The Changing Earring Styles of the 1960s

The 1960s was a revolutionary decade that saw fashion swing from conservative knee length dresses and Jackie Kennedy styling to a totally wild 'pop art' (bright blocks of colour) and 'op art' (geometric optical illusion) fashion extravaganza. There was no such thing as too short for hemlines - fashion was daring and exciting! And with mods, rockers, and hippies all sporting their own styles there was plenty to keep the fashion designers busy!

Vogue Magazine Cover of Model in Big Red Button Earrings

1960s Cover of Vogue with Model in Large Red Earrings

The youth of the 1960s were enjoying a freedom and euphoria born of post-war optimism, and were determined to ditch convention and forge a brand new style for their brave new world. Colours were bold and bright, and shapes fantastic!

The Early Years When you think of the 1960s–unless you've been there!–you're most likely to imagine the bright colours of the Mods, or the flared trousers of Woodstock, but the early 1960s were still very tame and modest and somewhat 'hungover' from the fifties. Women still wore elegant suits and gloves, or flared tea-length dresses, and metal and gemstones still formed the earrings of choice. Rhinestone and paste earrings in clusters and drop styles were very popular, as were domed button earrings featuring plastics, fabrics and sequins.

Mods, Rockers and Hippies

Mod - or Modernist - is a British subculture that began in 1958 and by the mid-1960s saw fashion swing towards the cosmopolitan looks that frequently graced the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines. The Mod look was clean cut in bright colours and monochromatic geometric designs, with short babydoll style dresses and tight trousers, and short neat hairstyles for women. The mod lifestyle was hedonistic, living for the pleasures of modern jazz and pop music, hard partying and spending money. A favoured mode of transport was the motor scooter, particularly the chromed-up Vespa adorned with many mirrors!

Black and White Image of Woman in Monochrome Earrings and Sunglasses