Jeans were worn with the bottom of the leg material so wide and flowing that they were lovingly referred to as elephant bell-bottom jeans. Collarless coats, suits and dresses created a long-necked effect. Pants, celebrated for their versatility, were getting wider legs and softer.
Love beads were hand-strung or purchased at a head shop. Jeans were worn with the bottom of the leg material so wide and flowing that they were lovingly referred to as elephant bell-bottom jeans. The footwear of the 60s and 70s were an interesting mix of the natural and the ridiculous. If they weren't going barefoot, guys and girls wore leather sandals, Dr. Scholl's wood-bottom sandals or flat-bottomed, leather Earth shoes.
Somehow these organic fashions later gave way to tall soled and heeled platform shoes, which were extremely hard to walk in. But, that didn't stop teenagers and rocks stars from dressing up in them -- including the infamous platform shoes of Elton John. Women and men wore headbands made from just about anything, including cloth, leather and hemp. Halter dresses and halter shirts were worn without undergarments -- much to the dissatisfaction of school administrators and parents.
Hemlines went up while mini-skirts were all the rage and they enraged the parents of the young girls who wore them. Mini-skirts were often coupled with a pair of tall boots, sometimes referred to as "go-go boots. Leather was worn by both the males and the females. Leather skirts, pants, jackets, boots and purses were extremely popular and often worn skintight. Fringes adorned many of the leather items in the 60s and 70s and it was thought that the longer the fringe, the cooler the person looked.
Any type of artificial look was abandoned quickly. Large amounts of makeup and high heels were too contrived for the fashionable woman of Fur-trimmed suits and coats were the most prevalent items in fall fashions. Two preferred furs were lynx and kit fox — long haired furs were back in style.
Leopard, however, was the leading fur of all of them. Stripes were seen on sports jackets, sweaters, shirts and ties. The three-button suit was the most popular, but the two-button suit was gaining fast.
Men of means liked a soft Italian-style shoe. In , we get to see the first Geoffrey Beene collection. Coco Chanel wearing a hair bow. Dress manufacturers quickly jumped on the bandwagon, creating sheer-topped evening dresses with only the flimsiest layer of flesh-colored net used for a bodice.
The topless bathing suit created all kinds of problems. A woman in Chicago was arrested for wearing it in public.
Throughout the summer, comments concerning the controversial design were published around the globe. It referred to swinging, knee-high skirts, fitted bodices, ruffles, pleats, a lace revival and the return of the hair bow as the coiffure accessory for women of all ages. The cosmetics industry reflected the fragile, feminine look that had come into fashion.
Pale lipsticks and nail polish replaced the vivid shades for the sought after natural look. Hair was no longer curly, but merely waved to follow the contour of the head. Eyebrow brushing bangs became the trademark of the young, along with hair bows work front, rear and off-center.
Textured stockings were very popular in Winter also saw the revival of fuller skirts, smaller coiffed heads under close-fitting hats and the return of the ball gown.
For men, the accent was on youthful appearance. Suit colors were lighter and brighter. Suit coats and sport jackets were shorter, with wider lapels. Trousers were often uncuffed. A wider stripe appeared on shirts and striped were popular in sweaters. Vintage Poor Boy Sweater Ad. A fashion revolution broke out in London, and for the the first time a British fashion invasion stormed NYC.
In the US, Pop Art popped into style. Then along came Op Art, which opened up a whole new world. Women dressed to match Op Art paintings, with their stripes, checks and wavy line prints. Dressed were divided geometrically by intersecting bands and brightened by contrasting blocks of color.
Rounded toed shoes became more prominent. Straps were evident, heels were open, sides were pared down to add to the look of leggy young elegance.
Heels continued in the low to medium height range. Another fad caught on in the dressing gown space. Cristobal Balenciaga designed a gown with one bare shoulder and it caught on like crazy. Even Jackie O got into the mix. Accessories included over-the-shoulder handbags and gaudy jewelry, which ranged from antique pins like Bakelite pins to modern styled geometric earrings.
Young men also went Mod via low slung, wide belted, skinny, fitted pants, to which they added extra-wide, flashy printed ties that contrasted with the wallpaper floral prints of their shirts. American youth became infatuated with the exotic, off-beat image, using it as a means of differentiating themselves from the adult generation. Miniskirts were adopted to more conservative styles with the length modified to two inches above the knee.
The new short-skirt fashion resulted in mixed emotions everywhere. Women borrowed suit styles from men. The military look was also popular. Army pockets, brass buttons, epaulets, and trench coat treatments were featured on coats, suits and sportswear. Twiggy was a fashion sensation. Women also wore peekaboo fishnets, spidery weaves and lace.
Not only did they provide smoothness from hip-to-toe, but they also eliminated the possibility of garter show. Women also fancied high boots as a fashionable way to cover up their legs. High-rise stretch vinyl and patent leather provided a glove-like fit. They also wore shiny black and brown boots that stretched to the knees. Youth continued to set the pace for fashion. In addition to leg, the fashion world fell in love with Twiggy, the skinny year-old British model who burst upon the scene, adorned every magazine cover and brought the age of the mini-mod to the forefront.
Her success was controversial at the time. To some, she was an insult to the female figure, while other lavished her fresh, new look. Her slightly androgynous look blurred the lines between genders. Another interesting development in Accessories consisting of metal squares, nailheads, rattling chains, zippers, brass buttons, clamps were something new. The chain belt was another important accessory. Turtleneck sweaters were an important trend, eliminating the need for a tie. The more daring sported a turtleneck under dinner jackets for a casual elegance.
People were creating their own styles to match their personalities and mood. Accessories dominated the outfit, often times overpowering the clothes in importance. The new attitude was a reaction to the mini-dress of recent years, whose lack of fabric alone gave women less fashion real estate to work with. Western-type shirts were very popular with the younger crowd. Women would tuck them into Dirndl skirts for a fun look. Unfortunately for the fashion world, the midi skirt never caught on.
It ended up being one of the biggest misses in recent fashion history. The Bonnie and Clyde movie triggered nostalgia for the s. Pinstriped suits and gangster hats were popping up here and there, looking like they walked right off a period movie set.
The most colorful, loud and expressive trends evolved from the outfits scavenged from thrift stores by hippies. Even affluent women adopted the hippie look in lavish fabrics, furs and jewels. It was a nomadic mix of ethnic and legend-inspired garb.
Gaucho pants, meditation shirts and, especially, vests. Paris finally had to accept what had happened. Designers could no longer pay the bills designing for the affluent. Saint Laurent led the way with his ready-to-wear collection.
Balenciaga shocked the fashion world with his retirement in May. Pants, celebrated for their versatility, were getting wider legs and softer.
From sensational shift dresses to multicolor pumps, our s-style clothing will add pizzazz to any look. Brighten your wardrobe with our s-style clothing! Choose from chic swing coats, charming blouses adorned with adorable collars, and printed mini skirts full of panache. From the debut of the mini skirt to mod-inspired styles, the s were known for breaking fashion traditions. With the influence of British fashion, the rise of daring hemlines and the breakout of Twiggy, there was plenty to be inspired by in the '60s. s Fashion: Styles, Trends, Pictures & History s fashion was bi-polar in just about every way. The early sixties were more reminiscent of the s — conservative and restrained; certainly more classic in style and design.