Bouffant hair, the flip, eyeliner, headbands, short skirts, catsuits and - horror of horrors - bell-bottoms.

Flip through any fashion magazine and you'll discover that the '60s are back and the fashions are swinging as radically between class and tackiness now as they did nearly 30 years ago.The '60s have made a popular comeback in Salt Lake City, too. Note Carole Mikita's hair. The KSL anchor, along with hundreds of other Utah women, now sports the flip.

Excerpts from the '60s began showing up in store windows two years ago. Tie-dyed T-shirts, chain belts, the color orange and other mementos from a decade baby boomers remember with fondness and loathing slipped into our wardrobes.

But the baby boomers didn't drag the '60s back to the forefront of fashion with such fierce completeness this year. Their children did.

Teenagers and young people in their 20s who never got the chance to wear polyester pantsuits or backcomb their hair - poor darlings - have latched onto the eccentric fashions of the '60s - like the starving to bread.

The excesses of the '60s make its resurgence a trend primarily for the young. Bazaar magazine plunged into the '60s with the other fashion magazines this fall, showing page after page of models in bold eyeliner, pale lipstick and backcombed hair.

But Bazaar's special annual issue "Forty and Fabulous" took a more understated approach to the '60s, advising its readers to eschew the bold sweeps of black eyeliner that sweep out past the outer corner of the lid in favor of a thin, understated line that stops at the end of the eye.

The magazine also counseled its over-40 readers to stay away from some of the other caricatures of the '60s. No over-40s model in the magazine sported headbands or bouffant hair.

On the other hand, they did wear boots, short skirts, vests and bright, bold colors.

As with every trend, it's a matter of taking the tasteful and flattering and leaving the tacky. For many, the body-exposing look of the '60s - seen in the unitards, skinny leggings and short, flippy A-line dresses - are both tasteful and flattering.

Andrea Ludlow, fashion coordinator for the Utah Nordstrom, says the biggest '60s emphasis right now is hair, makeup and headbands.

Susan Draayer, assistant store manager of sales for Weinstocks, noted that headbands are selling out in the Utah Weinstocks. The new headbands are wider - almost 3 inches wide.

"They are worn over the hairline, covering it," Ludlow said. "They also cover half of the forehead. With the hair, the height is in the crown of the head, not the front."

For '60s veterans, that means ratting, now euphemisticaly called "backcombing."

"You are seeing a lot of girls backcombing," said Richard Collard, a member of the artistic team at the David Anthony Salon.

"Girls with long, one-length hair backcomb their hair to give it a bubbled crown. Then they wear the really wide scarves. You are also seeing some softer, tousled french twists with some backcombing in the crown."

Even the shorter bobs and "boy cuts" sport crowns elevated by backcombing, he said.

"The black, heavy eyeliner is coming back as are pale lips," Collard said. "Perms are OK as long as they aren't tight or frizzy. Right now, perms are used for volume and lift in the crown and to give the hair texture. Now women are getting them so they can wash their hair, jump out of the shower and go to work like they did two years ago. Most women are blowing their perms out straight now."

David Anthony customers are demanding the short, boy cuts - "like Demi Moore's in that ghost movie," Collard said - all one-length long hair and straighter bobs.

Judging from Eastern sales, Ludlow expects Utah women to buy the Gucci prints that are reproductions of the hot gucci prints of the '60s.

She also expects strong sales in all sorts of printed velvets, particulary floral jackets with a black background worn over black velvet skirts. The printed velvet vests, jackets and overjackets sport oranges, purples, reds and fuchsias, Ludlow said.

A-line skirts, dresses and short, swingy A-line coats represent a different segment of the '60s: a more classic, stylish look reminiscent of then-first lady Jackie Kennedy. Those, too, will be strong, Ludlow said.

If "Mod Squad" was your favorite TV show in the '60s, queue up now for the over-the-knee boots that will be hitting Utah stores this fall.

If you would rather have a touch of the '60s while working with the wardrobe you have, Ludlow suggests contrasting bright, solid colors in your wardrobe, such as putting a yellow skirt with a fuchsia jacket and orange accessories. (That's what she said!)

"Everything should be a different, bright color," she advised. For those who fear polyester pantsuits, Ludlow promises that this visit to the '60s will be an improvement on the past, not a re-creation of it.

"These are all modern interpretations of the '60s," she said. "The fabric is better. Colors are better. The styles are reminiscent, but they will never be exactly the same."