1960s fashion – in four pinafores

Thank goodness January is nearly through, with its freezing fog and general gloom.

Luckily, I found many ways to beat the chill.

Building the Lego Yellow Submarine killed a couple of hours (don’t ask me why Batman is photobombing the shit out of the situation).

And I’ve also been making the most of the intensely cold snap to layer-up with some of my fave pinafore dresses.

Classic 60s attire, the pinafore is perfect wardrobe fodder, post-Christmas and through to late spring.

I’m fond of a knee-skimmer, particularly at this time of year, but if you want a pure sixties look, try pinafores that sit mid-thigh (your thick winter tights hide a multitude of sins).

This look features a khaki cord pinafore I picked up at TK Maxx. The colour goes with everything and the length is tres modest. I’m wearing it with a long tunic from H&M – so it’s a complete high street outfit with lashings of 60s/early 70s vibes.

This look mixes vintage from two decades. The blouse, obviously, is straight outta the 60s. I found it on eBay – and thank heavens I did because it just HAD to come live in my wardrobe.

The denim dungaree dress, from Peekaboo Vintage, is 90s-tastic. A great way to add some grunge to an OTT 60s piece.

This next look is very simple.

There’s something of the 60s secretary about it.

The blouse is current season H&M and the red pinafore dress hails from Pop Boutique, one of the best shops in the world™.

The navy Mary-Janes are from Clarks – purveyors of the most comfortable retro-inspired shoes.

If you’re looking for a lush late winter look for the office….you’re welcome.

Finally, I always like to give you something a little “off the wall” in my monthly updates, and this one ought to fill your kinky boots.

Here I’ve layered a vintage cashmere roll neck (Peekaboo) with a past-season, retro-inspired tunic from Dorothy Perkins and the vintage 60s yellow checked pinafore dress I found in Milan last summer. That makes me sound so incredibly glam and I LOVE IT.

So, if you’re after a bold 1960s look to keep you warm and make people gasp….just do it.


Photography: Matthew Swan

Written by Johanna Payton