What Did Men Wear in the 1960s?
Menswear greatly evolved during the 1960s to reflect changing social and culture. Suits were typical workday attire. Casual wear was usually slacks, turtlenecks or form-fitting sweaters and loafers. The 1960s saw the rise of blue jeans as everyday apparel as well.
Dress for men was still somewhat conservative in the beginning of the 1960s. Business professionals wore full suits with ties. Folded cuffs and cuff links were also a work wardrobe staple. Overcoats, hats and briefcases were typical outerwear. Around the middle of the 1960s, men’s slacks became tighter and more form fitting. Cardigans and sweaters were also common casual wear for around the house or on weekends. Tight-fitting sweaters, especially turtlenecks were particularly popular with the beatniks of the early and mid 1960s. The Mod look took off in the mid to late 1960s, which featured bold colorful prints and less form fitting wear. By the end of the 1960s, flower children had introduced denim and T-shirts into everyday wear. Bold patterns influenced by new aged philosophy and Far East religions were also popular during this time. Bell bottom pants also made their debut in the late ’60s and became a trend that continued throughout most of the 1970s.