Teen fashion of the 1960s – Life in America

Teen fashion of the 1960s – Life in America

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— A look back at teen fashion trends from the 1960s.

Teenage fashions changed drastically over the course of the 1960s. The early Sixties were conservative, while the late Sixties were the exact opposite. While mothers admired Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, teens began to break from their parents style. Mini skirts, bellbottoms, and bold prints were beginning to define the new youth movement.

In 1967, fashion shifted to a more counter-culture style that was driven by eccentrics who repurposed clothing for more comfortable wear. The Summer of Love ushered in other fashion trends, heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and the sexual revolution.

50 Comments

  1. scrappy junk on December 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    wore our bros veit-nam uniforms to school in the 70s the more death patches was the rage



  2. Earl Wyatt McCrory on December 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Looks right for 1968 I guess



  3. Mag Pie on December 12, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Too bad teens don’t look like that these days.what no purple hair ,rings through every orifice in their body .seems like some teens today try to make themselves look like circus freaks or something?



  4. Donna Kerr on December 12, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I remember the poodle skirt and bobbysox.We though we were so cool.



  5. Mary Richardson on December 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you



  6. Jillionairess on December 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I was born in 1966. My parents kept my hair short like a boy and called it the ‘bikini cut” to make me like it yet they refused to let my sister and me wear bikinis. Funny times.



  7. m h on December 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Yoga pants was the start of the demise in American women.



  8. Jessica Criado on December 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    I remember my dear mom .. she is so beautiful her hair style was called the beehive.. it was so nice I always had long hair Parted in the middle.. back in the early 1965…



  9. Appalachian Snapshot on December 12, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Bell bottoms have made a come back, but only for girls. Back in the 70s guys and girls wore bells. As a 65 year old guy I would look ridiculous in them now, but in the 70s I wore them.



  10. Johnny Rep on December 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    I think that when we look back on the fashions of yesteryear, certain stereotypes get emphasized over the reality. Any theme-dress days at schools, or theme parties tend to show this effect.



  11. Marcella Mcduffie on December 12, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I remember the 60s outfits and they bring some of these styles back even nowadays thanks for sharing this video.😘😊



  12. fleur dursanter on December 12, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    If I had to choose between early 60’s or the late 60’s, I’d choose the early 60’s. I think the early 60’s had better fashion and music. Just my opinion.



  13. bob 4 on December 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Yes I remember those days. The days you could whistle at a girl and yell out! Hi there beautiful and she would take it as a complement, smile and wave back. Today you would be called a sexual pervert and put in jail.



  14. 21st Century Sucks on December 12, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Even though I was only 5 in 1969 I loved the mini dresses and hot pants on Stewardesses. I always liked the Susan Dey, Barbara Hershey look on girls. Especially on Love American Style, Hawaii-5/0, Mod Squad and Room 222.



  15. Jocelyn Jade on December 12, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    The big fancy coiffures were my favorite aspect of this era. From the big beehive to the bouffant shag, real hair or wigs, the taller the hair, the closer to God. 😉



  16. steven cimprich on December 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Regardless of fashion they could always get laid.



  17. Patty Souza on December 12, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I grew up in this era and I loved the way we dressed. We wore dresses to school every day. It seems like to me that people had more respect for themselves and others then.



  18. meredith mericle on December 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    No fatsos in the ’60s. I can’t remember one fat kid in my HS class or in my college class of ’68–NONE!



  19. Greg Wilber on December 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Style of how you look should be your choice but just dont like you dont care and look lazy and stupid because if you do then thats what you are.



  20. VonFisch1 on December 12, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Really nice channel but this particular background music on some of the videos make the presentation seem very slow, long, and dragging.



  21. Bill Hillerich on December 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Girls who wore the mini, micro and sizzler skirts were awesome. The girls who wore the mini, micro and sizzler skirts without panties….rocked my young world. Ohhhh La La



  22. Rolf Richter on December 12, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Today girls and boys look elephant like, covered with tents.



  23. jaygatsby1 on December 12, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    The sweet bird of youth doesn’t stick around.



