Timeline Description: Fashion throughout the ages has always changed, but none so quickly as it changed in the 1960's. It was a time of great transition, which was reflected in fashion.
The beginning of the sixties' fashion looked a lot like the clothes worn throughout the 50's. When John F. Kennedy became president, his wife Jackie became a style icon known for her classy dress suits and pretty hats.
|1961||The Little Nothing dress
A staple item in the early 60's was the "little nothing" dress. It was a simple, often sleeveless, dress.
Thanks to actress Audrey Hepburn, the high-waisted style became very popular. Styles were sleek and slender.
|1963||A more natural look
As baby boomers came into their teenaged years, a more natural look began taking over the fashion world. Little makeup, low heels, and short hair came into style.
|1963||Fashion for men
One of the most popular fashion changes for men during this time was the moving away from pleated pants for men. Guys began wearing flat-fronted pants, often with stripes.
Thanks to fashion icon Coco Chanel, femininity grew in popularity. Women once again began wearing lace, and even hair bows.
|1965||Poor Boy Look
A popular part of 1965 fashion was a "poor boy" look, wearing jeans and an oversized sweater. These sweaters were often home made out of yarn.
|1965||Jackie Kennedy continues making waves
Another hit in 1965 was the one-shoulder gown. When Jackie Kennedy wore one, women across America wanted one.
|1966||The Mod look
Teenagers wanted to look fresh and modern, breaking away from the traditions of their parents. Women began wearing miniskirts, and men wore low waisted jeans.
In the ever popular rush to be unique, one designer came up with a crazy idea. Judy Brewer created a dress made from paper.
|1967||High boots and patterns
Women toward the end of the 60's began wearing high boots. They also adapted bright, bold patterns.
An either-gender clothing line was created in 1967. It didn't catch on, because most men did not want to wear skirts; however, the wearing of pants suits by women stuck.
In a growing effort to be individual, the hippie style really took off. Fashion finds from thrift stores became very popular, and men began wearing turtlenecks.
|1969||A more mature look
The teenagers of the era were growing up, and fashion followed suit. By the end of the 60's, pretty much anything could go; whether a woman wanted bold or soft, short or long, loud or quiet, fashion was up to her.