1960s Mens Fashion

1960s Men's Fashion

1960s Mens Fashion

1960s  Mens Fashion for men was not as revolutionary as it was for women but there was a lot of change. Ties, belts and lapels got wider, collars got longer and wider and a modified version of the bell bottom called “flared” became popular. The conserative men’s suit took on some geometric design along with the flare in the pants leg and wider lapels. Sport shirts were the norm for causal wear with the polo style being the most popular.

1960s sportshirt & slacks

Longer Hairmen's pointy collar

Longer Collars

1960s mens fashion

Polo Style Shirtmens polo sport shirt

A lot of sports shirts were made of a new material called Ban-Lon.

I was never quite sure what banlon was so here is the definition: “a trademarked, multistrand, continuous-filament synthetic yarn used in the retail clothing industry” Ok I still don’t know what it is, but it was comfortable.

Ban-Lon Shirt
sixties BanLon shirt



Casual wear in
Ban-Lon fabric

Men's Banlon Shirt

Men were not immune from the British invasion however and some very Mod influences managed to creep into what was once the ultra conserative men’s business attire. Patterns grew bolder as did color choices. No longer were blue, black or grey the only suit choices. Ties and shirts became more colorful as well.

A Mod Style Business Suit

Latin Influences on 60s style

male fashions 1960s

More conservative 1960s suits

The Seersucker Suit was one of the 1960s more relaxed styles

1960s mens suit

Wilder designs but in muted colors

60s mens style clothes

New patterns and prints

60s mens fashion

Styles were a huge change from the 50s

1960s mens bell bottoms

The English influence on 1960s Mens Fashions

1960s Mens Fashion

The Beatles led the fashion and music invasion

the Beatles invaded

Mod wasn’t the only influence on mens styles, the anti-establishment hippie movement was bringing with it an “anything goes” philosophy that allowed for greater choice in clothing. Vests were worn without the suit, men were wearing sports jackets with slacks (instead of a suit), and suits with no tie, not to mention all kinds of mix matched patterns and colors.

Although hippie clothing influenced main stream style to a certain degree it never caught on as an everyday fashion.
While the movie Easy Rider was showcasing hippie style the average school kid was still dressing very conseratively.

A 1966 School yard

1960's school fashion

The movie Easy Rider was an anthem for hippie style.

easy rider style fashion

By the end of the sixties some fashions were here to stay, the flaired dress slack would remain in style for another decade ties and lapels didn’t skinny up for another 20 – 25 years either. But among the young crowd anything that was different from the norm was cool, hip and definetly groovy.

Photo taken at Woodstock

1960s Male Fashions

Another Woodstock photo

1960s mans fringed jacket