Clothing styles of the 60's & 70's

Written by terry mulligan
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    Clothing styles of the 60's & 70's

    The clothing styles of the 60s and 70s were an eclectic mix of natural and simple materials with unusual colour and shape combinations. Hippie symbols of flower power, peace signs and smiley faces were everywhere and proudly displayed on the clothing at the time. Leisure suits were made from polyester and undergarments were optional. It was a fashion revolution.

    Free and easy describes the lifestyles and fashions of the 60s and 70s. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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    Tie-Dye, Love Beads and Bell-bottomed Jeans

    Looking back at it now, it probably seems pretty funny, but the 60s and 70s clothing styles were flooded with a wave of tie-dye shirts, love beads and bell-bottomed jeans. Tie-dye garments were usually handmade at home. Love beads were hand-strung or purchased at a head shop. Jeans were worn with the bottom of the leg material so wide and flowing that they were lovingly referred to as elephant bell-bottomed jeans.

    Colourful, tie-dyed garments ruled the day. ( Images)

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    Sandals, Earth Shoes and Platform Shoes

    The footwear of the 60s and 70s were an interesting mix of the natural and the ridiculous. If they weren't going barefoot, guys and girls wore leather sandals, Dr. Scholl's wood-bottom sandals or flat-bottomed, leather Earth shoes. Somehow these organic fashions later gave way to tall soled and heeled platform shoes, which were extremely hard to walk in. But, that didn't stop teenagers and rocks stars from dressing up in them -- including the infamous platform shoes of Elton John.

    Sandals and Earth shoes were popular footwear. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Headbands, Halter Dresses and Mini-Skirts

    Women and men wore headbands made from just about anything, including cloth, leather and hemp. Halter dresses and halter shirts were worn without undergarments -- much to the dissatisfaction of school administrators and parents. Hemlines went up while miniskirts were all the rage and they enraged the parents of the young girls who wore them. Mini-skirts were often coupled with a pair of tall boots, sometimes referred to as "go-go boots."

    Headbands and halter dresses were as dressy as it got. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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    Leather and Fringe

    Leather was worn by both the males and the females. Leather skirts, trousers, jackets, boots and purses were extremely popular and often worn skintight. Fringes adorned many of the leather items in the 60s and 70s and it was thought that the longer the fringe, the cooler the person looked. Young guys and girls even fringed their shorts, shirts and jeans. It was not uncommon to see someone wearing a pair of cut-off jeans with a 6- or 7-inch fringe.

    Leather and fringe was everywhere. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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