My first post didn't go through, so I'm trying again.
From: Terry [mailto:twalker@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:20 PM
Subject: RE: [CostumeHistoryClass] Hippie Fashion History
Wow, that takes me back. In 1971, I desperately wanted a pair of white
go-go boots, but my mother said no. By the way, white go-go boots were
acceptable for everyone to wear, but black go-go boots were considered to be
more racy (at least in Wisconsin).
Hippie fashions were mainstream in the early 70s. You didn't have to go all
out to wear them. You might have a "normal" outfit you bought at Sears but
wore a fringe leather jacket with it or a choker or headband. Also it
wasn't all tie dye and the like. There were lots of flowy peasant shirts
and skirts-what I thought of as the "Earth Mother" look. Hair was worn long
and straight, or in an afro, or whatever was your hair's natural state, if
you were a hippy or going for the hippy look.
If I recall correctly, real hippies wore a lot of natural fibers, while just
about everyone else was wearing polyester, especially polyester doubleknit.
Doubleknit clothes were worn all year round.
I think your outfit would be fine for your party. Although I'm not sure
about the earrings. The pierced ear craze hadn't started by then (not until
1974, if I remember right), and pierced ears were not necessarily socially
acceptable. You probably would not have seen big hoop clip on earrings.
But for a young woman who did buck the trend had pierced ears, she would
probably have worn dangling earrings, like something on a wire or a post
with a dangling part.
Again, this is all from memory. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Funny how
I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I can remember which of my
friends had white go-go boots and which one wore black ones.
] On Behalf Of nodisplayname
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:33 AM
Subject: [CostumeHistoryClass] Hippie Fashion History
I am wanting to host a Happy Hippie Days party, but want to dress authentic.
I have a costume already made (gifted) with the label hippie fancy dress. It
looks more like a go-go girl costume to me.
My question is: Can a mini dress (go go style) with tie die or psychedelic
patterns worn with go go boots (not the traditional flat go go boots, but
the typical white platform vinyl ones) a scarf wrapped around your head and
big hoop earing be considered 'HIPPIE'?
In other words did hippies really wear psychedelic mini dresses with tall
white platform boots at some point in time?
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