After turning on to The Beatles in 1964 many guys started wearing long hair and Mod fashions. Before World War II, artists and spoiled boys from good homes often wore long hair. And in the 1960s long hair became a symbol of spoiled American kids' rebellion against the mainstream culture. British fashions were called Mod fashions and often came from Carnegie Street and West End of London. British bands dressed in Mod fashions and had their long hair styled by man's hairstylists. You'll find typical examples of those fashions on Hendrix's album covers, The Beatles' S. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, Cream's Disraely Wheels and many other early British and American band photos. Recently, Mod fashions are also found in Austin Powers' movies. Below is a photo of my Cousin Stanley from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1967). He was a drummer with The London Beats. Before that, he played with the warm-up band for The Rolling Stones first concert in Milwaukee, Stan dressed in Mod clothes from Carnegie Street in London.
hippie fashions replaced British Mod fashions. Besides
boy's long hair, tight jeans and there were also
shrinkable jeans, beads from India and American Indian
beads, and colorful shirts hippies didn't really have any
defined fashion. The so called "Hippie Fashion"
was to be who you are and to do what you wanted to do. So,
wear whatever turns you on...
hippies found employment and started earning a living
they started functioning in society or the rat race. Then
some of us became more fashion conscious. But getting
that groovy hippie look was not that easy. As a rule, we
did not follow any fashions rules and become our own
fashion designers. So, many hippies created their own
designs on what they could manage. But, it was not until
after starting my first job that I was able to buy the
more expensive things and to do the things I wasn't able
to do before. One of the things I wasn't able to do was
to visit a good Hairstylist to get that ďhavenít had
a haircut" look like many stars had in those days. I
guess that was the thing to do since the 1960s and
especially the 1970s when men's long hair fashions became
fashionable around the world.
I've spent several years at naturist beaches, evening campfires, Volleyball games and met many wonderful naturists in Europe, and grown to like the lifestyle before problems with the ozone layer spoiled the fun. Nudists have no problems with clothes and fashions. After the first day or two in such an environment one stops judging others by what they have on. I think that the hippy movement and also the Rainbow movement were/ are also efforts to bring about such peaceful, free and open spirit to textilers - those folks that wear clothes everyday as the naturists share. So, having lived without clothes and many false limitations for a while, I feel that I've experienced a bit of the Garden Of Eden and believe the world would be a better place if everyone had free access to such a clothes free environment when desired.
Clothes As A Form of Art
lots of time at naturist beaches esp. during the '80s and
wouldn't mind living in a clothes free world if not for
the problems with the ozone layer. I used to laugh at the
sight of textile people paying for striptease shows,
Playboy or Playgirl magazines and porn. I thought they
were crazy to long for something as natural as that. But
that was years ago. Now I view porn as an exciting work
of art that takes us back to dreams of paradise. As to
dressing like textiles do, I've got suits and dress shoes
but I just don't like wearing them, and can't remember
when was the last time I did. Perhaps last year to a job
interview? My favorite type of clothes are short pants,
Hawaiian shirts, sandals and sneakers (Vans Authentic or Converse All Star). But the climate I'm in
now requires warm clothes because it's cold most of the
year. As to earrings and tattoos. I've got both ears
pierced but no tattoos because I've never been able to
find any design or symbol that would be universal enough
for me to advertise on my body for the rest of my days. A
tattoo is a serious decision I haven't been able to
commit to yet. But I like tattoos and couldn't imagine
someone like for example Axl Rose without the cross on
his arm. I suppose when it becomes popular for
conservatives and rednecks to dress like liberals do then
liberals will start dressing like conservatives and
rednecks. Clothes are a way of expressing our worldviews
and how we feel. So, that's why the clothes we choose to
wear are like art at an exchibition. But playing a role
as if we were on stage 24/7 could get a bit too much, if
you know what I mean.
Snobby Hippie Stuff
Hippies also have certain snobby consumer goods such as Birkenstock sandals, for example. The truth is, I'm also a bit snobby that way and wear Birkenstock shoes that I bought cheaply at online auctions. The Birk shoes and sandals look like crap but they're the only ones I can walk miles in without feeling that I've actually walked the miles. For that reason they are also very popular among many Catholic nuns and monks. To give the competition equal credit, Dr. Scholl's also has very comfortable shoes that I've worn since the 1960s. Lets not forget the tie-died shirts, beads, rings, earrings, pendants and all the other hippie paraphernalia...