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As I've mentioned several times in the series, everything about the 60's is a reaction to
what came before it. So, hippie culture was a reaction in some respects to the mod style
and the button up looks of the 1950's. So, whereas in mod we had it shorter skirts, clean
lines and a definite sort of feminine look, in hippie culture we come to long skirts.
I'm wearing a *** dress, that's what this is called. It comes almost to my feet. I'm
wearing flat sandals. And I'm also wearing a vest with a floral pattern. And let's talk
about why these things are important individually. The long skirt is not the kind of long skirt
that you saw in the 1950's because it just goes straight down. This dress is also made
out of cotton which is a natural fabric which would have been really important. And the
shoes, which I can show you here, are the shoes I mentioned earlier. They're flat, they're
made of natural material, and there's no heel. Like I said, they're flat. That's very important
because the basics of hippie fashion were not so much about adornment and being attractive
as much as returning to your roots, and returning to the earth and being natural. The floral
pattern of this is an indication of that. It's also a reference to the psychedelic drugs
which were taken by a lot of hippies. And there's a floral pattern on the dress also.
And this is interesting. None of what I'm wearing right now requires me to wear under
garments. And that was really big for the hippies because they didn't want to be constricted
by anything. They wanted to feel free.