5 Fashion Trends Inspired by Woodstock

Peace. Love. Music. Fashion.

This week marks the 48th Anniversary of Woodstock.

In 1969, over 400,000 people attended the music festival, which took place from August 15th to August 18th. Woodstock was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same.

Woodstock influenced not only the music and the mindset of generations to come, but it also had a huge impact on the fashion industry. Many long-standing fashion trends have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.

So, in honor of 48 years of peace, love, and music – here are five major fashion trends immortalized at Woodstock – all of which have stood the test of time.

TREND #1: FRINGE

*Balenciaga

If you search Google for photos of Woodstock, you’ll eventually come across a photo of Grace Slick wearing the most amazing white lace-up fringe top with matching bell bottoms.

Then there’s the iconic picture of Jimmy Hendrix in that white fringed shirt. Or Roger Daltry in his unbuttoned camel-colored cardigan trimmed with fringe. And, of course, if you scan through photos of the crowd, you’ll see even more.

The fringe trend never goes out of style. It shows up every season on bags, shoes, boots, wraps, vests, dresses, skirts and more. There is no better way to add “it-girl” status to an outfit than with a classic fringed bag or boot.

GET THE LOOK

Be part of the fringe festival!

 

TREND #2: BOHO DRESSES

*Rebecca Minkoff

Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their outfit of the day.

Long flowing maxi-dresses, peasant blouses and baby-doll minis in mixed prints and florals all originated in the sixties.

The boho trend seems made for outdoor concerts because it’s just so comfortable yet chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.

GET THE LOOK

When they go low, we go boho.

 

 

TREND #3: HALTER TOPS

*Alice + Olivia

Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little (or no) clothing at all.

For a generation of women who were into bra-burning, the halter top was probably more than just a fashion statement.

Sexy and uninhibited, the halter style neckline had been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s and even further back with Native Americans.

Pair a halter top with a pair of hip-hugging bell-bottom jeans and you’ll be doing Woodstock proud.

GET THE LOOK

Tie one on.

TREND #4: VESTS

*Custo Barcelona

Fringe vests, leather vests, denim vests. They all had a showing at Woodstock. Even the guys were sporting this trend back in the day.

Like all of the trends in this post, vests can be worn year round. I’m an especially big fan of faux-fur vests for fall and winter. I have several hanging in my closet patiently waiting for the first leaf to fall in September.

Another vest trend that I’m loving right now is the super-long, lightweight duster style. They look great with jeans or leggings and can even make you look taller when worn with a pair of groovy heels.

GET THE LOOK

Invest in yourself.

 

 

5. HEADBANDS

*Versace

The best way to bring your favorite Instagram or Snapchat filter to life is to adorn yourself with a beautiful headband.

While the women of the early 60’s sported the double-wide Bridget Bardot style headbands, by 1969, the look was smaller and embellished with beading, jewels, and even flowers. (They were crowned “flower children,” remember?)

Headbands had a massive fashion resurgence moment with the CW hit show Gossip Girl. Every style imaginable paraded its way up and down 5th Avenue thanks to costume designer Eric Daman.

And I have to admit, I’m wearing a headband as I write this post. Not a cute one. Just a utilitarian type that is keeping my bed-head hair out of my eyes.

GET THE LOOK

Let it go to your head.

                  


Want more Woodstock-inspired fashion? Check out my Pinterest board.

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*Photos from Vogue.com.

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