During the 1960s, women's fashions ranged from miniskirts to hot pants and included a wide variety of styles and fabrics. The decade was known for its "anything goes" atmosphere, which encompassed fashion among other aspects of culture.Continue Reading
According to London's Victoria and Albert Museum website, women's fashion in the 1960s started with Parisian haute couture garment designers' lines and evolved to include the famous miniskirt, pantsuits, bell-bottom jeans, and dresses with bold prints and graphics. A number of models, most famously Twiggy, ushered new garments, such as go-go boots, into the mainstream. Fashion designers began looking to rock stars for inspiration, offering chambray work shirts, fringed vests, love beads and brightly colored clothing, such as that worn by Janis Joplin.
In an article published in 1969, "Life" magazine highlighted trends in high school girls' fashion. The post World War II baby boom had created more teenagers than the nation had ever seen, and they were the target for many clothing makers. The youth of the era were driving demand for many goods, including clothing, which resulted in more flamboyant options available in previous decades.
Women started the 1960s looking to Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn for fashion tips and ended it dressing more like Edie Sedgwick or British model Jean Shrimpton.Learn more about Historical Dress
In the 1960s and 1970s, women's fashion expanded and grew with the women's feminist movement. Women in the 1960s were just beginning to wear pants, but in the 1970s women all over the United States were wearing them. Among the new fashions in the 1960s were shift dresses, cigarette pants, bikinis and oversized sunglasses; the new fashions in the 1970s included bell bottoms, pants suits and tight t-shirts.Full Answer >
Some of the most popular clothing styles for women in the 1970s were bell bottoms, jumpsuits, mini skirts, maxi skirts, hot pants, tube tops and peasant tops. Clothing was made with a range of fabrics, prints and bright colors. Many women’s styles featured striking embellishments, such as sequins, embroidery and velvet.Full Answer >
The most common and famous items of hippie clothing from the 1960s were bell-bottom jeans. These were often paired with brightly colored shirts or shirts covered in interesting patterns, such as paisley or tie-dye.Full Answer >
During the time of the Renaissance, most women wore similar flowing styles, although lower class women couldn't afford many of the fabrics used by women in the upper classes. All outfits started with a loose fitting linen smock that was worn to protect outer clothing from sweat. At least one petticoat was also generally worn underneath a long skirt to make the gown fuller and keep the wearer warm.Full Answer >