The Mod Squad

By Sharon Mosley

March 11, 2013 4 min read

Come on, get hippie. Yes, the chic looks of the '60s and '70s are once again dancing in the streets to the tune of a new generation wanting to recapture those days when fashion was free-spirited and individual expression was just a fringe jacket away. But now the designer beatniks are grown up and putting their own new spin on the catwalks.

Here are the best ways to make your wardrobe pop this spring:

--Strong and sculpted. The fit and flare of the '60s and '70s return this spring to bring us a whole new shape of all those mix and match separates that we have come to love: architectural-inspired tunics over A-line skirts, swingy jackets over flared pants and trapeze dresses that float.

--Opt for black and white. It's easy to get carried away with a wave of sea greens and ocean blues this season, but if you're really going for that '60s vibe, then stick to that classic palette of black and white. There's no better way to get your mod mood on than to throw on a black-and-white graphic print shirt with leggings or a checkerboard-patterned sheath dress.

--Graphic prints. Pattern play is the thing this season. You can go bold with giant blocks of color or power flowers. You can tone it down with smaller checks and stripes. Or you can mix them all together. It's all about the way the art pops.

--See it through. Translucent accents can tie your outfit together. After all, a strappy pair of vinyl sandals goes with anything in your wardrobe, right? So why not add some Lucite cuff bracelets or even a funky plastic clutch?

--Patchwork it. It's all in how you mix it up this spring and summer. And why not let designers do all the work for you? Patchworking is the new collage cool. From vests to handbags and from jackets to skirts, the trendsetters will be wearing snakeskin, leather, patent and heavy metal all meshed together in one uniquely stylish piece.

--On the fringe. As a '60s and '70s staple, fringe was flowing on handbags, jackets and even shoes. Yes, there were lots of tassel necklaces, too. Now these newly reinvented classics can give you some "swinging" style during the day or night.

--The short or the long of it. Miniskirts, of course, were all the rage back in those days. But short skirts seem to turn up every few years in new incarnations and lengths. And today you have the choice of both worlds -- the mini and the maxi.

--Primary colors. The brightest colors on the fashion block this spring are the boldest. Red, yellow and blue, and yes, throw in that black and white, all make a statement and put those pastels to shame.

--Sleek hair. Long or short, the styles of the '60s are back. From choppy bangs to brushed back tresses to middle-parts and edgy Vidal Sassoon short pixies, slick is the new do. Think Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron. The way to make it modern this time around is to make it casual and very nonchalant.

Sharon Mosley's weekly column, "In Fashion," can be found at creators.com.

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