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Wearing Peace Signs for Hippie Fashion

Updated on September 27, 2012

Patchwork Hippie Peace Sign Bag

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Peace Never Goes Out of Style

Do you have flashbacks when you see a peace sign? Yes, the symbol of the decade of flower-power and free love is back with a vengeance. Jewelry, tote bags, and clothing feature the iconic symbol; and, if you are like me, the merchandise is hard to resist.

I began collecting peace signs in 1986. At that time in my life, I convinced my sixteen-year-old self that I must have been born into the wrong generation; and, that I was really meant to be a hippie. However, the peace sign is more than retro-style. This easily recognizable symbol stands for hope that one day we will live in a world that is free of war, hate, injustice, and fear. Wearing the peace sign is an indication that you love humanity and respect others. Today, I see peace signs everywhere and wonder if the wearers truly understand that they are wearing the symbol for universal nuclear disarmament or if they are just trying to look retro-hip. Anyway, my passion for peace has been fueled to greater heights with the market saturation of my favorite emblem. I can find peace merchandise in stores and street festivals. The possibilities are endless.

The great thing about the 21st century peace revolution is that you can make a statement for peace without looking like you are going to a love-in or protest. As a peace-sign fanatic, I have a few suggestions for the fashionable girl that may want to incorporate a little hippie-chic style into her wardrobe.

Rule #1: Don't Overdo It!

The shelves are full of products featuring the peace sign. With so many options on the market today, it is easy to go overboard. The key to looking hippie-chic is trying not to look hippie-chic. In my zeal to embrace all things hippie, I have (on occasion) gone a little crazy with the statement jewelry and crinkle skirts. While this look may be fun for a festival, it is not considered proper office attire. However, you can add a little hippie-style to your business casual look by accessorizing with a small pin or or some other type of jewelry featuring a peace sign.

Remember, you do not have to wear head-to-toe peace signs in order to make a statement. A patchwork cross-body bag with an embroidered peace sign is a great way to complete a casual outfit. Pair a bag like the one featured in the picture with a pair of skinny jeans and a loose top for a look that is the epitome of modern bohemian.

Rule #2: Shop With a Cause

As a part-time artist, I enjoy incorporating peace-themed items into my jewelry and other crafts. There are many local artists out there doing the same thing. If you are looking for something really special, visit local street festivals and craft shows and support local artists. There is a pretty good chance that you will find one-of-a kind jewelry and clothing that rival any mass-produced merchandise.

In addition, many nonprofit organizations sell peace-themed items on their websites. Sometimes these items are made by local artisans from other countries. Purchasing these items are wonderful ways to support charities and fair-trade programs.

Hippie fashion is far-out and cool. As you are having fun expressing your inner flower child, do not forget the meaning behind the message. Be mindful that you are promoting more than a recent fashion trend. You are actually promoting the dream that one day we will all live in peace.



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