The Stuff Back Then Was Really Good

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening” – Coco Chanel
The fashion of the 1960s is used even today, as this decade was marked as the time when there were major social changes, and was dominated solely by the youth. These were the years after the World Wars, when the baby boomers were the youth, and demanded to have their own fashion styles, and set trends their way. Because of the huge fashion saga, designers in the 1960s too responded more liberally, and had a daring approach to styling, which showed in their designing ways. This transformation was a warning to the earlier eras, that the youth of the 1960s would not be dominated by traditional obligations of what had to be worn, when, and by whom.
The 1960s’ Women Wore

Fashion, in this era, underwent many changes in clothes for women. Along with color changes to styles, to hairdos, to footwear, everything was different. The gowns made way for mini as well as long skirts and close-fitting dresses. The hippies believed in dressing only for necessity and not luxury. They wore bell-bottomed jeans, long skirts, loose-fitting or tie-dyed shirts, sandals, and headbands.

In the early ’60s, the elegance of these clothes was flaunted by the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. Women wore suits with short boxy jackets and over-sized buttons. Women also showed off their sexy toned bodies with A-line mini dresses with sleeveless patterns, and wore them with knee-length boots, swanky goggles, and beaded accessories. Cocktail dresses, stilettos, and go-go boots, were also very popular.

Polo neck tops, square-toed boots, and berets were also gaining momentum in popularity. Colorful frills, leather boots, collarless jackets, comfortable slacks, loose-fitting shirts, and many more were the designs of the day for these budding youngsters with an attitude to change the world.

Sequins and shiny fabrics also became popular by the middle of this decade, and were accompanied with leather hand bags and pump-heeled shoes. Transparent and netted clothes were flaunted by celebrities, and was aped by the common people. Capri pants and tight narrow denims were also a big hit.
The 1960s’ Men Wore

Some very famous collar styles in the 1960s were the turtle necks, which were mainly paired with checked and striped blazers and vests. The Nehru jacket also gained popularity, which was inspired by the Indian Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru, and was a favorite among ‘The Beatles’ and other ’60s’ celebrities. Pleated trousers and sweaters were famous too.

Other fashion styles for men consisted of a variety of collars. These collars were designed taking global inspirations of those times, and merged in with western outfits.

There were some serious transformations in the designs and patterns of men’s clothing in the 1960s. The ‘hipster’ pants that were to be worn below the belly button also came into fashion in the ’60s, that is modified and seen even today.

Men accessorized their look with swanky watches, retro sunglasses, funky bandannas, and were seen riding the famous mod-style Lambretta scooters.
Plaid prints for Men and Women

A famous pattern back then were the buffalo plaids, which were popular with the hippies as well as regulars, along with the lumberjacks. Another form of shirts in this time was shirts with psychedelic prints and high-collared Regency jackets.

Fashion and Clothing

This post-war period stands out in the history of fashion owing to some radical changes that came about. The minimalistic approach towards clothing that was taken in the earlier decade saw an end and there was a renewed passion for dressing up well, and with panache. Dressing up impeccably was a way of life. Fashion saw an emergence of consumer-driven attitude like never before.

New materials, textures, designs, as well as patterns gained popularity. The bikini, drain-pipe trousers, pedal-pushers were all introduced and gained popularity in the ’50s. With a generation that was ready to push the boundaries of style and fashion, there was a lot of innovative styles that became all the rage in the fifties.

