High street mod: 10 of the best 1960s-style dresses

by Modculture 18 September, 2015

1. Chloe Collar Jacquard Dress at Sugarhill Boutique

1. Chloe Collar Jacquard Dress at Sugarhill Boutique

We’ve noticed a growing number of 1960s-style dresses on there racks of late – too many to ignore in fact. So with that in mind, we’ve pulled together 10 of the best that are out there and online right now. Hopefully one will suit you and your budget.

1. Chloe Collar Jacquard Dress at Sugarhill Boutique

Start with something simple (pictured above) – and all the better for it. A navy brocade tunic dress with contrasting white collar and concealed zip. That’s pretty much it.  Mid-sixties without going OTT.

Sizes are 6 to 16 and the price is £52.

Find out more at the Sugarhill Boutique website

2. Ophelia 1960s-style shift dress at Bob by Dawn O’Porter

2. Ophelia 1960s-style shift dress at Bob by Dawn O’Porter

2. Ophelia 1960s-style shift dress at Bob by Dawn O’Porter

Ok, not quite regular high street, but the Ophelia shift dress at Bob by Dawn O’Porter is available online, with a pop up shop also due to open in London soon.

The dress is the real talking point though, available in two colour options it is a slim fitting tribute to the swinging sixties, complete with contrast detailing and a detachable bag that should be able to fit a normal-sized smartphone.

Sizes are 6 through to 16, with some give to alter if you wish. Doesn’t come cheap though, selling for £190.

Find out more at the Bob website

3. Sixties Jacquard Tunic Dress at Boden

3. Sixties Jacquard Tunic Dress at Boden

3. Sixties Jacquard Tunic Dress at Boden

Something a little more formal and definitely more in keeping with the colder weather.

This dress is actually available in three colour choices, each with the same houndstooth check pattern (the cloth is from Boden’s Hunters of Brora Tweed archive). straight collar and patch pockets.

Sizes are 6 to 22 and it’s in the sale right now for £69.30.

Find out more at the Boden website

4. Mini dress with contrasting collar from Zara

4. Mini dress with contrasting collar from Zara

4. Mini dress with contrasting collar from Zara

If you want something a little shorter, check out this piece from Zara.

Fairly classic look it has to be said, with the navy body and contrast collar not unlike the one from Sugarhill Boutique. But the cloth is different and the cut certainly is. All down to personal taste.

This one also has price on its side at £29.99. Sizes are XS through to XL.

Find out more at the Zara website

5. Loulou skirt and blouse by Sister Jane at Topshop

5. Loulou skirt and blouse by Sister Jane at Topshop

5. Loulou skirt and blouse by Sister Jane at Topshop

This is actually a bit of a cheat as it’s not actually a dress. But it certainly looks like one.

What you see is a ‘swinging London’ combo of skirt and blouse. They could be worn separately (and are sold separately), but the impact is when worn together. Both have a crochet body and detailing in denim for the trim and pockets. If you are opting for the ‘Carnaby’ look, it’s worth checking out.

Sizes are small, medium and large for both, with the prices at £52 (top) and £45 (skirt).

Find out more at the Topshop website

6. Louche Haylie Sixties Shift Dress

6. Louche Haylie Sixties Shift Dress

6. Louche Haylie Sixties Shift Dress

This one has literally just landed on the shelves of Joy.

Another classic 1960s look, it uses a pattern of a scallop two-colour jacquard, contrasted with a Peter Pan collar and with some seam detailing to the waist. Fairly shirt in all too.

Sizes are 8 through to 16 and the price is £65.

Find out more at the Joy website

7. Printed Shift Dress by Glamorous

7. Printed Shift Dress by Glamorous

7. Printed Shift Dress by Glamorous

Another new arrival and likely to be popular if you love the latter part of the 1960s and a bold paisley pattern.

It works on both of those fronts, a short-sleeved shift dress where the style takes a back seat to the paisley print here. Not for everyone, but definitely for someone.

Sizes are extra small through to large and the price is £27.

Find out more at the Topshop website

8. Mustard Roll Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress at New Look

8. Mustard Roll Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress at New Look

8. Mustard Roll Neck Sleeveless Shift Dress at New Look

Another one for the category marked ‘affordable’.

This is a new arrival at New Look, offering that mustard shade for the body of the shift dress and a couple of nifty details – the pocket front and the roll neck.

6 to 18 are the sizes for this and the price is £24.99.

Find out more at the New Look website

9. Cork Dress at Hobbs

9. Cork Dress at Hobbs

9. Cork Dress at Hobbs

Hobbs always has something with a classic sixties look on the shelves, with this Cork Dress being one such example.

Another understated design, this A-line shift dress has been made produced in Yorkshire by Abraham Moon two coloured grid check wool, making it an ideal option for the colder months (especially if you layer it up).

Timeless style, it’s available in sizes 6 to 18, but doesn’t come cheap at £139.

Find out more at the Hobbs website

10. Colour Block Shift Dress at Warehouse

10. Colour Block Shift Dress at Warehouse

10. Colour Block Shift Dress at Warehouse

We’ve hunted high and low to find something with bold slabs of colour – this Colour Block Shift Dress at Warehouse is all we could find.

Not that we are criticising it, we just expected to find more. If you want to go with this look, then this sleeveless Warehouse design might well appeal. The dress has a round neckline and single button fastening, both of which support the star of the show – the red, black and white blocks of colour.

Sizes are 6 to 18 and the price is £40.

Find out more at the Warehouse website

If you want more, it is also worth checking out sites like Modcloth and Top Vintage, both of which have an ever-changing range of vintage-style dresses.

Retro To Go also blogs about new finds on a regular basis.