In the late 1960s the hippie movement was reflected in women's fashions. The psychedelic prints, neon colours, and bold mismatched patterns found in the fashions of the 1960s reflected the freethinking lifestyles of the movement. From head wear to footwear, the hippie styles of the era set new fashion trends for women.
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The women of the hippie movement used a variety of accessories. A peace symbol was a common decoration and was often worn as a belt buckle or on a leather strap as a necklace. Women adorned their hair with an array of headbands. Braided leather "Pocahontas" headbands and artificial flower tiaras were popular styles of head wear. Purses and shoulder bags were large and were often made of cloth. Wooden beads and woven strips of leather were worn in place of traditional necklaces.
Hippie shirts tended to be more relaxed and causal than tops from previous fashion eras. Tie-dyed T-shirts were extremely popular. Women often wore fringed leather vests over loose, peasant-style tops. Halter tops were another common choice for hippie girls of the 1960s. The necklines of blouses and shirts typically were looser and more relaxed -- cowl, square and sweetheart styles.
The most common clothing item among hippies was blue jeans. The jeans from the late 1960s were hip-hugger bell-bottomed jeans, often with fringed or frayed hems. The individual wearer added her own fashion touches with embroidery, paints and fabric patches. Women also sometimes wore army fatigue-style trousers. In the summer, many hippies made shorts -- called "cut-offs" -- out of their jeans and let the hems fray.
Skirts and Dresses
The skirts and dresses of the 1960s offered an array of hem lengths. Women could choose a mini or micro skirt one day; a long, flowing skirt the next; and an ankle-length maxi dress the next day. The dresses and skirts often were created from colourful printed fabrics such as paisley, tie-dye, geometric shapes and Indian prints.
Many hippies liked going barefoot, some favoured moccasins and some purchased used shoes at vintage stores. Leather or hemp woven sandals were also popular. Boots worn during the late 1960s included combat boots and go-go boots. Women embracing the hippie culture skipped the thin stiletto-style heels favoured by the previous generation and chose platform heels, wedges and chunky heels.
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