Flower children, more commonly known as hippies, were known for their revolt against the norms of society in order to form a culture of peace and happiness. To promote their message, hippies often went around handing out flowers, hence the term “flower children.” The style of flower children was different than mainstream society as they looked to create a bold statement of love and happiness with their fashion choices.
Because flower children didn’t want to dress like the rest of society, they often opted to create their own clothing. Tie dye t-shirts are one of the most common fashion statements associated with hippies. The t-shirts were relatively easy to make. After twisting a shirt, it was then secured with rubber bands and placed in a container of water where it was drizzled with dye. It was allowed to soak before it was wrung out, twisted in the opposite direction and drizzled again. Fringed vests and bell-bottoms were also common among flower children. Macrame headbands became popular along with beads and handmade sandals. Often, hippies opted to go barefoot.
Bright, Bold Colors
In order to express their freedom from the norm of society, flower children wore bright, bold colors. Many also opted for “psychedelic” designs. During the hippie era, many flower children had a “go with the flow” mentality and this applied even when it came to drugs. Psychedelic drugs like LSD and mushrooms became popular around this period. Many who’ve been under the influence of psychedelic substances often describe their surroundings as bright and glowing with intense colors. It is possible that these drugs influenced the color choice that became part of the fashion norm for flower children.
The peace symbol was used to express the flower child’s disapproval for the Vietnam war. Peace symbols were often worn around the neck as necklaces, on the shirt as a pin or as a belt buckle. Flowers were also common, used to represent peace and happiness. While many carried flowers around with them, women could be found with flowers behind her ear. “Flower power” became a popular saying and was often found printed on clothing or accessories. Ankle bells were also a common accessory among hippies in the 1960s.
References and ResourcesHippy: Hippy Fashions and Lifestyles
Fifties Web: Hippie Clothes and How to Dress Like a Hippie
Boho Handbag: Hippie Style is a Fashion that Says A Lot
The People History: The 1960s - A Time of Great Fashion Protest, Growing Prosperity, and Youth Influence
Hairstyle Twist: Hippie Flower Child Look
Sherwin Williams Stir: Psychedelic Colors' Second Act