In the early years of the 60s, the fashion icon was Jackie Kennedy with her perfectly white pearls and tailored suits. In the mid-decade, the Twiggy model inspired women to free their body and mind. The 60s fashion was revolutionary in many ways, for example, with the appearance of the miniskirt, in which "there is no such thing as too short." These changes were gradual, they were not overnight.
Trendy 60's icons
Jackie Kennedy's style was clean, simple, with perfectly adapted accessories. She wore neckless dresses and buttoned jackets with only a few and big buttons. He wore low heels (although many women still preferred high heels). She was the last woman to wear hats, mainly the pillbox hat. Jackie O 'took great care in his appearance, and both the women of the US like the rest of the world, they copied his style with enthusiasm.
After the murder of her husband, Jackie stopped being in the public eye. Women had to find a new fashion icon to get inspired. Brigitte Bardot was that woman. While Jackie was simple and modest, Brigitte wore cheaper and flashy clothes. Her cheap pink cotton wedding dress with white lace became a new trend.
The YouthQuake movement, brought clothing designer Mary Quant, who was another fashion influence in the 60s. Her dresses were short, very short, with colorful "mod" prints. His fashion, his personality, set the tone for the rest of the 1960s as "fashion is fun."
Wide skirt, fitted bodice and waist
The wide skirt and marked bodice, a dress from the 50s, continued in the 60s, a little above the knee. The style did not last long, since the 50s tube dress was released and became the straight and loose dress, the most used in the 60s.
Shift or shift dress
These types of dresses were casual wear for the home, running errands or going to the beach. They were not for the office. They were too short, and they became shorter and shorter. Anything above the knee was a "mini skirt."
The short dress became a sign of trust for the woman. The hem was directly proportional to how women felt about their own sexual liberation. Short skirts were not intended to attract men to satisfy their sexual interest, but were a way of saying that women were free to choose who, when and where.
This dress was a Mary Quant invention, which captured youth, and was quickly adopted by women of all ages. Big bows and necklaces, pastel colors and polka dots were details of the dress that made women look like dolls or little girls. The more innocent, the better.
The colors and prints are inspired at first by pop art and modern art movements. Chess boards, stripes and polka dots or colorblock.
There was also a trend of colors in earth tones, especially in the years of the hippie movement. Moss green, earthy browns, mustard yellow, burnt orange were very common colors.
Tops and shirts 60s
Tops, shirts, blouses and sweaters took the casualty of clothing in the 50s. The main change was that shirts and sweaters now adapt to the body without emphasizing the bust or waist. The tops could also be worn outside the pants or skirts. The necklines also became taller, back to the modest appearance of the 1930s. Round or pointed Peter Pan collars also had great reception.
Coarse knitted fabrics and turtlenecks were widely used.
Skirts and pants
With the legs fully exposed by short skirts, the shoes took a drastic turn, adapting to urban fashion with low or no heels.
Thanks to the new materials, PVC (vinyl), shoes could be mass produced, cheap and in a lot of bright colors. All the designs of the previous decades, Mary Janes, with T straps, Oxford, etc. were designed in a flat format.
Even the boots had low heels. Thanks to PVC and an interest in all things futuristic looking, white or silver high boots became a new must have. They looked great with short dresses and skirts.
Sandals and flip flops made their debut by the beach in the 1960s. Women wore them with all casual. Birkenstock sandals became icons of hippies.
Sneakers replaced the moccasins of school-age children. They had to be white and perfectly clean. They were worn with socks or tights with a shade or two darker than natural skin, which made it appear even whiter.
The new youth became obsessed with the jewelry of plastics, vinyl and bright colors, inspired by pop art. Geometric shapes made their way in hanging hoops. Large thick bracelets or piles of fine bracelets decorated the bare arms.
Fashion of the late 60s: Hippie
The late 60s saw an anti-fashion movement, a political statement, which became so popular that it became one of the main fashion styles. Worn jeans were used, for example, with patches, embroidery and paintings.
Anti-fashion meant that anyone could decide what "works" and "does not work" in fashion. Forest green color combined with brown suede, sun yellow with blue denim were typical combinations of hippie fashion.
Colors were not the only thing to be exaggerated. The clothes were of extreme proportions. The hats were large and limp, the vests hung to the knee and the coats to the floor.
Ethnic details covered everything. There were no hippie fashion rules. Mixing and combining and developing their own rhythm was the hippie fashion mantra of 1960.