November 1960s fashion update


It’s been SO LONG. How was your summer??

I’ve been that busy concentrating on my teaching and my travel site that Fashion Detective has had to take a back seat since June – but that’s not to say I haven’t been up to my neck in sixties fashion fabulousness.

For a start, I had this beautiful blue mini dress made especially for me by Love Her Madly, the no1 shop for modettes across the country. LHM makes handmade, bespoke frocks to order, based on popular 60s designs, so you can wear your mini in absolute confidence and comfort.

I chose the audacious Valerie design in electric blue – my fave colour. As I’m so fond of the shade, it was super easy to style the dress with matching shoes and hat, softening the 60s vibe but making the colour pop like crazy.

I also wore the dress back in September when my partner’s 60s band, the Modern Apes, played a Scooter festival on Mersea Island.

Definitely an event for the hardcore scooterists, I was probably the only lady in full-on 60s attire – but the vintage stalls were brimming with gorgeous mod pieces and accessories.


In other 60s-related news, I’ve been twice now to the frankly wonderful You Say You Want A Revolution?: Records and Rebels 1966-1970 exhibition at the V&A.

Man, I’ve spent HOURS in that place. If I even start thinking about George Harrison’s purple velvet jacket (the one he wore on TV while discussing transcendental meditation) I go weak at the knees. It’s right there in a glass case: the actual jacket. Swoon.

If you have any doubts at all that this was the most exciting and influential – and super groovy – period of time, ever, the Revolution exhibition will put you right.

There’s also a satisfying retail opportunity at the end of the show where I bought a cheeky Rubber Soul patch to attach to the pocket of my parka. Neat.

And another totally fab 60s experience was had in Liverpool (where else?) at Pattie Boyd’s George, Eric and Me photography exhibition at the Beatles Story’s Pier Head site. You can read a full review of my most recent Liverpool adventure right here. I’m still dreaming of the felt Beatles I spotted above the bar in the Cavern, but that’s another story…

I’ll leave you with a final pic of the Valerie dress – and that 60s-heaven collar. I’m resolved to do a monthly Fashion Detective update, so the cobwebs don’t gather again, and I’ll be back in December with some ideas for Christmas 60s party outfits (sparkle-tastic!) and any other 60s-related news and excitement I stumble upon.

Until then…

Peace out xx



Written by Johanna Payton