Mid-Century Modern Style on Vacation - Weekend Travel Ideas from Heart of Haute

Heart of Haute is the only vintage reproduction clothing company with a dedicated mod style collection. What is mod? In general, modern design values function, and is free of excess decoration or ornamentation. In fashion, Mod style has its origins with the beatniks in England in the 1950s. Their love of modernism in jazz music gave the style its name. The beats' black turtlenecks were combined with elements of slick, sophisticated Italian suits, and bold prints and symbols adapted from and influenced by pop art.

Mod fashion in the 1960s was at its peak, with everyone from Twiggy to the Beatles rocking mod looks. The mod aesthetics influenced more than just clothes; architecture, vehicles, and even household items were bright, bold and sleek. Mid-Century Modern is a term used to describe the innovations in modern design in the mid twentieth century; the 1950s and 1960s. Areas that had a lot of population growth during this time (like Florida and Southern California) have many great examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

Looking to experience some mid-century mod style on your vacation? There are numerous weekend events (or weekenders) that celebrate the design innovations in this subculture, from the 1960s to today.

  • Mod Weekend occurs in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mid-Century Modern architecture tours, a Mid-Century Modern antique fair, a boat tour (and sneak away a night at the fabulous Mai Kai).
  • Also in Florida, Sarasota Mod Weekend is focused on architecture.
  • Mod Palm Springs has room parties, live music, and you just might share a drink with artist Shag.
  • Modern Phoenix offers an annual home tour focused on a different neighborhood of this Arizona city.
  • Heading to the UK? The spiritual home of the mod subculture has loads of events.

Many of us today still enjoy the clean looks of mod style -  and a ride on a stylish scooter. No matter where you are headed, Heart of Haute can help you pack your bag with mod dresses and other great retro fashion! Save room in your suitcase next to your go go boots for our 1960s inspired dresses, skirts, tops, and more.

geometric mod 1960s style print dress

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Go-Go Groovy! New 60's Inspired Collection

Summertime is almost here.... that means days are getting longer, and skirts are getting shorter! Take a break from your everyday pinup or 50's inspired ensembles and test the groovy waters of 60's Mod Girl fashion! We've got three new groovalicious prints in a flattering cream background color available on our shift dresses and mini skirts!

Black and white 1960s mod shift dress



Geometric print black and white 1960s mod shift dress with belt

Introducing the Carina Dress! Swing into sweet 60's style with this stunning shift dress. This fab frock features adjustable straps with buckles, and comes with a matching belt to tie it all together! Create a stand out in the crowd outfit with this Mod style dress crafted from the grooviest of prints. Looks like you have a reason to break out the go-go boots!  with our our 60's inspired Mod Girl Collection.

1960s retro mod mini skirt aqua blue pattern

Another simple 60's staple piece is the mini skirt. A fabulous choice when paired with tops like the Trixie!  A flattering aline style skirt with a big matching belt. Go bare in the summer, or rock it with boots and tights in the winter. 

1960s retro mod dress aqua blue floral print

Check out our Caroline Dress - cap sleeves, princess seams for a great fit, and side pockets for your scooter key. So honeys, what do you think? Check out our picks for the 5 Best Movies with Sharp Mod Style for even more inspiration. Will you give the 1960s a swing? Let us know!  And be sure to post your photos to Instagram and use hashtag #HauteHoney for a chance to win our $50 monthly gift card!

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5 Movies with Sharp 1960s Mod Style

Mod style was an evolution of the streamlined beatnik aesthetic, with a little love for sleek Italian design and bold pop art mixed in. This stylish subculture may have exploded in the 1960s in England, but it has never died out. At Heart of Haute, we love creating contemporary Mod styles for you - scooter mirrors unfortunately not included. Looking to mix a little more Mod into your 2015 style, and learn more about the roots of this subculture? Movies can be a great source of style inspiration, whether they are accurate or pure exploitation. If you are in the mood for some Mod movie action and have already made it through all of the 1960s James Bond movies, here are our top 5 Mod movie picks.

Top 5 mod style movies - a hard day's night

 

 1. A Hard Day’s Night – This 1964 film is an imaginative comedy based on several days in the life of John, Paul, George, and Ringo right at the height of Beatlemania. The movie and soundtrack were both hugely successful, and it features lots of great 1960s music, fashion and décor. Check out our Mandie Bee line for modern tops, skirts, and dresses that would fit right in at a Beatles concert in 1964.

2. The Girl on a Motorcycle – Marianne Faithfull zips up her leather catsuit for some sexy adventures while riding across Europe – this 1968 movie was originally released with an X rating. For a similar sleek black 1960s look, you can’t beat our best-selling Super Spy Dress.

