Get in Touch With the Hippie Culture

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by Jay Brandley edited by Lynne Hand


The term hippie is often misunderstood by many. When thinking of the word or term hippie, many people often picture a bunch of people with beards, headbands, peace signs and bell-bottom jeans (see above).  Well, there is much more to the concept of what a hippie or the hippie movement is.

The term hippie was popularized in the 60s, and is said to be derived from the word hipster. The movement originated and was popularized in the USA. Since the 1960s, the hippie movement has spread and you can see many people around the world who are part of the hippie movement.

The hippie movement was all about peace, love and freedom. These concepts are commonly known. The 1960s was a time of big change and adjustment. It was a time of war (I am sure that you are familiar with the Vietnam War) and during this time, older men as well as young boys who had just turned eighteen were being drafted to join the army. Many of these older men and young boys were sent to fight in the Vietnam War and did not make it home alive. This is a very touchy subject for many, so I will not delve too deeply into it. The point that I am trying to make is that the 60s was molded by people who fought in that war, the people who supported the war, and the people who strove for peace and strongly believed in love and freedom.

It was this last group of people who were called hippies. The concepts of peace, love, and freedom were at the root of the hippie culture, and the hippie movement, with this foundation of beliefs, has stood the test of time up until today. There are still many people who consider themselves to be hippies.

As with many concepts and movements, there are other things that spring from this belief and the hippie movement also has its own fashion trends and a sort of stereotyped clothing and apparel.

Now when we look at the fashion aspect of the hippie movement, things like colourful tie dye t-shirts and patchwork bell-bottom jeans and even Boho tribal styled skirts come to mind. The hippie trends and fashions of the 60s have even made it to the twenty first century.

The hippie movement along with its beliefs and fashion trends has survived up until today, even though it’s nearly fifty years old.

For more great hippie fashion trends, check out Jays site Paisley Days. Paisley Days keeps you updated with great hippie clothes and accessories.