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Authentic Homemade Hippie Costumes for Halloween - What Hippies REALLY Wore!

Updated on September 19, 2014

What Hippies Wore

I was a hippie back in the sixties and want to tell you about what hippies really wore in the Haight-Ashbury back in the day....

I've seen a lot of sites that sell bogus hippie costumes and clothes. They're absolutely ridiculous. I was a hippie in the sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to tell you what we really wore so if you choose to dress like a hippie you'll at least look authentic instead of silly.

Image: A Hippie Girl in 1967. Check her out. You can buy this photographic print at AllPosters.com

The lady above is a great example of how real hippies dressed. She's wearing a rather conventional sixties shirt/sweater on top, along with a long flowered skirt. Over the skirt she's draped what looks like a flimsy lace curtain or tablecloth. Next she's got a theatrical white cape - hard to tell what it is made of but it could be velvet. This photo looks like it was taken at Woodstock so she probably dressed up for the occasion. There are multiple flowers in her hair and a campy set of beads and sandals finish her look for the day.

The skirt and cape were probably homemade. It looks like she's got a sheer white scarf dangling from the side of her cape. As you can see there's nothing symmetrical about this image. It looks tossed together and artist-inspired.

San Francisco Hippie Music and Videos

Check out the clothing on hippies in the videos on this page - to see what hippies really wore.

You can enjoy some of my favorite hippie music on these videos... Scott McKenzie singing "Are You Going to San Francisco," then some Grateful Dead music, "Walk Me Out in the Morning Dew" ... and at the bottom of the page there are three full length documentaries about hippies in the sixties - a good place to research period dress styles.

You will notice the hippies are wearing mainly conventional clothing in these videos, with the notable exception of a few of the musicians.

If You're Going to San Francisco...

Skirts and shawls for the ladies - ...look for authentic hippie wear, not silly costumes. (please?)

Jedzebel Patchwork long silk blend sari wrap skirt - PW121, Assorted colors
Jedzebel Patchwork long silk blend sari wrap skirt - PW121, Assorted colors

Absolutely gorgeous! This really looks like something a creative Haight-Ashbury clothing artist might piece together. A lot of us made our own clothes... and long skirts were worn most of the time, rather than short skirts.

 

Grateful Dead - Morning Dew

70 x 28" Big Paisley Jacquard Double Layer Woven Pashmina Shawl/Wrap / Stole - Dark Chocolate"
70 x 28" Big Paisley Jacquard Double Layer Woven Pashmina Shawl/Wrap / Stole - Dark Chocolate"

Really, home-crocheted shawls were more common, but any hippie girl would have loved to wear this.

 

Hippie hair issues

...your hippie costume doesn't need to include long hair.

Again, referring to the photo above....

Note also the young men in the photo. Do you see any long hair? I don't. FYI there were thousands of hippie-guys that didn't have the long hair. Many of them had to work for a living and were not total bums, while at the same time embracing hippie idealism and enjoying the hippie scene in their spare time. Not having long hair was not an issue for the hippies. The whole movement was about 'doing your own thing' and 'accepting everyone's preferences and quirks' and 'being who you are without having to be self-conscious about it.' How about that?

I'm just saying this to let you know that if you don't have long hair you really don't have to put on a wig to pass as a hippie.

Adult's Pink/Black Ostrich Feather Costume Boa
Adult's Pink/Black Ostrich Feather Costume Boa

Janis Joplin popularized the ostrich feather look. Yes, they were popular with theatrical style hippie girls.

 

Hippies usually wore practical clothing - ...nothing silly like the commercial hippie costumes you see these days.

Hippies in Audience at Woodstock Music Festival, by Bill Eppridge - Buy print at AllPosters.Com

What do you see here? These hippies are all dressed in plain old clothes... ordinary shirts, ordinary pants. Nothing wacky. That's how real hippies dressed, most of the time.

