Cromer 1960s Festival: 'Peace and love or Mary Quant' - Cromer's guide to sixties style
PUBLISHED: 13:51 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:51 29 March 2019
From A-line mini-skirts and black and white check to bold colour and flower power prints, 1960s style is instantly recognisable.
And as the north Norfolk town of Cromer prepares for thousands of visitors to the Pier’s Vintage 1960s Festival this weekend, traders have shared their top fashion tips for people putting together a 1960s style outfit for the event.
Lune Boutique, Church Street:
Alayne Wheeldon, 30, owner of the Cromer vintage store, Lune Boutique, shared her style advice.
She said: “The 1960s were very varied. You can go for coloured tights - they’re always 1960s or a polo neck top with a mini-skirt.
“Happy patterns and flower power prints were also a big part of the decade.”
For men, she said: “You had the mods in the sixties - they wore bowling shirts with braces.”
And she added that clothes with a nod to the era are often things people might have in their wardrobes already, and said: “It’s just about putting them together.
“Gucci are doing the 1960s at the moment.
“You can look anywhere - here in Cromer, and there’s a few places in Norwich.”
The Big C, Cromer, Church Street:
Manager of the Norfolk cancer charity shop branch in the town, Wendy Merritt, 64, said the shop had sold several 1960s dresses ahead of the weekend’s festival
She said: “The easiest sixties look to do is either the peace and love look or the Mary Quant - which is black and white.
“None of us are going to be a Twiggy size now - there have been changes in the way we eat since the 1960s.”
And she added: “You grow up in the 1950s and 1960s and it never leaves you.
“I prefer 1960s style and music.”
Happy Feet, Garden Street:
And Ali Ewbank, owner of children and adult’s shoe shop Happy Feet, said the key to 1960s style was embracing the variety the decade had to offer.
She said: “The 1960s cover so much. We’ve got mods, we’ve got flower power.
“It’s just an era that everybody has their own great memories of.”
The shoe shop owner sourced her display of 1960s shoes from the shop’s stock and donations.
She said: “You have the pointy Mary-Jane look, and you have the chunky, platform boots as well.
“The style has come back around again and these are things you would wear now.”
Lily B Boutique:
While Jane Clarke, 58, owner of Lily B Boutique, said: “The sixties just always has a bit of influence.
“When there are lots of black and whites or patterns, it’s there.
“It was about bold colour - lots of monochrome but also hot pink, lime green, and yellow.
“We’ve got flower power and that’s really left it’s mark.”
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