The fashion of the 1960s was rather fabulous and is still seeing a resurgence on the catwalks to this day! Rightly so, because the swinging 60s was a fantastic era when it came to fashion.
The period featured a number of well-known trends and it was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the time. One example of this is trousers. Although it’s strange to think now, trousers weren’t popular before the 1960s, but throughout the decade, many women began to wear drainpipe jeans and capri pants.
Popular items of the swinging 60s (many of which are making a comeback at the moment) include culottes, go-go boots, the mini skirt, pillbox hats, the bikini and PVC clothes. Many women wore false eyelashes and psychedelic prints with mismatched patterns were also popular.
Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. In addition to the pillbox hat, many women wore stiletto heels and suits with short boxy jackets, and oversized buttons. Simple, geometric dresses, known as shifts, were also in style.
Later in the decade, the hippy movement welcomed a number of fashion items, including tie-dye, bell-bottom jeans and paisley prints. The London Modernists (‘Mods) and the rise of The Beatles also had a huge influence on redefining fashion for young British men. Moving through the decade, both men and women wore frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, sandals and headbands. Women would often go barefoot and some went braless. Ponchos, moccasins, love beads, peace signs, medallion necklaces, chain belts, polka dot-printed fabrics, and long ‘bubble’ sleeves were additional trends in the late 1960s.
But it wasn’t just fashion that saw a lot of changes throughout the swinging 60s, the most important change in hairstyles during this period was that men and women wore styles that resembled each other. Women's hair styles ranged from beehive hairdos in the early part of the decade to the very short styles popularized by Twiggy and Mia Farrow just five years later, to a very long straight style as popularized by the hippies in the late 1960s. Between these extremes, the chin-length contour cut and the pageboy were also popular.
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