It’s a Mod World

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Every year, there are a million new trends to choose from. I use the term “new” loosely, because most retailers seem to randomly choose some bygone decade, recycle a couple old trends and slap on a higher price tag (adjusted for inflation, duh).

This season, it’s all about the 60s — specifically the “mod” trend. Designer Mary Quant defined the look, which can be boiled down to a few key elements: big prints, patent leather, mini skirts and knits (both sweaters and tights).

Here’s my homage:

Houndstooth Skirt: Zara | Black Cashmere Sweater: Neiman Marcus (Last Call) | Polka-Dotted Button-Up: American Apparel | Faux Fur Coat: Free People
Houndstooth Skirt: Zara | Black Cashmere Sweater: Neiman Marcus (Last Call) | Polka-Dotted Button-Up: American Apparel | Faux Fur Coat: Free People (Lord & Taylor) | Mary Janes: Miu Miu (Barneys)

Typically, I’ll reach for a lengthening pencil skirt over a mini any day — it’s a more elegant and intimidating silhouette. (In my dream world, I’d prefer to look scarily sophisticated than “cute” and approachable.)

But now that cool temperatures are here, I’m wearing opaque tights like a uniform — which means shorter headlines seem more sophisticated. I’ve stuck with fast fashion miniskirts, which have crazy cool prints and very easy-to-justify price tags.

My version from Zara (available here) reminds me a little of Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2015 runway show, which was an luxurious reinterpretation of the mod classics. (Instead of patent leather and houndstooth, everything was covered in a patina of crocodile scales and crystals.)

If you opt for a miniskirt, I strongly suggest you stay away from skintight varieties and pick a version shaped like a bell. It’s a little more conservative, but it looks fresher and more modern.

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I amped up the graphic skirt with complimentary patterns and textures. First up was the blouse scattered with velvet polka dots, which peek out at the collar and cuffs. Next, I swathed everything in a fuzzy faux fur swing coat, which is a decidedly vintage silhouette. (The waist is dropped and flounced.)

I originally was going to pair the patent-leather Mary Janes with some velvet-lined knee-socks, but the outfit started to veer into Catholic schoolgirl territory, so I stuck with the more basic tights. (I’ll have to figure out another option for the knee socks, which I’m dying to try before the first snowstorm.)

For anyone in even colder climates, all this needs is a pair of bright red leather gloves and a black beret. (And maybe a car with seat warmers.)

What’s your take on the mod trend? Sound off!

Print on print on another print.
Print on print on another print.