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1960s fashion was unlike any other decade because the clothing was as revolutionary and fast-moving as the era’s sweeping social, political and cultural changes.

It’s thanks to 1960s fashion that women are wearing everything from skirts above the knee to knee-high boots; empire waists to “no waists” and leopard print to printed stockings. And as unbelievable as it sounds, without the boundary-pushing fashion inventions of the ’60s, today’s woman would be unable to purchase a pair of formal pants.

Just like the changes of the ’60s themselves, the clothing trends were similarly groundbreaking and for the most part, completely new and novel ideas to the landscape of fashion.

While ’60s designers still defined trends for the season, for the first time ever counterculture groups like London’s “mod” scene and America’s “hippie” sect influenced the styles and clothing types produced by mainstream fashion brands and marketed to the decade’s youth.

But what’s most important is that the style inventions of the ’60s paved the way for today’s trends. In other words, 1960s fashion influences can be seen in contemporary fashion, especially as seen on 2012′s ’60s fashion-inspired runway designs for spring. That’s why any modern woman can wear vintage clothing: Because it’s thanks to the trends of the past that we have the fashion of today.

Fashion lovers, I encourage you not to be stuck in your old fashion ways! Start a revolution and wear vintage style today. Because who knows? You might just start a few trends of your own!

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