They believed in the freedom to state their mind the way they wanted to, and they did the same in any and every way they could; including the clothes they wore. Shifts (simple, straight-cut dresses with geometric patterns) were also in vogue. Suits were fitted, bespoke clothing was commonplace, and thinner ties became quite a vogue. It was the era of revolution. Towards the end of the sixties, the style of clothing became more or less androgynous with men and women wearing similar patterns.
What Men Wore
What Women Wore
The 1960s was an era in which fashion truly traveled. Women wore frayed jeans, long skirts with peasant blouses and headbands. Suits with box-shaped jackets, Peter Pan collars and buttons in contrasting colors were extremely popular, as were simple dresses with flowing skirts. One of the most popular colors to adorn was black.
When you think about fashion in the 1960s, the first few images that flash through your mind are of the hippies; bohemian, vagabond-like, and individualistic. Sleeveless shifts in mini lengths were quite the fad. Men shifted to wearing single-breasted suits with narrow lapels.
The Modernists or Mods were a huge influence on the kind of clothing that men wore.
After the extremely stylish and fashion-forward fifties, the sixties was all about discovering oneself. Bell bottom pants, paisley shirts, polka dots, and tie and dye were some of the most popular trends of the time. On all counts, the sixties was a truly fashionable decade.. The look they preferred was often known as the city gent look. What many of us do not know or probably don’t remember is that there was a lot more to the fashion in the sixties than just the clothing styles that the hippies favored. A micro-mini dress with a flared skirt and long trumpet sleeves, it was often worn with tights or stockings.
Towards the end of the fifties, menswear took a more vibrant and colorful shade. And this style lasted till the early 1970s. This trend continued into the sixties. The wanderlust was evident with clothing influences from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and even the Middle East. The mini skirts from the earlier years maintained their popularity through this period.
In the early sixties, there was still a hangover from the 1950s. Turtleneck t-shirts and cardigans were extremely popular and were teamed with blazers, and even shirts. Tie and dye t-shirts with fringed jackets were also hugely popular. The ‘angel dress’ also made its appearance during this time. Many women who preferred a simple and elegant style imitated this dress. Boots, especially white go-go boots were often worn with these mini dresses. Grungy jeans were also a huge fad.
Then towards the end of the 1960s came the hippie style of dressing with its androgynous look. The mini dresses were usually cut in an A-line style.
In 1964, Mary Quant unveiled the mini skirt and it changed the life of fashionistas all over. With the release of the movie Breakfast in Tiffany’s in 1961, came the popularity of one of the most iconic pieces of clothing of all time, the LBD, as worn by Audrey Hepburn. The 1960s was an amalgamation of a variety of trends. The fit of the trousers was slim-fit and the shirts were narrower too. Florals, kitschy prints, polka dots, watercolor prints were the preferred fabric patterns. Women chose to wear clothes that were elegant, quite often mimicking the look that Jacqueline Kennedy favored. Almost every young woman in the Western world was sporting dresses in this length. The pillbox hat also saw a surge in popularity around the time. Men’s clothing underwent a renaissance of sorts in the early sixties. It was the generation that freed themselves from set rules and traditions and sought out their right to expression. It was a decade of diversity and it was a decade of self-expression. There was some throwback from the fifties with the popularity of plaid suits fading out only towards the mid sixties. The inspiration for their clothing was predominantly from Europe and Latin America. The influence of bands like The Beatles and The Who was very evident
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