15 Most Iconic Fashion Trends of the 1960s

Fashion has a way of defining a decade, and the 60s are no exception! From daring silhouettes to wild colors, much of the decade's fashions were inspired by the cultural sexual revolution occurred. Plus, today's hipsters owe a debt to their hippie forebears and their inspirational styles. Here are 15 of the most iconic trends that came out of the 1960s and helped shape fashion as we know it today. 

1 of 15 Shift Dress

When the shift dress came into play in the 60s, it was quite revolutionary because it did not accentuate the body in a form-fitting style. Yet, countless women fell in love with this boxy trend and loved to wear it with their go-go boots. The original shift dresses took inspiration from 1920s "flappers," themselves a reaction to the tight-knit styles popular in Victorian America (think corsets). During the 1950s, traditionalism reigned supreme, as did "typically feminine" styles of dress that accentuated waists.

The 1960s shift dress was a reversal of that. It's simple, classic, and versatile. Because it sits away from the body, it's perfect for any age. Furthermore, while the boxy length is the defining characteristic, individual dresses can be sleeveless with boxy shoulders (as seen above) or have intricate cutouts around the collar. There are even three-quarter sleeve modern updates to this iconic look.

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