|Martin Luther King, Jr.|
As usual, this inevitably led me to pontificate on the fashions of the decade.
|Lovely Vintage 60’s Peasant Top from GailDavid|
|Fantastic Psychedelic Gown From Figure 8 Studios|
Every decade’s fashions are like a visual social commentary, and the 60’s were both a bastion of creativity and a rebuke of convention.
It is also my all-time favorite fashion decade! (Even though I was sporting Pampers in the early 70’s.)
I simply adore the fun and floaty styles of the hippie generation. I can’t help but smile at the simple styles, bold colors, and geometric prints of the mad mod movement. And, those curve hugging (ala “Mad Men”) designer gowns and cocktail dresses remind us all that it wasn’t always a fashion faux-paus to have an hourglass figure. In fact, no matter what your body type, the clothing of the 60’s had something for everyone.
I love how the clothing of the 60’s managed to combine edginess with femininity, and comfort with style. Many of the designs made a statement, and still managed to be just plain pretty. It was okay to be creative. Being different was encouraged. Women ditched their girdles and high heels (and sometimes even brassieres) in favor of comfy blue jeans, sandals, and peasant tops with dainty floral embroidery and floaty bell sleeves. (My personal favorite outfit - ever.) Suddenly, women everywhere were breaking all the old and out-dated rules of fashion and they looked great doing it.
The brilliant Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “Free at last; free at last; thank God Almighty we are free at last.”