Unique T-Shirts for the Stylish Woman

Summer is here, well almost, and it time to bring out those t-shirts of yours to celebrate the much awaited spring and sunny season. It’s stylish tees season!

But if you find that your tees collection is anything but stylish and trendy, it's probably a good time to invest a bit on those t-shirts that’ll not only make a bold statement when worn over a great pair of jeans, leggings, or mini skirt, but will set you apart from the general t-shirt tribe. 

Chic Lace T-Shirts

After all, tees are not just meant to be worn for household chores or for dashing down to the grocery store, they are also meant to be worn to parties, events, clubs; you name it, there is always one that fits the occasion.

From boat neck styles to patchwork patterns, lace to animal prints and the popular pierced designs, there is one that will certainly ‘strike your fancy’. And whether you are just window shopping or seeking something chic and sexy to buy, these t-shirts’ are really in, as in trending! 

It doesn’t matter if you are on a shoe-string budget, or have plenty to spend, browse around a bit if you have time to spare. It’s highly probable that you’ll love what you see.

And . . . There are diverse styles to suit every woman’s taste; plain, elegant, chic, sexy, or vintage.

Trendy tees:

7 Famous Fashion Designers of the 1960s

You probably remember them; the great fashion designers of the 1960s. 

If you are a baby boomer, those were your teenage years and it’s certain that many of you have a tinge of nostalgia for the swinging sixties . . . the era of kohl rimmed eyes and false lengthy lashes; micro-mini dresses, space-age suits, and shiny patent boots; fashionable stuff that defined the face and style of the times.   
They were great fashion designers of their time and so influential in the fashion scene that they easily 'called the shots' in style….

Fashion of the 1960’s centred more on London and not Paris as some might believe. It was a new look, a total deviation from the fifties style of dressing. It was further divided into a number of sub-cultural trends, prominent among whichever the other styles may be are these three:
  1. Mods – modern chic look in dramatic urban styles
  2. Hippie – a generally unisex look, flowing clothing, tie & dye fabrics, lots of flowery prints
  3. Biba look – floppy hats, clothing with Gothic tones, a lean towards 20’s style; very dark eye, nail, and lip make-up.
Key fashionistas of the sixties include:
  • Twiggy
  • Mary Quant
  • Jackie Kennedy
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Edie Sedgewick
  • Jean Shrimpton


Famous and Sought After Fashion Designers 

1. Biba 
Founded by Barbara Hulanicki, in the 1960s, Biba lines (which eventually included makeup) was aimed at teenagers mostly, and consisted of what we may refer to as today’s high street fashion. Her colour palette was "muddied colours of brown, sepia, grey and plum" . . . dark but rich. 

Biba's "swinging London look" were affordable couture recreations and include the following styles: 
  • Mini-skirts
  • Long tight sleeves
  • Maxi skirts
  • Cat suits
  • Gingham print dresses
  • Triangular head scarves
  • Swanky wellies 

Today, if you find an authentic Biba dress, it may sell for as much as $1000

 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery celebrates BIBA

2. Givenchy 
Though he rose to fame in the 50's Givenchy’s fashion creations and elegant styles still reverberate in today’s scene.

This fashion designer's creations were so refined; it helped to define the 1960s refined style of the chic and sophisticated dressing of movie stars. We all remember the elegant Audrey Hepburn . . . She was mostly dressed in Givenchy's clothing whether on or off screen. 

His famed designs include: 
  • Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress of the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany’s".  

3. André Courrèges 
Courrèges was a French fashion designer who made his 'debut' in the Parisian fashion world of the 1960s with his futuristic, youthful but "high fashion label".  

His fashion creations include: 
  • Triangle shaped shift dress that was THE defining silhouette of the 1960s 
  • Well cut pants
  • Halter tops
  • Short skirts
  • Hip-hugger pants
  • Sequined jumpsuits
  • White mid-calf boots
  • Vinyl trimmed coats and suits
  • Cigarette pant suit  
 It is claimed that he is the designer that created the mini skirt.  Authentic Courrèges pricey high fashion creations is difficult to find today, but cheaper copies of his works may be found if you can ‘wade’ through vintage clothing hunts.

4. Pierre Cardin 
The originator of the fifties’ bubble dresses, Pierre Cardin is a very famous 60s fashion designer who created innovative, contemporary designs that bordered on the unusual and futuristic. 

He it was that embraced the use of hammered metal jewelry, industrial zippers, and plastics in his creations. His famous styles include: 

  • Thigh high boots
  • Collarless jackets
  • Bright coloured mini shift dresses
  • The unisex cosmos suit
  • Skinny double-breasted suits
  • Slim trousers
  • Space-age designs 

Pierre Cardin Hand Signed Autograph - An authentic signed photo of the famous French fashion designer

5. Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent, an influential fashion designer from Algeria, has had a great impact on the European fashion industry right from the early 60s till date, and it’s not uncommon to find that celebrities and models still gush over his designs even though he passed on from brain cancer in 2008.

YSL contributed to many of the sixties fashion trends, with some of his most popular clothing being: 

  • Mondrian shift dress
  • Pea coat
  • Safari jacket
  • Women tuxedos
  • Blazers
  • Sheer blouses
  • Jumpsuit 
  • Women smoking jackets  

Photographic Original Press – Yves Saint Laurent 1960s

6. Emilio Pucci 
This list will be incomplete without the mention of Pucci, "The Prince of Print" whose designs was mostly recognized for his trademark “psychedelic look” - electric colours, bold geometric prints, and 'clean' racy cuts.

Pucci contributed to the '60s trends like no other. Fashionable women and important personalities Jackie Kennedy and Sophia Loren wore his styles and a great fan of his clothing line, Marilyn Monroe, was even buried in one of his clothes. 

His popular designs include: 
  • Palazzo pant suits
  • Silk headscarves
  • Body hugging mini-skirts
  • Silk jersey clothing
  • Psychedelic op art tights – a form of printed leggings
  • Cropped Capri pants
  • Poplin shirts
  • Space age inspired air hostess uniforms  

7. Mary Quant
No, Mary Quant didn’t invent the "mini" as many vintage fashion enthusiasts tend to believe. Rather, she gave the style its name by popularising it in the 60s!

Many of us have the Quant look 'embedded' in our minds . . . the silhouette ensconced in a mini skirt or a mini shift dress; patent boots, coloured opaque tights, a bob style haircut, prominent and dark eye makeup and false lashes. 

To replicate the Mary Quant look today is a breeze and you'll find a good number of fashionistas adopting the 1960's "quintessential" Mary Quant style. Her designs were pricey and many a woman found them un-affordable. Nonetheless, she was regarded as one of "London’s swinging"  group. 

Her designs include the following: 

  • Star style
  • Colourful raincoats
  • Boots with detachable tops
  • Mix and match separates 
  • Tight mini-skirts
  • Hot pants 
  • Lounging pyjamas
  • Dresses/Skirts with matching colourful tights 

1967 Mary Quant fashion show

Finding an original Mary Quant outfit outside of the UK would be like searching for a needle in the haystack, but replication can be achieved by looking out for the right pieces to create the perfect ensemble.   

21st Century Interpretations of 60s Fashion Designs

Today, finding these famous fashion designers' originals is certainly difficult, judging by the fact that they 'styled' and set the trends for many of us fashion conscious youths over half a century ago. 

However, it is so good to know that interpretations of their designs are easy to spot in most boutiques, malls, and high street shops . . . That is if you know what to look out for.  

Here is a video to inspire you on how to wear the Mods 60's. Enjoy!

Mods 1960's Style for today's vintage enthusiast