A hippie costume with blue jeans, a shirt, a bandana perhaps, and love beads - that's the basics of what you might need to create an authentic hippie clothing ensemble. Think casual. Plaid flannel shirts for the guys. Maybe a little lace on the ladies and girls. Think gypsy.

Hippie wear for guys - ...to mix and match an authentic hippie costume look.

Forget Nero shirts, bell bottoms, and ribbon-lined vests. Those things don't say 'hippie' like these suggested items do. Sure they were popular in the sixties - for people with money to buy them - but the hippies - the real hippies you'd meet in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco - weren't into wearing 'sixties hippie gear' or a modern designer's idea of what guys in the sixties should wear. Real hippies were much more practical.

Jeans were usually faded and old - because people couldn't afford to buy new jeans.

Tie-dye... okay, if you want to. Original tie-dye started with pouring bleach in the washing machine while washing jeans. A big mistake that caught on and became popular.

Dickies Men's Denim Bib Overall, Stone Washed Indigo Blue, 38 x 34
Dickies Men's Denim Bib Overall, Stone Washed Indigo Blue, 38 x 34

Faded old overalls were found in clothing bins. These were worn by both men and women. Guys can use either old overalls or old faded-look jeans ... and don't worry about getting hold of bell-bottoms as most guys in the Haight didn't wear them.

 

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Haight Ashbury

Pre-Made Hippie Costume

I prefer to see people dressed more authentically... like the original hippies of the sixties.

Okay, what I really don't like about hippie costumes is that they attempt to make hippies look silly.

Hippies, for the most part, had no money to spend on trendy clothing in the sixties.

Hippies were non-materialistic.

Yes, colorful clothes similar to these were made but they were worn by high school students who wanted to look like hippies, or wannabes with money who didn't really know what it was like to be a hippie.

The rest of us wore hand-me-downs, clothing tossed away that ended up in free clothing bins, or just rags... whatever we could come up with.

Most pre-made hippie costumes are totally unrealistic. They're just not anything like what the real hippies of the sixties wore.

Learn the hippie lingo and attitude of love - ...don't just look the part... ACT the part too!

Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s,  Revised and Expanded Edition
Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s, Revised and Expanded Edition

If you want to look like an authentic hippie, why not follow through by acting and talking like one too? Remember to be AUTHENTIC not SILLY. This isn't a joke; hippies were all about being NATURAL and REAL. Remember to say 'far out' and 'out'a sight' regularly, and be totally loving and cool.

I mean, be REALLY loving. You might get some clues from this lens: Love, a Work-Force Energy Booster or this one: Messenger from the Summer of Love.

 

Where did hippies get their clothes?

...free clothing bins, of course!

On Haight Street in San Francisco, and in some other locations, there were free clothing bins. People donated clothing and the bins were usually over-flowing. A lot of the clothing was old and campy looking by sixties standards.

Old black orthopedic shoes worn by our grandmothers were very popular in those days. Old bowler hats and 1930s style suit coats were worn too. Red bandana headbands were seen on both men and women. For women, scarves on the head and around the neck were fine. Shawls were seen often - usually homemade crochet shawls.

I'm sure a lot of hippies got things out of second hand stores, as I did. Not only was old clothing used to create the authentic hippie style, but antique jewelry was popular too.

Hats and hippie headgear - ...use your imagination like the hippies did!

A good point to remember is to dress creatively. Don't do what everyone else is doing. You should not even care what other people are doing! Everyone does their own thing - with hippie clothes, art, music, and any other aspect of life.

Be creative. Be original. Be cool.

Okay, this is a pretty nice looking pair of shoes similar to what hippie girls wore. Not exactly what I was looking for - but this will do.

All the shoes shown below were popular too. Men and women wore the high-top moccasins. Men wore work boots.

Drew Shoe Women's Lora Mary-Jane Flat
Drew Shoe Women's Lora Mary-Jane Flat

I would have chosen the Mary Jane shoe in black, but it is also available in white. Same thing. Great for a hippie costume or your own daily brand of hippie clothing.

