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Mad for Mod: A Guide to Achieving the ’60s Mod Look

CEO Tinh Phung
In the fashion documentary The September Issue, Anna Wintour praised sixties London as one of the most influential fashion movements of all time. As someone who is captivated by this era, I couldn't agree more....

60s mod fashion: how to achieve the 60s mod look

In the fashion documentary The September Issue, Anna Wintour praised sixties London as one of the most influential fashion movements of all time. As someone who is captivated by this era, I couldn't agree more. With its vibrant youth culture, the city was a hub of inspiration. The Mod movement was at its height, and everything was swingin'.

Want to learn more about Mod culture and how you can embody the Mod look today? Keep reading!

Video Inspiration

To get you in the Mod mood, let's start with this eye-candy-filled video showcasing sixties London. While the narration may seem random and hilarious (half the time the narrator is just rambling about nothing), I absolutely adore the clothes and the overall vibe. Everyone exudes originality. Check out the video below:

Get the Look

Now that you've been immersed in those lovely visions, it's time to show you how to achieve the Mod look from head to toe. We'll start with hair.

Mod Hair

There are two iconic Mod hairstyles: the pixie cut and the fringe bang look.

The pixie cut, popularized by "It girls" like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, perfectly captured the youthful, fun, yet sexy and breezy essence of the time. Pair it with well-groomed brows and sky-high eyelashes for the complete Mod effect.

On the other hand, the eyebrow-skimming bangs look, as sported by Anna Karina and Jane Birkin, is all about doe eyes and soft lips. Just like the pixie cut, fringey bangs exude a youthful and alluring charm.

Makeup

As mentioned earlier, a Mod girl's makeup is essential and slightly over-the-top. The Mod makeup look is simple, but it requires a bit of practice.

For everyday Mod, you can't go wrong with a basic cat eye. To help you master the technique, check out this easy-to-follow video tutorial:

While everyday makeup is nice, sometimes you want to go all-out. In addition to the basic cat eye tutorial, I found a fantastic Mod makeup tutorial that demonstrates how to achieve the "authentic" Mod look. It takes some time, but the end result is absolutely worth it. Take a look at the video below:

Shop the Mod Look

Mod fashion is wildly diverse, making it challenging to pin down one definitive "Mod" look. However, I've curated a selection of basic items to kickstart your journey to '60s chic.

60s Mod-style clothing

No Mod girl is complete without a pair of over-the-top false eyelashes and an eyelash curler, so I included both in your Mod lookbook. Additionally, I've added my holy grail eyeliner for creating the perfect cat eye. It's smudge-free, long-lasting, and easy to apply. Urban Decay's eyeliner in "Zero" will always be my favorite.

For clothing and accessories, let's start with the iconic mini skirt that originated in '60s London. I love it because it was a trend born on the streets. Designers were inspired by young girls flaunting their legs and quickly replicated the look on the runway. Flirty, fun, and fabulous, this skirt is perfect for achieving a sixties-inspired style. To complete the outfit, I've selected some trendy booties that were popular during the Mod era. Finally, I've included some big pearl earrings for a Twiggy-esque touch.

Thoughts?

Do you love Mod fashion as much as I do? Who's your favorite icon from the sixties? Are you considering rocking the cat eye? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments below.

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