Hair and fashion trends from the 60s

The 60s was a decade full of eclectic styles and experimental trends.

From mod and hippie styles to haircuts like the bob and mop top, styles developed in the 60s still influence how we look and dress today.

Here’s a look back at some of the most popular hair and fashion trends from the decade.

Mop top

Mop Top Haircuts

The Beatles are perhaps the best-known wearers of the mop top. The straight down, ear and forehead-covering haircut was in sharp contrast to the men’s hairstyles that had been popular just a few years before. Instead of the highly stylised looks of Elvis Presley, men started to adopt the messier, rock and roll feel of the mop top.


Brigitt Bardot sporting the beehive hairstyle

For many women, the 60s were all about big hair, and came to be defined by the beehive hairdo. Hairstylist Margaret Vinci Heldt invented the look in the United States, and it was made popular by the likes of Jackie Onassis Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot and Dusty Springfield.

Mary Quant’s mini skirt

Mary Quant’s miniskirt

One of the most enduring trends of the 1960s was the mini skirt. Though now it’s seen as an everyday item, when hemlines rose above the knee in the 1960s the look was unmistakably fresh and youthful. Mary Quant is famous for popularising the style in London – her shop on the King’s Road was a must-stop for fashionable shoppers all over the country.


Different ways to wear the headscarf

Though headscarves had already been around for decades, in the 1960s they became a trendy must-have accessory for a whole range of styles. They were tied below the chin or at the back of the neck for a range of different looks, sometimes covering and protecting the hair or functioning as a stylish headband to complement a fashion look.


Coloured and patterned tights were popular

Colourful, patterned tights rose to popularity in the 1960s and became a must-have accessory for young women everywhere. Coupled with the miniskirt of mini dress, they made a bold statement and looked great with the Mary Jane style shoes also popular at the time.

Go go boot

Nancy Sinatra wearing the Go-go boot

The go-go boot was introduced in the mid 1960s and are a defining element of mod style. They were most commonly white, low-heeled and mid-calf in height. Often also known as the Courreges boot, named after its designer, Andre Courreges.

Vidal Sassoon bob

Vidal Sassoon bob haircuts

Vidal Sassoon’s iconic bob was extremely popular in the 1960s, and was worn by everyone from Mia Farrow to Twiggy. It’s defined by the short crop below the ear and often included sharp, angular lines.

Did you sport any of these popular hair and fashion trends? What others did we miss from our list? Share your memories in the comments below!

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11th Jan 2020
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Oh yes remember all of these well, backcombing became an art! can’t have been too good for the hair but hey. Tights were a boon especially with those mini skirts. Ah happy memories.
16th Jun 2019
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I had the Vidal Sassoon Bob. My grandad was very upset I had cut off my long hair. I had one side cut round the ear and the other long and smooth. More than one person whispered "does she know her hairdresser has cut it odd"
As for the mini skirt, our headmistress had prefects stationed at the doors with a ruler. Anyone with too short a skirt was sent home. Girls with the beehive had to comb it out.
All very exciting!
12th Jun 2019
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I loved being a teenager then into early 20's during the 60's. The fashions were such fun. I wore mini skirts etc, but I was happy when the short hair like Mia Farrow's came in because my hair was too fine and straight and hard to keep trying to keep it in a bee hive! The short cut was always...and still is, much more manageable. I emigrated to Canada at age 21 in 1966 and I can remember when I got here (with a load of new clothes I had bought before leaving the UK) I thought the fashions here were about a year or two behind the UK! A few people remarked on how they liked my clothes and that they couldn't get the same type of things here. After a few years though I noticed that North America quickly caught up to the UK and Europe probably thanks to TV and the likes of Twiggy and Mary Quant becoming so famous.
1st May 2020
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I had my hair cut like Mia Farrow,it was so easy to look after having had 3 children back in the sixties and i still have it short now in my seventies..
9th Jun 2019
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I loved those times. I wore the boots, mini skirts, bobbed hair etc. Girls looked smart and were generally slim. It is a shame that is not the situation now.
4th Mar 2019
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Oh, the memories, hot pants, mini skirts, white boots, the hairstyles, music, overall the best times, and you felt safe wandering around dressed like this day or night, no chance these days for that.
3rd Mar 2019
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The mjni skirt, bouffant hair and patterned tights. Oh the memories. My Dad wasn't happy with the mini and told me not to bend over, ever. haha
15th Jun 2018
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I recall the beehive being more late fifties to very early sixties and then being phased out for the "mod" look of long hair and a fringe. Dusty Springfield kept the beehive going for a lot longer, however. I had long hair until the late 60s and then went very Mia Farrow - it was so easy to care for as all one had to do was get out of bed in the morning and pretty well scratch one's head and it was in place. No more hours spent on brushing and washing and getting the ends to curl under! Relief. Then there was all the fun of hair pieces in elaborate curls. A friend of mine used to sleep sitting upright every night with tissue wrapped around her head so as not to spoil her very elaborate appendage Meanwhile I snored away in comfort with my head deep in the comfort of the pillow.
7th Nov 2017
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We did have the midi skirt too. Just as well because my legs were so skinny. Mia Farrow was the look I went for as my hair was too fine for the beehive
7th Nov 2017
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Hot pants! Definitely the real reason why tights came into fashion instead of stockings. I married in the early 1960's just as the mini came into fashion - showing your kneecap first!. My new husband was quite adamant; "no bloke is looking at my wife's knees!" he said quite indignantly. A few years later and I'm wiggling down the street in hot pants and white knee-length boots!
Jeromy 333
7th Nov 2017
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Thanks for the interesting reminder of the 60s.

Mary Quant (definitely NOT 'Quaint' - see your piece!) went to my college near Brixton before making a name for herself. The older generation of 'make do and mend' had experienced the shortages of the war years and before. The 'dark days' we're over and the younger ones were riding on the wave of ambition, excitement and newness of everything.

The car industry was always a developing one, improving what had been made before. It's hard to imagine that early cars of a few decades before were made partly with the help of workers who made horse-drawn carriages.

Now, with the refreshing mind set of the era, Issigonis began with a blank sheet of paper and created the Mini; shocking, exciting, wonderful! Finally, cars were fun and almost everyone could picture themselves owning one.

The music of the day was loud, vibrant and exciting.

Nothing was ever QUAINT again!
7th Nov 2017
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The rocker style was also in vogue. Leather jackets, short skirts, long straight hair.
1st May 2020
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Tight jeans tucked into biker boots, with white socks folded over the top of the boots. White t-shirt, black leather jacket or a sleeveless denim. White silk scarf and, of course, a skid-lid. Hair was long, lipstick pale and black eyeliner above and below the eye.

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