Hippie styles in the ’60s and ’70s

The hippie dress was the most visible with the hippies expressed their ideas and rejected the existing social order. The hippie clothes broke all the values ​​of Western society: the peasant style, stripped and comfortable, long hair and beard for men, rejecting the bodice, the makeup and the hair neat in women, the use of fabrics and natural dyes, this meant opposition to capitalist consumerism, machismo and wars, as well as a return to nature. Men and women often wore the same clothes as the classic Oxford trousers (tapered at the top and wider at the bottom), sandals and jackets, both had long hair and girls were not painted, thus erasing traditional gender differences marked by fashion.

Jimi Hendrix Hippie Style

The hippie clothes handmade or bought at fairs and flea markets was a gesture against the prevailing materialism. One of the most important influences on the hippie were the rock stars and celebrities at the time, and that given its popularity exerted a strong influence on young people, who saw in them role models, both in values ​​and in the way of dress. The hippie dress spread through groups and artists like The Beatles, The Doors, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin Hippie Style

Led Zeppelin Hippie Style

The Beatles Hippie Style

Among other factors, the musical and philosophical change to the hippies of The Beatles in the mid-sixties was that many teenagers around the world not only adopt the hippie clothing but also his ideals of peace in a world marked by violence and lust money. The Liverpool band was able to assimilate the new spirit of the age and said through his musical experimentation, mainly reflected in the album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “, 1967. It, along with the styles from the different genres, there are also criticisms of current events and a strong desire for freedom and peace. Pacifism British group worsened in songs like “All You Need Is Love“, his trip to India or solo song by John Lennon, “Imagine“.

Thus, psychedelic rock, full of new tunes and a multicolor graphic art, strongly influenced by the hippie youth. In all rock festivals boys and girls expressed by hippie dress their rejection of war and consumption. The hippie clothing was characterized as a celebration of joy, love, peace, freedom and psychedelia, so have many colors, patterns and textures combined and was above all, comfortable. The hippie clothing also sought to represent itself defended ethnic diversity, and thus joined the western clothing such as jeans, clothes from other cultures: India, Africa, Latin America and the Native Americans were the source of inspiration for fashion hippie.

So clothing was made ​​from various fabrics, such as cheesecloth, gauze Indian silks imported from these countries and cotton. Also predominated embroidery and psychedelic prints, floral prints or arabesque, typical of Hindu culture. The leather fringes were another very present in hippie clothing, because it was a form of local communication for Amerindian tradition. Also included cultural diversity in the hippie fashion was very important craft production against clothing made ​​in series.

So the clothes made ​​in crochet, the art of knotting cord and patchwork fabric, as well as homemade dyes such as batik technique, had a central place in the hippie. Thus, all mixed and, for example, a girl could wear a long skirt with Hindu cheesecloth prints, a silk robe embroidered or patterned batik handkerchief bright, fringed vest, handmade sandals, necklaces of seeds and a bag of hemp. Unisex hippie dress What were the basic pieces of the hippie? Some belonging to the Middle West and others. Both sexes chose flared jean trousers, often adorned with homemade paints, fringes or patches of colored fabrics. Women’s jeans were extra shot low, so were very sexy.

Another garment were unisex vests, denim, leather or patterned fabrics, fringed or not, as ideal for shirts that both men and women wore. The hippie dress had another basic item, the shirts of cotton, hand-dyed with batik technique: psychedelic circles for parts needed to tie and dye fabric that. Moreover, as to the hippie clothes, boys and girls chose to dress as a daily Hindu, because of its comfort, its colors and its spiritual significance. The kaftan dresses, tunics kurtas and Nehru bags were popular items used by both sexes.

The dress is a tunic kaftan straight to the knees or ankles, short or long sleeved, loose, with triangular or mandarin collar neckline, embroidery and prints, whether in the same color or another. The tunic kurta, meanwhile, is a camisole rectangular unisex, typical of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is wide and reaches above the knees or shortly afterwards. Sleeves can be short or long, straight always wears a generally triangular neckline embroidery, sometimes with strips or buttons, tack and has an opening on each side, which facilitates movement. Sometimes the kurta tunic has mandarin collar.

The hippie girls usually wore kurtas with shorter bell sleeves, often imported fabrics and other dyed batik technique. These shirts are one of the most popular items of hippie clothing. Both Hindus are very colorful clothes and are usually cotton or silk crepe for summer, wool or silk and thick for winter. The hippie clothing also included the Nehru jacket, a bag for both sexes Hindu reaching the hips and has mandarin collar, popularized by The Beatles. Hippie dresses and styles for women and the hippie offered for girls miniskirts, popularized by British designer Mary Quant in 1964, and long skirts, wide and ruffled, Indian or peasant style, transparent fabrics, to allow freedom body.

The peasant dresses and styles or older were also very common among girls as well as long Sacone handwoven wool very thick. Furthermore, DUFFLE COATS were really popular winter hippie clothes. To combine with jeans or skirts it was best to wear a shirt or a wide, sensual top buttoned to the neck, always colorful and patterned fabrics. Among the items included in the Hindu female hippie dress, are the salwar kameez, saris and cholis, clothes always made out of fabrics in bright colors and with embroidery.

The salwar kameez is the combination of short pants (salwar) and a long tunic (kameez), both garments usually accompanied by a scarf called dupatta. The sari, on the other hand, is a rectangular cloth of several meters with the woman wrapped the body in many different ways, depending on the circumstance. Is placed above the choli, a tight blouse that ends before ddl navel, bare back leaves and may have sleeves or not. The hippie fashion adopted these clothes for their beauty, comfort and spirituality. Hippie attire for men The hippie clothing for men also represented a major change.

The hippies started wearing pants Oxford, with large lapels and tight shirts, denim or other fabrics full of colors. Reversing the roles, the girls opted for loose clothing and boys were encouraged to wear tight clothing. Men often bought jackets military balance to express their opposition to the Vietnam War and the draft. The Beatles imposed colorful costumes, such as the cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “and” Abbey Road “(1969). In the latter disc costumes consist long coats with rear openings and interior, along with flared trousers. Thus, the hippie again be influenced by rock groups.

Males often hippies also used a combination of kurta and pajama, a type of Indian pants, wide, open at the sides and tied at the waist with a belt. As for footwear and accessories hippie style, we invite you to read the page dedicated exclusively to them. Finally, a marked contradiction to the clothing of the hippies: wanted to be revolutionary but it became part of the exclusive world of high fashion. Many famous designers quickly assimilated hippie style, stripping it of its political sense and transforming it into a more elegant dress. Such was the case Yves Saint Laurent, who performed at the time a collection based on cultural diversity, colors, flowers and natural materials.

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