Hippie Clothes - A Gentle Rebel Within
By David Alan Carter
They say, you are what you wear. Or at least the fashion mavens say that. Of course,
those are the same people trying to put you into a pair of $784.95 crocodile print suede
Bruno Magli Women's Tirano Shoes .
OK, those boots are sweet. But I don't buy the bumper sticker. Rather, I like to
think you wear what you are. Along those lines, I'm increasingly looking to get out
of Perry Ellis and Alfani, and into... hippie clothes.
Yes, that's right. Hippie clothes. Your sandals, your bell bottom jeans, your faded this and
your tie-dyed that. Admitedly, I can't wear such craziness to work. But down time is
my time, and there's no reason to keep my inner hippie bottled up on evenings and
Sometimes you've just got to throw caution to the wind and go with who you really are inside.
And if that person inside you is a free spirit, a youthful spirit, skeptical of established norms,
a champion of the environment and all things rebellious, gentle and sexual, show it to the
How? With hippie clothes! Let's explore.
"What started out as a peaceful protest against the established societal norms and
political arena that was in place, became an entire lifestyle that the hippies lived out from
waking to sleeping, and from head to toe..."
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"Hippie clothes, once a symbol of counter-culture non-conformity, are still common among
those who retain the values of the era during which they originated, but items of hippie clothing
often appear in mainstream fashion, especially for casual wear.
The Hippie Era
Hippie clothes originated during the counter-culture movement of the 1960's and 1970's,
and during that era it was practically ubiquitous among college students and others who wanted to
express their rejection of mainstream American values by wearing clothing which was considered
sloppy and rebellious by more traditional and often older Americans. Today, hippie fashion still
Most noticeable among hippie clothing items that have entered and remain in the
mainstream of fashion are fringes and long, full skirts. Fringes appear on leather jackets and
handbags that are worn in the offices of corporate America more often than at anti-war protests,
and long, full skirts are often chosen by women who want to relax in a comfortable, yet attractive,
garment at home or on a casual day at work..."
"Hippies wanted to be seen as individuals. This desire is most easily seen in the clothing now
as it was then. The hippie movement idealized clothing that was free, unrestrictive and far from
the normal suits, ties and formal dresses most popular with their parents generation. You could sum
up the hippie fashion trends of the 1960's as an uprising against the prior generations values and
restrictive clothing and designs.
Hippie accessories are more popular then ever. Large shoulder bags also know as sling bags
adorned with peace symbols are seen everywhere. Bags made from hemp, recycled sari yarn and
distressed fabrics are common place. Many of the largest department stores are getting into the
market not wanting to miss out on this always popular yet surging market. New materials are also
finding there place such as Jute ( recycled rice bags ) bamboo and recycled tires. This choice of
materials support the hippie belief in being ECO..."