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1960s Teen Boys' Fashions

Updated April 17, 2017

The 1960s were a time of economic and social change. The clothing statements of this time reflected these changes and went from formal to a more relaxed, less conservative style. These styles often were unconventional, and older people often found them odd or offensive. Many of these fashions were unisex and were worn by both men and women.

Tie Dye

Tie dye was a major fashion statement throughout the 1960s, and bright, bold colours were fashionable at the time. Tie dye is one of the oldest methods of fabric design; to tie dye fabric, you put rubber bands around the garment before dying so the dye cannot reach parts of the fabric.

Coloured Suits

Colour was a major staple of 1960s fashion, including more formal wear such as suits. Teenagers often wore suits of different colours and unusual fabrics such as denim and polyester.

Granny Glasses

Granny glasses were popularised by many celebrities in the 1960s, including John Lennon, Janis Joplin and George Harrison. The trend first began in California. Granny glasses now are collectable items.

"Peacock" Style

The style of dressing was very popular in the 1960s as teenage boys began to dress in a much more colourful and flamboyant fashion. Paisley and polka-dotted prints became popular. Shirts and trousers were often brightly coloured and made from fabrics such as denim or velvet. Tighter trousers were also popular.

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Karishma Johnson began writing professionally in 2010 and has written for the Salmon River Fine Arts Center as well as the "Salmon River News." She is a recent graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications journalism with a minor in sport management.