Here at The Vintage Pattern Shop, we’ve previously offered a history of fashion in the 1960s and shown you the range of patterns we have available for this decade. Today we’re going to highlight some of the key trends you might see this summer that takes inspiration from the swinging sixties.

Pleats and Pockets

It almost goes without saying that you can expect mini-skirts and A-line dresses, but for a true 1960s’ look, you’ll want to employ some pleats or pockets in these creations. When crafting these items, it’s advisable not to overdo it but include both features at the same time. Pleats and pockets on their own will go well with either a mini-skirt or A-line dress. Create either a billowing effect with pockets or show of the lines of the body with pleats.

Pockets & Pleats


Bold prints are a key feature of fashion from the 1960s. Popular prints that have been revived recently are checkerboard and stripe patterns. With summer well on its way, major fashion designers are evoking the style of a Palm Beach socialite from the 1960s, such as Lilly Pulitzer. On the catwalk, we’ve seen swirling prints of rainbow colours by Marc Jacobs, and tropical Hawaiian-style prints from Gucci. Take this element of 1960s’ fashion by selecting these styles of fabric for your sewing patterns.

1960s Prints

A Pop of Colour

Key colours that you’ll see include sunset inspired tones such as yellow, camel, and off-white. Whilst prints will remain bold and bright, more muted colours will be in vogue when using block colours. These include teal, navy, and burgundy.

A Pop of Colour 1960s


On the other end of the spectrum, this summer also takes inspiration from the Mod movement of the 1960s. Monochrome mod-style dresses have featured on the catwalk from brands such as Versace, and Paskal. Black and white polka dots are also another monochrome look that has been a feature from designers such as Junya Watanabe, which are big and bold, and Jason Wu, which range from minute to medium. That’s just to mention a few.

Monochrome 1960s

Heels and Toes

To finish off your outfit, kitten heels and shoes with pointed toes are on trend this season, again, inspired by the fashion of the 1960s.

Heels and Toes 1960s

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1960s Fashion Trends