Girls' fashion in the 1960s

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Girls' fashion in the 1960s
Leather bands across the head were common for hippie wear. (African American hippie girl image by monamakela.com from Fotolia.com)

The 1960s was about dramatic change as the more conservative 1950s were left behind for the transition to the casual style of the 1970s. Clothing and hair trends evolved and ranged across the board as bright colours combined with conservative tailoring and jeans became a fashion statement. Hair was long, short, teased and left alone to flow naturally as all looks were fashionable to wear. Accessories included white gloves in the beginning of the 1960s to hair crowns made from twisted flowers.

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The GoGo Look

Short and sassy, the GoGo look emphasised the legs. Whether it was a tunic dress composed of large squares of contrasting fabrics on the front, like black and white, or one bright colour, like hot pink, the hem came to just about mid-thigh. These were worn with GoGo boots of vinyl and a large chunky heel that zipped up the side. A matching cap was tipped on top of the head to complete the look.

The Paisley Look

Paisley became fashionable as fabrics exploded with colourful versions of this printed design. One clothing version includes the paisley shirt containing bell-shaped sleeves and a mid-cropped section that tied below the bust line. Paired with matching paisley bell-bottomed trousers of polyester fabric, it was topped with a headband and patent leather boots to complete the look.

The Hippie Look

Low-slung, hip-hugging jeans with fringed hems were worn toward the end of the decade. Combined with loosefitting shirts that fell off the shoulder (called peasant shirts), long flowing hair braided into sections or gathered and entwined with flowers, casual dress was the norm. Leather bands were worn horizontally around the head as a headband, while peace signs and mood rings became accessories.

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