 

The Hippie Revolution

MINNETONKA MOCCASIN Women's 3-In-1 Calf Hi Boot
MINNETONKA MOCCASIN Women's 3-In-1 Calf Hi Boot

This type of high-top moccasin boot was uber-popular back in the sixties.

 
Golden Retriever Men's 6600 6" Work Boot,Brown Oil Tan Leather,8.5 D
Golden Retriever Men's 6600 6" Work Boot,Brown Oil Tan Leather,8.5 D

Another example... plain, no fancy uppers. We're talking SIXTIES....

 

Full Length Hippie Documentary

Summer of Love Documentary

Hippie jewelery - ...you need the love beads!

Blue Moon Bead Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Silver Lined Seed Beads
Blue Moon Bead Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Silver Lined Seed Beads

These seed beads are what we made love beads out of.

 

Monterey Pop Festival - 1967

Stainless Steel Ankh Pendant, 1 1/2 inch tall with 30 inch chain
Stainless Steel Ankh Pendant, 1 1/2 inch tall with 30 inch chain

I liked to string my love beads with an ankh as a pendant... or a brass bell.

 

Your comments are welcome - ...speak now or forever hold your peace!

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  • KarleneTrudell profile image

    Karlene Trudell 

    4 years ago from North Carolina

    Great lens! I hate to see people wear those "clown suits" they think are hippie costumes too. My daughter wanted to dress as a hippie one year for Halloween and I told her to just dig through my closet. :-) I still wear jeans, tunics, sandals, and long skirts...all the things we wore then. It wasn't a costume, it was all about being comfortable and wearing what you loved.

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    Annamadagan 

    5 years ago

    I am totally with you on the authentic versus cheap, costume store outfits. By the way, you did fantastic on this lens, it was great reading it coming from a real hippie! I will probably dress like a hippie for Halloween. I love the way they dress. Loose, free, comfortable. I would dress like this every day! Great job.

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    mysterrio 

    5 years ago

    I know a lot of hippies and I gotta say this lens is groovy baby. I dig it and think you are very hip. So, yeah, I love you babe, I'm with it.

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    Kay 

    5 years ago

    Definitely had / have some hippies left in my own extended family and I think they look more and more like the stereotypical hippie they older they get. Blessed!

  • Linda BookLady profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @flinnie lm: Thanks for the comment! I still dress like a hippie... :) ...I sort of am one...

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: You're very welcome! Thanks for the comment.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @eccles1: Yes, they were. :)

  • Linda BookLady profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @LynetteBell: Thanks!! Glad you liked it.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Paul Ward: They tend to stereotype... alas.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Very cool... and really, so warm for winter wear.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy48596357g7cjjhvmmmnv

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Terrific work and oh so accurate -- brings back fond memories -- I owned and wore a Navy pea coat in the late 60's and early 70's -- bought at an Army Navy store in New York -- just got a new one last winter so I'm going hippie again.

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    Paul 

    5 years ago from Liverpool, England

    I recently saw a very bad film where all the hippies wore loons :(

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    LynetteBell 

    5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Great lens:)

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    eccles1 

    5 years ago

    I remember those days.Great lens

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Go You. I'm rocking a Hippie Mad Hatter costume for Halloween and it's good to know those tacky, cliché costumes bothered someone besides me. Awesome tips, thanks for setting things straight :)

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    Gloria Freeman 

    5 years ago from Alabama USA

    Hi great hippie costumes, I love the look.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: I'm just saying what I saw in the 1960s in the Haight Ashbury... and in Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    you so wrong, this is not a good portrait of us

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @VeseliDan: Thanks, VeseliDan... it was fun to write about what hippies really wore.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: You got that right! Outlandish TV fashion... Laugh In and the Sonny and Cher show come to mind! Real hippies didn't dress that way at all. They would laugh and call that "plastic hippie clothes."

