Clothing styles and fabrics were inspired by non-Western cultures, such as Indian and African
Natural fabrics and tie-dyed and paisley prints popular
Many people handcrafted their clothes and accessories and personal items were often decorated with beads and fringes
Bare feet or leather sandals were typical hippie fashion and flowers and peace signs became symbols of the movement
Both men and women grew their hair, men commonly grew facial hair
Slim fitting and featured bold geometric shapes.
Button down shirts, slim suits, stove pipe pants, Wrinkle pickers
Colour was also a key concern, the conservative greys, browns and pastels of the 1950s were replaced by bright colours.
Clothes were mass-produced and affordable.
Leslie Hornby ‘Twiggy’ was a fashion idol to young girls everywhere. Her short, boyish haircut and leggy, waif-like frame graced magazine covers
Movie star Audrey Hepburn wore simple, flat shoes, three-quarter length pants, and plain black shift dresses. Her clothing style and her beehive hairdo, would be copied by millions of women worldwide.
Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of US President JFK, -widely known for her beauty, grace and elegant style of dress. Her many public appearances popularised pearl necklaces, the pillbox hat (a small hat with a flat top and straight sides) and simple, big-buttoned suits.
At the Melbourne Cup in 1965, English model Jean Shrimpton created controversy by wearing a synthetic white shift dress with a hem high above her knees.
She did not wear stockings, gloves or a hat.
Shrimpton's outfit was considered scandalous, and made headlines around the world.
By the end of the decade, however, shift dresses and mini-skirts had become widely acceptedMini-skirts have become an icon of the general culture of rebellion that characterised the 1960s.
Young people were rejecting the social standards of the past and so too was their fashion. Many devotees of the feminist movement of the 1960s also saw the mini-skirt as a claim to the right of women to proudly display their bodies as they wished.
Innovative synthetic materials like polyester, plastic, PVC and vinyl enjoyed huge popularity throughout the decade
New blended fabrics developed, mixing man-made fibres with natural materials like cotton and wool.
Prompted by the animal rights movement, new fabric technology also produced the first artificial fur and leather fabrics.
Improved fabrics and mass production techniques meant that clothes could be produced much faster and more cheaply than ever before.
This, coupled with quickly changing teen fashion fads, meant that clothes were also discarded more quickly than before and not mended as once was the case.