’ll no doubt be attending. There is plenty of room for glitz, glamour and endless sequined cocktail dresses, but there is something to be said for minimalism, which is the look I’ll be going for this holiday season. In my opinion, there’s no better decade for modern, minimalist inspiration than the 1960s – home of the shift, the statement bauble and sleek, clean lines from top to bottom. To help cultivate the ideal wardrobe for your winter festivities, I’ve looked to a handful of top designers to see how they’re interpreting the mod look for 2012.

1. Giambattisa Valli Metallic Patchwork Jacquard and Matelassé Shift Dress, now $1114.50

This metallic patchwork Giambattista Valli dress is the perfect 60s-inspired go-to for any holiday party. It’s shimmery colorblocking is at once elegant and modern, featuring classic mod inspiration in updated patterns and gorgeous designs. Channel your inner Twiggy and keep your makeup, shoes and jewelry simple – this dress is all the impact you need.

2. Chloe Tweed Shift Dress, $1675

The self-described retro silhouette of this stunning Chloe dress couldn’t be more perfect for a chic holiday gathering. Featuring a trippy chevron print in simple black and white, you won’t even need accessories. This gorgeous, flattering dress will work on anyone – AND it has pockets. What more could you want?

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Clark Twill Dress, now $165

What I love about this Marc by Marc Jacobs red twill shift is its sexy effortlessness. It’s fun, it’s seductive and it speaks to the frivolity of the 1960s, when people were focusing on art, creativity, exploration and having a good time. When it comes to the holidays you can’t go wrong with a red cocktail dress – and I don’t think there’s anything sexier than a dress with sleeves. The material’s flounce is flattering, and the simplicity of the shape will allow for fun detailing like a smoky cat eye, or bouffant up-do.

4. BCBG Colorblock Suede Envelope Clutch, $118

I love an envelope clutch. Mostly because it’s so huge, and it’s very difficult for me to travel anywhere with less than two bags, but also because I love the clean lines, the mod inspiration. This gorgeous bag from BCBG packs a one-two punch: a bright pop of red, perfect for celebrating the holidays, with the sleek modernism of its uber-boxy shape. Its two-tone texture amps up the design, making it the perfect timeless evening bag for any girl on the go.

5. Kate Spade Lewitt Squares Ring, $75

Not only is this gorgeous ring inspired by one of my favorite artists, Sol LeWitt – an artist who came to fame in the 60s and was a known fan of minimalism – but its gorgeous shape and distinct colorblocking make it the perfect statement cocktail ring to complement any of your new shift dresses. The simplest way to let your accessories truly stand out is to let them speak for themselves, without excess clutter. There’s a lightness, an ease to 60s minimalism that inspires frivolity and whimsicality. This ring achieves both – a perfect piece for a fete.

– Amanda Aldinger

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