Let’s Give a Nod to the Fashion “Mod”!

The 1960s geometric mod look didn’t die out after the 60s. In fact, the mod look, which I highly equate with the London look, is alive and well in fashion!

Some synonym words (replacement words, alternative words) for mod are: style, fashion, vogue, trendy, rage, craze, modern, contemporary, up-to-date, the latest thing, etc. There are numerous words that can be used to define the mod fashion look, but only one unique look defines the mod appearance, and the certain style of dress needs no explanation!

You know mod fashion as soon as you see it! Colorful (often yellows, oranges and greens), geometric patterns, long, straight, slender cut dresses, boots or high heels, and of course, frosted lip gloss!


Mod style is fun and freeing. Many times the fabrics consist of geometrical shapes, such as squares, circles, and triangles, and other shapes that have a distinct pattern. Colors are generally neon and striking.

Mod Fun Fact: Mod is a youth subculture of the early to mid-1960s, that was revived in later decades. Mod is focused on fashion and music, with the subculture having its roots in a small group of London based, stylish young men in the late 1950s who were termed modernists, because they listened to modern jazz.

From the mod subculture evolved a place in high fashion that became a cultural phenomenon! Much of the mod. London look was derived from existing Italian and French fashion!


Remember Twiggy? Lesley Lawson, widely known by the nickname Twiggy, is an English model, actress and singer. In the mid-1960s she became a prominent British teenage model of swinging sixties London with others such as Penelope Tree. Twiggy is an ideal icon of the “mod” fashion, ever popular London look!

How to Get the Mod Look for Your Face (Makeup):

  1. Heavy, thick, black eyeliner
  2. Long, large, preferably false eyelashes
  3. Blue shades of eye shadows
  4. Frosted lip gloss (preferably pink tones)
  5. Blush
  6. Short, cropped haircut or hair worn up



The mod subculture has been referred to as a “fashion-obsessed and hedonistic cult of the hyper-cool” young adults who lived in metropolitan London, or the new towns of the south. Due to the increasing affluence of post-war Britain, the youths of the early 1960s were one of the first generations that did not have to contribute their money from after school jobs to family finances. Hence, mod teens began to use their own income to buy stylish, trendy clothes.


Female Mod Fun Fact: Many female mods dressed androgynously, with short haircuts, men’s trousers or shirts, flat shoes and little makeup (pale foundation, pale lip gloss). Also, mini-skirts came into fashion, and became increasingly shorter between the early to the mid 1960s.

Mod fashion includes a smooth, sophisticated look that embraces cool and the youth culture.


For all of you fashionistas and clothes junkies, you have to admit that the mod look is fun, fearless and frivolous! Playful, perky and pretty!

Let’s give a nod to the fashion “mod”!


Mod Subculture Fun Fact: Two youth subcultures helped pave the way for the mod fashion by breaking new ground: The Beatniks and The Teddy Boys, from which mod fashion inherited its “narcissistic and fastidious fashion tendencies” and the immaculate dandy look.

Mod clothing is a hip style enjoyed by both males and females.


The mod 1960s look is a bold, brave, daring yet darling look that can be pulled off to sheer perfection with the right style of dress, replicating the signature face makeup, and wearing a short or swept up hairdo. The mod look works with long locks as well, especially when worn with blunt bangs!

Go for a bang in fashion and blow people away.

With the London look –

The cool look –

The enviable look –

The mod look!

The “you” look!

After all, isn’t that what fashion is all about, you stylish, daring diva?


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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