When you’re stuck for style inspiration, our advice is to turn to the classics for new ideas. Giving birth to the miniskirt, paisley prints and Cuban heels, the 1960s still form a great source of inspiration for designers and fashionistas alike in the present day. From mods on their Vespa’s and hippies at Woodstock to swingers in London, youngsters in the sixties started exhibiting variety in the fashion they wore, feeling the urge to express and distinguish themselves after the austerity of the 1950s. Their fashion trends sprung from a desire to be free and celebrate life, yet still often embraced charm and elegance.
When it comes to jewellery, the sixties were famous for using a lot of bright colours and geometric shapes. A lot of these trends actually found their way back onto the catwalks this spring, which is why we’ve decided to take a look at them. If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration, follow the examples of the following sixties icons and see how they wore their jewellery!
Jane Birkin – Long beaded necklaces
Beaded necklaces are the perfect festival accessory and they were a common favourite of sixties celebrities such as Janis Joplin and Jane Birkin. Renowned for her effortless style, Birkin was one of the pioneers of the Tomboy look which she elegantly combined with the style of the graceful, feminine Parisienne. Married to French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she became a true sex symbol after the release of the song “Je t’aime… moi non plus” in 1969. She tends to keep her jewellery simple, often limiting it to a single, long beaded necklace with chunky wooden beads or slim silver chains with petite pendants such as keys or hearts. Worn in combination with a messy fringe, a cashmere sweater and/or a maxi-dress, her jewellery was all about embodying the “effortlessly chic”.
Twiggy – Geometric shapes
With her blonde bob, doe-like eyes and miniskirts, teenage supermodel Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby) became the figurehead of “swinging London”, a new, colourful period of optimism and hedonism which turned Carnaby Street into the coolest destination in London. From wearing oversized glass ball earrings to asymmetrical pyramids and circles in blue, yellow and orange, Twiggy’s jewellery is characterised by bold, geometric shapes, bright colours and plastic materials, reflecting London’s lively cultural scene at the time. Her habit of mixing and matching her earrings has been copied much by designers such as Loewe and Topshop Unique at Fashion Week 2016.
The Supremes – Statement earrings
The Supremes are often overlooked for their impeccable fashion sense. Their long chandeliers dangling below chin level stood out because of their contrast with the singers’ short beehives, adding even more sparkle to their already shiny gowns covered in sequins. After years of subtle, minimalist earrings being the trend, statement jewellery has finally made a comeback this spring, meaning the Supremes’ chandeliers are back in fashion again. Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol’s tragic muse, was also a fan.
Pamela des Barres – Floral crowns
Pamela des Barres is known as the world’s most famous rock and roll groupie. Together with her girl gang The GTOs, she hung out with rock stars like Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Mick Jagger in the sixties and seventies. Not only was she a well-known face backstage, she also created clothes for many of her rock and roll friends and her own style was characterised by wearing flowing dresses with feather boas and vintage jewellery. She was the queen of wearing floral crowns, which became emblematic of the flower power generation, and are still a common favourite at festivals.
Audrey Hepburn – Glitzy diamonds
Audrey Hepburn stole the hearts of film and fashion lovers alike as Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her character Holly is obsessed with Tiffany diamonds and her multi-strand pearl and diamond necklace went down in film history as perhaps one of the most famous jewellery pieces ever. Hepburn herself actually preferred to keep her jewellery simple, although she is one of the only two women who wore one of the biggest loose diamonds known on Earth, the yellow Tiffany Diamond, for publicity photos in 1961. To imitate Hepburn’s glamorous style, opt for a glitzy tiara and a multi-stranded collar necklace worn in combination with a black evening dress.