  24. flossy galloway on December 12, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Again no fat girl’s or boy’s



  25. nicholas schroeder on December 12, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    I had a young mom, she was 21 when I born in 62, and I always had a Beetles cut or long hair before everyone did. I took quite a bit of flak for it from older men who’d call be girl and such. It didnt bother me much because they were old, mean and ugly, and my mom was young, nice, and pretty and I knew I was on the right side of things and was cool. Funny how I hadn’t thought of that hostility in a long time. It happened a lot. I almost took pride in shrugging off their remarks. I was pretty defiant. Got it from Mom.



  26. judgegixxer on December 12, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Teenagers looked like they were in their 30’s



  27. Jillionairess on December 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    I have to stop watching your videos. They make me cry every time. I was born in 1966 and the world has not changed for the good.



  28. Barb H on December 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing and for your service. Those sweet memories will live in you forever.



  29. Shirley Langton on December 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Wonderful to take that trip down memory lane. I wore all the trendy clothes from London. We had to wear dresses to school even at -40 degrees. The live music was so much a part of it and wonderful with many outdoor concerts and live music everywhere!



  30. Kevin Kizer on December 12, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    That’s the fashion of the ELITES, not common people.



  31. James Sawyer on December 12, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    It seems like back in the sixties, teen fashions started off with the Jackie Kennedy, Mary Tyler Moore looks, with the mini skirt coming into vogue, the That Girl look, on it went, it’s like when you watched Mad Men, you notice the changing trend of fashion, knee length skirts and dresses, to the mini, midi, & maxi fashion, I myself wore in vogue clothes, the seventies came, but that’s another story!!!



  32. Cullen Hipskind on December 12, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Hate hippies so much it’s unreal



  33. dutchman063 on December 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    @4:05… well dressed, no blue hair, visible ugly tattoo’s and they are thin!…



  34. Libby Life on December 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Remember clothes are a style, it is the pushing/ teaching of immorality that destroys a child’s mind. In the Early 70’s prayer was being taken out of schools and today our school system wants GOD out of everything. It is not so much the clothes that makes a person has much as the moral character in the soul that destroys a nation.



  35. Mary Grant on December 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    I never could stand long hair to the shoulder on boys in the 70’s. Thank goodness men, now in their 60s, look way more masculine with their grey hair short and neatly trimmed beards!



  36. Cristo es mi Salvador on December 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Clothes reminds me of the Scooby Doo gang



  37. Joanie Adams on December 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Oh you mean like ladies instead of the slut inspired fashion of the Kardashians and Cardi-b. Blacks had lots more class back then too.



  38. John Forde on December 12, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    I’m so happy to be from the sixties and eighties early ninties, This generation today could never look back and say look what a goodtime we had sad☹



  39. John Cole on December 12, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    As a guy; it was a Parry Como sweater an Doby Gillis shirts and stove pipes trousers



  40. James Hallahan on December 12, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    I remember smoking a cigarette with my plaid polyester pants, the head of cigarette fell off and it went through 6 layers of my pants



  41. heartsong3149 on December 12, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I wish they’d bring back the draft. 2 years minimum service in the military. Perhaps these skulls full of mush would learn to appreciate this country, our flag and learn respect for others and themselves.



  42. thewewguy8t88 on December 12, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    yeah the clothes people wear today is really different from the 1960s.



  43. Danny Wallace on December 12, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    The ass holes running the country are 60’s teens. To many hard drugs. I was there it’s true



  44. Babe van on December 12, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I wore cute outfits with headbands I was 😁 3.



  45. thomas on December 12, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    @4:20 the vietnam war, civil rights movements and contraceptive pills had much to do with changing attitudes and fashions. society would have been much different without the war.



  46. Michael Hewitt on December 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    I miss the days of respectability



  47. Ralphie_Boy on December 12, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    As I with my grant, murmurs of15 years at that earned my vote!…



  48. Gerard Nivek on December 12, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Civil Rights era is when everything changed what was great about America to the disaster that it is today.



  49. pynaetlb or else on December 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    These "fashions" AREN’T what kids wore where I lived. Though we saw the fashions at the end on TV. What’s real noticeable is that kids in the 60s were thin. Very few fat kids backk then.



  50. Dennis Owen on December 12, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I married one of these fashion girls in 1968. We were friends 5 years prior. She was always dressed so neat and tasteful. Her short dark brown hair was never out of place. Her makeup was always tasteful. But like I always tell her " she was gorgeous with just an ole tee shirt and no makeup on". But what really makes her special is whats inside her heart. I am a very blessed and lucky guy to still have her in my life in 2021.