Years passing by, fashion has changed several times, but the love for dressing up is still the same. Let’s take a little trip back in time. During the 1960s in the U.S., various subcultures like hippies or disco-goers gave us some of the greatest fashion influences of the 20th century. It was the time of cultural transformation that spread across America and around the globe. The time of civil rights, women’s and gay liberation, the sexual revolution, R&B, soul and rock and roll.
In 1969, LIFE Magazine decided to photograph the fashions that American high schoolers across the country were wearing. Take a look at the photos of hippie fashion taken by Arthur Shatz. Compare the 1960s fashion trends with fashion we see everyday.
Students at Woodside High in California, 1969.
Left to right: Pam Pepin, Pat Auvenshine and Kim Robertson, at Corona del Mar High School in California.
A Southern California high school student walks toward her classmates while wearing the ‘Mini Jupe’ skirt.
High schooler Lenore Reday stops traffic while wearing a bell-bottomed jumpsuit, in Newport Beach, California.
Beverly High School classmates.
Southern California high school students wear hippie fashion, in California.
Southern California high school student wear Bermuda overalls.
Students of Woodside High wearing hippie fashion, such as ponchos, boots and sandals, in California.
High Schooler Nina Nalhaus wears wool pants and a homemade jacket at high school, in Denver, Colorado.
Beverly Hills high school student Erica Farber wears a checker and tiered outfit as she walks with a young man.
High school student band, in California.
High school student wears hippie fashion consisting of bell bottoms and boots.
High school student Rosemary Shoong.
Southern California high schooler wearing a buckskin vest.
High school student wearing an old-fashioned tapestry skirt and wool shawl.
High School teacher Sandy Brockman wearing a bold print hippie-style dress, in Denver, Colorado.
Kansas high school student wearing a mini skirt, 1969.