What did teenage boys wear in the 1960s?

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What did teenage boys wear in the 1960s?
Some teenage boys participated in the "mod" fashion trends. (Businessman symbol victory image by Viorel Sima from Fotolia.com)

Men's fashion in the 1960s followed a variety of trends and changed as the decade progressed. For those interested in studying the fashion trends of teenage boys during this era, films made in the 1960s and old photographs from the era are both valuable resources.

Fitted Suits

Fitted suits were one of the "mod" fashion trends emerging out of London in the early and mid-1960s. This clean-cut look was showcased by many bands in the British music scene such as The Who and The Kinks. The trousers were tight fitting and the whole look often featured narrow or "skinny" neckties.

Chelsea Boots

The Chelsea Boot is a 1960s men's fashion trend that has re-emerged in the modern era. It is characterised by its slip-on style and elastic side panels. According to FootwearHistory.com, the Chelsea Boot was made popular by The Beatles and was therefore commonly referred to as the "Beatle Boot."


The turtleneck-style long-sleeved shirt or sweater was a popular fashion trend in the 1960s. Teenage boys would wear the turtleneck under suit jacket, vest or on its own. Black turtlenecks are often associated with the "beatnik" trend of the 1960s.

Bell Bottoms

Bell bottoms, trousers that flare out at the ankles, emerged as a fashion trend for males and females in the late 1960s as the styles were beginning to reflect "hippie" culture. Teenagers, young adults and older adults participated in this trend.

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