The '60s was an era of change from the Civil Rights movement, which was in full swing, to the colourful and fun-loving hippie movement. The fashions of this decade consisted of bright, vibrant colours, bold prints and funky accessories. Experimentation was key for many designers in the '60s, and one-of-kind patterns and designs were prevalent. Children's clothing was no different and mimicked the unique style of adult fashions.
Princess Line Coats
Princess line coats were a popular fashion trend for children in the 1960s. Often worn over a dress, the cut of these coats was less on defining the silhouette of the body and more on the comfort and versatility of the empire style. These coats were generally found in an array of solid colours, such as a fire-engine red or powder blue.
Bold Print Dresses With Solid Hued Tights
A hallmark of '60s hippie culture, even for smaller children, was a simple shift adorned with a large, bold print, such as flowers or polka dots. The idea behind these dresses was that the simple pattern made it easy for mothers to make these dresses at home for a lower cost than they would incur purchasing them in a department store or boutique. Children could often be seen pairing these dresses with solid-hued tights in colours such as blue or yellow.
Shorts For Boys
The '60s saw a new look in shorts for boys. Cut-off shorts became popular during this decade, but very strictly for casual wear. Cut-off shorts were not purchased this way during this time period; worn-out jeans were simply cut up to accommodate this new style. Additionally, camp shorts became fashionable during this time period and boasted larger pockets for convenience, as did Bermuda styles.