Feelin’ Groovy: 1960s Fashion

This year, Indianapolis celebrates its 200th anniversary. Throughout 2020, we’re reminiscing with a series of photo essays featuring fashion inspired by specific decades. What better era to kick things off than the freewheeling 1960s?

Photography by Esther Boston
Styled by Laura Walters, Style Riot



Above: No. 21 dress, $573, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Fashion Mall.
Madden Girl “Bambii” platform shoes, $28, Macy’s, Castleton Square Mall and Greenwood Park Mall.
Bracelets and sunglasses, $8–$14, The Toggery resale shop, 1810 Broad Ripple Ave.



1960s fashion

Above: Nasty Gal skirt, $18, and top, $42, The Toggery.
Hat, $30, Zodiac Vintage, 1060 Virginia Ave.



1960s fashion

Above: Anne Klein top, $74, Macy’s.
Missoni dress, $120, The Toggery.



1960s fashion

Above: Alice + Olivia “Willa” top, $157, and “Athena” pants, $178, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Michael Kors “Trent” pumps, $110, Macy’s.
Earrings, $16, The Toggery.



1960s fashion

Above: Oscar de la Renta silk top, $48, The Toggery.
Vintage skirt, $38, Antiquarium Market, etsy.com.
Manolo Blahnik “Gable” buckle mules, $775, Saks Fifth Avenue.
JADEtribe earrings, $58, 8Fifteen, 815 E. 65th St.



1960s fashion

Above: Vintage dress, $46, Zodiac Vintage.
JADEtribe earrings, $58, 8Fifteen.
Ring, $48, The Toggery.



1960s fashion

Above: Rotate Birger Christensen dress, $180, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Hoop earrings, $28, The Toggery.



Above: Le Superbe top, $325, 8Fifteen.
INC pants, $48, Macy’s.
Manolo Blahnik “Maysale” mules, $745, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Brooch, $8, The Toggery.



The Home

Designed by local architect Avriel Shull—the queen of midcentury modern—this condo in Ladywood Estates on the northeast side retains its righteous charm with original wood paneling and period furniture. Interior design has changed a lot since the 1960s, but Shull’s style has aged gracefully. As she once said, “Beauty is the only thing that lasts.” 




Makeup by Danelle French; Hair by Carly Rae Phelps; Styling assistance by Lanie Yorgen;
Photography assistance by Carrie Hettle; Models by Helen Wells Agency;
Special thanks to the homeowners, Ric Mills and Matthew McElfresh.