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1960s TV Fashions to Wear this Winter

When history repeats itself we only wish it was the best music and clothing styles. December is definitely the weather to alter your wardrobe, so why not be inspired by some 1960s TV shows? Do you ever watch a ’60s show and say, “I wish I had that sweater,” or maybe, “That’s a ridiculous outfit.” Whatever it may be, the following fashion pieces are slowly returning to store racks while others have been in style for over 50 years. Go ahead and see which ones you recognize, maybe you’ll add them to your winter wardrobe.


1. Tweed Jackets

The early ’60s fashion was defined by monochrome outfits worn by men and, especially women. Tweed jackets and suits were popular and were created in different colors and patterns. The fabric’s heavy and well-detailed material will make you look refined and keep you warm during the cold months.

Tony Dow in Leave it to Beaver. Image credit: IMDB
Marlo Thomas in That Girl. Image credit: IMDB

2. Leg Warmers

No, I’m not talking about the bulky socks people wore in the ’80s. Since girls and young women rarely wore pants, they paired their skirts and dresses with colorful nylon stockings or knee-high socks. These kind of leg warmers gave women’s outfits a new look without making them give up their femininity.

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Guest star and Sally Field in Gidget. Image credit: mrpevney


3. Sweaters

The fuzzy sweaters for women and the knit sweaters for men were iconic pieces. I have recently spotted both classic styles in departments stores. The fuzzy sweaters are cute, and they can be worn with a simple necklace or pin, which also need to come back in style. Knit sweaters make men look well-dressed, especially when worn with collared shirts.

Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver and Steve Franken in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Image credit: washingtonpost
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Sally Field and Don Porter in Gidget. Image credit: thatgidgetismine


4. Turtlenecks

Some people adore them and others, not so much. Whether they are long or short sleeved, the turtleneck allows you to stay warm and layer underneath vests or coats. This clothing piece was often spotted during the late ’60s for both men and women. They were often paired with flared jeans, beaded necklaces and vests.

The Monkees. Image credit: coolcherrycream


5. Tweed Dresses and Long Sleeve Tops

The thick fabric of the tweed dresses coordinated with a turtleneck or long sleeve top allowed women to wear their dresses without being cold. This provided a winter look that still made women look feminine without having to wear pants. For extra warmth, pair them with style number two (stockings or leggings).

Patty Duke and her TV double in The Patty Duke Show. Image credit: ebay


6. Statement Coats

A statement coat does not have to be extravagant, besides it’s just to keep you warm. If you want to pursue this ’60s trend you may prefer one in plaid or in a bold color, such as mustard, green, or even red. It may have snapping buttons or it may be double-breasted (two rows of buttons). You probably already own one and it’s currently in your closet.

George Maharis and Martin Milner in Route 66. Image credit: nytimes
Ted Bessell and Marlo Thomas in That Girl.
Ted Bessell and Marlo Thomas in That Girl.


7. Nehru Coats

You may be familiar with The Monkees’ famous eight-button shirt and dark pants, but later in the TV series they wore the clothes that represented the hippie culture of the late ’60s, such as turtlenecks and Nehru coats. Women often wore the style too. Paisley-printed look-a-likes can be found in today’s department stores, so check them out if you prefer the hippie style.

The Monkees. Image credit: eonline
Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched. Image credit: tvguidemagazine
Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched. Image credit: tvguidemagazine

Now that you know about these seven ’60s-inspired winter items, were there any you saw previously on TV? Will you try any of these during the winter?


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