In October 1969, students and young adults alike were “living the dream.” This new era, the era of hippies, freedom, and love, brought them a “release,” even in the fashion sense. Gone were the days of stuffy clothing and repressed style. In 1969, LIFE magazine stated, “The latest rule in girls’ high school fashion is that there aren’t any.”
It was a time of freedom and rebellion, and who better to rebel than teenagers? The focus was on individuality. By the fall of 1967, newsstands and libraries alike featured how-to books and even guides to hippie fashion. By the time most of these pictures were taken in the fall of 1969, these clothes could be readily bought from the shelves of major department stores. Hippies had become mainstream.
Here is Woodside High, California in 1969.
Left to right: Pam Pepin, Pat Auvenshine, and Kim Robertson, students at Corona del Mar High School in California.
A Southern California high school student walks toward her classmates while wearing a “Mini Jupe” skirt.
Lenore Reday stops traffic while wearing a bell-bottomed jumpsuit in Newport Beach, California.
Classmates at Beverly Hills High School.
Southern California high school students wear hippie fashion.
Southern California high school student wearing Bermuda overalls.
Students of Woodside High in California wearing hippie fashion, such as ponchos, boots, and sandals.
Nina Nalhaus relaxes in the shade while wearing wool pants and a homemade jacket in Denver, Colorado.
Beverly Hills student, Erica Farber, wears a checker and tiered outfit as she walks with a young man.
A high school student band in California.
High school student wears hippie fashion consisting of bell bottoms and boots.
High school student, Rosemary Shoong.
Southern California high schooler wearing a buckskin vest.
High school student wearing an old-fashioned tapestry skirt and a wool shawl.
High school teacher, Sandy Brockman, wearing a bold print hippie-style dress in Denver, Colorado.
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