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: LOL... I too don't relate to most fashion sites. My emphasis is on comfort rather than on getting attention.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @burntchestnut: OMG remember Laugh In? To watch it now, I wonder what we were laughing about! But it seemed so cool at the time.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: I wish I still had my pea coat and ... I had a full length army coat at one time. That was wonderfully warm all winter. I think I had to give it back to my boyfriend - it was his father's.

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    burntchestnut 

    6 years ago

    I was in high school in the early 70s and lived in a small town. I didn't get to participate in any hippie activities, but I wore a peace necklace, love beads, striped pants, fringed vest, go-go boots and had hair down to my waist (I'm a female). I thought the clothes were fun and of course, watched all the cool TV shows.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @joanferrer: Yes, you know, some of the things we wore back then, you couldn't even find these days - except maybe in an antique store!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Mandy Stradley: Thanks... I've been thinking of photographing my bell ... LOL ... for this page.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @victoriuh: Thanks so much, Victoriuh... I used to live there too... Haight Ashbury, Richmond District, Mission District, Noe Valley, and Portrero Hill... I love San Francisco!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Great! Thanks I could help with your authentic Hippie wear!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Far out! I'm definitely adding a bell to my custome, and since I'm going to be handing out candy at my college's Halloween event, I'll practice the lingo. Thanks a lot!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @KimGiancaterino: Thanks so much, Kim! I truly appreciate that!

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    KimGiancaterino 

    5 years ago

    Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @ElizabethSheppard: Thanks so much!

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    Elizabeth Sheppard 

    6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

    I came here to visit a long time ago. I still really like this lens! I totally agree, the costumes for Halloween that are supposed to be hippie costumes are not really. I was a Hippie wannabe, but copied them as much as I could. What a neat lens! I like it. ::::blessed by a Squidoo Angel::::

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    victoriuh 

    6 years ago

    I am too young to be a hippie, but I grew up near SF so I have definitely seen the clothes. Great ideas and great history. Blessed!

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    Mandy Stradley 

    6 years ago

    I love the bells! Fun and informative lens!

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    joanferrer 

    6 years ago

    I love the real original style.. thanks for sharing.. the real thing still is incredibly cool in my opinion.

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Far out Man. I still wear the faded jeans, never buy new ones!, Have the Pea coat and it is my favorite coat,, tie dye, beaded jewelry, hoop and dangly earrings (Which I make), Hemp, flip flops, shawls, long skirts, lace, and combat boots are most favorite winter shoes, only because I don't have any moccasins LOL... And a peace sign on my key ring. I do believe I still fit into my polyester striped hip huggers. Hmmmm Groovy Baby :)

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Good grief. I dress like an authentic hippie. I had no idea. Terrific lens! I have finally found a fashion site I can relate to. :)

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Yep, crochet shawls, love beads, army jackets; I think you covered it pretty good! The outlandish stuff was on tv!

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    VeseliDan 

    6 years ago

    I love this lens! Nice job!

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    RecordLady 

    6 years ago

    Trip down memory lane. Great lens. Thank you.

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    fullofshoes 

    6 years ago

    Ahhhhh my hippie days revisited in your lens. Thanks for the nostalgia; great lens!

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 

    6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    This was fun! I remember wearing the hip hugger, bell bottom jeans that were so worn that they hung on by a thread.

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    jadehorseshoe 

    6 years ago

    Outstanding Lens.

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    girlfriendfactory 

    6 years ago

    Love it! I'm linking it to a couple of my Halloween lenses! :)

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    Srena44 

    6 years ago

    nice lens

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    sans300 

    6 years ago

    Hippie's were present in Goa in 1960-1970

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    Beadsnresin 

    6 years ago

    Nice lens, thanks.

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    TapIn2U 

    6 years ago

    Nice lens! Happy Halloween! Sundae ;-)

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    TapIn2U 

    6 years ago

    Nice lens! Happy Halloween! Sundae ;-)

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    astaramay 

    6 years ago

    I totally wore a bell to! I love your lens...it really takes me back! Happy Halloween!

