Today, we are going to base our fancy dress theme on the 1960s,although, we are celebrating Barbie’s birthday today (in 1959), her popularity really soared in the 60s…
Here are some of Props & Frocks 1960s Costume Ideas…
1960s Ladies Costumes
Although we all tend to think of the 60s as the decade of the mini, the short style dress was not nationwide until 1967. Until then the 50s influenced many styles.
Mary Quant was very influential, her dresses were often designed to be 6 – 7 inches above the knee. Her use of PVC and other adventurous fabrics became very popular. Mary Quant also influenced the chic bob, although a flick up look was also very fashionable. We stock a great range of1960s ladies costumes to suit all budgets and sizes. We also stock a wide range of 60s accessories including wigs, jewellery, boots and glasses.
Mini dresses made tights popular. It was hard to wear such a short dress and feel comfortable whilst wearing stockings. These tights were also seamless. No lady would wear a short dress with bare legs showing. Fishnet tights were popular for a short time
Flat boots became the norm to wear with the mini dress.
The popular hairstyle was a beehive, where they tease the hair and pile it high on the head. Another look during this time was the beatnik. The beatnik look included black berets, black slacks (tight for women) and dark glasses
Clothes were quite narrow at the shoulder, many had armholes cut away so that the shoulder and the entire arm were visible.
Baby Doll dress were popular in 1966 and were made in many floaty fabric such as chiffon.
Trousers were worn, when a mini dress was not appropriate. These were hipster style and flares begun to appear towards the end of the decade.
Fashion was also influenced by ‘flower power’ and flowers and fringe were everywhere, along with long flowing locks. The women wore long floor length dresses and skirts called maxies. At Props n Frocks we stock a large range of ladies hippy costumes and accessories to help you to complete your outfit.
The list of 60s fancy dress costume ideas gives a wide range of character ideas if you didn’t want to stick to the standard 60′s outfit.
1960s fancy dress suggestions:
Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra 1962)
Julie Andrews (Sound Of Music 1965)
Mary Poppins (1966)
Jeannie (from ‘I Dream of Genie’
Cruella de Vil (1962)
Eliza Dolittle (1964 My Fair Lady)
1960s Mens Costumes
Mens fashion was influenced by the pop stars of the day. The Beatles wore smart suits with a small collar. The suit had a single breasted collarless jacket and slim pants. At Props n Frocks, we stock the plain grey suit favoured by The Beatles, but also the Sargent Pepper style costume as well.
Men wore Paisley shirts, velvet trousers and high collared Regency jackets. Men also began to wear their hair long
The beatnik look was popular with men as with women. Black berets, black slacks and dark glasses wore worn. Men wore sandals.
The ‘hippy’ look begun to develop towards the end of the decade. Mens hair got longer moustaches and sideburns were popular. We stock a large range of mens hippy costumes and accessories to help you to complete your outfit.
1960s fancy dress suggestions:
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969)
Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia 1962)
Dick Van Dyck (Mary Poppins 1962)
Batman & Robin
Lawrence of Arabia
After International Woman’s Day yesterday, apparently, as previously mentioned, it’s Barbie’s birthday today. Modelled on a adult-looking German doll her creator had brought back from Europe, this major toy personality made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on this date in 1959, so today is her official birthday. Of course for some time there was transatlantic rivalry with her British counterpart Sindy, but Barbie had the better publicity machine (and lawyer) and remains a major celeb in the toy market. Although the arrival of ‘new kids on the block’, the Bratz threatened to undermine her position, her appearances (along with sometime boyfriend Ken) in the Toy Story movies has done much to win her a new generation of fans. She wears her age well and, as we know, she has always been one to embrace the dress-up box when required.