Teen Fashions in the 1960s

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Teen Fashions in the 1960s
Mini dresses first gained popularity among teens in the 1960s. (red dress image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

The 1960s was a revolutionary decade that brought about great social change. This had a big influence on teen fashions. British designer Mary Quant pioneered the famous mini skirt, while other designers such as Biba, Ossie Clarke and Pierre Cardin, all helped in making the 1960s an iconic era of fashion.

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The Mods

The Mods were a stylish subculture who rose to prominence among teenagers of the 1960s. Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick were two famous mods. British fashion designer, Mary Quant, was key to the growth in popularity of mod fashions in the 1960s. According to the website, Fifties Web, Quant's short miniskirt challenged the previously conservative fashion world. The mini skirt proceeded to become a distinct item worn by 1960s mod teenagers. Further fashion pieces worn by teenage mods of the 1960s included A-line minidresses, coloured with bright prints or geometric patterns, although monochrome was also favoured. Dresses were often completed with angular and pointed collars. Bold, coloured tights were also popular items. Mod footwear included heeled pumps or patent knee boots. Accessories worn by teenage mods included large, circular earrings, black false eyelashes and baker boy caps.

Monochrome fashion was popular with Mods.
Monochrome fashion was popular with Mods. (racing dress image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com)

The Rockers

The Rockers were another teenage subculture of the '60s, who rivalled the Mods. Unlike the bright, fun and classy look of Mods, Rockers preferred to be more scruffy and rebellious. Rockers' fashions included leather jackets and black jeans. They wore heavy biker boots, and accessorised with studs and chains. Rockers often greased their hair into a quiff. According to Retrowow website, rocker fashion was heavily influenced by bygone decades, namely the '50s and it's rock 'n' roll and style, with rocker poster boys including Gene Vincent and Marlon Brando.

Leather jackets were a key Rocker fashion item.
Leather jackets were a key Rocker fashion item. (Black Leather coat image by Edward Stephens from Fotolia.com)

The Hippies

As anti-war demonstrations grew stronger and more prevalent, a whole new fashion trend was spawned among teens of the 1960s--the hippie look. Hippies were carefree and wore casual and loose clothing such as kaftans, peasant blouses and long skirts--all of which were decorated with tie-dye, paisleys, flowers and other zany prints. The hippies also pioneered flared, bell-bottomed jeans. According to the I Love India website, hippies adorned themselves with beaded jewelery, bandannas and bangles, and placed flowers in their hair. Hippies wore sandals or even went barefooted to embrace nature.

Teen Fashions in the 1960s
Hippies wore long, flowing garments with bandannas and bangles. (African American hippie girl image by monamakela.com from Fotolia.com)

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