Sunday, February 24, 2013


The hippie subculture developed as a youth movement that began in the  early 1960s and spread around the world. A hippie doesn’t conform to society’s standards and advocates a liberal attitude and lifestyle. Many people think hippies are just dirty, drug addicted, bell bottom wearing kids from the sixties when in fact they are the original movers and shakers who inspired and changed the world in an amazing decade. They were some of the most intelligent, creative, peaceful, free spirited, happy, liberated and giving people ever to exist Hippies wear used clothes, tie-dyed tops, dashikis, and peasant blouses are popular choices among hippies. The whole point of hippie fashion was to stop buying what big corporations were selling in favour of usedclothing purchased locally. Many hippies are into sewing and other handcrafts. To be a hippie you must believe in peace as the way to resolve differences among peoples, ideologies and religions. The way to peace is through love and tolerance. Loving means accepting others as they are, giving them freedom to express themselves and not judging them based on appearances. This is the core of the hippie philosophy.
The fashion rule in the '60s was that there were no rules. Anything went as long as it wasn't based on the conservative styles of the early '60s. The only thing they were influence was the miniskirt. This is because many of the hippie fashions were based on traditional designs from India, Nepal, Central America, and Baliand Morocco.Accessories hippies wear are love beads, bandannas, leather vests, jackets with frills, and granny glasses. Jewellery, especially if made of silver from Mexico, India or Morocco was essential. Bangles, rings, earrings, nose rings, and ankle bracelets were worn, especially for parties or concerts. Necklaces were wear with peace symbols, yin-yang symbols. In the west, the hippies also indulged in body painting, body piercing and tattoo body art. Not much of this was ever appreciated by the older generation. During the hippie movement, men and women grew their hair long and avoided fussy styling and hair products as braiding hair was popular, although, contrary to popular belief, they did still shampoo. Usually hair was parted in the middle and bang-less. The hippies fashion was embraced by the youth and even senior across continent in the 1960s,Trends keep changing with time, but women who found their own individuality and style in the 1960s have never let it go and passed much of their own hippie influence on to their daughters.

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