1960’s/1970’s purple hot pants

There’s a song from the 1960’s that asks the question, “Who wears short shorts?”  Many a fashion-forward female from the mid-60’s through early 70’s did!  It’s hard to imagine now, but miniskirts and hot pants were completely revolutionary and scandalous when they were introduced in the mid-1960’s, riding the tide of sweeping social change along with see-through dresses made of vinyl, disposable paper fashion, and swimsuits that happened to be missing the top.  Mary Quant, who gave us the miniskirt, is credited with designing early hot pants.  The style of these very short shorts went through its own evolution – at first, they weren’t as short as they would eventually get, and the fabrics changed over time.  A pair of hot pants like these, made of leather, in a bright hue of purple, and with conspicuous white contrasting stitches would most likely be paired with white knee boots, although a big-soled shoe would not be out of the question.  Emphasizing the smallness and youthfulness of the body was the name of the game!   Click here for more views and sizing information.


Shiny blue 1960’s men’s suit

While many stylish 60’s clothes come through Monster Vintage and many of them remind us of Mad Men, this is the first time a suit has so clearly spoken the name of the character Pete Campbell.  His character routinely wears blue throughout the show, especially in the early seasons, and it’s easy to see why: This is a beautiful color.   It’s a sapphire blue with a faint black contrast, yet it has a sheen in the light.  The cut is relaxed and roomy in the jacket, with cuffs at the ankles on the pants.  Made by Alton Ames Clothes of Distinction and sold by Foreman and Clark, purveyors of fine men’s suits.   Click here for more views and sizing details.


1960’s tapered-leg men’s plaid check pants

Because fashion colors come and go in so many combinations, we present these light blue pants with a plaid-contrast of dark brown and gold.  All three of these colors are back on the fashion magazine pages in varying combinations and often in big areas of color, but these pants show that you can get a surprising harmony when you put them all together, like friends or neighbors.  Click here for sizing and more views!




1960’s blue shift dress with white ruffle

Innocent?  Breezy?  Cool?  Demure?  These are words that came to mind when I saw this classic mid-sixties hand-sewn shift dress with white ruffle at the neckline.  I imagined someone standing at a backyard barbecue with family and neighbors, maybe sipping lemonade, maybe exchanging coy glances with somebody from school.  It’s possible I’m remembering an episode of The Wonder Years.  See for yourself what led to such a clear mental picture!  Click here for more views and sizing information.


1960’s pink, white, yellow print dress

A big part of keeping cool in the summer is to wear light colors so as not to absorb the heat.  We all know that.  But many people love these “ice cream pastels”, more vivid than timid Easter colors, in the warm months of the year.  After about 1967, it became very popular to wear these colors, but really:  Does pink ever go out of style, if you’re a person who loves pink?  In every decade, you see them mixing pink with at least one color and the combination, in our opinion, is almost always beautiful.  And so it is with this dress.   Look at it!  If you like pink and yellow, this may be right up your alley.  Not one but two shades of pink next to a goldish yellow, adding lots of visual interest to a very simple and classic cut of dress.  Click here for more views and sizing information.

1960’s hand-sewn brown lattice and flower skirt

This understated print cotton skirt has an even but eye-catching pattern of lattices and small white flowers.  The waistband is neither wide nor narrow, measuring about one inch, and the skirt flows out and down gracefully from the waist in pleats.  Great for spring, summer, or even fall, before the cold weather sets in!  Click here for more views and sizing information.

Blue & white 1960’s checked pencil skirt

I think we have another Mad Men style here!  I’m thinking it looks like Peggy Olson, post-makeover.    Unlike other more traditional plaid and tartan prints, this is a zippy geometric grid check in fresh colors.  Let this skirt say that you’re efficient, capable, and have a great eye.  Click here for more views and details.