In case you've been living under a rock, Netflix has recently released a new hit series! The Queen’s Gambit follows the journey of Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), a female chess prodigy during the Cold War era, as she struggles with her addiction to drugs while pursuing her dream of becoming a chess grandmaster. Throughout the series, you'll be travelling in time from the 1940s to the 1960s, so you can expect plethora of sartorial references to these decades!
The costume designer of The Queen’s Gambit, Gabriele Binder, said that conceptualizing Beth's wardrobe began with the script. Gabriele incorporated lines of the chess board and parallels throughout Beth Harmon’s looks to achieve as much authenticity as possible. Beth’s looks were also inspired by designers like Pierre Cardin, Françoise Hardy, and '60s style icon Audrey Hepburn, and Andy Warhol’s “The Factory.”
Gabriele admits to creating looks while aware of the current trends. In fact, it was an intentional decision since she wants to inspire today’s women to incorporate Beth Harmon’s pieces into their own wardrobes. With that said, we have compiled eight ‘60s trends that we spotted on Beth that you can easily wear today, you're welcome!
Peter Pan Collar
In the ‘60s, Peter Pan collars were seen on blouses, dresses, and coats and often came in white to contrast with the base color of the piece, for a more sophisticated look. Today, you can surely wear this trend again as we're seeing a surge in baby doll dresses and collared tops. Opt for this type of collar for a daintier look!
Knit button down sweaters and cardigans were one of the newer trends during the ‘60s that are seen in The Queen’s Gambit. These pieces were practically made, with much attention given to its coziness and comfort. That said, cardigans then boasted of boxy silhouettes and earthy tones. Today, these cardigans are back en vogue—with happier colors, to our relief!
Inspired by modern art, check (and in this case, an ode to the chess board, of course), plaid, and horizontal striped fashion pieces were common in the ‘60s. Still popular up to this day, check patterns are still cool, and even treated as neutral for easy print-on-print dressing.
One of the most iconic fashion contributions of the ‘60s is definitely the head scarf. This accessory was often used to coordinate and elevate an ensemble, much as it is used now. Seen several times throughout the show, Gabriele Binder notes that the headband is a nod to present trends and its emergence in street fashion.
The mini skirt was one of the more shocking trends during the '60s and it actually represented the feminist side of fashion which is pivotal in the series. This piece is probably in your arsenal already, if not, you’re missing out!
Towards the end of the ‘60s, geometric patterns and prints started to emerge in the fashion scene (again, inspired by modern art). This trend is the most playful compared to the other trends during this time, and if you ask us, it remains to be one of the cool trends we continue to enjoy until now.
Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, this all-black look radiates elegance despite its casual vibe. Like the other pants during this decade, most came down to the ankle, high-waisted, and straight-cut. Today, cigarette pants is a basic and versatile piece that is an essential ashion item in every woman’s wardrobe!
According to the costume designer of The Queen’s Gambit, the bow is a touch of softness for this unique piece. And in case you didn't know, pussy bows were once considered a political statement (thanks to Margaret Thatcher) and synonymous to women working in corporate America.