Vintage, VINTAGE! I’m a sucker for vintage. I am an old soul but child at heart. I especially love the Victorian era and the 50s & 60s era. On this post, I will be tackling my love for the 50s and 60s!
The 50s and 60s might be classy and glamorous especially in the movies, but racial segregation, sexism, racism, and discrimination are prevalent in those time—more like a norm. However, I love the 50s & 60s in the aspect of fashion, beauty, artistry, and vibes! The 50s & 60s is my aesthetic.
Vintage pieces are simply stunning, I’m obsessed with its intricate and delicate design. One of the main reason why I love vintage is for the stories it holds. It stood the test of time and the old sometimes deteriorating facade makes it even more special (just like abandoned places.)
The 50s & 60s Fashion
I draw fashion inspiration predominantly from the 50s Beatnik and 60s Mod (also 90s.) I just love the collar dresses, stripes, high neck/turtleneck tops & dresses, cropped tops, white canvas shoes, and oh, the high waists! I want to live in high waisted bottoms. I personally think nothing flatters my body type more than high waists.
The 50s & 60s Beauty
The 50s and 60s women really took care of their appearance from the outside and within. From their strenuous hairstyles and classic makeup to their complex morning and night skincare routines. No wonder that some of the most beautiful women known today are from the 50s and 60s.
My ultimate fashion and beauty icon is Françoise Hardy.
The 50s and 60s fashion and beauty is the epitome of class and elegance.
Favorite Shows and Movies from the 50s & 60s
The Twilight Zone (1959 Series)
It is a Sci-Fi series created by Rod Serling aired in 1959. The first ever episode I saw, was when I was about 4 or 5 years old and it was “A Kind of Stopwatch.” Every episode has a different story, characters, and twists. Each episode ends with a lesson—all beautifully, hauntingly, and cleverly written by Rod Serling and other amazing writers. My favorite episode is “Number 12 looks just like you.” The show is definitely ahead of its time. This particular episode was set in the 2000s. It depicts society’s obsession with perfection and beauty—that being flawed, unique, and different is being ugly. One of my favorite quotes that I live by is from this very episode; “Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.”
Bewitched (1964 Series)
Samantha Stevens, a classic beauty, and a witch! This lighthearted and funny show surely lightens up my day. Not to mention Mrs. Stevens aesthetically pleasing outfits and makeup every episode is to die for.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
A classic. Need I say more?
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
I need to watch more 50s & 60s horror movies. Will update this one.
Okay… I have to add my favorite movies that are not from the 50s nor 60s but is about the 50s and 60s!
The Help (2011)
Behind the glitz and glamor of the 60s, is racial segregation and discrimination. This movie shows you the truth about what the colored people had gone through during this era. Also, a must see for the aspiring writers. This movie has a special place in my heart.
Big Eyes (2014)
It is a biographical film about the life of American artist Margaret Keane in the 50s and 60s. She is famous for her Big Eyes paintings who once Walter Keane—her husband, took credit for. Years and years later, she finally realized that she has to stand up for herself and take credit for the success she deserves. One of my favorite painting of all time is from Margaret Keane.
Theory of Everything (2014)
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are two of my favorite actors of all time. To see them in one screen that was predominantly set in the 60s is a delight. Also, cannot help to swoon over Jane Hawking’s (Felicity Jones) wardrobe.
Not really a fan of musicals, but this one is an exception. The 60s outfits and setting got me hooked.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Set in the 50s, Katherine Ann Watson (Julia Roberts) teaches History of Art at Wellesley College. At first, I was criticizing Julia Roberts wardrobe and her entire get up. She looked really out of place in the movie, like she’s from the 2000s. Her entire get up does not speak the 50s to me. It made sense at the end because she values independence, she does not conform and she certainly does not want to be the typical 50s housewife. Her wardrobe was a subtle way to indicate that Katherine Ann was not the typical woman.
I have more movies in mind. Keep in touch with this one because I will keep on updating this section!
More photos and reasons why I love the 50s and 60s
As an aspiring photographer and filmmaker, I’ve always dreamed of working with vintage/analog cameras. Film processing is an art form in its own right.
I would spend extensive hours of watching endless vintage commercials and videos.
This makes the writer in me so happy.
The 50s & 60s is my aesthetic. Hands down my favorite era along with the Victorian era.
Stay Weird, Dee x
Uncredited photos courtesy of Tumblr or Google.