Style Soundtrack: Find Your Style Shangri-Las

Three of the Shangri-Las showing the world just now to wear pastel pants. Bottom: Conservative skirts and blouses vs. sleek jumpsuits and go-go boots on two of their record sleeves.

In the mid-1960s, radio was in “L-U-V” with girl groups. The Ronettes, the Marvelettes, the Chiffons, and the Shirelles all performed poppy songs that you’ve probably heard on your local oldies station. One of my favorites, if not for their fashion sense alone, is the Shangri-Las. Coordinated outfits featuring white go-go boots, happy colors, and amazingly teased hair? Yes!

The Shangri-Las, whose singles were released from 1964 to 1967, specialized in evocative harmonies of teen alienation, family, and candy-coated romance. While many of their songs are heavy on the “I love my guy more than anything,” their tunes have punchy beats, engaging cadence, and lightweight bop. To get in the mood, listen to my “Retro Girl Groups” mix below:

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Ready to party? The marvelous Pop Girl Dress sets the tone for a retro shindig. Just push play!

1. Pop Girl Dress, 2. Bleeker Street Style Sunglasses, 3. Lipstick in My Beautiful Rocket, 4. Finger Poppet Ring in Owl, 5. Finger Poppet Ring in Matryoshka, 6. These Are Just White Earrings, 7. Sugar Hi Fi Speakers, 8. Kiltie Pleasure Heel, 9. LPour Me a Cup.

What retro style girl groups do you listen to?


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    Janice 07/15/2011 at 10:11 am #

    The timing of this post is uncanny! I’ve been really getting into girl groups from the 60s lately, and just yesterday posted a playlist.

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      Angela (ModCloth) 07/15/2011 at 2:08 pm #

      I’m listening to your mix right now. It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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      Jenn (ModCloth) 07/20/2011 at 3:46 pm #

      Ditto! I’ve been streaming your playlist for the past few days. Thanks for sharing, Janice!

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    Charlotte 07/15/2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I adore the girl in the middle’s hair! I wish mine would do that!

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    Ash 07/18/2011 at 4:19 am #

    I love The Pepper Pots!

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    Laura 07/18/2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Just looking at this post put a smile across my face. 🙂

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