Swinging revival

Incorporate the ’60s trend into a modern-day teen’s wardrobe, from mod and minis to hippie looks


4:42 am | Friday, May 4th, 2012

Most of today’s trends have taken inspiration from the ’60s. It’s an era also called the Swinging ’60s, because of its breaking traditions and social taboos, like sexism and racism. Women in those days opted to mix-match their pieces with other items of clothing. This introduced key pieces that are still cropping up in today’s fashion.

We’ve asked three students to try on the trend: Angelica Consulta, 17, San Beda Alabang, a theater actress of the Order of the Scarlet Thespians; Sarah Carlos, 17, from San Beda Manila, a radio DJ; and Patricia Cui, 19, De La Salle University, the batch secretary of her year level.


“Mod” was coined from the word “modernist.” The style started in London and influenced the decade’s lifestyle. It was popularized by Twiggy. To achieve the look, wear a dress two to three inches above your knees and add a belt to emphasize your waist. Opt to wear lace stockings or bright-colored opaque tights. Mary Jane platforms are a good way to make a statement.

“The look is fabulous. Preppy was the peg before and most women nowadays wear this style because the outfit is very safe and comfortable.”—Angelica Consulta

On Angelica : Yellow Dress, The Ramp Crossings; blue green Mary Jane platforms, Forever 21; silver earrings, stylist's own

Get shorty

Let us not forget to thank Mary Quant for inventing the miniskirt. Short shorts were also a hit at that time. Skirts are not limited to the thigh or being bodycon, but you can try pleated skirts, too. To balance the shortness, wear a top long enough to cover your upper body.

“I like this look best, although I don’t usually wear skirts. I’ll be able to incorporate the look whenever I hang out with friends and have a nice time.”—Sarah Carlos

Classic androgyny

Women started wearing pantsuits and styles originally for men, later popularized in the ’70s by Diane Keaton for “Annie Hall.” Invest in a good tailored blazer, double-breasted or not. Add fun touches to the look by opting for colored pants.

Hippie beginnings

On Sarah: Purple oversized shirt and grey leggings, all from Giordano; pink headband (used as a belt), Kandi Treats; black Mary Jane platforms, Forever 21

Bell-bottoms were a hit in the mid-’60’s, an alternative look to the capri and cuffed pants. To get the hippie vibe, use an oversized sheer polo and accessorize a lot.

“I love how the outfit was put together! The combination of colors and patterns gave  the outfit a vintage touch, yet it still has that modern, youthful vibe. The pieces used were very classic, but were paired with modern ones, as well, which made it even more interesting.”—Patricia Cui

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