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'60s-Inspired Trend For Fall

Fall 2011 Breakdown: How to Channel the Swinging '60s

Among all the polished looks we saw on the Fall runways, one of our favorite major trends was '60s-era elegance; subtle yet chic, it has proven to be a lasting look for the season. Whether you go for a Mad Men-esque, sexy secretary look, or want to channel the vibrant party girl pizzazz of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, it's an easy vibe to emanate. For the ultimate in go-go girl glamour, just check out Karlie Kloss for Vogue Japan — a short, sexy silhouette, bold patterns, and a wide-brimmed hat are easy ways to achieve this look. Here are our key takeaways:

  • Just because it's Fall, doesn't mean you need to shy away from color. Tuck a plain white blouse into a pink and orange tweed skirt, or liven up a black dress with a pair of bright red Mary Janes.
  • It's all about the silhouette: work a knee-length pencil skirt or ankle-grazing trouser for the office, and show some skin come nightfall in a short, sexy shift dress.
  • Don't go overboard; you don't want to look like you're wearing a costume. Pick one retro-feeling piece, and work it into your otherwise modern ensemble. A pussy-bow blouse looks floaty and chic with a pair of high-waisted jeans, and you can never go wrong with a simple A-line coat and skinnies.

Click through to see our complete breakdown of the retro trend and shop essential pieces now.

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