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1960s Fashion That Defined the Decade

1960s Fashion That Defined the Decade

These looks are far out

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It’s no secret that things have changed a lot since the 1960s. Everything from the cars people drive to how much breakfast costs looks different now. But one thing that seems to have changed the most is what people wear. Knee-high boots, far-out dresses and funky tights became fashion icons as rock and roll and the Vietnam War started to define the decade. From 1960 to 1969, here are some of the most notable looks.

Fashion flashback 

Fashion flashback 

 

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An elegant woman in a dress enjoys a cocktail

1960

1960

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A woman wears a sleeveless full-length dress that buttons up the middle. The dress features a wrap-around belt, worn with a straw flowerpot hat.

1961

1961

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Three Parisian models wear fancy sunglasses.

1961

1961

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A woman wears a summer suit in a khaki green pattern. The jacket has three-quarter-length sleeves and black-trim pocket flaps.

1962

1962

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Two girls with denim jackets, bouffant hairstyles and large Elvis Presley medallions attend a Teddy Boy convention in Switzerland — home to some of the most beautiful lakes around the world.

1962

1962

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A woman wears a long-sleeved, multi-colored shirt worn over slim-line, ankle-length trousers.

1962

1962

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A woman is ready for a fall trip in this fabulous dark brown corduroy jacket worn over a straight skirt with a brown and white checkered print.

1963

1963

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Model Jackie Bowyer swings on a lamppost wearing a black oilskin, wet-weather outfit from Mary Quant. Bowyer sports a matching coat and hat with shiny, high-heeled boots in London on Oct. 15, 1963. The outfit was shown that evening at the first Sunday Times International Fashion Awards ceremony.

1963

1963

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A woman wears a red suit with a hip-length box jacket that’s fastened with three buttons and worn over a straight skirt. The jacket has a black collar.

1963

1963

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A close-up of a pair of shoes with wheels on the heels at the Washington Hotel in London, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The wheels are purely meant as accessories, not for speeding up the wearer's progress down the street.

1964

1964

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A man models a sheepskin jacket with a fur hat, while a woman models a fur fabric jacket with a hood.

1964

1964

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A woman models a pale yellow nylon short overall, double-breasted with a fitted waist, patch pockets and three-quarter-length sleeves.

1964

1964

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A woman is ready to take an amazing summer vacation in this large floral-patterned beach jacket with fringe trim on the pockets and elbow-length sleeves, worn over a matching bikini.

1965

1965

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Hairstyles from the Steiner collection based on telephone headsets are modeled by three young women.

1965

1965

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A woman is ready for warm weather as she models a floral-patterned beach jacket with frilly trim and a matching bikini.

1965

1965

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A '60s fashion model wears a checkered knee-length skirt with a matching woolen jacket and beret.

1966

1966

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Optical art fashions in pure silk jersey are modeled by Maureen Lynn and Sue Marshall. The new range of Italian knitwear was on show at the Carlton Tower Hotel, organized by the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade.

1966

1966

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Husband and wife singing duo Salvatore Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian Lapierre — known as Sonny and Cher — perform in London.

1966

1966

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Eve Anthonie, on the left, and Pat Chapman model the latest range of Kayser Bondor lingerie in London, home to some of the most beautiful flowers in the world.

1966

1966

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A young woman models the latest Italian fashions, which heavily used the colors brown, pink and red. The dress is accessorized with a beret.

1966

1966

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Fashion model Christine Harris wears a “Captain Kid” pirate hat on two brass rings and Jean Olis models a “Lord Jim” navy poplin nautical cap. They’re at a show of Edward Mann's latest Spring collection.

1967

1967

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A woman wears a pale blue suit that has a three-quarter-length jacket with fur-edged sleeves. She accessorized with a tulle pillbox hat. Her companion wears a pale green, loose-fitting buttoned coat with round revers.

1967

1967

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Ann Milling models a pyjama suit in printed silk, trimmed with feathers from the Christian Dior London Spring/Summer collection.

1967

1967

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English fashion model Paulene Stone wears a bikini and beach dress by Christian Dior on March 13, 1967, an outfit fit for an amazing lake town.

1967

1967

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Members of the psychedelic rock group Soft Machine in January 1967.

1967

1967

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A model wears a paisley patterned A-line mini-dress.

1967

1967

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A young woman models a selection of jewelry in bold and brightly colored designs.

1967

1967

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A collection of winter fashions by Ossie Clark and Alice Pollock are on display on a street in London.

1968

1968

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A ‘60s fashion model wears a feminine cut mini dress with flared sleeves gathered at the cuffs.

1968

1968

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A woman models a mini dress and accessories on a London street.

1968

1968

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A young woman in a striped mini dress and a white beret poses in a doorway in 1968.

1968

1968

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A woman is ready for a great night's sleep as she wears a knitted bed jacket in white, edged with pale green loops.

1968

1968

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Space-age outfits in silver vinyl by Pierre Cardin are on display during Fashion Week in Paris, home to some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

1969

1969

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A female fashion model wears a crop top with matching straight-leg trousers and a bucket hat.

1969

1969

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A model displays a PVC double-breasted trench coat on Dec. 2, 1969.

1969

1969

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Fashion model Emma Vincent wears a long shirt over a side-wrapped skirt and straw hat by Edward Mann. Fashion model Jeanette Harding wears a belted jacket and wide-leg trousers in the United Kingdom on Feb. 27, 1969. The looks were inspired by Yves Saint Laurent.

1969

1969

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A female fashion model wears an embroidered lace jumpsuit with a matching veil and sunglasses in the United Kingdom on April 3, 1969.

1969

1969

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A model wears a knitted pants suit with a long black muffler by Marrian McDonnell in 1969.

1969

1969

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Fashion model Maggie Charles wears a leather siren suit in the United Kingdom during September 1969.

1969

1969

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Fashion model Christine Granath wears a shirt dress in leopard fur fabric with a leopard print headscarf and black vinyl boots in the United Kingdom in October 1969. If you’d like to continue your blast through the past, check out the most iconic fashion looks from the 1950s.

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