20 Fall Essentials #15: Mod Squad

Happy Halloween! It’s been quite some time, no? I’ve had a beyond hectic schedule the past few weeks and the fact that it’s already November (well, tomorrow) scares me a bit! Time is flying by so fast but I can say I’m excited for my birthday this year – 18 days ’til I’m 21! My best friend will be in town visiting which will pretty much be the icing on my cake for that weekend (I’m such a sap). I really want to get through and finish my Fall Essentials series to share other exciting posts with you! I’ve always been a huge lover of the 1960s – in fashion and entertainment – and for the fall season, expect to see a major spectrum of mod-inspired pieces and looks.

While the seventies trend is still going strong, the sixties era is creeping on us slowly. The era that brought us Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick is more popular than ever and I couldn’t be more excited! Let’s take inspiration from the swinging ’60s and the Fall 2011 collections of designers like Prada, Celine, and Yves Saint Laurent with mod-lined pieces — this calls for shift dresses, pleated minis and structured silhouettes all in pop-art prints, jewel-toned hues, and color-blocked looks.

Mod 101: Basics

  • Geometric shapes and patterns. Look for pieces with unique graphic designs that pop! Think plaids, argyles, checks, lines and angles, and gridlocks – these are all authentic mod-inspired patterns to try.
  • Clean lines. For a sophisticated and truly genuine mod look, you want to stay away from ruffles, lace, sequins, and beads. Mod is all about looking sleek – the more streamlined and tailored, the better!
  • Bold colors. Don’t be afraid of bold and rich colors when sporting the mod trend – it’s definitely not all about black and white this time around! Primary hues (red, blue, and yellow) are always popular choices when dressing mod. Start with a base color (black, beige, white, brown, etc.), choose a primary, and you’re good to go!
  • Short hemlines. In the ’60s, it was all about short skirts and mini dresses to show off girly, feminine figures. Since it’s getting cool out, add some fun statement tights!
Key Mod Pieces
  • Mini skirts. Find a skirt that follows the basic mod guideline stated above. Look for one in a bold color, clean shape, and short hemline.
  • Feminine collars. Choose dresses, blouses, and coats with dainty, Peter Pan-style collars. The rounded edges make an edgy statement without looking odd or off. 
  • A-line mini dresses. This style of dress is the epitome of mod fashion – we see it on the runway looks above as well as style icon Twiggy. Super flattering on all shapes and sizes, mini shift dresses are incredibly easy to dress up or down. Find one that matches your own personal aesthetic to give off a distinct ’60s vibe.
  • Statement jewelry. When accessorizing, look for unique chunky bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with interesting shapes, patterns, and styles. Like any accessory, a great statement piece of jewelry can instantly spice up any otherwise basic outfit.
  • Structured shapes. To sport the sixties, you want to wear your clothing with ease. With that, look for pieces that easily fall on your body rather than opting for body-hugging silhouettes. The angular lines and shapes will do that for you instead! To further enhance the piece, look for one in a cheery color perhaps with standout buttons and unique sleeves.
  • Color-blocking. Color-blocking is still all the rage this season – I have a feeling the trend won’t disappear and I can see why! The look is a fun and easy way to add not only add mod to your wardrobe but instant style and panache as well. Incorporating multiple colors and geometric shapes (both of which are elements of mod fashion), color-block your look whether it be in your clothing or accessories in jewelry, shoes, or handbags. 
Get the Look: Runway to Street Style!

Mod #1

Mod #2

Mod #3

Are you a fan of the swinging sixties like I am? What’s your
favorite way to don mod fashion? Share below!


This was a very quick and fun look I put together one day when I
was very much in a mod mood – I love these tights!

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