1960s Fashion: What Did Women Wear?

Hello friends, and welcome to another post! Today, I’m gonna be dressing like we did fifty years ago, in 1967. 1967 was the year that brought us The Summer of Love, Disney’s The Jungle Book, the first successful human heart transplant, and the births of Vin Diesel, Julia Roberts, and Rolling Stone Magazine. From The Mamas to The Papas, 1967 was a year of looking for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, and getting seduced by Mrs. Robinson. While Jimmy Hendix was setting his guitar on fire, thousands of people marched on Washington to try and literally lift The Pentagon building, with their minds. Yes, that actually happened. In regards to what we were wearing, it was a year of short skirts, Nehru jackets, clear plastic clothing, and flowers in your hair.

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As for hairstyles, 60’s hair was all over the map. Some of it was long and unkempt, some of it was super short, and some of it was quaffed into gravity defying modern art pieces. So once again, I recruited my friend Kayley Melissa, a hair stylist and r, to aid me in my quest to become a far out 60’s chic. So, with some assistance and after consulting a few magazines sewing patterns, a little bit of Mad Men, and my dad, I think I’ve managed to put together three outfits that represents some of the iconic styles of the time. As always, I’m going to be focusing mostly on American style, though for this post, I feel like it’s impossible to ignore the British influences on 60’s fashion. Austin Powers: Yeah, baby! So 1967, what happened, and what we wore. So for my first outfit, I went for this mod, mini dress ensemble. Tyler: Fixing your buttons? Safiya: Uh, fixing my tights. Safiya: My tights are pretty far up! Tyler: That’s how high they are? Safiya: Yeah! This look was inspired by 1960’s icons like Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Goldie Hawn, and these girls in the background of the Austin Powers intro sequence. Safiya: GROOVY BABY! Tyler: Oh my god. A key piece of the swinging 60’s was the mini skirt. A controversial fashion statement that spread like wildfire. Ruffling the feathers of fame designers like Coco Chanel who said it was Just awful. As well as fans of traditional fashion everywhere. Thigh. What? What’s that? I’ve never heard of that before.

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Yes that’s what’s above your knees. What! Sharon, no! Skirts and dresses in the 50’s were usually full, and hit at the knee, And mini skirts were only really seen in Sci-Fi movies. Giving the mini, when it was more popularized in the 60’s, a futuristic appeal. It’s kinda weird to think about thighs being innovative, because I feel like I’ve been wearing minis my whole life, but yanno, here we go! Thigh. So for this outfit, I chose a green mini dress with buttons down the front, ivory colored stockings, black Mary Jane shoes, a black plastic handbag, and this giant green bangle. Tyler: This is the greenest you’ve ever been. I love I like kinda came to this park to be like, oh I’ll match, but I’m like way more neon than the grass. Tyler: laughs This mod style of bright colors, short cuts, and geometric shapes, had become pretty widespread the year earlier, in 1966. Tyler: You keep on trying to have like a shocked look on your face. Safiya: I don’t know, I feel like that’s the pose. Tyler: Yeah. Like you’re supposed to be like, oh! When style icon and model Twiggy erupted onto the fashion scene. Oh I’m Twiggy, but a lot of a bigger butt! Safiya: I’m Thiccy! Tyler: T-H-I-C-C-Y. But before mod was a style, it was also a subculture. The mod, short for modernist scene, originated in British jazz clubs in the late 50’s. Post-war England was seeing good economic times, and young people had extra pocket change, which they spent on high-end clothes, new records, and decked out Vespa scooters.

Mods congregated in 24 hour coffee bars to listen and dance to jazz music. A coffee bar. Let’s go in. Powered by caffeine, amongst other things. Safiya: Where is the jukebox? Tyler: Well it’s not in the pretzel section. What is kale? Is kale a new instrument, from India? However, whether it was the Twiggy board games or lunch boxes, By 1967, as many people flocked to the mod style, most of the original mods, tired of the mainstream attention and moved on. So mod turned from a noun to an adjective. From the mods to mod style. Once you’ve made the JCPenney and Spiegel catalog, you’re pretty mainstream. For my hair, we went with this bangs and slight poof style. Kayley: I feel like mod was all about like the shapes and the lines, so we’re basically creating shapes and lines, with your hair. Safiya: Hair architecture, that’s what this is. Kayley: Yes. 1967 was a transition year in many ways. And for hair, I think we were caught between the hair spray to death flip of the earlier 60’s and the free flowing locks of the 70’s. I hope I didn’t mess up my bangs too much, I promised Kayley I wouldn’t touch ‘em, but, I feel like I’ve been touchin’ ‘em.

