Woodstock is the indisputable OG of music festivals. The fashion trends it spawned over fifty years ago have stood the test of time. They show up each and every year in new iterations, both on the runways and on the Instagram feeds of your favorite bloggers and influencers.
Over 400,000 people attended Woodstock in August of 1969 in Bethel, New York. It was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It quickly became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world that they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same. (Yeah, that 1970s Coke commercial is playing in your head now, isn’t it?)
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 still worn today have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.
So, in honor of peace, love, music, and fashion – here are five major trends immortalized at Woodstock that we bet you’re still wearing today.
Woodstock Fashion Trend #1: Fringe
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. 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!
Woodstock Fashion Trend #2: Boho dresses
Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their look.
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 and chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.
GET THE LOOK: When they go low, we go boho!
Woodstock Fashion Trend #3: Halter Tops
*Alice + Olivia
Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little clothing as possible. Or none 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 has actually been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s, and even further back to Native American culture. But Woodstock made it mainstream.
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!
Woodstock Fashion Trend #4: Vests
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!
Woodstock Fashion Trend #5: Headbands
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 as 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 taming my bed-head hair. Hey, it works. And it’s just groovy, man.
GET THE LOOK: Let it go to your head.
Want more Woodstock-inspired fashion? Check out my Pinterest board.
*Photos from Vogue.com.