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A Look at Women's Fashions in the 1960s

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Zahra Salim

on 23 April 2013

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A Look at Women's Fashions in the 1960s Zahra Salim Women's fashion in the 1960s was full of change.
Unlike the previous decades, the 60s were a time of emerging and diverse trends.
From sophisticated and casual to bright colors and bold prints, the 60s embraced it all with stylish flair.
Many of the trends followed what was happening socially at the time, which is evidenced in the extreme hemlines, psychedelic prints and low heels. 60's Style Icons During the early 60s, women's fashion followed the trends worn by the iconic Jackie Kennedy.
Never before had a First Lady been such a style trendsetter.
Women everywhere wanted to copy her classy, yet fashionable look. Some common elements of her style included: Pill box hat
Suits in pastel colors
Short boxy-style jackets
Shift dresses
Oversized sunglasses
Pearls The former First Lady wasn't the only style icon of the decade, as other fashion forward women did their part to shape the fashion tone that the 60's were known for. Twiggy was the most popular fashion model of the era, she was known for her "pixie look", which included shift dresses, ballet flats, cigarette pants and an extremely cropped haircut. Audrey Hepburn, the Hollywood screen goddess was also quite the fashion icon, largely due to her role in one of the 60s most popular films, Breakfast at Tiffany's Brigitte Bardot embodied the ultimate sex kitten and pin-up girl; she popularized the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck, exposing your shoulders), the bikini, gingham print and the choucroute, a beehive-inspired hairstyle. 1960s Women's Fashion Staples One of the biggest impacts on modern fashion that started in the 1960s is the introduction of the mini skirt. Originally created by designer Mary Quant, the skirt fell six to seven inches above the knee. Often paired with tights and go-go boots, the mini skirt started a phenomenon that still exists today. Other popular 60s fashions include: Baby-doll dresses with round necks and fitted waists were seen on women of all ages and sizes. These cute dresses were found in prints and solids and in both pastel and vibrant colors. Hot pants took the term shorts to another level. These short shorts were seen in bright colors and made a fashion statement on whoever dared to wear them. Culottes were another popular clothing item. They had the look of a full skirt but were more versatile, like a trouser. Tie-dyed shirts allowed for personal expression and individuality in the wardrobe. Women wearing these brightly colored shirts were sure to be noticed in the crowd. Fashion Revolution Like any era, there were a variety of influences on the fashions of the 60s. Hippie Fashion A subgroup of the 1960 culture were the hippies. This group rebelled against the war, promoted peace, love, and made a huge fashion statement. They opted for fashions that were natural and comfortable.
Bell-bottomed jeans
Tie-dyed shirts
Long flowing dresses
Gypsy skirts
Fringed vests
Peasant blouses British Mods The British Mods (short for Modernists) led much of the developing trends in the middle of the 1960s. It wasn't until approximately 1964 that women began to be accepted into the Mod subculture, but once they were, their style became very similar to that of the males: Mod girls wore only fitted Levi's for jeans and sneakers with them, tailored suits, men's shirts, trousers from places such as Marks and Spencer, mini-skirts, and A-Line skirts Late 1960s After the influence of the Mods and the hippies, the fashion rule in the late part of the decade was "anything goes;" Silhouettes were considerably closer to the body than in hippie fashion, and firmly belted waistlines in dresses, suits, and blouses enhanced the image of the hips.The film "Bonnie and Clyde" set off a trend back to the late 20s and early 30s, with jumper dresses and suits, cardigan jackets, and berets enhancing looks of feminine softness. Wide-legged trouser suits also increased in popularity as women seemed to be seeking more of a sense of professionalism in reaction the more messy look of the hippie trends By 1968, the androgynous hippie look was in style. Both men and women wore frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, and headbands. Wearing sandals was also part of the hippie look for both men and women. Women would often go barefoot, and some went braless.
Fringed buck-skin vests, flowing caftans, the "lounging" or "hostess" pajamas. These consisted of a tunic top over floor-length culottes, and were usually made of polyester or chiffon Another popular look for women and girls which lasted well into the early 1970s was the suede mini-skirt worn with a French polo-neck top, square-toed boots, and Newsboy cap orberet. Long maxi coats, often belted and lined in sheepskin, appeared at the close of the decade. Animal prints were also popular for women in the autumn and winter of 1969. Women's shirts often had transparent sleeves. Psychedelic prints, hemp and the look of "Woodstock" came about in this generation. Pantyhose Redesigned Seamless pantyhose were introduced in the 1960s. Before pantyhose, women wore girdles and suspender belts to keep their nylon stockings from falling down. During the 60s, it was not proper to show bare legs and it was not fashionable to see the tops of stockings when wearing mini skirts Footwear Footwear changed drastically in the 1960s. Stilettos were traded in favor of kitten heels. Flat knee boots were popular and often paired with skirts and dresses. Women also wore Mary Janes, ballerina flats and sling-backs with most of their clothing. Toward the end of 60s, Dr. Scholl's clogs became quite popular due to the wide variety of comfortable styles Top Designers Pierre Cardin, who became famous for his brightly colored mini dresses. Givenchy designed the iconic little black dress that is essential to every woman's wardrobe . Yves Saint Laurent's shift dresses and pea coats became popular in the 60s. Pucci is best known for colorful psychedelic prints, especially for headscarves and dresses. Fashions from the 60s are still around; in fact, they can be found in many vintage stores and perhaps tucked away in an attic Thanks for watching! :)
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