The 60s are coming back onto the scene in a big way, with elements of the era popping up in our homes, lifestyles, fashion and daily routines. But it’s no longer about resurrecting an era or wearing the most antique piece you could find at the nearest op shop. This season is all about taking a classic staple and reviving it with modern elegance.
The 1960s were an eclectic decade, at first demonstrating the conserved and restrained mentality of the 50s before exploding in colour, excitement and self-expression during the later half of the decade.
Revival pieces can give a respectful nod to days gone by, saluting them and their glory days while allowing modern innovations in style, creativity and technology to flow through, celebrating our modern successes.
So let us raise a glass and propose a toast to the 60s with these fabulous new takes on some old favourites.
We’re finally moving on from copper and marble on the interior trends.
Some of the louder 60s statement trends include cork, rattan, furs, flamingos, bright oranges, and our personal favourite – the classic drinks trolley. Think tropical Palm Beach meets 60s-themed jungle and you’ll hit the mark.
Tudor Black Bay Timepieces
Based on the classic Tudor submariner watches of the 50s & 60s, the Tudor Black Bay is now a staple on the horology scene and the poster boy for heritage-inspired timepieces.
Showcasing the subtle combination of old world charm and new world sophistication, the Tudor Black Bay dons the wrist of the versatile gentlemen, bringing back true 60s style and timelessness when it comes to men’s fashion.
Men’s Barber Shop Style
From the 19th century until the late 60s, the barber shop was a gentlemanly ritual and a social mecca for men to congregate for a spot of gossip and whisky.
Traditional hair salons are no longer part of the equation, with modern-day barber shops popping up left right and centre.
Determined to encapsulate the same old world, gentleman-only experience, the modern-day barber features all of the classics: potions and pomades, cut-throat razor shaves, beard tidies, hot towels and good old-fashioned banter.
The slicked back 60s pompadour and short-on-the-sides, long-on-the-top style still reigns supreme for the modern-day gentleman.
The Rusty Nail Cocktail
Forget the Old Fashioned – if you’re a whisky cocktail lover, The Rusty Nail (1 part Drambuie, 2 parts Scotch Whisky, ice and a lemon twist) is making a big comeback.
Born in the infamous New York nightclubs of the early 60s, the Rusty Nail was served at the renowned ‘21 Club’ frequented by Hemmingway, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and JFK 12. At a time when the legendary carousing of the Rat Pack came to prominence, the Rusty Nail was adopted by the scene, establishing its place in pop culture history.
Drambuie is celebrating the classic cocktail’s revival with Drambuie-themed evenings every Thursday until December at Sydney 60s jazz club The Swinging Cat.
Thigh High Boots
Who needs pants when you have thigh high boots?
This 60s craze is currently dominating the international fashion and celebrity scene, worn by the likes of the Kardashians, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delavigne and Chrissy Teigan. If only we weren’t heading right into summer!
Made famous in the 60s by rock chick Anita Pallenberg, thigh high boots were generally paired with eyebrow-raisingly short hemlines, and were designed to accentuate the length of the legs.
No longer just for rainy days, thigh high boots can now be found in an endless variety of colours, shapes and styles.