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Hippy Style – Evolution of Floral Fashion

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Hippy StyleHippy style keeps the considerable niche in the fashion segment lately and it is apparently one of the amazing tendencies ever happened in fashion culture. Hippy is a counter-culture that appeared in the 60s though currently there is no need to use the detailed concept of hippy style if you want to adopt some of their elements. The point is that hippy style is something to adopt the element carefully not to make real hippies shudder with the look. And today there far many challenges for that.

Hippy is the culture that covered the late 60s and early 70s. Hippy is radical that counters the culture of the other world. They are pacifiers who always performed against military and war actions. They were the first to advocate merging with nature in clothes which should be also made from natural fabric. Yet, the apogee of their movement was nudism as the alliance with genuine nature. The hippies call themselves «flower children», and this back to nature bent spilled over into their image using loose clothes, floral patterned fabric and lots of accessories. Hippies wore peasant blouses, granny dresses and carried hemp bags. No trouble to be discussed.

Origin of fashion in culture

No Rules was the main rule for hippies. The hippy followers never adhered to any particular style. the image of a hippy is the fantastic blend of vivid colors and accessories, though the look is too natural, without breaking their peace philosophy and harmony with nature.

The words handmade and natural were sacred words for hippies most of them crafted macramé, beading and other homespun things that are never done by modern teens.

Hippies borrowed the fashion trends with various cultures though mainly from the middle East and countries of Central America blending the styles into the incredible eclectics which is the favorable ground to borrow today.

The traditional hippy image included a flower or the Pocahontas headband as a compulsory accessory,  with long hair which is though clean. Hippy ladies would wear a mini or even micro skirt provided they had decent legs, jeans-bell bottom with patches, long skirts, various tunics and blouses. A chain belt was cool to match the image. As for men, they also wore jeans, the grungier the better. Leather vests were another symbol for hippies as the ankle chain. All the clothes should have the fringe. Anything could be fringed. And the obligatory was peace symbol. Every last one of them had at least one peace symbol.

As for the accessories, hippies wore them for self-expression purposes. They liked wooden amulets and talismans, the others favored for beads and juicy floral kerchiefs.

The shoes that hippies liked included sandals and flats or zipper boots. Hippy style is often confused with country style for the tendency to use natural fabric, laced jersey, suede and fringe.

Modern view of hippy style

Stepping from the style of sub-culture immediately into the public with the help of catwalk models and famous fashionmongers, the hippie style never transformed and changed to itself. Instead, it extended the borders of scope and those who cannot and do not believe to be true hippy can borrow something to adopt.

Hippy chic which is so trendy nowadays is nothing but the best adoption of hippy style to the glamourous life which is far away from nature and the idea of peace forever. The hippy style which is popularly advocated through fashion magazines and at catwalks is more delicate and more rigorous though it is not polished to the end since it still keeps the freedom typical to hippy style.

On the whole, all hippy elements can be borrowed to complement the image though not carelessly. Tunics, long skirts and bell bottoms should be the basic elements in the ensemble to play with other accessories. We can ignore the Pocahontas headbands to replace with stylish bands, beads can be also forgotten since today we are free to wear bracelets made from metal, wood and stones, whether precious or ordinary ones.

The flamboyant spot in the image is the kerchief which is used to wear around the neck or waistline, at the wrist or elbow, it depends on the fantasy and preferences. Hair is preferred freely falling, or get the locks slightly curled, tousled naturally, picked up with a hair clip or decorate the head with some plaits.

Stylish rules

As we know, there were no rules for hippies of the 60s, though the present interpretation of their image is acknowledged by the society and thus requires respect of traditions when introducing the style to the wide public. And it is of no matter to match what is not to be matched.

Jeans, trousers or a skirt can be considered as the base of the ensemble to decorate with the desired attributes of hippy style.

Nevertheless, it is no good when the free hippy style is mixed with the rigorous elegance of the business style preferring strict lines and clear colors.

Romantic, casual or country styles are the best to blend with the hippy style when choosing the details of your ensemble.

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