Calling all Old Hippies
(and Anybody Else):
Time To Party! Time To Dance!
You have arrived at Hippy Hour/
Saturday Night Dance on Google Blogger (brendasue's Blog).
Join us for a trip back in time and a three video dance lineup! Yes, You have to stand up and dance while You watch the 3 videos!
If you want to, photograph yourself dancing and post it to G+ (or send to me for next week)!
The Emergence of Teen Culture
The growing personal wealth of Americans meant that Sixties children would experience a very different world from that of their parents. No longer burdened with hard labor and world war, a new and lavish importance was given to childhood. Over 70 million baby boomers became teenagers in the 1960s. Indulged, adolescent yearnings were fueled by Barbie dolls, hot rods, the rise of teen movies and the wonders of television. Suave sophistication appealed to clean-cut boys with crew cuts and teen girls wearing shapely sweaters and elaborate bouffant or beehive styles.
Hippie woman giving a peace sign, Los Angeles, 1969
Let's get the boring stuff over first. The teen clothing at left and below is how we actually dressed for school in the Sixties. Over the course of the decade, the hemlines would shorten a little, a very little to just above the knee.
I graduated from high school in 1968. We had a Dean of Girls who was relentless about skirt length. If you knelt and your skirt didn't touch the ground, she'd fix that. She'd cut the hem out, making it longer. If that wasn't sufficient for decency, you were sent home.
No pants or shorts allowed in school. And I don't know what awful thing would have happend to you if you dared to wear jeans.
Okay, today that behavior would get her arrested, but the simple truth was that high school in the 1960s was conservative. On Fridays we wore our school colors. Blue skirts, white blouses for girls; blue slacks, white shirts for guys.
That's not what you want to hear, and it isn't what you see in the movies, but I was there and I know :>)
Shirt - Bermuda collared broadcloth of Dacron polyester and cotton. May be worn in or out. $3.94
Sweater - Cable stitched sweater of wool knit. Cardigan style. $11.94
Skirt - A-line skirt in wool woven plaid. No waistband. $9.94
Socks - Cable stitched knee socks of wool and stretch nylon. $1.88
Montgomery Ward 1964
Left - Plaid and pretty, styled along classic lines in soft 33% wool 33% nylon, 33% acrylic. $10.87
Right - New Look Classics in virgin Turbo Orlon acrylic. Saddle shoulder, crew neck style. Grosgrain trim on cardigan closing. $4.97 Hip stitched 12 box-pleated skirt. J.P. Stevens wool herringbone tweed. $7.97
|For social occasions you could wear your skirt length shorter than what was acceptable at school. The dresses at left and right are light and fun.|
Glenbrooke Jr Smart Knits - Magnetic mixers of acetate and rayon double knit. Striped shift with button trim placket. 2 inches above the knee. Short sleeves, jewel neck. $10.97
Left - Sleeveless sweater dress, acetate knit. White bodice, blue and green striped skirt. Turtleneck, daisy pin. $10.97
Right - Pull on style sweater dress of feather light Winsock yarn of Orlon acrylic. Basket weave stitched yoke. $9.97
|We called these hip huggers. Low slung and worn with a wide belt. They had a slimming effect which made them very popular.|
Montgomery Ward 1967
Low slung straight legged pants in cotton denim or print. Wide contour belts with big metal buckle.
Left - Short sleeve "boy" top. Cotton double knit. $2.99 Cotton denim solid color pants. Leather like belt. Sanforized too, maximum shrinkage 1%. $6.00
Right - Smart new tank top. Cotton double knit. $2.99 Printed cotton pants. Prairie flowers on a sand background. Leather like belt. $6.00
Montgomery Ward 1967
Tank tops comes in ribs of cotton double knit. $2.99 Sporty denim pants come in a heavier weight cotton weave. They're Sanforized, maximum shrinkage only 1%. $4.99
|Bell bottom pants are a signature of the 1960s and would last for another decade or so. Bell bottoms graced dress and casual pants alike.|
These teen models on either side are wearing Thermo-Jac Skinny Bones pants, the pant with the "Fabulous TJ fit."
|Yes, we wore jeans, but not nearly as often as today. Where jeans are acceptable just about anyplace in a modern world, in the 1960s, they were worn for only they very most casual activities. You would not, for example, wear jeans to a movie or shopping.|
Montgomery Ward 1967
All cotton denim cut the slim line way.
Left - Rider jeans $2.99
Top - Sporty looking knee-cappers $2.79
Bottom - Cuffed shorts - $2.49
Lana's Warmup! (Remember this one????)
How to be a sixties girl link:
brendasue in sixties with bouffant!
Where ever we were, our hearts were filled with love and we wanted to fall in love.
Love was Everything!
To set the mood for tonight, Just Push Play
Is Everybody Ready To Dance?????????
Saturday Night Dance Line Up:
Please join Us in Groovin to the next three videos!
We are putting more Joy out there for Everybody!
lana's choice: Just Push Play
brendasue's choice: Just Push Play
Sharing My Campfire:
This Concludes the Dance! Everybody Still Alive?
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek
See You Next Time! Peace and love be with YOU