In the 21st century the style trends of the fashion industry dominate the world more than they ever did, and control not only the way people dress but also trends in home ware design, makeup fashion and people’s overall attitudes. In the 60s flower power did not only mean flares and tunics, it summed up the whole attitude of a generation, and this is even more prominent today.
In the 60s flower power and hippy movements came to influence the world, something we are seeing in the Millennial generation. So, do Millennials actually want to be a hippy? Or does it all just serve a different purpose? These flower power icons make us think.
The hippy trend was in full flow in the 60s and the 70s, and influenced the styles of everyone, even though we all looked completely different to each other. The flower power movement was the ‘in’ thing back in the 60s. It went a bit out of fashion after the hippy days, but now it’s back on trend again. The flower power movement has reappeared in the fashion world again and this time it is full of colours and a whole other hippy look.
When I was a teenager I was a bit behind the times when it came to fashion, but now I wish I had embraced the flower power style in the 70s when it was at its most popular. It was all about wearing flower power items and the clothing, and the hair was just a soft fluffy natural look. Flower power is back again in the fashion world and the look is far different to what it used to be. There is a whole new attitude behind it, a far more natural, earthy look, the ‘earthy, hippy, natural’ look.
I don’t think that young girls are ready for the flower power trend of the 70s yet, they still love to look cute and have bright and colorful hair styles, but at the same time they are heading back to more old-fashioned items of clothing such as dresses, long skirts and tunics.
More recent flower power trends are more subtle, even when they come to the fashion scene. Floral patterns now seem to be far more subtle than they used to be, and they just come to mind. It’s a more natural look with very little glitter, and very little prints and colours. They are certainly giving the younger crowd something new to look at, the bright and happy flower power colours have been replaced with subtle tones of black and white, beige and brown and beige.
Floral prints, the biggest flower power trend of all, still appear in the fashion world, but it’s now more subtle than it used to be. Floral fashions still feature prominently in fashion magazines, fashionistas love these floral prints and they are still very much in fashion, but they have now taken a new approach to the prints, and the prints are just slightly softer and more understated.
If you look at the autumn/winter 2015 catwalks there are a few key pieces that appear in many of the designs, and you can see this trend still very much going strong, but now the textures have changed with the use of longer woolly cardigans in some designs. Now we are in the dark, cold, winter, the winter style is not about the florals but more about the textures and softness of the items in the wardrobe.
Hair is still very much in fashion and hairstyles have not really changed since the 60s flower power era. The hairstyles and the colours in hair have not changed since then. Every major hair trend of the 60s has continued on through to today. A look back at some of the hair styles from the 1960s, we see bold bright hair colours and soft florals. Hair dos in the 1960s featured lots of texture and waves and were worn straight and wavy. The hair dos of the 1960s really were a big part of the style statement. Many of the hairstyles featured swooping fringes or braids and they were a real statement of the style.