The 1960's was a turbulent time in the United States. There was a lot of conflict in the area of political and social unrest. What is interesting about the 1960's is that there was a wide variety of fashion styles that were popular during this decade.
When most people think of 60s fashion, they think of hippie clothing and bell bottoms, but there was so much more going on with clothing styles during that decade that is worthy of noting.
As mentioned earlier, there was a huge hippie movement that was very popular especially among the politically active. They were rebelling against the establishment and they expressed that through their clothing and rebelled the mainstream 60s fashion styles as well.
It was very common to see men and women is hippie styles that included bell bottoms, relaxed and baggie tops, floral designs, earthy styled jewelry and hair decor, blue jeans, tie-dyed shirts, or even leather and beading. There was a wide variety, but most college students opted for the jeans and tee shirt. Many people tie-dyed their clothing as well.
The other more mainstream 60s fashion was the "Mod Fashions." It was a very colorful, tailored style that also showed lots of leg. Mod fashion was a must for the in-crowd. When we think of the 1960's we commonly think of mini-skirts and bell bottoms and for good reason. Those are two fashion styles that have endured for decades.
Of course, they have had their periods of being in-style and out of style, but they keep returning again and again. There was nothing better to wear with the mini-skirt than a great pair of boots. Wearing boots was a hot trend during this decade.
It must be mentioned that a huge influence in 60s fashion came from London with the Beatles. Until 1964, most of the fashion was a continuation of 1950's fashion. Then, with the Beatles came the "Swinging London" styles.
It was similar to Mod fashions, but not quite as tailored. One thing is for sure, and that is the mini-skirt was a major player in Swinging London styles. It was very colorful, clothing had floral or striped patterns, belts, and high fashion jewelry were a big part of this style.
As you can see, there was a huge variety of clothing styles from the 1960's. Your clothes represented more than just your sense of style. It often represented your political beliefs as well. styles from the 1960s are easy to recognize and continue to be popular in both our everyday fashions and in costume apparel as well.