I'll be looking at various styles and eras from the 20s to the 70s inclusive, and, as with my collectables tutorials, will be gradually built up into a whole series that everyone can use as a reference. And hopefully I'll have a link to it somewhere too (when I work out just how to do that!)
First up, 1960s suits.
There's something so...neat about 60s suiting, isn't there? The crisp tailoring, pillbox hat, elegant gloves and pencil skirt are elements that I always find appealing. Detailing on jackets often had just one feature, whether it be top-stitching, an edge trim, a pocket trim or suchlike.
During the late 50s and early 60s, hemlines were still below the knee, and a shorter or 'boxy' unfitted jacket with 3/4 sleeves was worn with long gloves.
Not all skirts were pencil-shaped, though. The a-line was another popular look and continued to be present throughout the 60s and into the 70s.
Collars were generally open, and jacket decoration was minimal.
Large buttons and small accents such as bows or top stitching were often seen on jackets.
Knitted suits were big news too. They began to appear in acrylic versions from the mid-60s onwards.
The introduction of crimplene allowed far greater versatility with fabric design. This suit dates to 1964.
Stand-away collars also featured on 60s jackets, as did faux pockets.
Despite the introduction of synthetic fabrics, wool and knitted tops remained high on the agenda.
The fringed pockets on this jacket are a lovely example of the minimalistic-yet-so-effective detailing.