1960s Fashion

Jackie KennedyFashions in the early years of this decade reflected the elegance of the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In addition to the pillbox, women wore suits, usually in pastel colors, with short boxy jackets, and oversized buttons. Simple, geometric dresses, known as shifts, were also in style. For evening wear, full-skirted ballgowns were worn. These often had a low décolletage and had close-fitting waists. For casual wear, capri trousers were the fashion for women and girls. Short dresses were also very trendy in the 60s. Stiletto-heeled shoes were also very popular.


Audrey HepburnThe 1960s featured a number of diverse trends. It was a decade that broke with many fashion traditions that mirrored social movements during the period. Early in the decade, culottes were in style, and the bikini finally came into fashion in 1963 after being featured in the musical Beach Party. Also, the 60s gave birth to the skinny jean, worn by Audrey Hepburn, which is again popular with young women today. In Britain the Mods subculture were a fashion phenemenon with their trademark anorak jackets, tailored Italian suits, and scooters. Their rivals, the Rockers, instead wore the same black leather jackets, Levi jeans, and pompadour hairstyles worn in the 1950s. Mexican ponchos, mocassins, love beads, peace sign and gold medallion necklaces, chain belts, culottes, polka dot printed fabrics, and puffed “bubble” sleeves were additional trends in the late 1960s. New materials other than cloth (such as polyester and PVC) started to become more popular as well.


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