So what were the most popular styles of the ’50s? What were the trends that caught the imagination of that generation?
The Fifties for Women
The style adopted by women in the ’50s is best defined as feminine, sensuous and elegant. The hourglass figure was majorly highlighted by the outfits worn. As compared to the silhouettes of short skirts and wide shoulders worn in the forties, fashion in the fifties evolved to fuller calf-length skirts and soft shoulder lines that enhanced a woman’s figure.
Dior Dress

Dior launched a collection in 1947 which pretty much dictated the look of the fifties. The signature shape of the collection was categorized by dresses that had a below-mid-calf length, full-skirt, pointed bust, small waist, and rounded shoulder line.
Peplum Suit

For formal wear during the day, tailored suits which combined peplum jackets with pencil skirts were in vogue. Women wearing dresses generally opted for patterns with full skirts and a fitted bodice.
Shirt Dress

Shirt dresses which had bodices that resembled shirts were also extremely popular.
Dress with Bolero Jacket

Evening dresses often were of the same length as day dresses and were combined with a short, bolero jacket. Towards the mid-1950s the styles started taking a new turn with unfitted suits and dresses making an appearance.
Chanel Suit

In 1955, Dior showcased an A-line dress and in the late 1950s Coco Chanel headlined with the Chanel suit, a braid-trimmed jacket styled after cardigan worn with an A-line skirt.
Sheath Dress

The sheath dress with its straight cut and a slight A-line pattern also first saw popularity in the 1950s.
Narrow Pants

During the war in the forties, several women had taken to wearing trousers. And in the fifties, they continued to wear pants. The style changed slightly with women taking to wearing ankle-length narrow pants. Mid-calf pants known as houseboy pants and pedal-pushers (knee-length pants) also gained in popularity.
The Fifties for Men
Blame it on the television series Mad Men for bringing the fashion of the fifties in the limelight again. But Don Draper does leave a woman wanting for more. And men in the fifties did put their dashing selves forward in the best possible way.
Double Breasted Jacket

Once the war ended, the trends for men changed quite a bit. Suits that they wore became broad-shouldered and double-breasted.
Dinner Jacket

The trousers were also bigger and were rimmed with cuffs. The previously placed restrictions on things like fabrics were now eased. Broad lapels and coordinated accessories were in vogue. It was in this period that Savile Row introduced a look that they called the New Edwardian.
Over Coat

The look was made up of a slightly-flared jacket, shoulders following natural lines, a narrow cut, a bowler hat, and an overcoat.
Single Breasted Suit

In time the double-breasted suits were replaced with narrower single-breasted suits with less padding and in lighter fabrics.
Plaid Jacket

Sports coats followed the same cut as coats worn as a part of suits. Plaids were fashionable and a popular fabric.

Bermuda shorts were also extremely sought after and often worn with knee-length socks. Men also wore knit shirts and sweaters.
Fashion is known to evolve constantly. Fashion from the fifties also evolved with time but it is one of those decades that we keep revisiting for inspiration. If you are one of those people who likes to constantly reinvent themselves, then this is the decade to look towards. Your new favorite look may not be too far off.

Ancient Greek Fashion

Ancient Greece was known for many things; right from the beautiful art to the very rich literature. Ancient Greek fashion was equally interesting and had certain characteristic features about it. Women in ancient Greece were quite modest as far as their clothing was concerned. Here is a detailed look at how people dressed in ancient Greece.
Types of Clothing
The kind of clothing worn in ancient Greece was loose and flowing, and the garments were rarely sewn together. The fabrics used were mainly linen or wool. Women also wore a veil with their clothing whenever they stepped out of the house. In fact, the ancient Greek fashion was quite modern in its outlook as far as men were concerned―male nudity was really not a big deal at that time.

The chiton was worn in ancient Greece by men as well as women. It could be worn with a himation (a kind of cloak). When worn without the himation, it was known as a monochiton. The chiton appeared after the Persian invasion. A belt named zoster was also worn. This dress was seen in two varieties―the Doric chiton, which consisted of two rectangular pieces of cloth, and was worn long, and the Ionic chiton, which differed in the overfold. The overfold was worn longer on the Doric chiton.

The himation was a form of outdoor wear, generally made from a rectangular piece of wool. With the use of lighter fabrics, the himation could be worn at any time of the day. It was also used as a form of drapery to be worn over the chiton. The himation can be compared to the Roman toga, the only difference being that the former has less volume in the fabric. When worn solo, the himation was known as a achiton. This piece of clothing can be compared to modern cloaks worn today.