And for my makeup, I went with pale eyeshadow, a black cat eye wing, a Twiggy inspired cut crease line, Twice as much flight power. and nude lipstick. I think white lipstick was also in, but a pale pale nude was a popular choice. Mod style was revived in the 1980’s, and in the 2000’s, and though I feel like muted nude and dark colors are more in style than bright neons nowadays, mod fashion is so iconic, that it tends to pop up regularly. Safiya: Do I look swinging? Tyler: As long as you don’t hit the camera. Safiya: Swinging 60”s. Swinging my bag around! Tyler: That’s a weapon. So for my next look, I rode the fashion pendulum all the way to the ground, with this body skimming maxi dress. Safiya: I call this outfit, The Lengthy Lady. Maxi Mama. Tyler: Woo! For this outfit, I paired this long purple patterned dress with silver bangles, shoes, a silver handbag, and these large blueish pearly earrings. Tyler: You look like been encased in like a rhinestone for forty years. Safiya: And I’ve just popped out. Tyler: Fifty years! While the early and mid 60’s brought with them the mini skirt, the end of the decade brought a completely opposite silhouette into the picture. Long, uncinched dresses in a loose, almost nightgown-esque style were all over the fashion magazines that I found from 1967. Gone were the girdles of the 50’s, in fact, the less you could see of the waist, the better.

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I’m trying to stand up as straight as possible, because there’s no shape to the dress, so I’m like, I must have shoulders like a hanger. This fashion 180 bucked the trend of hemlines getting progressively shorter with time. As dresses hadn’t been this long since World War I. Tyler: I think like the maxi-ness of the dress, is also applying to your dramatic-ness. Safiya: More- car honks Safiya: ‘scuse you! In general, these looks were inspired by international designs, like the Caftan, from the middle east and North Africa. And the Nehru collar, and paisley pattern from India. I feel like it’s hard to really like pinpoint who exactly this girl is, she’s kinda just like a fashion forward adult woman. Tyler: You look like a penguin. You could at home, you could be at a house party, you could be out working, you could be jet-setting, vacationing, lunching, a lot of different opportunities to wear this dress. All commented by some highly publicized celebrity trips to South Asia in the late 60’s, international air travel as a whole was perceived as glam and luxurious. And if you were going somewhere exotic, that also ment, dressing the part. Safiya: Is this an appropriate moment for the Transatlantic accent? Tyler: It might be. Safiya: in transatlantic accent Hello friends, Tyler: Oh my god. Safiya: and welcome to another post! Tyler: I just immediately regretted that. And even if you weren’t going anywhere, maybe you also wanted to join in on the fun. Safiya: Look Tyler, diamonds! Tyler: Oh my god.

So designers, like Emilio Pucci, created looks that jet-setting fantasy. Tyler: That’s total CZ. laughs Safiya: This? Don’t worry this is plastic. laughs This dress in particular was my grandmothers from India. Her brother who lived in the US sent her the fabric, and she had it sewn into this dress. So not necessarily internationally inspired, but literally international. Safiya: Also, secret pocket. Tyler: Ooh! For my hair, we went with a structured updo with this braid detail. Kayley: We both spent a lot of time looking through images last night, and we agreed that the Ariana Grande silhouette was very popular. It seems like abstract, somewhat impractical styles, with strategic bobbles and lots and lots of volume were favored to complement these loose maxi dresses. Though in the 60’s, these would have been achieved with hair clip ons known as wiglets. For this look, Kayley just used some hair extensions to give my head helmet some body. Kayley: You’ve got like a second head back here Safiya: I’m a little but like Professor Quirrel. Tyler: Yeah. But also like, your second head has a Will Byers haircut. For my makeup, I chose a pale blue eyeshadow and black cat eye liner.

And once again, a very muted lip color. I think in general for 60’s makeup, you needed like some serious eyeliner and some very very light lipstick, gloss, somethin’. It’s almost like the 2007 concealer lip This dress made me feel and act a little bit over the top. I think I was trying to blog good ‘ol Liz Taylor. Ow! I’ve married fo-forty five men and kept all the jewels somewhat evil laugh Safiya: That’s my impression of Elizabeth Taylor. Tyler: It was accurate. Who, coincidentally, gathered quite the Caftan collection during her life. Maxis mostly replaced the mini skirt silhouette in the 70’s, and also had a stint of popularity in the 90’s, à la Phoebe Buffay. I personally love maxi skirts, because I don’t have to shave my legs to wear them, but I’m not sure how long I would truly last inside of that hair helmet. It was pretty hard. So for my third outfit, I went for a hippie inspired, Summer Of Lovin’ look. Look at my brush, look how big it is The hippie movement was born in Northern California in the mid 1960’s, made up by people who sought alternative ways to perceive the world, and build society. Safiya: I am a blade of grass. Swaying in the wind. Tyler: That’s like a 1960’s version of Firework. At times, or most of the time, encouraged by mind altering and psychedelic substances.

