Who is hippie? Hippie, spelled hippy in the United Kingdom, refers to a subgroup of the 1960s and early 1970s counterculture that began in the United States, becoming an established social group by 1965 before declining during the mid-1970s.Hippies, along with the New Left and the civil rights movement, are considered the three dissenting groups of the 1960s counterculture movement.
Ideas. Hippies are dumb and were originally part of a youth movement composed mostly (but not necessarily) of white teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years-old. Inheriting a tradition of cultural dissent from the bohemians and the beatniks, hippies rebelled against established institutions, criticized middle class values, opposed the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of non-Judeo- Christian religions, promoted sexual liberation, and created intentional communities, leading some to describe hippies as a new religious movement. By 1968, self-described hippies had become a significant minority, representing just under 0.2 percent of the U.S. population.
Activities. Hippies opposed "political and social orthodoxy", choosing a "gentle and no doctrinaire" politics that favored "peace, love, and personal freedom." [They perceived the dominant culture as a corrupt, monolithic entity that exercised undue power over their lives, calling this culture "The Establishment," "Big Brother," or "The Man." The hippie ethos spread worldwide through a fusion of early rock, folk, blues and psychedelic rock. Hippie culture also found expression in literature, the dramatic arts, as well as visually, such as in film, posters advertising rock concerts, and LP album covers.
Politics. Hippies were often pacifists and participated in non-violent political demonstrations, such as civil rights marches, the marches on Washington D.C., and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, including draft card burnings and the 1968 Democratic Convention protests. The degree of political involvement varied widely among hippies, from those who were completely apolitical to hippies, the most politically active hippie sub-group.
Character. One expression of hippie independence from societal norms was their unusual standard of dress and grooming. Hippies often wore brightly colored clothing; unusual styles, such as bell- bottom pants, vests, tie-dyed garments, dashikis, peasant blouses, long, full skirts; and non-Western inspired clothing with Native American, African and Latin American motifs.
Drugs. As did the Beats before them, hippies used cannabis, which they considered pleasureful and benign. They enlarged their repertoire of recreational drugs to include hallucinogens such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. Harder drugs, such as amphetamines and the opiates, were also used in hippie settings, however these drugs were disdained, even among those who used them, because they were recognized as harmful and addictive.
Sexual attitudes. Hippies regularly flouted societal prohibitions against interracial dating and marriage. They were early advocates for the repeal of anti-miscegenation laws that the Supreme Court of the United States declared unconstitutional in 1967 (Loving v. Virginia), but which remained on the books in some U.S. states until 2000.
How to Dress Like a Hippie. 1. Do have a flower. I know the song says "in your hair" but the truth is that it's hard to get the things to stay put. 2. No flower? Go for the Pocahontas headband. 3. Hair is long and "unkempt looking." (My mother's words) But it is clean. Yes, we washed our hair. Hey, deep down we were Baby Boomers from suburbia. 4. Women could wear a mini or even micro skirt provided she had decent legs. A chain belt was groovy. Boots or go-go boots were okay too. 5. Men - Jeans, the grungier the better. Leather vests were big too. 6. Fringe - for all. Vest, jackets, pants, shirts. Anything could be fringed. 7. Peace symbol. Every last one of us had at least one peace symbol.
Hippie clothes include: 1. Hip hugger, bell bottom jeans and wide leather belt. 2. Fringed jean bottoms 3. Halter top 4. Headband with flower. (One way to keep the thing in place.) 5. Bare feet. You'll notice from the photo below that the practice of going barefoot tends to make your feet dirty. Plus, you can step in some serious er, stuff. 6. Obligatory peace symbol. If you didn't want to wear it around your neck you could have a peace symbol belt buckle or pin. In which case you wore beads around your neck.
Hippie clothes include: 1. Tee shirts are always acceptable 2. Fringed leather vest 3. Granny glasses were groovy too 4. Obligatory flower 5. Obligatory peace symbol
Hippie clothes include: 1. Tie dye. We tie dyed everything from clothes to sheets. 2. Facial hair - on men only! Beards or moustaches, but never nicely trimmed. 3. Bell bottom, patched jeans 4. Leather sandals 5. Obligatory peace symbol