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How to Do '60s Fashion for 2017

Zou bisou.

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In many ways, 2017 and 1960 aren't so far apart. We're still very much fighting the same battles, and thanks to the merry-go-around that's fashion, we're still wearing some of the same things. But ahead, see how to reimagine the decade's hallmarks, from the prairie to the disco.

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Léa Seydoux

Here, we’ve got Léa Seydoux playing the Catherine Deneuve character, who never has a loose thread on her faultless coat. (Though who knows what happens behind closed doors?) But these days, we’re not beholden to such standards of “perfection,” so feel free to loosen up—in the fit, your hair, your morals, whatever.

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Miu Miu

Or embrace vinyl, the official fabric sponsor of nasty women everywhere, and cut it into a respectable shape for extra subversion.

Shop similar: Topshop, $170


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Mary Katrantzou

Moving onto the Paco Rabanne part of the decade, we’ve got his disc dress reworked with a psychedelic pattern but not worn as-is, as it once was. For the 21st-century woman, whose favorite layering trick might just be the turtleneck, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

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Christopher Kane

Or an oversize T-shirt on top and no pants. We’ve earned it.

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Michelle Williams

Now, moving into that late-'60s, Jackie O in Greece vibe, we've got Ms. Williams in Rome doing a pretty spot-on impression with her loose white jeans and wood basket. Though note the slight changes: wide-leg versus straight, and Cult Gaia's thoroughly modern arc shape versus the standard basket.

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Next trope: the prairie look, remixed here with a bit of punk influence and a stronger military presence. Who knew calico and fireside family sing-alongs would play so well with black liner and petticoats?

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Emma Roberts

And attending the same show, Emma Roberts demonstrates a trick many designers are deploying these days to lighten up big gowns and bigger legacies: sheerness.

Shop similar: Coach, $795


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Or, when you're working with a well-known print, cut it into oversize separates and stick it on a model with a buzzcut.

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Alicia Vikander

Always a popular silhouette, the swingy mini of the '60s does for your legs what Kim Jong Un wishes lifts did for his height. While co-ords are always a good idea, there's no time like now to mix prints.

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Michelle Williams

But weirdly enough, the white boot has transcended time and space to come out on top once again as the shoe that goes with everything.

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Seen here in a new-old-feeling kitten heel and with some athletic, Adidas-y touches that are having a moment now too.

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Cindy Crawford

But sometimes, a Command+C, Command+V job will more than suffice, as this supermodel proves in her wide-leg trousers, white blazer, and "I practically invented Studio 54" attitude.

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