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    JennySui 

    6 years ago

    Congrats on LOTD!

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    Ann Hinds 

    6 years ago from So Cal

    Thanks for sharing this information. For us, it wasn't a costume, it was a statement. Do I still have all those clothes? You betcha". Congrats on LOTD!

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    bikerministry 

    6 years ago

    Great lens, brought back some memories. Groovy, far out, peace, and cool! How did we survive that era? Blessings.

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    I wanted to let you know that my daughter is planning on being a hippie for halloween this year--and this lens has been very helpful to her!!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Oh! Nostalgia! At my childhood first ever read book was about Hippies.Today I miss that lost book.Any way I am struggling with my first lens, how can I get 20 squid like and 1 Giant like for mu Lens?

    http://www.squidoo.com/increasing-fat-and-a-myth

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    fugeecat lm 

    6 years ago

    This is great. Its nice to hear what was actually worn and I love the part about hippies being practical.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @sircharles420: Birkinstocks came along later. We didn't have them in the sixties...

    Thanks everyone - for your comments!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    This takes me back to my youth. Nice lens, also very accurate. Peace, Love and Squidoo.

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    DebMartin 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for the blast from my past. Must get out my hippie wear from the back of the closet and wear it more often.

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    pawpaw911 

    6 years ago

    Nice lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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    sircharles420 

    6 years ago

    No birkinstocks?

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    australiasbest 

    6 years ago

    Great lense and congrats on LOTD!

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    Julia Morais 

    6 years ago

    I had a different idea of what hippies wore. Thanks for the info. Great lens!

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    myimrelationship 

    6 years ago

    Great lens, really enjoyed reading it!

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    KimGiancaterino 

    6 years ago

    Very nice ... Congratulations on LOTD!

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    Myreda Johnson 

    6 years ago from Ohio USA

    What a breath of fresh air this blog is. Younger people totally do not get that army navy surplus stores were popular during the "hippie era" Lots of kids wore surplus and there was plenty of it around at the time since we were at war in Vietnam. Same thing for the long skirts for the girls. I really miss those days.

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    plumfb84 

    6 years ago

    check my site, great info for getting in shape!

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    satewas 

    6 years ago

    I grew up at the end of the hippie era 70's but I do remember it vaguely I do find your idea quite cool man!

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    Shivani09 LM 

    6 years ago

    Awesome lens!

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    Bella21 

    6 years ago

    Ahhh... the good ole days! Thanks for sharing. Brought back some fond memories... excellent lens!

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    lasertek lm 

    6 years ago

    Cool costumes!

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    June Campbell 

    6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

    I remember wearing some of those outfits back in the day. Sigh. We all have things in our past we'd prefer to forget! LOL

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    CuteNewt 

    6 years ago

    I remember having a teacher, in like middle school, he would tell us his hippie stories. So one year for a Halloween someone dress up like "hippie", and our teacher, yelled at him, telling him how fake it was. Then he yelled at all of us. I thought it was funny. Great lens, though your true about the real hippies.

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    Deadicated LM 

    6 years ago

    Although I was born mid-sixties, I got myself to over 200 - 250 Grateful Dead Concerts with Jerry (still check out Furthur) and I really enjoyed your lens; I'm also a Surface Designer who does Tie-Dye (also known as Shibori in Japan). Thanks for sharing a Great Lens, it's Groovy Man!

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    Ellen Gregory 

    6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Don't forget the Indian inspired brass and tin dangling earrings. I still have a bunch that I don't have the heart to still wear, but I can't throw them out

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    thesquidoodieter 

    6 years ago

    Oh great. Now when I dress up as a hippie this Halloween I'll feel like I total lie. xD Great lens though!

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    themeaparty 

    6 years ago

    All I know about hippies I learned from Cartman on South Park! ... but I certainly admire the energy of the 60's!