Women often wore the peplos and this costume goes back to the period before 500 BCE. This can be described as a piece of woolen material, styled as per the height of the wearer. The peplos consisted of a tubular-shaped cloth that was folded inside out. The top area of the tube usually gathered at the waist, while the bottom extended till the ankles. The cloth on the upper area was brought underneath the left arm. This was secured with the help of tapes or pins on the right shoulder. The top layer of the cloth, which draped the waist, often gave the appearance of two pieces of cloth. There were certain types of patterns that were used for the peplos. Some of the common patterns included checks, flowers, waves, and even stripes. When women wore the peplos, the arms were generally left bare.

The chlamys also had a flowy appearance and was mainly worn by the soldiers in ancient Greece. It was used as a cloak and was pinned at the right shoulder. It was an apt form of clothing for soldiers due to its light fabric and flowy material. During winter, the soldiers used this piece of clothing as a cover to keep themselves warm.
Jewelry and Makeup

Jewelry formed a significant part of ancient Greek fashion. This was discovered with the findings of jewelry pieces at Greek sites, which proves that women in ancient Greece loved to wear all sorts of ornaments with their elaborate costumes. Bracelets, earrings, and beautiful necklaces were worn with the Greek attire. Even men were not left behind as far as fashion was concerned. It is known that the Greek men wore jewelry till the 4th century CE.

Ancient Greek women also used makeup. Pale or light skin was considered a status symbol for women. They used honey and olive oil to improve their skin. Dark powder was dusted over the eyebrows, and red powder was used over their lips.
The Hairdos
Several Greek sculptures, pottery paintings, and written records have survived the ravages of time, and they tell us a great deal about the way the ancient Greeks styled their hair. We know that there were elaborate hairdos, both for men as well as women, and more often than not, they also signified their social status. Furthermore, different hairdos were meant for different occasions, so a banquet hairdo was different from a wedding one.
Men’s Hairdos

Evidence tells us that during the early phases of Greek Empire, men wore their hair long, and also kept full beards and mustaches. However, with the passage of time, shorter hair and shorter beards became more trendy. Depictions from the later period of Greek Empire portray statues of clean-shaven men. All these depictions from different periods of Greek history show how men’s hairstyle trends changed over a period of time.
Women’s Hairdos

Evidence that has survived over the years shows that there were a variety of women’s hairstyles in ancient Greece. It is worth mentioning that a majority of these hairstyles were short, and we don’t see many long flowing tresses. The most popular was the braided hairstyle, however, bangs and ponytails were also common. We also have ample evidence of hairdressing devices such as hair pins and combs from the ancient Greek sites, especially the tombs.
Footwear in Ancient Greece
According to historical and archaeological sources, the ancient Greeks used a variety of footwear. The kind of shoes/sandals/slippers they used, depended not only on their gender, but also on their social status. Following are some of the most common types that were used regularly by the ancient Greeks.
Literally meaning ‘to step into’, the embades were boots, often having a felt or fur outer lining. Though we have different designs of embades, what distinguishes all of them from other shoe types is their enclosed shape, which not only served as a protective covering on the foot, but also imparted comfort to the wearer.

Krepis were flat sandals with a half-boot design, having a cross-stripped pattern on top. Their rugged soles, which were made from cowhide leather, made them durable and perfect for walking the rocky terrains. More popular among the ancient Greek youth, especially those working in the military, these were specially designed for the outdoors, and were very comfortable.

These were high-soled boots, which made the wearer look taller. Archaeological finds tell us that these boots were designed differently for men and women. While wearing such high-soled boots was not a popular fashion trend in ancient Greece, according to sources, they were more popular amongst the Greek actors and were associated with the Greek tragedies.

Made from leather or cloth with crisscrossing laces covering the front portion, these were calf and knee length boots, wore primarily by soldiers, hunters, and theater actors. They were also popular among long-distance travelers as they covered the entire shin, and protected the feet from poisonous bites, etc. Wealthy people wore more intricately designed buskins, often having a fur covering.

