Sixties summer with Joe Browns

Summer look-books are aplenty in my inbox, but it takes something special – and 60s-tastic – to grab my attention when it comes to current collections.

This month, the spring/summer pieces at Joe Browns caught my eye.

From striped early-60s style cardis to a tankini that makes me feel like I’m a wise-guy’s-wife, the emphasis is on cute glamour. Girly touches meet vintage chic; the colour is bold and modettes can wrap themselves in classics like the must-have, preppy stripe box jacket.

May/June is notoriously difficult to dress for in the UK, with fluctuations in temperature and the sometime elusiveness of the sun, but these pieces are perfect for layering, so you’re prepared for every eventuality – in a stylish sixties-influenced manner.

The first look is sweet and simple. I’m wearing the cherry stripe cardigan with cropped black trousers (Zara), scarlet Mary Janes and fun, pink sunnies (M&S).

It’s easy, everyday retro – and the lipstick I’m wearing in every pic (the head-turning, signature shade of Rosso Corsa by Rosso Corsa cosmetics) adds an extra burst of brightness.

If you’ve followed this blog over the years, you’ll know how much I love a splash of vibrant lemon.

With a black lace trim, my sunny shift (60s vintage) gets a layer of loveliness thanks to “Caroline’s Favourite Cardigan“, a funky floral knit with striped sleeves and bold red buttons.

Simple black heels complete the look with oversized vintage sunglasses to add character.

Next up it’s my Goodfellas moment. I really did feel like a mid-century moll in this get-up: and I loved it.

I’m not usually to be found in jeans, but I found this figure-hugging, capri-style pair in TK Maxx and they promised a “betta butt” – which is always high on my list of body priorities. I reckon they worked a treat with Joe Browns 50s inspired halterneck tankini.

Thanks to my incessant swimming, I’m just about confident enough to expose my upper arms, but the addition of a plain jacket or cardigan will combat this issue if you’d rather keep your bingo wings under wraps.

Big jewellery is a must with this look: I’m wearing a vintage goldtone “shark tooth” necklace and costume statement bracelet from the 70s. Navy heels are from Clarks.

And finally – a mod classic.

My partner plays in a 60s tribute band (of course he does!) and when he’s playing festivals this summer – and I’m doing the music-WAG thang – this striped boating jacket will be my best friend: it’s sooooooo modette.

As far as I’m concerned, it goes with pretty much anything (particularly that intense red lipstick I told you about). Here, I’ve styled it 100% mod with red pinafore (Pop Boutique), matching tights and mod-tastic high-heeled brogues.

All I need is a Small Faces soundtrack…

With thanks to Joe Browns

Written by Johanna Payton