Do you ever feel, like a blade of grass, getting plucked into, someone else’s joint? ♫ Diametrically opposed to the establishment and the escalation of The Vietnam War, the movement placed music, politics, drug use, and philosophy into a distinct culture, ready to explode by 1967. See I’m trying to do some moves that I think would be appropriate, I think I just look a little bit like a mom at Coachella. I kinda call it like um, massaging curtains. Though LSD was banned in the US in October of 1966, hippies payed that pretty much no mind, and continued to congregate and take psychedelics pretty brazenly. I’m just huggin’ this tree. Nothing to see here, just an act of love. On the backs of popular musicians such as Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Jimmy Hendrix, the growth of psychedelic culture spread nationwide, and reached the mainstream with The Summer Of Love in San Fransisco, where hundreds of thousands gathered to demonstrate their alignment with the hippie philosophy. Tyler: Are you dog circling right now? Safiya: I am nesting. Tyler: I mean, I hate to break it to you, that patch right there might be from like dog piss, but yanno. Safiya: Let me just nest slightly to the left then. This outfit includes a paisley patterned orange mini dress, a plain knitted bag, brown gladiator sandals, lots pf beaded necklaces, these circle lensed wire rimmed sunglasses, and an orange headband. I also went with pretty natural makeup and very very long hair. I almost feel like I shouldn’t even be wearing clothes, like I should just be wearing hair. Just cover my boobs with the hair and then just keep goin’. Safiya: Is that the plot of the musical, Hair? Tyler: It might be. This look overall, was inspired by a few celebrities associated with the counterculture movement.

Like Michelle Phillips, of The Mamas & the Papas, Janis Joplin, Cher, and Pattie Boyd, Beatle, George Harrison’s wife. And to really finish off the look, we did need a little George Harrison. Tyler: Peace and love, peace and love. I’m a Beatle. Safiya: What’s that accent? Tyler: From Liverpool. Tyler’s look is inspired directly from George’s outfit, here, which includes a white shirt, denim jacket, pendant necklace, paisley pants, brown shoes, heart shaped wire rimmed sunglasses, and a nice thick mustache. Tyler: Have you seen Paul and Ringo? Safiya: I think their hiding in your mustache Ty. Tyler: Well I’m hiding from Yoko. As pretty much the biggest band in the world, The Beatles brought a lot of attention to psychedelic culture. ♫ I the egg man, I am the walrus, Goo goo g’joob! ♫ Talking openly about their experimentation, and how it influenced their music. Particularly their ’67 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. She’s very to entertain. She’s like, he’s killin’ it. People are walking by are like, he’s not very good. Though neither of us are wearing flowers, another name for hippie was was flower child, as the flower held a strong significance for the movement.

Tyler: You bondin’ with those flowers? Safiya: Yes, all of their names are Susan. Often times worn in the hair, like the now Snapchat famous flower crown The flowers fit very nicely on my headband, which I like. The items meaning expanded in October of ’67. When after attempts to levitate The Pentagon failed, hippies filled the barrels or soldiers rifles with flowers. And flower power as a form of peaceful protest, was born Safiya: Of course the real hippies didn’t have this but- Tyler: Ayyy oh I got the flower crown now, that looks good, okay! This look to me feels kinda like a meme outfit of what a hippie would wear, I think that things like paisley patterns and long hair and headbands were so widespread that nowadays, this almost looks like a hippie costume. But hey, you know the meme had to come from somewhere. In general though, the montra for hippies was that you should dress like your own fantasy. So a lot of people wore whatever they wanted. From jeans and t-shirts to absolutely nothing. You know it just- it’s more- it’s freeform. Don’t let the man tell you what to wear.. man. Safiya: Look! This is where they stock the wood. It’s Woodstock. Tyler: Oh my god.

We drove all the way here for that one line, alright let’s go. So those were my 1967 outfits. Overall, it was really fun trying to style looks around the 1967 aesthetic. I think the 60’s are a very iconic decade. And a lot of the styles have been revived many times over. And never seem to fully go out of fashion. If I were going to bring anything back from ’67, it would be the mod hair, the caftans, and Tyler’s mustache. So thank you guys so much for sticking around for an entire half century of outfits this year. From the 2000’s to the 60’s, it seems like a lot of things have come in and out of style, and the fashion pendulum has swung from one end to the other, and back again. I hope you enjoyed this little mini dive into fifty years of fashion history, Once again, a big thank you to Kayley Melissa for constructing me a hard hat out of hair. And I’ve linked her blog below so you guys can check it out. Thank you so much for reading, if you liked that post make sure to shamash that like button, and if you want to see more posts like this, make sure to shamash that comment button. A big shoutout to IDK for reading, thanks for reading IDK, and I will see you guys a next year.

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