(Closed) Need some advice !! (1960's)

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Add a crinoline and a beehive, and you should be good to go!

Post # 5
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lalalyanne:  Your dress is really cute and while it doesn’t exactly scream 60ies, it’s timeless and will work perfectly. 

This hairstyle is VERY 60ies, just pick a different colour hair band, obviously πŸ™‚


Post # 8
4940 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lalalyanne:   Saddle shoes.  πŸ™‚

Post # 10
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lalalyanne:  Oh! Okay, how about a teased updo? A beehive? (how appropriate for Weddingbee! lol) I think that might work with curly hair. 


Post # 11
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lalalyanne:  While I LOVE square dancing crinolines (more than could ever be considered healthy), you really want something about half that fullness.


Beehive images:


How to do a Beehive in 6 simple steps:


Post # 12
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Sorry, I hit “submit” too soon and forgot to write about the fashion.

Wear a strapless bra. My mother grew up in the 60ies and bra straps showing were a biiiig no-no!

You could also get a petticoat to poof out your skirt a little more and go for an early 60ies look, they were still heavily influenced by Dior’s “New Look” from the fifties then. Until Twiggy came along! πŸ™‚

Saddle shoes suggested by a PP are a great idea too, or classic almond toe pumps.

Just for fun, another classic 60ies look – it’s like looking at a picture of my mother (the girl even looks a bit like her! lol)



Post # 14
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Right Side Up…


Post # 15
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

LOVIN all the great info you are getting here… the fashion & hair is right on !!

BUT this was a decade of change… there was a HUGE difference between the early 1960s, mid and late.

The dress you have chosen if you are trying to make it 1960s, would be mid to late 1960s… so 1965 or later

(But in reality it is more late 1970s / early 1980s… black was rarely worn for a fashionable evening out in the 1960s… it was a colour still associated with Funerals.  If it was worn for a Special Occasion it was New Years Eve)

Dresses were distinctly different between the early and late 1960s.

Early 1960s, Dresses were fuller, and as someone mentioned Pouffy Crinolines were worn.

Mid to Late 1960s, Dresses were column-like and women ditched the Crinolines, wore full or half slips, and Nylons (hose) or Pantyhose.  Lol, a Girdle was still part of the foundations for many women if they were going out on a date or to a formal occasion.

You mention Prom…

If you really want to nail the theme, that would be fun…

Traditionally 1960s Graduation had a very distinct look.

Early 1960s it was almost always a White Dress & White Gloves.  Dress could be long or tea length with pouffy crinoline.

PHOTO 1960 Graduation

PHOTO – 1960 Prom

Dress Choices:


PHOTO – Short = PHOTO Short = Pinterest – Simple White Dress = http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48061920996657523/

You don’t have to go just white… but it was the most popular choice.  Some women would choose something similar in styling but in a pale colour… Pink, Blue and Yellow were also popular.  Patterns less so… and if chosen they usually had a very prominent White Background.

Fabrics were often Organza or Swiss Dot.

By the Late 1960s the White Dress was still popular for Graduation… but without the White Goves.  And Dresses were usually long and straight.

Colour was starting to show up more and more at Graduation in long gowns… IF the HS had Graduation & Prom on two different days / occasions.

PHOTO 1967 Graduation


Hair was most often worn up for a dressy occasion.  And it was BIG !!  Beahive, Bouffant were HUGE.  Hairpieces were sometimes used to add height or volume.  The plain hairband (like the ones shown in the pics by @MsMeow:  & @ItWasntMe:  were also popular, and a way to hide the pins if one had added a hairpiece on top or “a fall” behind)

Hairstyles in the mid & late 1960s were more natural (we dumped the bobbypins… and most of the hairspray).  And either wore our hair very short… or long & straight.  Hairbands were still around as a decorative element, and keep the hair out of our eyes… altho lots of times, that didn’t matter so much to us.


Shoes… were heavier than they are now, because construction was different (almost all man made materials vs plastics etc).

Pumps would be your best choice, cause they look a lot like they do today.

If you go with a dressier sandal look you want something that has a very chunky sole vs a delicate heel

PHOTO Gold Shoes (lol, these look EXACTLY like my own very first pair of “party shoes” that I wore to a early 1970s NYEve Party)

Thanks for the look back in time…

Hope this helps,


Post # 16
46670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Pull your hair back tight against your head and into a very high pony. If it’s long enough take sections of the pony, backcomb, then make a loop, spray it with hair spray and pin it in place. Continue with the rest of your hair.

If it’s not long enough, go to a costume place and get a cheap hairpiece.



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