Specifically meant for ceremonies and rituals, the Phaecasium was the footwear of priests. However, their design was so elegant that they were also equally popular among philosophers and countrymen. Made from either leather, linen, or felt, these boots were also worn by affluent women. Women’s Phaecasia bore intricately embroidered patterns, and were often also ornamented with pearls.
The supposed precursors of modern laced shoes, the Carbatines were made from a single piece of raw hide. They had holes on either of their sides that enabled the thongs to pass through, and fasten at the ankles. These made extremely comfortable walking shoes.

These were sandals which had wings on the rear end. Whether their use was prevalent in the ancient Greek society is not known for sure as yet, however, we know of these shoes from the various mythological depictions, especially those of God Hermes. Winged sandals were symbols of valor, courage, and swiftness.
Thus, we can see the ever-changing scenario of Greek fashion since the ancient days. Greek fashion is popular even today with celebrities, wearing toga-inspired dresses to red carpet events. Wear this fashion with a modern touch and give yourself the look of a Greek divinity!

Is Fashion Harmful to Society

We are constantly surrounded by fashion, it has become an everyday kind of thing you need to deal with. Fashion is a term that applies to clothing, accessories, hairstyle, footwear, body piercings, and furniture. The concept of fashion is not new to mankind, it is just that the definition of fashion has changed and more evolved. During the Egyptian era, both men and women used to line their eyes with Kohl for various reasons. But it was a trend back then and followed by everybody.

Fashion is like a wind and is changing rapidly. From school-going kids to working professionals, everybody wants to look their best. Fashion is promoted mostly by TV advertisements and celebrities. Many people define their fashion statement as comfort. They wear whatever they feel comfortable in. Of course you need to consider the occasion too. You can’t wear a jogging suit and go for a wedding, similarly you won’t wear a skirt to go for jogging. If we are living in a society, then it is not a bad thing to follow fashion trends, but it should be done in a limit.

Positive Impact of Fashion

► Fashion has become one common language for people all over the world. Our world is enormous, an integration of various cultures. Fashion helps to connect people internationally, because it travels from one city to another.

► Designers are able to produce and set new trends for people who are enthusiastic and ready to experiment with their look. This gives designers a satisfaction when they see their designs in the market, starting a trend among the people.

► The fashion industry is very competitive and there are many designers who offer the same thing like the others. It is always refreshing to see a new designer exhibit new and unique designs. It gives young and aspiring fashion designers a platform to exhibit their talent.

► Sometimes, fashion can be an inspiration for many to discover their hidden potential, it persuades individuals to attend fashion schools and make something out of their career, if they have an inclination towards this field. Fashion inspires you to expand your knowledge and creativity to turn your hobby into a career.

► One of the first things which people notice is your appearance. The way you dress up speaks a lot about you, fashion is one of the means through which you express yourself. Fashion gives you the liberty to mix and match clothes according to your mood, liking, and attitude.

► We all are attracted to people who dress up smartly and have a knowledge about the current trends. People dress up to attract the opposite sex and get noticed by someone they adore. Additionally, people also get acknowledged and stand out amongst the crowd largely due to what they wear and how they look. Those shabbily dressed or the ones lacking a sense of fashion are not very well taken, as compared to those who groom themselves well.

► Fashion is never ending, trends come and go. In fact, trends are inspired by designers, ideas of creating something new and different can come from anywhere. Take the example of the Little Black Dress, this trend never goes out. Almost every woman has a little black dress in her wardrobe purchased for that perfect evening.

► When you think about fashion, it’s not always about dressing up. Fashion opens numerous opportunities for you. You can choose to stay behind the camera and work on styling and if you prefer to be in front of the camera, you can venture fields like modeling and acting. Possibilities are endless, so one good thing about fashion is that it offers employment opportunities to those who dream about being a part of this industry.

► Additionally, following your own fashion statement makes you a more independent thinker. If you think you have the ability to carry the attire, then it fills you up with a great deal of confidence.

