Also known as Anos Rebeldes, the 60’s had many important events in Brazil and in the world. Construction of the Berlin Wall, Military Coup, pacifist actions, hippie movement and Tropicalism were some of them. Because it is so relevant, this time is one of the most remembered at costume parties. Therefore, we decided to bring you several ideas from 60s Costumes, for you to get inspired and make an improvised one.
1960s Costume Photos and Ideas
To better understand some of the references that we will bring in this post, it is necessary to have a sense of history. After all, each of the characters and the clothes of the time are directly related to the events they experienced.
A very strong example is the success of Rock and Roll, which gained strength with one of the icons of that period: Elvis Presley. For this reason, it is so common for men to bet on leather jackets and tufts for 1960s costumes. This period also has as its trademark the passage from the classic style of the 50s to the “rebellion” of the 60s.
In Brazil, the Jovem Guarda is one of the main representatives of this change. This name was given to a TV show that was aired by TV Record and that showed Brazilian singers who are adept of national Rock. Among the main ones were Roberto Carlos, Erasmo Carlos, Wanderléa, Vanusa and others.
For a children’s 60s Fantasy, you can search for fashion references at the time or bet on famous characters of the time. Boys can dress up like the rockers of the time, with black leather jacket, white T-shirt, jeans, topknot and sunglasses.
Girls, on the other hand, can have a costume with a dress of any color with polka dots and shoes. To enhance the look, kitten-style gloves and glasses can also be used.
Neck and head scarves are also a great idea, as is wearing white socks with shoes.
But, if you want your kids’ 60s Costumes to pay homage to someone famous at the time, how about using Elvis Presley as a reference for boys and Audrey Hepburn for girls?
In Elvis’ case, you can look in costume stores for a jumpsuit just like the singer’s. He usually wore a white piece, with red accents and gold gemstones.
And for your little Deluxe Doll, you can even enjoy the clothes your daughter has at home. Set aside that little black dress, put on it a shoe of the same color and enjoy its accessories, such as sunglasses and pearls. If you spice up the look with a crown on the hair, the result is amazing!
And of course we couldn’t forget about the hippies. The movement that preached peace and love had very striking clothes, always colorful and printed. And to complete the look, you can put your child (a) in a vest and a bandana.
For women, the changes in fashion were quite significant. In addition to the polka dot dresses, they started to wear clothes with striking colors and some already wore jeans. If you notice, everyday clothes aren’t all that different from today’s. But some pieces were quite striking, such as the colored and printed sock pants. Dresses and skirts with geometric figures, stripes and plaid were also on the rise.
Regarding the female icons of the time, we can’t leave Twiggy to one side. The model, actress, singer, writer and businesswoman wore brightly colored pieces, short hair and makeup with long eyelashes.
In the music business, Janis Joplin represented the counterculture movement, which had as its main characteristics:
- Fight for peace;
- Use of drugs;
- Beware of nature;
- Between others.
And if you’ve never heard of the singer, you’ve certainly heard her songs. One of the best known is Piece of my heart,
Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
To dress like her, you can use some hippie references, such as colorful clothes, long, loose hair and colorful sunglasses.
Now, if you love Audrey Hepburn and want to dress like her at the next party, how about betting on a black tube? You can complete the look with long black gloves, pearl necklaces and earrings, and a shiny hair accessory.
But if you want to do some research in costume stores, you’re sure to find structured dresses and boots. Or the famous polka dot skirts and dresses, as in the photos below.
For men, you should already have an idea for the costume. If you’re going to rely on the fashion used at the time, you can’t leave the black leather jacket aside. It can be paired with a white t-shirt and jeans.
But the jacket can also be combined with other pieces, such as plaid or leather pants.
Besides, how about doing like the girls and betting on pieces with polka dots, like the shirt in the assembly below?
But if you want to be inspired by a famous one, you already know what the icon of the time is, don’t you? To dress like the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, you can also bet on the leather jacket. But the singer’s most famous look was his overalls.
The white jumpsuit can easily be found in costume stores. Don’t forget to complete the look with a tuft topping.
But it wasn’t just Elvis who was successful in the 60s. The greatest band of all time also won the hearts of the public at the time. John, Paul, Ringo and George wore black suits at the beginning of their careers, but gradually they became a little bolder. How about betting on colorful suits and shirts to dress like your idols? In this case, the pants can also be bell mouths. And if you chose to honor John Lennon, don’t forget the round glasses.
If you think the history of the Woodstock festival is amazing, how about dressing up as one of the first-edition singers, Jimi Hendrix? You can also call your friends to be the Jackson Five or pay tribute to Brazilian singers and put your hair to the game, just like Caetano Veloso.
The 60s fantasies for couples are not much different from the examples given above. you can go like rockers, hippies or honor a famous couple of the time.
Want to honor a couple? How about you and your husband being Elvis and Priscilla Presley for a day?
How to Make Makeshift 60s Costumes: Step by Step
Do you have a 60s Party or Retro Party and need to make an impromptu costume? Rest assured, if you have the right pieces at home, it will be super easy to put together a look from that era. You certainly have a skirt, blouse or polka dot dress in your closet. With that, just combine the item with other black pieces and complete it with pearls, shoes and glasses.
Now, if you want to dress like Twiggy, just find a dress with a bright color, pull your hair to the side and copy your makeup, which may not look like it, but it’s super simple to do.
And for men and boys, the paramount is to have a black leather jacket. With it, you just need to combine the other elements, apply a gel in your hair and wear sunglasses.
Ready! Now you know everything you need to make amazing 60s costumes. Did you like the tips or have any suggestions? So let us know in the comments!