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Sixties Fashion was exciting. It could be colorful or drab, fashion forward or laid-back, tailored or relaxed, designer or tie-dyed it was a smorgasbord of styles. It was a time of political and social unrest and nothing portrayed those conficts more clearly than the fashion. Styles which were previously driven by the necessities of the middle class and elite were now being designed for young people who constituted a newly empowered market. This new market wanted it new, fresh and definitely their way.

In one fashion camp were the social anarchists rebeling against the establishment as well as mainstream styles. The Hippie movement favored relaxed, comfortable and natural clothing styles although there were some very unique and imaginative things done with leather and beading, the norm for most college age kids was bluejeans and a tee shirt (tie-dyed or not).
hippie fashion
Relaxed hippie clothing
sixties college girl
College students





The other 1960s fashion style was in a lot of ways much more of a departure from what had been the status quo. With it's bright colors, leg revealing lengths, and hyper tailored designs Mod Fashions were a must for the "in crowd". Designers like Cardin, Emilio Pucci and Paco Rabanne jumped on this fashion trend to showcase their talents.

mod fashion "Mod" Fashions

If you were in grade school however your parents were your fashion guide so you still dressed conservatively.
Some trends did emerge,Catholic school girl collars were very popular in the early sixties as were tartan plaid skirts.


teenage 1960s clothes 1960s school kids
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Lone Star College


Other very popular styles of the sixties which proved to be more enduring were the mini skirt and bell bottom pants.
The mini was the most seen fashion modification of the decade. It was worn by everyone from the trendiest celebrities to office workers, to housewives. Along with the birth control pill nothing else empowered women as much. The mini embodied the growing woman's movement portraying both their individuality and sexuality.

Space travel had an influence on 1960's fashion as well. The use of "modern" materials such as plastics and shiny metallic fabrics dominated the high fashion scene for a time.



1960s vinyl boots
Nancy Sinatra helped to popularize
the "Mini"
(don't forget those "boots")
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Twiggy in a mini
Twiggy was the face of the decade
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mini skirt
Young Londoner in a mini


mini skirt on a scooter
Magazine ad from the 1960's
1960's mettalic fashion
Space age materials






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Hippie Clothes
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1960s bell bottoms
Bell bottom jeans



hip sixties clothes
Bell bottoms with a Neru influence

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