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Early 1960's Fashion Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Statesboro, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    Patrick McGoohan. (Not widely known: though McGoohan was raised in Ireland and Britain, he was actually born in the US.)

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  2. comrade

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    This thread desperately needs a moderator.
    Is it about "Mod" syles or 60s style trends.
    If the latter, then the Ivy League Style must be included,
    as it was the dominant influence at least in
    Nortrh America

    http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/Sport-Coats/
     
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  3. spectre

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    I had hoped it would encompass all styles from the 60s - more business outfits than pure mod, but certainly Ivy League. Can't reflect on the glory that was the 60s without that, especially as there seems to be a slow return to that era after too many years of too wide lapels and too much Neapolitan worship IMO.
    Of course I have been guilty of that too but I am getting thoroughly sick of it all. Need the sleeker look (obviously not the current hideous shrunken designer version) back again.
    I got a fabulous navy wool bomber jacket from O'Connell's last year.
     
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  4. Thin White Duke

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    You may be a kindred spirit to me Spectre.
    Every time someone posts a picture in Saturday Nigh Fever lapels you can bet the farm that there will be a storm of compliments.
    I'm no fan of one inch lapels but who made the SF rule that wingspan lapels are objectively good and 'slim' lapels get little to no appreciation?

    Anyway IMO the early sixties Mod look (perhaps those early shots of Michael Caine are among the best examples in this thread so far) is the epitome of great style.

    Check out my blog, the theme of which is being influenced by the Mod style but not enslaved by it.
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    TWD, I enjoy your blog. Good insights.
     
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    Shawl cardigans can only be photographed with exposed penises. Apparently.
     
  7. MATEMALE

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    Strange that I didn´t see any Thomas Crown Affair picture in this thread. It was a reference to mods back in the 60´s!!
     
  8. spectre

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    Super blog TWD!

    And yes, Steve McQueen was very underrated as a more formal icon. Whether in The Thomas Crown Affair or in the shot above with Garner and Coburn, he really knew how to pull off the look.

    He wore a suit as well as anyone and IMO looks the best of the trio.

    He and Michael Caine were probably the coolest two guys on the planet in that era.
     
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    I know I'm bashing this a bit to keep this thread active but I believe there is some logic attached.

    Wide lapels clearly give off a horizontal appearance as you subconsciously look for a split second from side to side to take it in while slimmer lapels give a vertical impression, adding to height (which I need).

    The wider the lapel the more "squarer" you look I think.
     
  11. Thin White Duke

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    For me, I love the Mod look for two main reasons. First - there's a framework that can help you put together oufits that can take you from the beach to the board room with the confidence that you'll look appropriate and smart (and cool!). Second, if modern menswear began around a hundred years ago, since then there have been experiments with single and double breasted, one, two, three and four buttons, wide and narrow lapels and hems, two piece and three piece etc but the whole set of permutations reached its absolute zenith IMO in the period around 1958 to 1965. This includes, not by accident, Cary Grant in NXNW, Connery's first few outings as Bond, and Michael Caine in Alfie. A couple of years later came the Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and the Italian Job (1969).
    And besides all this, at six feet one tall the hard three button slim cut jacket is the best for me when done right!
     
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    Agree with you. Mods basically tried to immitate part of that look. Immitate and part. Some of them with more success than others.
     
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    Agree with you. Mods basically tried to immitate part of that look. "Immitate" and "part". Some of them with more success than others.

    Indeed, Mods had two basic influences: 60´s italian sartoria and certain Hollywood stars (Mcqueen, Cain...; specially, Mcqueen - i.e he made popular for mods the chukkas, the harringtons, the turtlenecks...). There are many interesting sites in the net regarding the mod style and its influences: you can hear there from the original 60´s mods what were they looking at.
     
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  14. spectre

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    If you want 2800 minutes of early to mid sixties awesomeness on film in 47 hour long movies get the Edgar Wallace anthology from Amazon UK (about $100) or US possibly.

    The series was made from about 1960-65 in black and white but the sound and picture quality is excellent, as are the clothes and being transported back to that era is very pleasant.

    In it are people before they became stars such as Michael Caine and Avengers duo Diana Rigg and Patrick Magee
     
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    This is a long dormant thread but I just caught a few episodes of Car 54 Where Are You (1961-1963) on the Decades channel and I can hardly believe what a sharp dresser Fred Gwynne was.
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