Clothing styles of the late 1960s

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Clothing styles of the late 1960s
Clothing styles in the late 1960s were heavily influenced by British fashions. (Fashion image by CODETZ from

Before the 1960s, prime fashion targets were the wealthy and elite individuals. However, when the late 60s hit, the fashion world took a drastic turn. Fashion was aimed at young people, and the shape, colour and style of clothing were transformed. By 1966, psychedelic clothing featuring bright and bold colours was a hit. By 1967, fashion added toned down and natural to the bright and vibrant scene.

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Psychedelic Clothing

Layering colours of clothing became popular in the late 1960s. Go-go boots, paired with vibrant-coloured stockings or tights, accompanied miniskirts coloured with bold patterns. Patterns often consisted of geometric shapes or abstract art. The idea of "flower power" was also quite popular around this time. Both men and women favoured the psychedelic style.

Ethnic Fashions

Many children of the 60s began to see a problem with the materialistic phase when it came to fashion. During this period, people searched for practical and natural-looking clothing. Those seeking toned-down clothing opted for animal prints, ethnic garments and oriental patterns. Eastern cultures inspired this natural fashion, as did African and Middle Eastern influences.

Hippie Look

By 1969, the hippie look had caught on. Long hair, beads, frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, headbands and sandals were all mainstream. Individuals paired tie-dyed shirts or peasant blouses with fringed leather vests. Long, gypsy-inspired skirts were popular among women, paired with bangles and scarves. Print styles popularised in the late 1960s included Indian-inspired prints and patterns along with traditional batik patterns and paisley motifs. It was common to see young people walking around in bare feet.

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