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.
Polo Style 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.
Casual wear in
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
More conservative 1960s suits
The Seersucker Suit was one of the 1960s more relaxed styles
Wilder designs but in muted colors
New patterns and prints
Styles were a huge change from the 50s
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
The movie Easy Rider was an anthem for hippie style.
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.