Hippie - Fashion - Music - Style

Hippie Style

Historic hippie style clothing created a fashion unique to hippies in the 1960s and thereafter. Hippies strived to bring simplicity and color back to a materialistic world and succeeded very well. Variation existed in the clothing worn but typically the hippie style identified the hippies as being separate from the general public in appearance and lifestyle.

Young men reflected the counterculture lifestyle with bluejean bellbottoms, simple blue work shirts and work boots or sandals. In keeping with the hippie philosophy of "doing your own thing" some young hippies wore brightly tie-died shirts, flower patterns and pull-over muslin shirts with long-flowing sleeves. Headbands were standard and kept the men´s long hair out of their faces. Beads and other decorative necklaces were often worn around their necks. Many young hippies carried small leather pouches dangling from belts called "dope pouches" but which in reality usually carried spare change. Clothing was faded and well-worn since poverty was "in".


Women likewise had a distinct hippie style of dress. Daily clothing consisted of gentle dresses colored brightly with a variety of patterns. Many of the young women had long straight hair reaching nearly to their waist. Live flowers and colored headbands adorned their hair. Earrings were festive and colorful. Bellbottom bluejeans were the accepted alternative and worn with sandals.

Hippie style clothing was unique and meant to make a statement of identification with the subculture of peace and love.