What Men REALLY Wore in the 1960s

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01.30.2024



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00:00 1960s Menswear Introduction

The 1960s was host to a plethora of different subcultures and fashion icons, most famously The Peacock Revolution. Men were freely expressing their artistic nature and their individuality through their eye-catching fashion choices.

02:22 Fashion Fads of the 1960s

Individual freedom was being held under the spotlight and challenged. Because of this, there was no longer a real uniform of dress anymore, and most people wore whatever they wanted to. Here is a brief rundown of some of the fashion fads in the 1960s:
03:06 Mod Style
04:20 Bohemia/Flower Power
04:45 Greasers
05:11 Skins (“Hard Mods”)
06:20 Space Age

As we are here to focus on what the average, regular man was wearing with a focus on classic menswear.

06:48 Hair & Facial Hair

The hairstyles were very 1950s inspired and quite normal by today’s standards. As far as facial hair was concerned, most men were clean-shaven, aside from those who liked to wear sideburns or beards.

07:50 Hats

Hat wearing wasn’t as popular as it once was anymore. This was the decade that JFK famously went hatless when giving his speech at his inauguration. However, men were still wearing hats!

Whilst hats were very similar to those of the 1950s, they were growing increasingly smaller with narrower brims and shallower crowns.

Hats were created in an array of different fabrics, and colors, including plaids, two-tones, cotton, herringbones, tweeds, and even leather and suede.

09:36 Shirts

Shirts in the 1960s were wild, to say the least. Men were wearing much more vibrant and brighter colors than before. These shirts could come in..any pattern you can think of.

11:37 Suits & Jackets

Early 1960s
Business suits were surprisingly conservative. The suit was characterized by a three-button jacket with a rounded front, and a high gorge line, as in the popular Italian style.

Mid 60s: The Peacock Revolution
Men’s clothing began to become more effeminate, blurring the lines between the genders & taking on a more unisex style.

Late 60s: Historical Revival
A great interest in antique and vintage fashions as a way to see what was already lying around instead of chasing the “next new thing”. The true beginning of the ‘vintage fashion’ trend that still persists today.

16:20 Pants

Trousers are famously tight-fitting, especially on the upper leg & hip areas. Pleats were no longer on-trend. The biggest trend at the time was bell-bottom trousers.

18:08 Ties

The first half of the 1960s saw very skinny neckties, which were often knitted. During the Peacock Revolution ties went wild; explode with color, crazy geometric patterns, and other imagery.

20:06 Shoe Styles – 1. Chelsea boots
21:33 2. Cuban Heel

Other shoes of note in the era were monk strap shoes, suede shoes, sneakers, Cowboy boots, and loafers with little tassels.

22:47 Conclusion

The 1960s really saw the explosion of subcultures, rebel youths, and polarised fashion ideas & styles. There were a lot of really wild styles, especially after the Peacock revolution that saw big hair, bright colors, and psychedelic patterns like never before.

23:29 Outfit Rundown

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