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Women's Work Wardrobes Through the Decades

Nealeigh Mitchell | Excelle

November 11, 2010



1960s Style


As more women entered the workforce and took on 9-5s, comfort became top priority. Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. The once billowy-silhouettes became more streamlined and tailored. Typical attire usually consisted of A-lined shift dresses, knee-length skirts (the minis were for after hours) and simple blouses. Formal pants were now considered acceptable as everyday wear to the office and many of the styles of the era were somewhat androgynous.

Elegant suit sets, usually in pastel colors, were often paired with vests, short boxy jackets or full-length coats. Collars and cuffs were often trimmed with mink or other plush materials. Outerwear consisted of swing coats and dyed fake-furs. Footwear included low-heeled sandals and kitten-heeled pumps. Ornate buttons, pillbox hats and gloves accessorized the outfit.

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