5 movies with sharp mod style - quadrophenia

 3. Quadrophenia – Based on the Who’s 1973 concept album, the defining movie about the Mods of the 1960s did in fact come out in 1979 - during a Mod culture revival.  This exploration of teen identity, subculture clashes, and fashion as a lifestyle remains a classic. For a look inspired by this movie, try our Trixie Top with our short Coco Skirt, or our longer Pencil Skirt.

5 best mod fashion movies - to sir with love

 

 4. To Sir, With Love – An engineer signs up to teach the tough students at a school in London’s equally tough East End. Loads of mod skirts, dresses and swinging hairstyles can be seen on the female students in this 1967 film. Our Shift Dress in groovy orange paisley will give you top of the class mod style.

5. We Are the Mods – The Mod subculture has always had enduring fans and revivalists in Southern California. This late 1990s film tells the story of two women finding a contemporary identity through 1960s British culture. Try our Doreen Dress for a California-worthy sun dress with sharp Mod style.

Retro Las Vegas Outfit Ideas from Heart of Haute

Las Vegas is a great vacation spot, year-round. Winter still has better weather than most of the country, and killer off-season deals. For total Vegas virgins, my crash course is that there are 2 main tourist areas – downtown and the strip. They are not far apart in a car, and there is a bus (the Deuce) that runs between the two. I personally like staying downtown, but still going up to the strip.

 

Where to Stay in Las Vegas

Downtown is a little bit more “old Vegas,” with vintage casinos, cheaper prices, and Sinatra and Elvis impersonators everywhere. Take some free pulls on Fremont Street, get your photo with a Million Bucks at Binion’s, play some giant board games at the Gold Spike, and check out the cocktail lounge in the El Cortez (formerly owned by Bugsy Siegel). The Strip is the Strip – I don't have much new to say. Things are a lot bigger and further apart than you may think – keep that in mind when choosing where to stay.
  • The Venetian has one of my favorite lobbies and is centrally located. The also-central Flamingo has more kitsch at less cost.
  • The Platinum Hotel is my favorite non-smoking, non-gaming, off-strip spot, with huge suites and a rare indoor pool.
  • The Delano at Mandalay Bay has the only affordable 2 bathroom suites I've found. Mandalay Bay has lot of in-house shopping and dining options, and is connected to the Luxor.
  • Look into the suites at the more expensive spots if you have a big group – they just may be cheaper than 2 or 3 rooms, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Circus Circus has an actual midway and amusement park in addition to the casino, and free performers all day long.

Showtime

If you want to see a certain show, look into a night staying at the hosting hotel. That will give you the option of getting dressed up and rocking some killer shoes without a killer journey. The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage has been described as life-changing, and will give you the chance to hang at the 1960s ultra-mod Revolution Lounge – complete with go-go dancers. Pack some of our best mod looks - the Carina Dress or CoCo skirt are perfect.

 

 

 Maybe it is because I need Excel for any math beyond my fingers, but I am just not a big gambler. However, I will post up at a low-stakes slot on occasion to rest my feet and get a few free drinks. If you like to gamble, do some at the casino where the shows you want to see are – you just may get offered a free ticket.

A Stylish Retro Suitcase

Now, let’s finish packing! Visiting Las Vegas always gives me shoe anxiety. It’s the dichotomy of wanting to look your retro best and having to walk miles each day. I really advise being comfortable – painful feet will ruin your night. Yes, you will be next to a woman in a ball gown, but a great grandma in sweatpants will be on your other side. Truly anything goes. I do flats and even simple sneakers. For vintage inspired Vegas glamour, you can’t go wrong with the classic style of our Milan and Monte Carlo dresses for a fancy 1950s supper club dinner.

Hitting Frankie’s Tiki Room, or the luau at Treasure Island? Pack a skirt or dress in our Tiki Serenade print for a tropical desert moment. Frankie's is worth a trip for retro tiki freaks - it’s between the strip and downtown – keep that in mind to save on cabs. They do offer an aloha shirt discount for drinks on Fridays!

 

 All of those flashy late nights will wear you out. Bring some comfortable knits for a relaxed look on a tired day. Recover with some relaxed shopping at the Container Park downtown, or at any of the malls on the Strip. Our best-selling Super Spy dress and top are flattering and refined yet comfortable. Don’t forget a sweater – it gets cold in the desert at night, and casino A/C is no joke. Las Vegas has loads of interesting subculture, both past and present.

Whether you like, art, food, fashion, music, theater, burlesque, intense rides, or plain old people watching - craft cocktails or foot long frozen margaritas, spenders or free fun seekers - everyone can enjoy Vegas. Overall, Enjoy yourself, and put $5 on red for me!