Oh Honey, it's a Mod Thing...

Oh Honey, it's a Mod Thing...

Heart of Haute may have a great focus on the iconic 1950's, but we ADORE the 1960's in all of its fashionable forms, too!  This week, we're taking a look back at those sleek and sharp lines to get those beatnik feels on.

Everything in this collection is a great staple piece, especially for those ladies that need to look clean cut and professional at the work place.  Don't sacrifice your fashion identity for a dress code.  Make your dress the code for success <3

Check out the "Mod Thing" collection here

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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- Alisa for HoH <3

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.

Get Groovy! ~ New Styles

groovybanner2 Feeling groovy?  We sure are! Trending this season (and every season since the 60's in my personal opinion) are bold, bright prints! Back in the 60's women started wearing what's called a 'Shift Dress' as a sort of stick-it-to-the-man breakaway from the traditional cinched-waist styles that had been in vogue for women for so long.  Nowadays most of us do want at least a tad bit of waist definition, so our shift dress comes with a matching belt.

First off we have this sassy little number we like to call the 'Carina Dress'.  A shift dress crafted from 100% cotton fabrics that are so incredibly groovy! amycarinacooldinahgroovycarina Do you love it as much as I do? I know Megan Draper would love them. :P  These two new fabrics are pretty awesome too, we call them Cool and Groovy.

Another set of new items we have just added to our collection is the Coco Skirt.  This skirt is an a-line style with attached matching belt. 1272452_10152024928187536_1414770961_oamycocogroovy2

Remember, as always in the Mod style, these garments are shorter than our regular collection! GroovyCollage <3 Ali

 

It's Raining Cats with A Fashion Nerd

We've teamed up with popular fashion blogger & model Amy Roiland to shoot our long awaited 'It's Raining Cats' line by Mandie Bee. We just thought with her gorgeous look & adorable haircut that she'd be perfect for these vintage inspired pieces! amyellatopredbowpurseRuby This is the Ella Top, Pinup Couture Bow Handbag in Red, and Sassy Skirt. Photographed by Mandie Bee / Makeup and Hair by Lara Kay at www.SimplyVanity.com Amy is a classic beauty who can pull off any style. She updates her blog A Fashion Nerd every single day, making her a fans very very happy!  Her style ranges from vintage, gypsy, grunge, mod, and some things in between - making her blog a first stop destination for fashion inspiration.  She mixes vintage pieces with new ones to create completely unique looks we envy! amymateyThe Matey Dress in It's Raining Cats // Hats by NastyGal Aside from blogging for a living, Amy spends her days acting, modeling, and designing.  She also designs her own jewelry line - A Tiny Touch where she re-purposes found objects into unique vintage styled pieces. I mean... is there anything she can't do? Amy Roiland - Moxie Skirt / Ella Top Amy wearing the Ella Top in Black and the Moxie Skirt in It's Raining Cats - Available at Heart of Haute. Amy / Ruby Dress Mandie Bee also shot Amy in her classic Ruby Dress in Mini Daisy. This talented LA native certainly has a spectacular fashion sense, keep your eye on her!  We heart Amy, we hope to collaborate again soon! Can't get enough Amy? Follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter -- just search for @AFashionNerd ! <3 Ali for HoH <3