The 1960s introduced a shift in fashion and beauty. The beauty ideals of the 1950s, which included house dresses and shorter, curled hairdos, shifted to more innovative fashion. The fashion and hairstyles of the early 1960s, which began looking sophisticated, moved into more androgynous looks in the later 1960s. This represented the advent of feminism during that decade.
The 1960s saw the introduction of the mini-skirt. It was a move away from the clean-cut, conservative look of the 1950s house dress with full, long skirts. The fabric used in the mini-skirts ranged from cotton to PVC. The trend of the mini-skirt enhanced the youthful and adventurous nature of women in the 1960s.
The flip hairstyle became popular in the 1960s. While in the 1950s, shorter, soft hair was favored, flips were less neat and longer. However, this hairstyle was not long. The standard length of the flip hairstyle was from just below the chin to shoulder-length. The flip hairstyle had volume on top, with the ends flipped out in almost a curl.
The 1960s fashion shoe trend leaned toward kitten heels and almond-toe pumps. Kitten heels are dainty and an alternative to higher heels. Almond-toes have a round front, rather than pointed toes. Flat boots became trendy in the mid-1960s. They were often paired with short dresses and mini-skirts. Clog sandals were seen in both casual wear and office wear.
The bouffant hairstyle came into fashion in the 1960s. It was an eye-catching look that was desired, as it was thought that higher hair would make a body appear thinner. The hair was backcombed until it was a large ratted poof next to the scalp. It was shellacked into submission using a large amount of hairspray.
References and ResourcesFashion-Era: The 60s Mini Skirt
Hair Select: 1960s Hairstyles
Hairfinder: 1960s Hairstyles