Make love, not war.
In the mid 60s the hippies generated one of the most influential dress reforms in history. Their style was so unique and outrages, that it was impossible to ignore.
Their clothes were often loose and made of natural materials. They gave a big emphasize to handmade, vintage and diy clothing. Some of the popular clothes among them were hip hugger bell-bottom and ripped jeans (similar to what I’m wearing), floral patterns, peasant blouses and long colorful dresses.
The most popular patterns during the hippie style era were floral (as mentioned before) and tie-dye. But overall their style involved a lot of colors and patterns. Some wore flowers in their hair as accessories.
The hippie message
Hippies were a lot more than just a fashion statement. They focused on cultural values in life rather than political issues, although that was a big part of their, ”Make love, not war” slogan. Hippies were against war and violence and they promoted peace and love as answer to all things. They thought life was about being happy, not about what others thought you should be.
Many of them were vegetarians and believed in an Eco friendly environmental practices. They championed free love and sexual liberation especially for women.
The bad side was they also promoted the use of psychedelic drugs, which they believed expanded their consciousness.
The impact of the hippie movement
The impact of the hippie movement was huge. It influenced music, television, film, literature and the arts. It changed the social norms as well. Unmarried couples no longer felt persecuted for living together. People talked about sex more openly. Religious and cultural diversity gained greater acceptance. Fashion industry became less up tied and women were no longer being told what to wear by fashion designers.
The evolution of my personal style
I’ve been a fan of a hippie, bohemian and indie fashion since my early days of fashion experimenting. When I was in elementary school, I often borrowed my mum’s scarfs and long colorful wrap skirts to create different outfits. Sometimes I even wore them outside of the privacy of my home (but mostly during the summer holidays, when no one from school could recognize me).
My style has of course changed a lot over the years, but especially during high-school. In high-school there is always a lot of peer pressure that dictates how you should behave and what you should wear. My style in high school was basically a copy of what ”cool girls” were wearing those days. It was way to fancy and elegant for a teenager.
When I left high school, things turned out for the better. I was becoming more me, with every day that passed and along with my self-discovery came my new personal style. I dared to be a bit different, a little bit crazy and mainstream fashion has lost it’s appeal.
Now my style represents who I really am. It’s a mixture of classic pieces, indie dresses, hippie sunglasses, grunge shoes and mainstream clothes. I always shop with my gut and pick clothes I really like, not clothes that are trendy. Sometimes, a piece of clothing I like happens to be trendy at the same time, so I buy it anyways.
You can buy the shirt I’m wearing HERE.