Your Complete Guide To Mod Style









The Swinging Sixties are a touchstone for designers—remember Marc Jacobs’ black-and-white mod S/S 13 collection? And Marni’s ‘60s-influenced F/W 13 show? This time around, there’s a noticeable breath of fresh air on the runways when it comes to the mod trend. From an oversized, geometric solo earring shown at Saint Laurent to Miu Miu’s nuts-and-bolts Mary Jane heels and Tom Ford’s clever cheetah-print and fishnet tights combination, we’re swooning over all the fresh ways to dress mod this season. As such, we assembled a guide to help you understand and achieve this look.

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    Mod Style Icons: Mary Quant

    Mary Quant
    PHOTO: Keystone/Getty Images
    Alongside The Beatles, fashion designer Mary Quant is cited as the driving force behind the birth of the mod (or Chelsea) movement in London, and most importantly, creating the miniskirt. 
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    Twiggy

    Twiggy
    PHOTO: Keystone/Getty Images
    We all know the face: the painted eyelashes, doe eyes, and blonde bob. Perhaps one of the most recognizable models of all time, and the epitome of that era’s London look, Twiggy never fails to top our list of inspiring fashion icons.
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    Jean Shrimpton

    Jean Shrimpton
    PHOTO: Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images
    Nicknamed “The Shrimp,” the English beauty was often photographed by her photographer beau David Bailey (also a noteworthy name of the time), and quickly became a poster child of the Youthquake scene. 
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    Penelope Tree

    Penelope Tree
    PHOTO: Pictorial Parade/Getty Images
    With an otherworldly face and an insanely cool blunt haircut, Tree was discovered at Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball dressed in a barely-there dress by Vivienne Westwood. She was called “America’s answer to Twiggy,” and her educated approach to fashion and modeling makes her one of our favorite characters from the mod era.
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    Edie Sedgwick

    Edie Sedgwick
    PHOTO: Getty Images
    Celebrated in the 2006 film,Factory Girl, which starred Sienna Miller, Sedgwick had a style that differed slightly from her English counterparts’ as she was a regular at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York. Recognized for her silvery-blonde pixie cut, thick eyeliner, and chandelier earrings, Sedgwick personified the free-spirited, youthful mood of the era.   
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    Contemporary Mod Style Icons: Alexa Chung

    Alexa Chung
    EXPLORE: celebrity style
    PHOTO: Ben Pruchnie/FilmMagic
    We’ve had a longtime crush on this stylish Brit, and for good reason. Her knack for effortlessly layering some of the best mod staples like shift dresses and miniskirts leave us continuously inspired. Bonus? She can rock a cat-eye like no one’s business.
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    Tavi Gevinson

    Tavi Gevinson
    EXPLORE: celebrity style
    PHOTO: Jeff Vespa/WireImage
    Rookie’s editor-in-chief never ceases to impress us with her intelligent and intellectual interpretation of fashion. Though it’s clear she draws influences from multiple decades by the way she mixes and matches her look, we love how her outfits always hinge on mod.
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    Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor

    Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor
    EXPLORE: celebrity style
    PHOTO: Michel Dufour/WireImage
    With serious rock ‘n’ roll genes (her dad is John Taylor of Duran Duran) and an equally cool upbringing split between Los Angeles and New York, this 22-year-old English-born model and DJ flawlessly amplifies the mod look’s sex appeal via thigh-high socks, miniskirts, and the occasional checker print. 
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    Tennessee Thomas

    Tennessee Thomas
    PHOTO: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com
    If you don’t know Thomas, take note! We adore how the drummer experiments with contrasting Peter Pan collars, Mary Jane flats, and minidresses. 
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    Suki Waterhouse

    Suki Waterhouse
    PHOTO: Mark Robert Milan/GC Images
    You’ve no doubt heard of Waterhouse. With her signature pouty lip, enviable blonde bangs, and contagious, youthful personality, she embodies the Twiggy model mold in every way. For a complete breakdown of her style, click here.
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    F/W 14 Mod Runways: Valentino

    Valentino
    EXPLORE: runway
    Strong ‘60s influences were seen at Valentino by way of Pop Art prints, collared dresses, and knee-high patent leather boots.
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    Louis Vuitton

    Louis Vuitton
    EXPLORE: runway
    We admittedly can’t stop drooling over the Petite Malle bag shown on Louis Vuitton’s fall runway, but beyond that, we were left totally inspired by Creative Director Nicholas Ghesquière’s ‘60s-influenced collection, which included quilted minis, red-lens sunglasses, and rounded eyelet collars.  
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    Carven

    Carven
    Though the collection overall felt more ‘40s than ‘60s, Carven showed a cropped cheetah-print coat featuring an Italian shoulder, oversized belt, and short hemline. We can totally picture Edie Sedgwick wearing it over a black leotard.
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    Gucci

    Gucci
    EXPLORE: runway
    If you’re searching for a dose of mod sophistication to add to your fall wardrobe, look no further than Gucci’s fall runway. Designer Frida Giannini showed double-breasted coats, leather-collar shift dresses,toggle embellishments, and cheetah-print boots we suspect Alexa Chung will be stepping out in any day now.
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    Saint Laurent

    Saint Laurent
    EXPLORE: runway
    Designer Hedi Slimane turned the mod trend on its head by interjecting unexpected elements into his fall collection, like metallic shift dresses, gold-sequin sleeves, and stud-embellished go-go boots. If you’re looking for an original way to do the ‘60s, start with this. 
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    Mod Pieces to Shop

    Alice + Olivia Dot Sleeveless Shift Dress ($368)
    Every mod-inspired woman needs a shift dress, and we’re crazy about this checkerboard-print one.
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    Tabitha Simmons Belfy Glossed-Leather Point-Toe Flats ($695)
    These flats are the modern girl’s answer to Mary Janes.
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    Free People Pioneer Thigh High Socks ($24)
    We’ve spotted Suki Waterhouse in white thigh-high socks more than once, which means you should give them a go.
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    Karl Lagerfeld and Italia Independent Velvet Round Sunglasses ($195)
    White-frame sunglasses are a signature mod accessory to invest in.
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    Nine West Ida Slingback Pumps ($70)
    Though many people equate mod footwear with go-go boots, block-heel slingbacks were also common.
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    Paul & Joe Pamphyle Wool-Blend Mini Dress ($705)
    Pair a slicked-back ponytail and cat-eye with this mini.
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    River Island Navy Pussy Bow Shift Dress ($70)
    For a quick and easy way to give your ensemble ‘60s flair, try a blouse or dress with a pussy bow. 
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    Saint Laurent Babies Patent Leather Boots ($1368)
    If these patent leather boots don’t make you feel like Twiggy, we don’t know what will.
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    DSquared Wool Felt Hat ($175)
    This is the type of hat you’ll pass down to your grandkids.
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    NARS Eyeliner Stylo ($27)
    This eyeliner’s extra-pointy tip makes it easy to draw on a precise cat-eye! 
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    Missguided Beth Felt Zip Front A-Line Skirt ($36)
    Channel your inner mod girl with this pastel miniskirt. 
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    The Laden Showroom x Even Vintage TWave Collar T-Shirt ($81)
    A Peter Pan collar blouse is perhaps the subtlest way to try the trend.
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