Latest Stories

Swinging revival

Incorporate the ’60s trend into a modern-day teen’s wardrobe, from mod and minis to hippie looks


Most of today’s trends have taken inspiration from the ’60s. It’s an era also called the Swinging ’60s, because of its breaking traditions and social taboos, like sexism and racism. Women in those days opted to mix-match their pieces with other items of clothing. This introduced key pieces that are still cropping up in today’s fashion.

We’ve asked three students to try on the trend: Angelica Consulta, 17, San Beda Alabang, a theater actress of the Order of the Scarlet Thespians; Sarah Carlos, 17, from San Beda Manila, a radio DJ; and Patricia Cui, 19, De La Salle University, the batch secretary of her year level.


“Mod” was coined from the word “modernist.” The style started in London and influenced the decade’s lifestyle. It was popularized by Twiggy. To achieve the look, wear a dress two to three inches above your knees and add a belt to emphasize your waist. Opt to wear lace stockings or bright-colored opaque tights. Mary Jane platforms are a good way to make a statement.

“The look is fabulous. Preppy was the peg before and most women nowadays wear this style because the outfit is very safe and comfortable.”—Angelica Consulta

On Angelica : Yellow Dress, The Ramp Crossings; blue green Mary Jane platforms, Forever 21; silver earrings, stylist's own

Get shorty

Let us not forget to thank Mary Quant for inventing the miniskirt. Short shorts were also a hit at that time. Skirts are not limited to the thigh or being bodycon, but you can try pleated skirts, too. To balance the shortness, wear a top long enough to cover your upper body.

“I like this look best, although I don’t usually wear skirts. I’ll be able to incorporate the look whenever I hang out with friends and have a nice time.”—Sarah Carlos

Classic androgyny

Women started wearing pantsuits and styles originally for men, later popularized in the ’70s by Diane Keaton for “Annie Hall.” Invest in a good tailored blazer, double-breasted or not. Add fun touches to the look by opting for colored pants.

Hippie beginnings

On Sarah: Purple oversized shirt and grey leggings, all from Giordano; pink headband (used as a belt), Kandi Treats; black Mary Jane platforms, Forever 21

Bell-bottoms were a hit in the mid-’60’s, an alternative look to the capri and cuffed pants. To get the hippie vibe, use an oversized sheer polo and accessorize a lot.

“I love how the outfit was put together! The combination of colors and patterns gave  the outfit a vintage touch, yet it still has that modern, youthful vibe. The pieces used were very classic, but were paired with modern ones, as well, which made it even more interesting.”—Patricia Cui

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: fashion , Lifestyle

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • Sports

  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Lifestyle

  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan