The hippie movement, which started in the United States, was chiefly promoted by the youth between the age of fifteen years and twenty-five years. This movement symbolized a cultural dissent that spread in many parts of the world, and was a testament to the ever-evolving styles of youth of this period. The success of a rebellious form of music, i.e. rock and roll, and the bands associated with it, like ‘The Beatles’ and other popular Bohemian bands, exemplifies the extent to which this culture captured the imagination of the common man during this decade. In the 1960’s, the hippie movement began a revolution. The ideology behind the movement was based on peace, love and personal freedom and, as a consequence, developed a huge following. Invariably, the hippies endeavored to express their freedom in the way they dressed, which indirectly reflected their thoughts, attitude, ideas and way of life. To know how we can inculcate 1960s hippie fashion into our clothes, styles, accessories and life, read on for some interesting ideas.
Men customarily grew facial hair and had moustaches or beards, but these were never trimmed. The unkempt hair connoted equality. Women wore no makeup and went bra-less and did their part in expression of personal freedom. Bright headbands or scarves were invariably used to keep the hair in place. Learning from the original hippie styles, you could definitely work on a messy, carefree look through your ruffled hair and bright, rumpled clothes. You can also add to the look by heavily accessorizing with Bohemian headbands, scarves and beads to name a few.
Popularity Of Jeans
Both men and women in the early 60’s wore jeans. Hipsters, bellbottoms, and Bohemian patches were popular and were worn with wide belts, knitted beanies and hemp necklaces. If you want to look ‘hippie’, look out for vintage patched bellbottoms in bright shades, printed shirts with wide collars, and top it off with a tote bag slung diagonally across the body. You can also team this with worn-out sandals and a colorful bandana.
Men wore t-shirts, leather vests, combat style vests/jackets and granny glasses. Shirts were made of tie-dye material that became immensely popular with the growth of the movement. These tie-dye shirts can be innovated upon to blend with the latest trends for a modern hippie look. The standard unkempt appearance should be maintained if you wish to look like an original hippie.
Women’s clothing was usually bright colored with unusual styles and also comprised of bellbottom pants, vests, tie-die garments, etc. These were often teamed with peasant-style blouses. Women also chose to wear printed, colored and flowing skirts. The hippie-styled clothes were not accepted by the conservatives who looked down upon this culture. From pairing short skirts with knee-high boots to accessorizing long-flowing skirts with sandals, hippie women defined experimental clothes for the decade. Dresses ranged from being short, fitted to long, loose, peasant and even granny styles. Of course, all these dresses were embellished with ribbons, and sometimes even real flowers. The idea was to look in tune with nature, yet bedraggled.
Flowers And Body Art
Also known as the flower children, hippies did not hesitate in wearing flowers in their hair, and had their bodies pierced or tattooed. The flowers in their hair and floral prints on clothes were used as symbols of peace and love. Such ways of expression found immense popularity and were a rage with the youth. Artificial and even real flower tiaras were also used to decorate and accessorise the hair.
Use Of Accessories
Popular accessories used by hippies were jewelery, head scarves, headbands and the famous beaded hemp necklaces. As music was an integral part of hippie culture, any jewelery that made percussion sounds was immensely popular. Hippie women wore necklaces with bells and even went barefoot, wearing anklets. This was especially considered trendy. Simplicity was the theme of the hippie movement, and natural beauty was the inspiration, so, most of the hippie jewelry was handmade, and the designs influenced by nature.
Most ‘hippies’ wore peace motifs on their clothing or around their neck in the form of necklaces. Use handmade accessories of hemp beads around the neck along with clothes that are simplistic in material, to adopt the true hippie style. Get a tattoo done, your ear pierced, and follow a natural sense of thought and feel free to personify the hippie style. If you want a trendier look, you could try the same techniques with modern patterns and designs but opt for clothes made of linen to retain the hippie simplicity. Hippie footwear consisted mostly of sandals and, quite a few of them even preferred to walk barefoot to make a stylish, bohemian fashion statement.
The hippie movement was very symbolic of nonconformist styles and unconventional thinking. Casual clothing, such as jeans and bellbottoms, was immensely popular. Leather sandals and peace symbols were almost obligatory. Among the youth of the 60’s, ‘Afro’ style hairdos were also very common. The bigger the Afro-updo, the better and more radical it was considered. Today, if you are looking forward to dressing up like a hippie, don’t forget to keep these pointers in mind.