► It is like a magical fix for numerous issues like handling bullies and making new friends. Research claims that people who are always dressed up smartly are hardly harassed by bullies, because they feel that anybody with a high fashion sense may retaliate and can be a great threat for them.

► Fashion also helps you to make new friends easily. If you share the same interest like other people, then connecting with them won’t be difficult. You will have a common thing to base your discussions on.

► Teens get to create their own identity by following a certain trend which they like, thus they are not associated and tagged just like others. Having an impeccable and great fashion sense will easily get them a job in fashion land.

Negative Impact of Fashion

► One of the biggest drawbacks fashion has on our society is constant change. We all are aware that it changes constantly. With new year come new trends which if we don’t adopt, we are sure to be scrutinized by the fashion police in our neighborhood or school. For many fast-paced changes in fashion, it encourages people to buy clothes or other things unnecessarily. Which means splurging on things which won’t stay for long.

► Every new fashion trend is promoted in such a way that it becomes difficult for any teen or student to simply ignore it. Many fashion companies endorse celebrities to advertise for their clothing line, which results in many people buying that product. Why? Because their favorite celebrity has promoted it. They don’t care if it is right or wrong to buy it.

► The term ‘fashionsta’ sounds classy and glamorous but refers to somebody who follows fashion blindly. They want to wear it because that is the trend, they don’t care about whether it suits them or not, or if they are comfortable in it or not.

► A lot of money is wasted in buying new clothes, it indirectly promotes capitalism in society. People end up buying new clothes, when they already have old ones which they might not have worn even once. They discard old clothes to make space for new fashion trends in their wardrobe.

►”If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shabby furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shabby philosophies… It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.” A very famous quote by Albert Einstein, he was always seen in old and worn out clothes. Clothes have the power to project us in a negative or a positive way, sometimes people judge others wrong because of the clothes worn by them.

► There is a difference between fad and style. Fad fashion trends are short-lived, they come and go within months. These are known as fads of fashion, true fashion means style. People who are ignorant about this fact follow fads of fashion rather than focusing on creating their own style.

► Stealing, robbing, and blackmailing are common ways for the youth to become fashionable. They are so attracted and addicted to fashion that they are ready to go to any length to get the look they desire. Teens have become so rebellious that they even wear things which look hideous on them.

► Apart from clothes, there are certain trends detrimental to our health. These include tattoos, body piercings, plastic surgeries, etc. Teens have become extremists, one of the negative impacts of fashion is teenagers piercing various body parts. People are ready to pierce their belly button, tongue, forehead, lips all in the name of fashion.

► The environment and upbringing also has a lot to do with how an individual gets influenced by fashion around him/her. Teens staying in the rural areas will throw on an attire completely different from a teen staying in a city.

► Many times, teens or students opt for clothes due to peer pressure, they want to blend in the crowd. This fear of being left out in the crowd has a negative impact on their mind, thus they go for such clothes.

► Nowadays, students focus more and more on fashion rather than focusing on their career. They want to know everything about fashion, but little about their school or college activities. This is one of the major negative impacts of fashion on students.

► Some girls try to look like models, so they compromise on their diet to become skinny. Also, people experimenting with their hair or skin often forget about the allergies or acne breakouts they need to face due to using such products. Being fashion-conscious can even make you anxious and depressed if you don’t feel you are dressed up to the mark.

► One of the major and worst impacts of fashion on our environment is the procedure and products used to manufacture these fashionable products. Often, animal fur is used in jackets and fur coats. Many birds are killed, and experiments are done on animals to check if the products would be allergic to humans.

On a concluding note, fashion won’t be harmful to our society if we learn to create a balance between our studies and interests. Everybody wants to look good, there is no harm in it, unless you become completely obsessed with it. Parents also need to keep an eye on their children’s activity, if they are studying or wasting their time grooming themselves. There is no harm in being fashionable, but don’t let it interfere with your lifestyle and career.