What to Wear: 1960s Version

One of my favorite things about writing 1960s era fiction (Stories That Bind Us is set in 1963 and All Manner of Things in 1967) is all the fun fashion!

Here I’ve compiled some fun ideas! Which is your favorite?

Grab a pair of flared jeans (or bell bottoms if you’ve got them) and pair them with a button up shirt. Extra points if you use a scarf or tie as a belt. Throw on some ankle boots or strappy sandals and you’re all set!

Guess what! Palazzo pants are back! They go great with a fitted top (the simpler, the better) and some fun jewelry. This look is great with those strappy sandals.

Fellas! Plaid shirts (both long sleeve and short) are very 1960s. Bonus points if you go for a floral print or some fun paisleys. These looks have been EVERYWHERE the past few years.

Boots! Boots! BOOTS! Tall, short, high heeled, or flat. Boots were super groovy. Wear them with a shift dress or mini skirt (if you dare) and you’re on your way to fabulous 60s style!

Grab the shirt you tie dyed at camp. Pair it with a pair of bell bottoms and some groovy sideburns for a great Joe Cocker Woodstock look.

Tap into some flower power! Funky florals were everywhere in the 1960s. The wilder the better!

Go bold! Geometric patterns and strong lines were a big part of the mod fad of the 1960s. Go with a sold tight (bonus points for a bright color) and flats and you’ve got the look down!

Guys! I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but if you figure it out, more power to ya! I’ll for sure give you a double entry if you sport that faux fur vest up there.

Ladies, most of us have at least one shift dress. It can be patterned or solid, sleeveless or whatever. Pair it with a string of pearls (long or choker length) and a pair of flats or those go-go boots and you’re all set!

Keep it casual and go for some fun colored jeans! Wear them with a striped or floral top and a pair of canvas sneakers to look neato!

Or you could just go with the hippie look which is…well….kind of hard to define. Just throw some clothes on, paint a flower on your face, wear your hair long and call it good.

Or, if all else fails, grab some aluminum foil and come ready to blast off into space!

I’d really love to see you at the release party this Thursday, even if you don’t dress up. Be sure to bring your friends and be ready for a great time!

3 Comments on “What to Wear: 1960s Version

  1. I was a teen in the 60’s! So most of the above! I had colored jeans and a floral short sleeved top. I also made a lot of things like sheaths and mini dresses. Nancy Sinatra is the one in boots! “ These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ “ was her song!
    Your new book amazes me with the nostalgia contained in it!


  2. I am 3/4 of the way through Stories That Bind Us. I grew up in the era in the book. I was born in 1950 and I’m enjoying the accurate depiction of life then-including watching Ed Sullivan every Sunday night. Some of the chapters have been difficult because they touch a memory of similar experiences I had helping my sister deal with alcoholism. I drove her to Pine Rest for treatment and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do when I left her there. I am looking forward to Clara’s recovery-at least I’m hoping for her recovery. I’m also enjoying the setting-in Michigan and familar places.


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