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The 1960's were a time of incredible change. Politically, socially and globally the 60's youth were crying out for freedom of expression and a demand for change. Clearly a revolutionary decade, which experienced everything from the Vietnam War to the Barbie Doll; The Pill and the Civil Rights Movement, Woodstock and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. A first landing on the Moon, Bikinis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Feminine Mystique, Protests, President Kennedy's assassination, skateboards, miniskirts and Star Trek.
It makes perfect sense that these cries echoed within the institution of American fashion. Not since the 1920's had fashion changed so drastically and defiantly. With the Miniskirt and bikini becoming staple wardrobe items, which could not have been more of a contradiction to the clothing trends of the 1950's, and the trends of mod and hippie clothing sweeping across the US and Great Britain. Within all of the social changes taking place the 1960's youth reflected their various beliefs outwardly in their form of dress. While the idea that within a counter-culture revolution fashion can be born seems ironic, this birth became an expression of individual style, leaving the designers of the time with a completely reversed notion of what it meant to develop fashion rather than letting it transform naturally.
The concept of dressing oneself from a collection of tribal, ethnic and bohemian styles was popularized in this decade. Hippie Clothing incorporated garments from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, adding to them a variety of psychedelic colors and prints. Vintagetrends.com proudly displays a range of important styles from the vintage 1960's era, no matter which lifestyle or scene you identify with, you will surely get a taste of what made the 60's so explosive and revolutionary on our site. From vintage bellbottoms to groovy wide belts, vintage accessories and costume jewelry, even disco polyester shirts and more quality vintage men's and women's clothing.
By 1969 the masses and manufacturers were unable to deny the appeal of hippie clothing – Long, floor-length dresses, called Maxis, were incredibly popular, men continued to grow their hair longer and longer, handmade clothing and accessories of macrame and crochet, ponchos, beads, peace signs, moccasins, chain belts and bubble sleeves had become mainstream and widely available. Peasant blouses, hemp bags, bellbottom jeans and body paint were not just seen on the streets of San Francisco, but in towns across the country and around the world. Flower patches, halter tops, and comfy vintage T-shirts, as well as any and all representations of peace, love and freedom, were a staple of hippie clothing. Native American Jewelry was a desired accessory for Hippie attire due to the use of beads and natural stones which fell in line with the look of the day.
Today we still see direct and sometimes discreet influences of vintage Hippie clothing in modern fashion. Sure, this season all the runways are packed with maxi dresses and tribal prints. But more seriously we have taken from the Flower Children an important lesson: Focus on self expression and equality for all and your individuality will be stylish forever.
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