These may look like stills from the set of an Austin Powers movie, but these sartorial statements were made by real high schoolers in the Sixties and they're definitely looking groovy, baby! Take a trip back in time with these retro photos by LIFE documenting the ever-evolving student style of 1969.
I don’t know about you but I would’ve loved to live in the 1960’s. I think I’m truly a hippie deep inside, desiring about peace over of war, flowers over bombs, and fashion over factions. Just look at all the adorable ways groovy gals dressed themselves back then! They looked stylish without sacrificing comfort or creativity, they took outfit risks that don’t seem so regrettable even to this day, and, man, are those colors and prints undeniably sixties. I’m definitely digging the simple hair-all-the-way-down-to-there and minimal make-up, too!
“The latest rule in girls’ high school fashion,” LIFE magazine proclaimed in 1969, “is that there isn’t any.” In contrast to the popular fashions and styles of certain decades — the Gibson Girl of the 1890s and early 1900s, the flapper of the Roaring Twenties, the “New Look” of the Fifties — there was no single reigning style in the 1960s. Even as the slim-cut trousers and shift dresses of the late Fifties crept in, Mod miniskirts and go-go boots found their way over from London to mingle with the bell-bottomed jeans and fringed vests of the latter part of the decade. By 1969, the fashion choices of tens of millions of young American men and women were as variegated and ever-evolving as the world around them. A “freaky new freedom,” LIFE called it. Was it ever!
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