Your Complete Guide To Mod Style

The Swinging Sixties are a touchstone for designers—remember Marc Jacobs’ black-and-white mod S/S 13 collection? And Marni’s ‘60s-influenced F/W 13 show? This time around, there’s a noticeable breath of fresh air on the runways when it comes to the mod trend. From an oversized, geometric solo earring shown at Saint Laurent to Miu Miu’s nuts-and-bolts Mary Jane heels and Tom Ford’s clever cheetah-print and fishnet tights combination, we’re swooning over all the fresh ways to dress mod this season. As such, we assembled a guide to help you understand and achieve this look.

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Mod Style Icons: Mary Quant


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Alongside The Beatles, fashion designer Mary Quant is cited as the driving force behind the birth of the mod (or Chelsea) movement in London, and most importantly, creating the miniskirt. 



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We all know the face: the painted eyelashes, doe eyes, and blonde bob. Perhaps one of the most recognisable models of all time, and the epitome of that era’s London look, Twiggy never fails to top our list of inspiring fashion icons.

Jean Shrimpton


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Nicknamed “The Shrimp,” the English beauty was often photographed by her photographer beau David Bailey (also a noteworthy name of the time), and quickly became a poster child of the Youthquake scene. 

Penelope Tree


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With an otherworldly face and an insanely cool blunt haircut, Tree was discovered at Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball dressed in a barely-there dress by Vivienne Westwood. She was called “America’s answer to Twiggy,” and her educated approach to fashion and modelling makes her one of our favourite characters from the mod era.

Edie Sedgwick


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Celebrated in the 2006 film,Factory Girl, which starred Sienna Miller, Sedgwick had a style that differed slightly from her English counterparts’ as she was a regular at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York. Recognised for her silvery-blonde pixie cut, thick eyeliner, and chandelier earrings, Sedgwick personified the free-spirited, youthful mood of the era.   

Contemporary Mod Style Icons: Alexa Chung


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We’ve had a longtime crush on this stylish Brit, and for good reason. Her knack for effortlessly layering some of the best mod staples like shift dresses and miniskirts leave us continuously inspired. Bonus? She can rock a cat-eye like no one’s business.

Tavi Gevinson


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Rookie’s editor-in-chief never ceases to impress us with her intelligent and intellectual interpretation of fashion. Though it’s clear she draws influences from multiple decades by the way she mixes and matches her look, we love how her outfits always hinge on mod.

Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor


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With serious rock ‘n’ roll genes (her dad is John Taylor of Duran Duran) and an equally cool upbringing split between Los Angeles and New York, this 22-year-old English-born model and DJ flawlessly amplifies the mod look’s sex appeal via thigh-high socks, miniskirts, and the occasional checker print. 

Tennessee Thomas


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If you don’t know Thomas, take note! We adore how the drummer experiments with contrasting Peter Pan collars, Mary Jane flats, and minidresses. 

Suki Waterhouse


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You’ve no doubt heard of Waterhouse. With her signature pouty lip, enviable blonde bangs, and contagious, youthful personality, she embodies the Twiggy model mould in every way. For a complete breakdown of her style, click here.

F/W 14 Mod Runways: Valentino

Strong ‘60s influences were seen at Valentino by way of Pop Art prints, collared dresses, and knee-high patent leather boots.

Louis Vuitton

We admittedly can’t stop drooling over the Petite Malle bag shown on Louis Vuitton’s fall runway, but beyond that, we were left totally inspired by Creative Director Nicholas Ghesquière’s ‘60s-influenced collection, which included quilted minis, red-lens sunglasses, and rounded eyelet collars.  

Though the collection overall felt more ‘40s than ‘60s, Carven showed a cropped cheetah-print coat featuring an Italian shoulder, oversized belt, and short hemline. We can totally picture Edie Sedgwick wearing it over a black leotard.

If you’re searching for a dose of mod sophistication to add to your fall wardrobe, look no further than Gucci’s fall runway. Designer Frida Giannini showed double-breasted coats, leather-collar shift dresses, toggle embellishments, and cheetah-print boots we suspect Alexa Chung will be stepping out in any day now.

Saint Laurent

Designer Hedi Slimane turned the mod trend on its head by interjecting unexpected elements into his fall collection, like metallic shift dresses, gold-sequin sleeves, and stud-embellished go-go boots. If you’re looking for an original way to do the ‘60s, start with this. 

Alice + Olivia Dot Sleeveless Shift Dress ($368)
Every mod-inspired woman needs a shift dress, and we’re crazy about this checkerboard-print one.

Free People Pioneer Thigh High Socks ($24)
We’ve spotted Suki Waterhouse in white thigh-high socks more than once, which means you should give them a go.

Karl Lagerfeld and Italia Independent Velvet Round Sunglasses ($195)
White-frame sunglasses are a signature mod accessory to invest in.

Nine West Ida Slingback Pumps ($70)
Though many people equate mod footwear with go-go boots, block-heel slingbacks were also common.

Paul & Joe Pamphyle Wool-Blend Mini Dress ($705)
Pair a slicked-back ponytail and cat-eye with this mini.

River Island Navy Pussy Bow Shift Dress ($70)
For a quick and easy way to give your ensemble ‘60s flair, try a blouse or dress with a pussy bow. 

Saint Laurent Babies Patent Leather Boots ($1368)
If these patent leather boots don’t make you feel like Twiggy, we don’t know what will.

DSquared Wool Felt Hat ($175)
This is the type of hat you’ll pass down to your grandkids.

NARS Eyeliner Stylo ($27)
This eyeliner’s extra-pointy tip makes it easy to draw on a precise cat-eye! 

Missguided Beth Felt Zip Front A-Line Skirt ($36)
Channel your inner mod girl with this pastel miniskirt. 

The Laden Showroom x Even Vintage TWave Collar T-Shirt ($81)
A Peter Pan collar blouse is perhaps the subtlest way to try the trend.

Would you wear the mod trend? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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