Retro and Indie Clothing - Return of the Fabulous Styles of the Post 1960s

The 1960's retro fashion look
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Retro fashion is a phrase that actually refers to the fashionable clothing that imitates the creations of a past era and today, it refers to the popular and prominent styles of women’s clothing of the 1960’s to the 1970’s.

A fabulous style of retro couture, and a concept of 'retro chic' which was first developed by the Parisian Avante-Garde of the period and can comfortably be referred to as vintage fashion.

And it is a general belief amongst players in the fashion industry that it embraces the use of period styles from where we could almost say that . . . the past is a store-house for fashion of the future.

Difference between Vintage and Retro Fashion

Many may rightly ask, “Isn’t retro fashion synonymous with vintage fashion?” and it is truly a justifiable question. To set the facts straight, in the clothing industry as a whole, the difference between vintage and retro styles is just one of historical periods (era).

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  • Vintage fashion is associated with the beginning of the 20th century to the pre-1960’s period
  • Retro is commonly associated with styles of the 1960s to the 1980s

The retro fashion period thus spanned a couple of decades and can be defined “as a process of scripting history into nostalgic narratives of the chic and trendy”.

By the 1990’s, wearing both vintage and retro clothing became a distinguishable "look" in Britain and the United States and the appeal of retro inspired apparel dresses became evident in mainstream fashion with the comeback of the following:

  • Flares
  • Bell bottoms
  • Fly collars
  • Low-rise pants
  • Platform heels
  • Mini skirts
  • Midi skirts
  • Maxi skirts and dresses
  • Sweater dresses
  • Bold accessories
  • Patent bags and footwear

And many more . . . We as fashionable people who wish to be abreast of fashion trends know that these retro designs and much more abound in stores and boutiques the world over.

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The Difference between Retro and Indie Style Fashion

While we are at it, we need to mention indie style fashion as well, and point out the difference between retro and indie clothes. As mentioned above, retro is commonly associated with styles of the 1960s to the 1980s, but Indie style of dressing is inspired strictly by music.

The fabulous and wild Indie couture fashion is basically designs of the past century fashioned and inspired by a specific music genre – hard rock music.

When Indie fashion first came into prominence clothing styles that the rock musicians wore when on tour and on stage always included skin-tight jeans, skinny ties, and snug fitting (almost bursting at the seams) shirts, with bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand all having the indie look. The style soon became the trendy fashion of the day.

It wasn’t just the rock bands that were caught in the indie look; even the celebrities of the time were caught in the indie rave too and some adopted the Indie fashion because their partners were in the music industry or rock stars.

  • Large over-sized glasses
  • Checked shirts
  • Thin ties
  • Studded belts
  • Brightly coloured or white pumps
  • Leggings worn with over-sized t-shirts and topped with denim jackets

If you have a discerning eye for styles, or if you are an ardent fashion shopper that takes notice of fashion trends of today, you will find that Indie fashion still has a prominent place on the runway . . . indie styles with a modern twist. You will also see that high-street shops, malls and online fashion stores showcase the style with almost as much prominence as vintage inspired and retro style clothing.

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GPAGE 7 years ago from California

viryabo! I love the stuff you right on vintage and retro fashion and other things too. We have something in common when it comes to this. I'm actually starting a blog that has to do with this soon. Would you like to write on "retro" stuff for it if I do it? I'm still in the planning stage. I could also just put links to your hubs. Best, GPAGE

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viryabo 7 years ago Author

Hello GPage, thanks for visiting. That sounds like a wonderful idea and i'll be honoured to write on retro fashion on your upcoming blog. Now i'm really looking forward to that. Let me know as soon as you set it rolling.

And of course i'll really appreciate links to my hubs.

Thank you so much that you find my hubs interesting enough.


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keira7 7 years ago

Another great fashion hub, love it. Thank you my friend.

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viryabo 7 years ago Author

I can tell you love fashion a lot keira, i am a fashion freak myself and can't stop writing about it. LOL!

Thank you for your nice comments.

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