The classic 60s suit is very much in fashion. It is a sharp and sophisticated style: think of Sean Connery as James Bond, or Jon Hamm as Donald Draper in Mad Men. You can buy a modern suit that looks just like the style worn by Don Draper in Mad Men. Read our guide to getting the perfect 60s suit.
Look for slim fitting trousers. In the early part of the sixties turn-ups were still popular, although the smart look was to dispense with them. Flat or pleated fronts were OK, but the overall look needed to be slim and trim. Trouser bottoms were narrow, 16 or 17 inches being a maximum. In the latter part of the 60s turn-ups and pleats disappeared altogether.
Both 2 and 3 buttons styles were worn in the 60s, the three button style was more popular at the end of the decade and the two button look more so at the beginning. The important factor though was the width of the lapels: they were narrow to go with the narrow trousers and tie.
Most men went for fairly sober colours. The classic colour of the era was plain mid grey and this colour is also fashionable today. Navy was also popular. The fashionable pattern was Prince of Wales check. James Bond wears a suit in this pattern in Goldfinger. Pinstripes tended to be worn by older men in the sixties.
White shirts were almost universal. The collars were also narrow. For an American look, popular with the Mods in the UK, go for a button down white Ben Sherman shirt. Add a skinny tie with plain or discrete patterns to complete the look
Finish the look with a pair of black shoes, Oxfords or Brogues for the classic look. Loafers will give a more casual look.
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