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    GrowWear 

    6 years ago

    Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD. :)

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

    6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I had a lot of hippie friends, but never whole heartedly went in for the scene. Instead, I enlisted in the Army in 1968...so as a soldier I had a different attitude about a lot of things from the hippies. Still, there were many that I liked and respected. This is a fun lens, thanks for sharing.

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    LadyCharlie 

    6 years ago

    Great Lens...loved the peace and love era!

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    quicpost 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for the groovy article. I like the Young Rascals music.

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    Bill 

    6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

    Far out man, really groovy that you were awarded LOTD. I am a bit of a short haired modern hippie. I love to buy my clothes second hand and get around bare foot in my veggie garden. I am also a vegetarian and into alternative music which is typical for a hippie isn't it! :-)

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    heehaw lm 

    6 years ago

    well i was not born during that time. wish could experience it. flower power.

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    DesignedbyLisa LM 

    6 years ago

    Interesting lens!

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    Kiwisoutback 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Congratulations on LOTD! Thanks for clarifying the difference between what we THINK hippies used to look like and what they actually did look like. I'm sure it's been exaggerated for the sake of Halloween costume sales.

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    elyria 

    6 years ago

    I enjoyed your fun Lens a lot! I live in SF and Haight-Ashbury is my favorite place to go for fun costume ideas.

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    Gale 

    6 years ago from Texas

    I have had the best hippy pants ever. They were my mom's, so they were authentic. They were home-made, green paisely wrap around bell-bottoms. They were out of a lightweight material and weren't the "typical" bell bottoms but more like a long skort that flaired out. But they looked awesome. Wore them for hippy day at school and several times for halloween.

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    cdevries 

    6 years ago

    This is a really great - authentic! - record of hippie clothing. Wish I'd known about it when I was involved with a production of "Hair." (I did the set.) It was pretty entertaining to listen to the former-hippy director explaining Woodstock to 20 year-olds for whom it was Ancient History... and a totally different culture.

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    cash37 

    6 years ago

    Love the costumes

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    diaperbagdiva lm 

    6 years ago

    I love this lens! I like to mix some of the hippie (real hippie) elements with some tailored looks. I think it is so much fun! Fortunately for me, my mom was around in the 60s and I can sometimes find a vintage hippie piece to add to my more current wardrobe. Thanks for the posts!

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    CottageDavid LM 

    6 years ago

    Great post thanks!

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    FixbuttonHQ 

    6 years ago

    Hahaha the love beads you mention are pretty much the same thing we used to make "kandi" out of as ravers. They were also given as gifts to friends and people you met. Awesome lens. It figures that stereotype is pretty far off.

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    Peggy Hazelwood 

    6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    So true, I was a kid in the 60s and remember the long hair and shirt tails out as being a rebel. Nothing too extreme where I was from.

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    Lisa-Marie-Mary 

    6 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE it for the authenticity! Thank you! I love to hear about that time.

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    mrducksmrnot 

    6 years ago

    Really cool and winning the glass (I mean) Lens Of The Day. Wow. Seems those ole hand me downs and freebies never wore out and we still have em today. Peace and Love

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    Ilona E 

    6 years ago from Ohio

    A little understated, I think. Hippies in Ohio were a little more flamboyant than you describe- maybe since it took some time to transport the look into the Heartland. Grannie dresses were big here. Bell bottoms, flowy shirts, guys sometimes had a scarf on their neck sometimes laround their head. Big hats were popular- like old fashioned sun or garden hats. White lipstick, gloss, eye makeup- sometimes twiggy style, sometimes more natural. Tunic tops, big belts, handpainted jeans, sandals. That is just some of the stuff I remember. I was on the fringes of the hippie style... and oh there were lots of fringes ;)

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    BunnyFabulous 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Great lens! I dressed as a hippie one time, and at the time was kinda bummed that I didn't have more pizzazz to my outfit, but after reading your lens I now realize I was closer to the real thing. Congrats on LOTD!

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