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Hippie Fashions and the Trends of the 1960s

Updated on June 3, 2013

The Fashion Trends of the 1960s

The 1960s were one of the most fashion conscious times in all of history. Women followed Jackie Kennedy's classy, good looks, which were quite popular in the early 60s. Women loved and followed her classy, yet fashionable looks. Jackie's pillbox hat, and her classy style was a big hit with women everywhere in the United States. Jackie Kennedy was the first-first lady ever to set fashion trends in America. She wore white pearls, which were popular with many young women, who were keen on her. She, also, wore over-sized sunglasses, which were, also, popular with the women in America, as well.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is 1960s swimwear and looked great!
Marilyn Monroe is 1960s swimwear and looked great! | Source

Fashion Trends

Beach movies were popular in the 1960s, and when the movie: "Beach Party" came out the bikini became very popular with women everywhere. The bikini shocked the older generation, who wasn't use to seeing women wearing such skimpy clothing at the beach. The mini-skirt was designed by Mary Quant in 1964, and the skirt was 6 to 7 inches above the knee. The micro-mini skirt came about in the later 1960s, which was even shorter than the min-skirt. The mini-dress was way above the knees, as well, and came in all sorts of colors and designs; that young women loved to wear and be seen in.

Panty hose came on the scene in the 1960s. Before, nylons had to be held up by a garter belt, so that they wouldn't fall down. Panty hose made it easier to wear nylons and they were seamless. Tights too, were very popular, and they could be worn with mini-skirts, and mini-dresses. Tights came in many different colors and designs, and were were quite fashionable at the time. The fashions of the 1960s were greatly influenced by the social and political movements of the day.

Peace Sign

Peace Sign
Peace Sign | Source

The Hippie Movement and Fashion

The hippie movement came about during the later part of the 1960s, and the movement set many fashion trends, which many young people followed. The hippies promoted peace, love, and made big fashion statements. The hippies rebelled against war, and the peace symbol was one of their symbols against war. Hippies wore tie-dyed shirts, paisley printed shirts, bell-bottomed blue jeans, long-flowing skirts, Gypsy skirts, fringed jackets, sandals, and peasant blouses. Hippies, also, wore flowers in their hair, and had their faces painted with the peace symbol, among other symbols that had meaning to them. Some of the women in the hippie movement went around barefoot, and some went bra-less. Men in the movement wore long hair, which bothered the older generation quite a bit. Women wore long hair, as well, and placed flowers in their hair as a symbol of love and peace. The hippies wore psychedelic prints; as the hippies were well-known for taking drugs and smoking pot. Hippies loved peace, love, and freedom.


A Hippie Girl

A Hippie girl in Hippie fashions of the 60s
A Hippie girl in Hippie fashions of the 60s | Source

More Fashion Trends

False eye-lashes became popular in the 1960s, along with pale lipstick, which was, also, popular with young women, who wanted to make a fashion statement. Twiggy was the most popular model of the time. Twiggy was very thin, and wore her hair very short. Baby doll dresses were popular at the time. Hot pants (short-shorts) became popular and came in many, different bright colors for women, who dared to wear them. White go-go boots were popular in the 1960s, and made quite a fashion statement.

There were many accessories that went with the clothes of the 1960s, which were the love beads, medallions, necklaces with the peace sign. Types of shoes include: moccasins, flat shoes without heels, and clogs, also, became popular. The 1960s were a decade of many new fashion trends that hadn't ever been seen before.The fashion of the time of the 1960s has influenced the fashions of today. People still wear clogs, short skirts and dresses that are high above the knee. The 1960s were a fascinating time in history for fashion and all of its accessories.

Fashions from the 60's & 70's


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      Lissa 3 years ago

      That really catuerps the spirit of it. Thanks for posting.

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      M L Morgan 3 years ago

      'Women wore long hair, as well, and placed flowers in their hair as a symbol of love and peace.'

      I think this trait of hippies would be great to rekindle, especially in society today. Let's all wear flowers in our hair! Great hub :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Thnaks for commenting tammyswallow. I thought the 60s were a very interesting time with all of the hippies and the clothes they wore.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cool! I love the 60's!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Thanks, I was young then, but I thought that the hippie movement was very interesting. Merry Christmas to you, too! And, A Happy New Year in 2013! I'll have to find some pictures of the clothes that people wore in the 60s. That would be fun!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Been there, lived that! :) Fun article! Merry Christmas to you!