Budget Stylista: The Swinging Sixties

So maybe I’ve spent too much time catching up on the season of Mad Men, but I’m currently obsessed with the sixties. Lucky for me, my fav fashion designers are swinging to the same tune, with lots of sixty-inspired pieces flooding down the runway. Perfect for channeling my inner Peggy Olson.
I’m sure, like me, you have no desire to look like an extra on the set of Mad Men. While Banana Republic has introduced an inspired collection to do just that, the price tags associated with it are not meant for college girls on a budget. While you could wait until there’s a good sale at BR, there are lots of 60s-inspired pieces at more reasonable prices.
The Swinging Sixties are a fun decade to draw fashion inspiration from, partially because there were two distinct styles present during the time. Though the time period marks the birth of the mini-skirt, there was also a large focus on lady-like attire, inspired by Jackie O. Some of my favorite sixty-inspired pieces are peter pan collars, shift dresses and swing coats.
The key to any good retro-inspired outfit is moderation. Unless you are going to a 60s theme party, stick to one or two inspired pieces; and really, only one if you’re going for something that looks like it truly is from the 60s. Below are just a few inspired pieces to get you thinking about the sixties.

Product Details (Clockwise from top): Striped top РTopshop $76, Green scarf РRuche $18.99, Pearl Necklace РAmerican Eagle $15.34, Jackie O sunglasses РFred Flare $12, Blue shift dress РModCloth $49.99, Plaid Jacket РH&M $29.95, T-strap shoes РForever 21 $26.80, Blue tie shirt РKohls $31.20, Boucle Skirt РForever 21 $15.80

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